CFC Announced Marc Jordan as Songwriter Chair of the Slaight Family Music Lab

CFC alumna Semi Chellas (Co-Executive Producer/Writer on “Mad Men”) honoured with the inaugural CFC Award for Creative Excellence

Los Angeles, CA, March 19, 2014 – At a reception this evening in Beverly Hills, the Canadian Film Centre (CFC) proudly announced Juno-award-winning singer/songwriter Marc Jordan as the new Songwriter Chair of The Slaight Family Music Lab.

Jordan has created 14 studio albums to date and has been acknowledged for his tremendous work through several awards, including the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN), Jazz and Pop awards. He has written songs with and for a number of well-known artists, including Diana Ross, Bette Middler, Cher, Natalie Cole, Josh Groban and Rod Stewart, among many others. Jordan is currently working on a musical with his wife, Amy Sky, due for stage in 2016.

“Marc's songwriting is world-class and I am delighted that he has agreed to take on this prestigious position,” said Gary Slaight, President & Chief Executive Officer, Slaight Communications Inc. and Patron of The Slaight Family Music Lab. “His reputation as an artist, as a professional and as a lover of music brings much value, legitimacy, and inspiration to the songwriting component of our music program and we're lucky to have him on board, as are this year's three songwriters.”

“We are privileged to have such an accomplished and respected musician to chair our program,” said Slawko Klymkiw, Chief Executive Officer, CFC. “It is yet another example of great and talented people giving back to an emerging generation of talent.”

CFC is also pleased to present alumna Semi Chellas ('94) with the inaugural CFC Award for Creative Excellence for her outstanding work and contributions to the global television industry. This annual award will honour and celebrate the success of accomplished CFC alumni, partners and contributors who display an exceptional creative commitment and whose skill and talent have made a significant impact in the screen entertainment industry.

Chellas is a Co-Executive Producer and Writer on “Mad Men” and has been nominated for three Primetime Emmy® Awards for Outstanding Series and Outstanding Writing, and was the recipient of a 2013 Writers Guild of America Award for Episodic Drama for “The Other Woman” (along with Matthew Weiner). Chellas was the Executive Producer and Co-Creator with Ilana Frank on the CTV series “The Eleventh Hour,” and is a two-time Gemini winner for Best Dramatic Series and Best Dramatic Writing (along with Tassie Cameron), as well as 38 other nominations and recognitions. Most recently, Chellas was the grateful recipient of the WIFT-T Crystal Award for Creative Excellence and winner of the Margaret Collier Award at the 2014 Canadian Screen Awards.

“Semi Chellas is a prime example of the realization of Norman Jewison's vision for the CFC – a centre that would launch successful and inspiring careers,” said Slawko Klymkiw, Chief Executive Officer, CFC. “Semi has done just that. She is one of the finest writers to come out of the CFC, and we look forward to watching her career continue to grow.”

Each year, CFC hosts an event in L.A. to celebrate inspiring exceptional talent and strong cross-border partnerships. This year's event, co-hosted by CFC Board member Roma Khanna, President of Television Group and Digital Initiatives, MGM Studios Inc., CFC CEO Slawko Klymkiw, and CFC Founder Norman Jewison, was held at the Avalon Hotel, Beverly Hills. The event comes on the heels of the L.A. module of the fifth year of the Telefilm Canada Feature Comedy Exchange, in collaboration with Just For Laughs, where producers and their creative teams meet with a lineup of leading comedy and industry professionals to expand the creative and marketplace opportunities for their feature comedy scripts. Also in attendance were the composers and songwriters from the 2013 cohort of The Slaight Music Residency, who spent the week in L.A. meeting with top tier members of the music, film and TV industries.

New creative and business models like the Telefilm Feature Comedy Exchange, the Bell Media Showrunner Bootcamp, and the NBCUniversal Canada TV Series Exchange are initiatives that further strengthen Canada's place in the global entertainment marketplace. CFC is committed to creating opportunities, unique collaborations and connections for Canada's talent that extend beyond Canada's borders.