Alumni News

Alejandro Alcoba
Alejandro worked as a story coordinator on What’s Up, Warthogs! season 2, and The Next Step seasons 1 and 2.  He also served as a writer on season two of The Next Step.  In addition to the Bell Media Diverse Screenwriters Program, Alejandro participated in the NSI’s Totally TV program, and was on one of the two teams selected to go to Banff.  I guess that makes him a winner.  He lives and works in Toronto.

Trevor Cameron
Selected as the intern from the second session of the Bell Media Diverse Screenwriters Program, Trevor worked in the story room of two CTV series, starting with The Listener and then moving onto Motive. He has a development deal with Shaftesbury called Upstaged, which has been sent to APTN (fingers crossed). Trevor is also trying like mad to get back to actually writing scripts instead of noting up and reading them.

Michael Chen
Michael is developing a series for a U.S. cable network. This takes up most of his spare time so he has had to give up exercising, drinking and bathing. When he does have spare time, he spends it by taking photos of what he is about to eat and tweeting them to his seven followers.

Cory Crocker
Cory Crocker is an aspiring screenwriter hailing from Nova Scotia. A graduate of the NSCC Screen Arts Program, Cory’s student film Requiem was screened at the Atlantic International Film Festival.  As an alumnus of the Bell Media Diverse Screenwriters Program, Cory completed work on the pilot for Dreamwalker, his original series about a cop with shamanistic powers, followed up with a spec script for the NBC comedy Parks and Recreation.

Corey Liu
Corey Liu was selected as the Year 3 Eastern Canada intern for the Bell Media Diverse Screenwriters Program. He’s based in Toronto but graduated from the Vancouver Film School's Writing for Film and TV program where he won the VFS/Youtube Entry Scholarship and Best Feature Script Award for his rom-com, The Sissy. He has also acted as story editor for a trippy indie-fantasy feature called Anayad.

When Corey’s not hammering out beat sheets or redrafting scripts, he reads the Avengers Arena comics, manga, and other angst-y material. Corey also does Maggie Smith impressions when no one's around. He's definitely doing one right now.

S.B. Edwards
SB Edwards is currently a staff writer on The Reckoner, a supernatural teen drama for APTN.  She has four feature films in development. The Waitress, Fall Back Down and Cozy Motel have received support from Telefilm Canada.  SB is in pre-production on the short drama Salty, funded by the National Film Board (NFB) and most recently participated the RIFF Transatlantic Talent Lab in Reykjavik.

Mohamad El Masri
Mohamad recently completed his second tenure as an EP & writer's assistant on the hit Showcase and SyFy Channel sic-fi drama Continuum. He was part of the writing room for seasons 2 & 3 of that show. Continuum went to camera on its third season in November 2013. Since March 2013 he has also been working in scripted development for Continuum's EP/Creator Simon Barry.

Since November 2013, Mohamad has been heading up scripted development for original series and features at Reality Distortion Field Inc., a Vancouver and LA-based development and production shingle launched by Barry and Brightlight Pictures co-founder Stephen Hegyes. Mohamad is currently working on developing his own original series and two feature films he hopes to write and direct.

Mike Gosselin
Mike Gosselin is currently writing and producing a six-script order from APTN for a show he created called Wynter. It's a one-hour supernatural drama about a Street Nurse who discovers it's her destiny to protect humans from Tricksters -- an evil race of beings with mythical powers who want to destroy mankind. In addition, Mike recently forayed into reality television with a short but very successful stint as Production Consultant on Border Security Season 2.

Allan W. Hopkins
Since January 2012, Allan has been producing current-event type programing for CTV-BC.  However, his real job has been putting the finishing touches on an original one-hour pilot called The Corrector which is sort of a high-school drama set in a post-apocalyptic world.  He also wrote an original pilot called Hangnail about an ex-hitman who keeps breaking his vow not to kill anymore.  Finally, he wrote a spec script on the FX hit series Justified.  He spends all of his free time learning the craft and business of screenwriting.

Todd Ireland
Todd Ireland is currently the Script Coordinator for the hit Showcase drama, Continuum.  In addition to his script coordinator duties, Todd also creates content for the show's social media accounts.  Todd is very excited to announce that he's been given the opportunity to write the online narrative component for Continuum's third season.  In 2012, he participated in the WGC Bell Diverse Screenwriter Program as well as the Praxis Screenwriting Center's Story Editor program.  Immediate future plans involve Todd developing an original genre tv series as well as finishing his two feature film projects.

 

Stephanie Law
Stephanie is currently the Festival Coordinator at the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival.  Her darkly comedic short film Little Miss Jihad, which won Reel Asian's pitch competition in 2011, has since screened at a dozen international film festivals, including the 2013 Seoul International Youth Film Festival, 2013 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, and the upcoming 2013 Aesthetica Short Film Festival in the U.K.  She continues to develop several feature and TV projects of her own."

 

JP Larocque
Since completing the Bell Media Diverse Screenwriters Program, JP Larocque has continued to write, produce and direct the award-winning web series Gay Nerds, taking it to numerous film festivals, promoting it at Fan Expo Canada, releasing it on various online platforms (YouTube, Funny or Die, Vimeo,  BlipTV), and shopping the half-hour version around to networks, agents, and embittered ex-boyfriends.

When he’s not working on new scripted material, he’s writing about everything from standing ovations to public cruising as a contributing journalist at the Toronto newspaper Xtra! or he’s performing comedy material in front of audiences eager to hear his distinctive brand of self-deprecation. This fall, JP can be seen onstage in the Buddies in Bad Times show Fear, Desire, and The Whole Damn Thing, and will be joining the cast of the MTV/Logo series 1 Girl 5 Gays (as one of the gays, in case you were wondering). If you see him in the street, please feel free to hire him.  

Vincent Lui
During the Bell Media Diverse Screenwriters Program, Vincent fell in love with Toronto so much that he dropped everything and moved there. He's since completed a fantasy/detective graphic novel script. In-between looking for an artist, rewriting his television pilots and exploring the city, he's also working on a script for a mockumentary web series.

Faisal Lutchmedial
Faisal has been busy after finishing his Bell Media Diverse Screenwriters Program internship on The Listener. He served as the lead editor the CBC / Radio Canada interactive documentary Burgundy Jazz, which took viewers though the long and rich jazz history of the Little Burgundy neighbourhood of Montreal. He’s now working on the travel show Boogeymen for Evasion and CMJ Productions, bringing viewers to small towns with monstrous or ghostly legends. He also just returned from the Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival where he was invited to develop a Caribbean themed feature film in conjunction with other invited guests.

Shannon Masters
Shannon Masters won the 2014 Canadian Screen Award for Best Original Screenplay for the feature film Empire of Dirt. The film was nominated for a total of five CSAs and had its world premiere at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. Her family comedy feature Bannock & Bratwurst has teamed up with US director Chris Eyre and is expected to go into production summer 2015. Masters is currently developing a one-hour drama series called Fragmented, while writing the 2014 Indspire Awards which will air on APTN and GLOBAL in April.

Stella Meghie
Recently signed with Los Angeles based literary manager Adesuwa McCalla of MetaMorphic Entertainment. Projects in development include: You Ain’t Hip to Baby (Romantic Comedy/ Drama) a New Orleans love story starring Jurnee Smollett-Bell (True Blood, Parenthood) and Laz Alonso (Avatar, Fast and the Furious); Amos Adetuyi (Producer), Superchannel. Second Marriage (TV Comedy, 30min): Divorced Dad David Paris faces the trials and tribulations of melding his new blended family with the help of a therapist, but his dysfunctional family makes it a complicated and unexpectedly comedic task. Amos Adetuyi (Producer). Email: meghies@gmail.com ph: 416-779-2088 / Adesuwa McCalla, Manager ph: (310) 770-4314, email: amccalla@metamorphicent.com

Pat Mills
Pat Mills was a participant in the 2013 Telefilm Canada CFC Comedy Exchange with his feature comedy Don't Talk to Irene, which has recently a semi-finalist in the Austin Screenplay Competition. He is also just finishing up the final draft of his time travel feature Here I Go Again with NSI/Movie Central's Script to Screen program.

He shoots his first feature, a dark comedy titled Guidance this fall, funded by Telefilm Canada.

Cara Mumford
In October 2012, Cara Mumford was selected to pitch Animal Instincts, the TV series she developed through Bell Media’s Diverse Screenwriter’s Program, at the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival’s industry pitch competition. Her short film, When It Rains, originally commissioned by imagineNATIVE in 2012, screened this September at the Toronto Urban Film Festival and will be screening again in November at the Regent Park Film Festival, also in Toronto. Cara is currently in post-production on another short film, in addition to working on the pilot for Task Force, a mystery /sci-fi case-of-the-week she is developing that focuses on a Disease Control Agency unit set up to investigate increasingly unexplained epidemics.

James Nadiger
James just finished up a project with Ubisoft Montreal on Assassin’s Creed Initiates and Assassin’s Creed Encyclopedia 2nd Edition at the end of 2012. He’s back in Toronto freelancing and working on his own projects.

Ashley Park
Participating in the Bell Media Diverse Screenwriters Program was Ashley's first foray into TV writing, and she's excited for more! Her play Id Id Ood won People's Choice at the InspiraTO ten-minute play festival in 2013. She is currently in pre-production for her short film Electric, about the inventor Nikola Tesla. Ashley is part of the writing team for AFK a series comedy about the world of professional gamers. She has scripts currently competing in Screamfest LA and Final Draft's Big Break. She is constantly developing new series concepts, and working on scripts in her closet/office.

Surita Parmar
Surita Parmar recently co-wrote director Laurence Cohen's feature film How to Create A Killer, which is presently in post-production. She is currently writing a science fiction film in collaboration with Aurora Lightworks and Year of the Skunk Productions.

Devjani Raha
Devjani Raha was story consultant for an adaptation for a W. O. Mitchell play called Back to Beulah, and also completed a BravoFACT short film which is beginning its festival run.  She is also developing a true crime mini-series and two comedy feature films called: My Best Gay's Boyfriend and Rage Rehab.  She is also trying to develop two series ideas called Tribes and E-Wing.

Sandi Rankaduwa
After writing for This Hour Has 22 Minutes and participating in the Bell Media Diverse Screenwriters Program, Sandi completed the improv intensive program at Chicago’s renowned iO theatre. She was also selected to showcase her stand-up act at the 2013 Halifax Pop Explosion, opening for Todd Barry. Currently, she’s building her writing portfolio and working at the National Film Board, while her short documentary Andy and His Dummies screens at selected film festivals in Canada and the United States..

Sam Ruano
Sam is story editing on Season Four of Call Me Fitz.

Kristen Ross
In July 2013, Kristen was announced as the Grand Prize Winner of Script Pipeline’s Great TV Show Idea Contest in LA, beating out hundreds of other applicants. Kristen won the contest with her original sci-fi/espionage series idea, The Void, which she developed during the Bell Media Diverse Screenwriters Program.

Shevon Singh
Kitimat, BC’s  Shevon Singh was selected as the Year 3 Western Canada intern for the Bell Media Diverse Screenwriters Program. She grew up listening to her dad’s ghost stories and as a result, loves a tale with an otherworldly twist. As a Langara College Film Arts alumna, Shevon won a juried award in writing for her short film, The Goods, which screened at the 2012 Whistler Film Festival.

Tyler Smith
Tyler won the internship in the first session of the Bell Media Diverse Screenwriters Program. He has been living in Helsinki, Finland, where he is working for Remedy Entertainment as part of the writing team developing the story for their next big project.  He is in the treatment phase of writing a comedy/fantasy feature screenplay that is being developed for Warner Brothers.  In his spare time, Tyler is working on a draft of a dark comedy screenplay that he is writing on spec as a passion project.

Louis Taylor
Louis completed his treatment on a one-hour documentary, exploring emotional rage. Rage: the Fire Within was one of two documentaries accepted into the Innoversity Big Pitch competition in May 2012. He is also finishing an outline on a dark romance, period feature set in 60's America. It follows the tumultuous relationship of a rising, black comedian and a white, Southern hooker on the run from the mob. Think Richard Pryor meets Courtney Love in the 60's. He continues to rewrite his series concept, Dokis X, which got him into the Bell Media Diverse Screenwriters Program.

Vincent Ternida
Life goes on for the not-so-young-not-so-old Vincent Ternida, whose Community spec episode Introduction to Theological Philosophy (developed during the Bell Media Diverse Screenwriters Screenwriters Program) made it to the second round of Austin Film Festival’s screenwriting competition. He plans to spend the next few years wandering wherever he can, meeting people, collecting stories, and if time allows write some of his own.

 

Adriano Valentini
Writer, director and producer Adriano Valentini, recently left his post as a Video Journalist at the Globe and Mail to focus full time on Adriano Valentini Productions, which produces independent film, TV and web content.  The company's webseries, CLUBSCENE, which showcased on Citytv.com, recently wont Best Webisode at the Hollyshorts Film Festival in Los Angeles.  His most recent directorial effort, the short film Face Divided, opened at the Vancouver International Film Festival.  The film's star, Christina Broccolini, won the award for Outstanding Female Performance at the 2013 ACTRA Awards in Montreal.  Adriano is currently in production of Season 2 of CLUBSCENE and Season 1 of an original series Boys & Girls.  For more info, please visit www.adrianovalentini.com

Priscilla White
Priscilla White abandoned the world of information technology, databases and code to create worlds of her own filled with "evil" Faery queens, tortured ex-priests and soccer-mom spies. She completed her residency in the CFC's Prime Time Television program earlier this year and has also participated in Bell Media’s Diverse Screenwriters program. As a SHAW Global Writers' Apprentice, she served as Writers' Assistant on season 2 of Global's Bomb Girls. In June 2013, she was fortunate to attend the Banff World Media Festival as a Bell Media National Fellow. There, she pitched several projects including Changelings, a young adult urban fantasy series she developed while at the CFC. Priscilla has several projects in development including a supernatural procedural, a crime drama set in the American Southwest and a Young Adult urban fantasy novel.

Nathalie Younglai
Since the 2011 WGC-Bell Media Diverse Screenwriters Program, Nathalie Younglai was chosen for the 2012 Global Writers Apprenticeship and the 2013 Telefilm New Voices Award.  She interned in the writing room for Rogue (TMN, Direct TV), was the writing mentor for the Reel Asian Film Festival’s Youth Filmmaker’s Program and was awarded an Ontario Arts Council playwriting grant for her musical, Gynecolo-lol-ogy: the Musical.  Nathalie is currently the Story Editor for the doc mini-series, Tessa & Scott (W Network), and her drama series is optioned with eOne. 

 

 


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