Award-Winning Writer/Producer Karen Walton to Lead Story Room for the 2016 Bell Media Prime Time TV Program

Award-Winning Writer/Producer Karen Walton to Lead Story Room for the 2016 Bell Media Prime Time TV Program

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Toronto, August 10, 2016 – The Canadian Film Centre (CFC) and Bell Media are pleased to welcome renowned writer/producer Karen Walton as the Executive Producer in Residence of the 2016 Bell Media Prime Time TV Program, presented in association with ABC Signature Studios. From this September to December, Walton will lead our soon-to-be-announced television writers as a story room through the development of her original series.

Walton is an award-winning creator, screenwriter and executive producer with credits in popular and groundbreaking film and television productions. She penned the cult horror film classic, Ginger Snaps, and has worked on game-changing television: Bell/BBC America’s Orphan Black; Showtime’s Queer as Folk (U.S.); Gemini award-winning script for The Many Trials of One Jane Doe; and original drama series like Flashpoint, The Eleventh Hour and The Listener. Currently she has two series in development, her adaptation of the best-selling Ava Lee Mysteries for CBC, and her original science fantasy, Alchemy, for Corus. Awards include a Canadian Comedy Award, special jury citation for the Ginger Snaps screenplay from the Toronto International Film Festival, two Canadian Screen Awards for Best Dramatic Series, Writers Guild of Canada’s Writers Block Award for outstanding contribution to the national screenwriting community and the Margaret Collier Award, the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television’s highest honour for career achievements in screenwriting.

“We are so incredibly fortunate to have Karen Walton at the helm of this program” said Kathryn Emslie, Chief Programs Officer, CFC. “She is an alumna, community builder, passionate advocate for writers, champion of originality and one of the most highly regarded writers in our industry. This is going to be an exciting year indeed!”

"Twenty years ago,” Walton herself noted, “CFC took a chance on this eccentric rebel without a cause with a big voice, buckets of attitude and no clear place to put it in the domestic industries of the day. To say I am re-committed as a creator and creative producer and excited about returning to my amazing alma mater doesn’t do it justice. This year’s Prime Time writers represent the courage, moral fortitude and fiercely prolific talent I know I need for my next original’s development. They are full of promise as writer-creators in their own right: vital, smart and keen to run with the ball in the ‘stay-tuned’ future of cutting-edge TV. I’m ecstatic, inspired, and can’t wait to get started.”

The Bell Media Prime Time TV Program, presented in association with ABC Signature Studios, delivers a real world story room experience, an intense professional and project development process for six to eight TV writers a year. Participants spend three months working on an original series intended for the marketplace under the mentorship of an experienced creator/showrunner, delivering a rigorous story room experience while building strong collaborative team skills and creative partnerships. During the remaining two months, participants develop their own original series concept through a series of workshops and story sessions, while also being exposed to key industry players through business and marketplace meetings.

The 2016 Bell Media Prime Time TV Program participants will be announced next month, with the program getting officially underway on September 19, 2016. To learn more about the program, please visit:

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About CFC
The Canadian Film Centre (CFC) is a charitable organization whose mission is to invest in and inspire the next generation of world-class Canadian content creators and entrepreneurs in the screen-based entertainment industry. A significant economic and cultural driver in Canada and beyond, CFC delivers a range of multi-disciplinary programs and initiatives in film, television, music, screen acting, and digital media, which provides industry collaborations, strategic partnerships, and business and marketplace opportunities for talent and participants. For more information, visit

About Bell Media
With passion and an unrelenting commitment to excellence, Bell Media creates content and builds brands that entertain, inform, engage, and inspire audiences through the platforms of their choice. Bell Media is Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, out-of-home advertising, and digital media. Bell Media owns 30 local television stations led by CTV, Canada's #1 television network; 34 specialty channels, including TSN and RDS, Canada's most-watched specialty channels in English and French; and four pay TV services, including The Movie Network and Super Écran. Bell Media is also Canada's largest radio broadcaster, with 106 licensed radio stations in 54 markets across Canada. Bell Media owns Astral Out of Home, one of Canada's most dynamic and innovative out-of-home advertising companies with a network of more than 30,000 advertising faces in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Québec, and Nova Scotia. Bell Media also operates more than 200 websites; delivers TV Everywhere with premium subscription on-demand streaming service CraveTV, as well as its innovative GO video streaming services including CTV GO, Discovery GO, TMN GO, and TSN GO; operates multi-channel network Much Digital Studios; holds an equity stake in digital startup Hubub; is partners in Cirque du Soleil Media, a joint venture with Cirque du Soleil; and owns Dome Productions Inc., a multi-platform production company. Bell Media is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada's largest communications company. For more on Bell Media, please visit

About ABC Signature
ABC Signature is ABC Studios’ boutique division, spearheading development and production in premium and basic cable, emerging platforms and off-cycle, direct to series programming. Signature is currently in production on the horror-dramedy series for Freeform, Dead of Summer, from executive producers Eddy Kitsis, Adam Horowitz and Ian Goldberg. Additionally, they will co-produce Guerrilla, written and to be directed by John Ridley for Sky Atlantic and Showtime,  set for production in London this summer. Idris Elba will star and produce. Marvel Studios and ABC Signature received a straight to series order for Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger, which will go into production for FreeForm later this year. Most recently, Signature produced the Emmy-nominated film, Confirmation, along with Groundswell Productions, Kerry Washington and HBO Films for HBO, starring Kerry Washington and Wendell Pierce.


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Margaret DeRosia
Communications Specialist/Digital Writer & Editor, CFC
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