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Hollywood Suite and WIFT Toronto launch Indigenous writer program

From a media release:

Today, Hollywood Suite is pleased to announce a partnership with Women in Film & Television Toronto (WIFT Toronto) to launch the WIFT Indigenous Writers Program. This career accelerator program is designed specifically for Indigenous writers at the mid-stage of their careers to provide them with networking, industry insight training and mentorship opportunities.

“We are thrilled to collaborate with WIFT Toronto on this important initiative to support and amplify Indigenous creators as they take the next steps in their careers,” said Julie Kumaria, SVP, Marketing & Content Distribution at Hollywood Suite. “We are proud to support Indigenous storytellers and help them bring their unique perspectives to the screen.”

“Over the past number of months, we have been listening and learning in dialogue with our Indigenous colleagues and collaborators to identify ways to be a further ally to champion Indigenous voices”, said Karen Bruce, Executive Director, WIFT Toronto. “We are grateful to Hollywood Suite for their support in the creation of this crucial program and are thrilled that this new initiative will support our ongoing commitment to identifying and supporting Indigenous artists in Canada.”

The free, intensive four-day program will include two full-time mentors, industry guest speakers, case studies, writing and pitching workshops, and peer-to-peer mentorship. By engaging key partners including industry leaders, experienced creators, writers, broadcasters, funders and more, the program aims to bring the best education and career opportunities to Indigenous creators whose stories need to be heard.

The application portal will open on August 9, 2021, and all WIFT Toronto members who are First Nations, Métis, or Inuit are encouraged to apply. Applicants who are First Nations, Métis, or Inuit who do not currently have a WIFT Toronto membership may still apply. Anyone chosen for the program that is not a member will be granted a one-year complimentary membership thanks to donations made to the Foundation for WIFT Toronto.

Detailed information on the program including the application process and deadlines will be available shortly.


Women in Film & Television – Toronto and Meridian Artists Announce Inaugural Mentorship Opportunity

From a media release:

Women in Film & Television – Toronto (WIFT-T) announced today that they have partnered to create a new mentorship opportunity. The Meridian Artists Agency Mentorship is open to a woman with at least two years’ experience, but not more than five, in the screen-based media industry. It is a full three-week immersion at Meridian Artists, a premiere literary agency and leading entity in the Canadian entertainment industry, founded by Glenn Cockburn.

The mentee will learn, through job-shadowing, how a select roster of the most talented writers, directors, and producers in North America are represented and managed; learn more about client management and development, generating ideas, preparing pitches and selling shows; tap into the youth and animation markets; get a glimpse into the world of publishing; see how clients are “pitched” for roles; and experience the bullpen.

The inaugural Meridian Artists Agency Mentorship will take place from October 23 to November 10, 2017. The mentee will also receive a cash honorarium and on-stage recognition at the 2017 WIFT-T Crystal Awards Gala Luncheon in December. Deadline to submit is May 31, 2017. For more information on the submission process, visit wift.com.

About WIFT-T: Women in Film & Television – Toronto (WIFT-T) is a member-based organization of women and men working in screen-based media that supports the development and advancement of women in the industry. Membership in WIFT-T enables women to be capable, confident, connected and successful in their careers. For more information, visit www.wift.com.

About Meridian Artists: Founded in 2005, Meridian Artists is a premiere full service e-literary and talent agency and a market leader in the Canadian entertainment industry. With principal offices in Toronto and Los Angeles, Meridian Artists is an established leader in the representation of actors, authors, screenwriters and directors. www.meridianartists.comFacebooktwitterredditlinkedinmail