Pitching your Project: Keys to Successful Pitching

Pitching is an essential skill. It’s how you get funding and how you get people see your film. If you want a successful project, it all begins with a pitch. Learn to make your pitch stand out.

Where: Monarch Pub @ The Eaton Chelsea Hotel – 33 Gerrard St W, Toronto, Ontario M5G 1Z4
04:15pm – 05:00pm

Panelists:

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Marguerite Pigott: Head of Creative Development – Super Channel

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Marguerite Pigott is Super Channel’s Head of Creative Development.  She handles the pre-licensing of original Canadian feature films, documentaries and series for the network and directs a cross-country team of development executives to invest Super Channel’s Development Fund. In addition to her work for Super Channel, Marguerite is Principal of Megalomedia Inc., a consulting company focused on project development and marketability.  Through Megalomedia she has worked with clients to develop many projects including the TV series Played (Bell Media), Bomb Girls (Shaw, Reelz) and feature films One Week, Still Mine and My Awkward Sexual Adventure.  Previously, Marguerite was Vice President of Development and Production for Odeon Films, an Alliance Atlantis Company. She Executive Produced Saint Ralph, Fubar, waydowntown and others.  For the Toronto International Film Festival, Marguerite programmed the Canadian feature film selection for the 2006 and 2007 festivals. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Ontario Media Development Corporation and is Chair of the Governance Committee.  Marguerite denies having spent a decade as a professional actor despite substantial evidence to the contrary.


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Carrie Paupst-Shaughnessy: Senior VP, Production & Creative Affairs – Northwood Entertainment

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Carrie is currently SVP, Production and Creative Affairs for Northwood Entertainment, a company owned by Miranda de Pencier (BEGINNERS, THANKS FOR SHARING, ADAM), developing features and series.

Previously Carrie spent over 7 years on the feature film team at Telefilm Canada, where she oversaw over 40 produced projects and supported the careers of dozens of filmmakers.  Carrie was also worked on the Experimental team for the Canada Media Fund where she selected highly innovative digital projects for funding.

Between 2000 and 2005, Carrie founded and ran an independent development company, The Development House that had a roster of independent story consultants and development executives who worked on features as well as scripted and unscripted television.

Prior to 2000, Carrie worked in a variety of roles for Norstar Filmed Entertainment, culminating in VP, Development where she oversaw a slate of features.  She started her career at CityPulse News at Citytv.

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Dan Lyon: Regional Feature Film Executive – Telefilm Canada – Ontario and Nunavut Region

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[citem title=”Bio” id=”citem_23″ parent=”collapse_37″]Dan Lyon is Telefilm Canada’s Regional Feature Film Executive, for the Ontario & Nunavut Regions.

Prior to joining Telefilm Canada, Dan worked primarily as a distributor and executive producer. Originally an entertainment lawyer, Dan joined Astral Bellevue Pathe Inc. in 1985 and ultimately became Executive Vice-President, Distribution for Astral and its successor companies Coscient, Motion and TVA. He subsequently formed his own company Dandelion Entertainment Ventures Inc.

As a distributor, Dan was awarded the Golden Reel for The Art of War” and was the first independent buyer in the world (at the screenplay stage) for Roman Polanski’s “The Pianist” which went on to win the Palme D’Or and three Academy Awards.

Credits as executive producer include “Ginger Snaps”, “Red Green’s Duct Tape Forever”, “Twist”, and “Everything’s Gone Green” written by Douglas Coupland. Additional awards include a Peabody (for “The Interrogation of Michael Crowe”). The first project he championed upon joining Telefilm in the fall of 2005 was “Away From Her”, which received two Academy Award nominations in January 2008 (Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Actress).

Dan has been involved in many charitable and educational activities related to the film industry, and he is currently vice-president of the Board of the Performing Arts Lodge (Toronto)

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Daniel Bekerman: Producer

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Daniel Bekerman is a Toronto based producer whose films have shown in major festivals and gained worldwide distribution. He recently produced Bruce McDonald’s dark comedy, The Husband, which premiered at TIFF with a special presentation, and Naomi Jaye’s The Pin, a WWII set love story, which will be theatrically released in October 2013. Projects being packaged include Bang Bang Baby, directed by Cannes Residency alumnus Jeffrey St. Jules, Beyond Apollo, a sci-­‐fi starring Bill Pullman and Ali Larter, The Witch, a gothic horror, and The Engineers, which recently won the Telefilm Canada Pitch This award. Daniel is currently financing In The Lost Lands, the first feature film from the creator of worldwide phenomenon, Game Of Thrones.

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Moderator:

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Leah Jaunzems: Producer and VP of Development at Darius Films

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Leah Jaunzems is a producer and VP of Development at Darius Films, a prolific production company with offices in Los Angeles and Toronto.  Leah started her film career working freelance jobs in production for 5 years before she was approached to run actor/director Bill Duke’s media company.  A former intern at Darius Films, she returned to the company years later in 2007 as the head of development.  Since then, she has helped developed several feature film scripts and has acted as an associate producer on “Defendor”(2009), “A Beginner’s Guide to Endings” (2010) and “The Art of the Steal” (2013).  Leah recently completed her first lead producing credit with the crime thriller “Cold Blooded” (2012) which won the Audience Award for best Canadian feature at Fantasia (2012).

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