Jessica Meya

Jessica Meya

Year

2018

Program

Bell Media Prime Time TV Program

Biography

Jessica Meya is a writer and community leader based in Toronto. A graduate of Humber College’s Television Writing and Producing Program, she is driven to tell stories that feature characters not often seen, as well as give voice to diverse emerging talent. Meya began her writing career in Ottawa when she wrote and produced her first short film, Still, which screened at the historic ByTowne Cinema. She has experience in all facets of the film and television industry, working on shorts, features and digital projects as a production assistant, casting director and script supervisor. Shortly after graduating from Humber College, Meya was the executive assistant to the general manager of programming at CBC, and gained a deeper understanding of network television programming from development to broadcasting. In 2018, she was a recipient of the Breakthrough Artist Award at The Toronto Screenwriting Conference. She is the co-founder of Working the Scene in Colour, a diversity initiative organizing live reads of original scenes written by writers of colour. 

Which TV show’s writing room do you wish you could have been a part of and why?

"Glow(Netflix). There’s a moment in season two when Cherry Bang is forced to use hair relaxer on her natural hair, despite her objection. It’s heartbreaking. I’d love to write a series that entertains, provokes thought and feeling. Also: female wrestlers."