THE EXPERTS

We thank our brilliant panel of experts for volunteering their time to make our writers better.

Click on their names to learn more about them.

Adam is a Toronto based writer, producer and teacher.  His writing credits include the feature film Perfect Sisters (2014) and the television show Billable Hours (2006-7). Adam is the Head of the Screenwriting Program at the Toronto Film School.

Bobby is a Toronto based Writer, Playwright, Director, Showrunner and Actor. His latest, IRL the Series, was sold to Bell Media's FibeTV1 for television broadcast and was recently named "Best Web Series" by the Los Angeles Film Awards. Bobby's latest play, Professionally Ethnic, will receive a production in August at SummerWorks. 

Lauren is a Toronto based film and television producer who focuses on working with female creative talent in front and behind the camera. She produced the feature films Picture Day and Wet Bum. Named one of 15 Talents to watch by The Hollywood Reporter, she is also an alumna of Trans Atlantic Partners, TIFF Studio and the Canadian Film Centre. 

The Reids (Adam & Max) are Los Angeles-based writers and producers currently working on Season Two of Bryan Cranston’s Sneaky Pete for Amazon, as well as developing a drama series for Bell with screenwriter David Hayter (X-Men, Watchmen). The brothers won the Gemini Award for Best Comedy Writing in 2009.  Max co-created the series Todd & The Book of Pure Evil which aired for two seasons on Fearnet and Space. Recently, the Reids wrote a horror feature for Brad Peyton (Journey 2 The Mysterious Island, San Andreas).

Janet MacLean is a Toronto-based writer, producer, and show-runner. She co-created CBC's The Border, was an executive producer on Cracked, and wrote the original Murdoch Mystery movies that kicked off the long-running dramatic series. Janet also teaches drama writing for television at the Toronto Film School.

Brandon Lane is a Production Executive, Original Programming for TELETOON, YTV, Treehouse and Cartoon Network Canada.  His credits include Numb Chucks, Cache Craze, Camp Lakebottom, Nerds & Monsters, Fugget About It and a short for Sesame Street. He recently wrote and directed The Crazy Space Adventures of Princess Sparkly Butt & The Hot Dog Kid, which was chosen as Best Of FringeKids at The 2015 Toronto Fringe Festival and is currently being adapted as a one-hour special for Teletoon.

Katarzyna Kochany is a director of comedy, family entertainment with a kick of action, and animation/VFX.   She has mentored a dozen writers as Development Executive for Los Angeles-based Write of Passage creative incubator and writing competition, including two finalists and a grand prize winner.     

Jeff is an award winning television comedy writer and producer.  Jeff is currently showrunning the coming of age comedy “Second Jen” for Rogers.  Jeff was a showrunner for two seasons of Spun Out which received a Canadian Screen Award nomination for Best Comedy Series (2015). Jeff has story edited over 200 episodes of television and was a writer and producer for 70 episodes of the family comedy Life With Derek. He won the Canadian Screenwriting Award for Best Youth Writing (2006), a Gemini Nomination for Best Writing 2009 and a Gemini for Best Youth Series 2009 . 

Ruth is a Script Editor/ Development Producer from London, England. She has worked on projects at What Larks! Productions, CPL Productions, Mammoth Screen, Eleventh Hour Films, Bentley Productions, See-Saw Films and The Weinstein Company. Her production and script editing credits include Fearless, Endeavour, Damned, Brief Encounters and Midsommer Murders.

Jill Golick has more than 30 years experience as a television showrunner, writer and producer, working in children’s (Androids), prime (Blue Murder), soap (Metropia) and digital (Weirdwood Manor). A true transmedia storyteller, Jill has created, written, financed and produced four original, cutting-edge, multiplatform series. Her most recent interactive project is the internationally-acclaimed, award-winning digital detective series Ruby Skye P.I. Jill is committed to inspiring and mentoring the next generation of storytellers, speaking and leading workshops across Canada and in Europe. She teaches Television Writing at York University, is on the board of directors of Women in View and serves as President of the Writers Guild of Canada.

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