Returns Thursday, July 17, 10:00-11:00 p.m., ET/PT
TASSIE CAMERON, executive producer
Tassie Cameron is a Gemini Award-winning Canadian screenwriter who has contributed to numerous television shows, miniseries and feature films. Currently she is co-creator, executive producer and writer on ABC/Global's popular summer drama, "Rookie Blue."
Prior to "Rookie Blue," Cameron was a writer and co-executive producer on the first season of the hit CTV/CBS television series, "Flashpoint." Her many television credits include being executive story editor and writer for two seasons of CTV's primetime drama, "The Eleventh Hour" (for which she co-won the Gemini Award for Best Writing with Semi Chellas); writer on Steven Bochco's "Raising the Bar" for TNT; story editor and writer on CTV'S "Degrassi: The Next Generation"; and writer and story editor on CBC's "Tom Stone." Her feature film, "Cake," was released in 2005, and in 2007 she adapted Margaret Atwood's "The Robber Bride" into a television movie. In 2008 Cameron and Esta Spalding co-wrote the acclaimed CTV miniseries "Would Be Kings," adding yet another Gemini Award nomination to her credits. She was recently honored with the Women in Film & Television Award (WIFT-Toronto) for Creative Excellence and the 2010 WGC Showrunner Award.
Cameron spent eight years in New York, working in independent film and at HBO Television. She has a Masters in Film from NYU, and is a graduate of the Canadian Film Centre.
ILANA FRANK, executive producer
Ilana Frank is the award-winning executive producer behind ICF Films (previously Thump), a production company focused on creating entertaining and powerful long-form drama. She is the co-creator and executive producer of "The Eleventh Hour." Over the course of its run, the series was nominated for more than 30 Gemini Awards, chalking up wins in all major categories including Best Writer, Director and Actor.
In 2006 Frank teamed up with "The Eleventh Hour" director David Wellington and writers Tassie Cameron and Esta Spalding on a four-hour original miniseries for CTV entitled "Would Be Kings," starring Ben Bass and Natasha Henstridge (who won the Gemini Award for Best Actress). Frank also produced a one-hour pilot for Showcase entitled "Clean" and the 2008 television movie "Of Memory and Murder" (CTV/Lifetime), written by Semi Chellas and inspired by the memoir Who Named the Knife by Linda Spalding
In addition to being a moving force behind the popular ABC series "Rookie Blue," Frank is the executive producer of CTV's popular hospital drama, "Saving Hope."
Throughout her career, Frank has been known for giving now-recognized talent their first break. She has a unique ability to identify, nurture, develop and integrate talent into exciting and commercially successful productions. Her accomplishments in this area were recognized at the 2007 Writers Guild of Canada (WGC) Awards when she was awarded the Alex Barris Mentorship Award for her role in nurturing Canadian talent.
In 2008 Frank received the WIFT-Toronto Crystal Award for Creative Excellence in recognition of her achievements and the dynamic quality of her work in screen-based media industries.
DAVID WELLINGTON, executive producer
Director David Wellington's credits include the feature film "Long Day's Journey into Night," in which he transformed the acclaimed 1994 Stratford production of Eugene O'Neill's masterpiece into a powerful and fluid piece of cinema. The film won the best Canadian feature film award at the Toronto International Film Festival in 1996. In 1993 he wrote and directed "I Love a Man in Uniform." The film was a Cannes Film Festival Directors' Fortnight selection and received international acclaim and numerous awards.
For television Wellington executive-produced and directed several episodes of the first season of CTV/NBC's "Saving Hope," all four seasons of ABC/Global's "Rookie Blue," as well as the CTV movie "Would Be Kings." He also directed the CBC and Showtime drama "Dead Aviators," which was nominated for six Gemini Awards, winning him Best Director. It received the Gold Prize at the New York Television Awards and several other awards in both Canada and the United States. Additional credits include "Blessed Stranger: After Flight 111" and numerous episodes of the Gemini Award-winning series "The Eleventh Hour," on which he served as creative producer, as well as the critically acclaimed series "Queer As Folk."
RUSSELL COCHRANE, executive producer
Russ Cochrane has been involved with ABC's "Rookie Blue" since its inaugural season and has written many of the drama's pivotal episodes. His work on the series has earned him nominations for the WGC Screenwriting Awards and a 2012 Prism Award.
Previously, Cochrane served as an executive producer and writer for the NBC/CTV supernatural series, "The Listener," creative consultant and writer on the CBS/CTV award-winning hit drama, "Flashpoint," and co-executive producer of CTV's one-hour drama, "Whistler." His many other credits include 36 episodes of the MTV cult hit series, "Undressed." Aside from his series work, Cochrane also garnered critical praise for his original screenplay for the Gemini-nominated film, "Last Exit."
Cochrane holds a degree in philosophy and History from Dalhousie University and is a graduate of The Second City Conservatory Program
JOHN MORAYNISS, executive producer
John Morayniss oversees all aspects of eOne Television's day-to-day activities, which encompasses the development, production, licensing, financing and worldwide distribution of live action drama and comedy series, reality and documentary series, television movies and miniseries, primetime animation and family programming. Morayniss also oversees the strategic growth of eOne's television business and serves as an executive producer on many of eOne's productions.
Prior to eOne Television (and its predecessor company, Blueprint Entertainment, where he held the position of CEO), Morayniss was head of television at Alliance Atlantis, where he oversaw all development, production and co-production activities for the television division, including the mega-hit series franchise, "CSI." His most recent executive producer credits include "Rookie Blue" (ABC, Global and Universal Networks International), "Haven" (Syfy, Global and Universal Networks International), "Saving Hope" (CTV), "Call Me Fitz" (DIRECTV, HBO Canada), as well as the upcoming drama series "Rogue" (DIRECTV, The Movie Network, Movie Central). In addition, eOne is the studio behind "Hell On Wheels" (AMC), and is the international distributor of "The Walking Dead" (AMC).Morayniss is on the Banff World Media Festival's Board of Directors. He is also a board member of the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE).
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