Meet the Broadcasters

TIFF Kids - Industry Programming

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Don't miss this opportunity to connect with some of the most important broadcasters in children's entertainment and learn what kind of projects they are looking for.
Speakers to include, Kim Wilson (Creative Head of Children's Programming, CBC), Pat Ellingson (Creative Head of Children's Media, TVO), Alan Gregg (Director of Original Content, TELETOON Canada Inc.), Sarah Haasz (Production Executive for Family Channel, Disney XD Canada and Disney Junior Canada) and Jocelyn Hamilton (Vice President Original Programming - Kids, Comedy, Drama, Corus Entertainment).

Guest Biographies

    • Alan Gregg
    • Alan Gregg is Director, Original Content for TELETOON Canada inc., where he oversees original content development and production for TELETOON's English and French networks and their respective multi-platform services. He previously served as Vice President, International Production for the Toronto office of the Irish animation studio Brown Bag Films, and spent several years in various senior roles at Alliance Atlantis' Children's Television division, last serving as Vice President, Production & Distribution. In addition to numerous other production credits that include Degrassi: Next Generation and Instant Star, Gregg's work has been recognized with a 2005 Gemini Award for Dragon Booster (Best Animated Program) and the 2003 Alliance for Children & Television award for Henry's World (Best Preschool Animation).
    • Jocelyn Hamilton
    • As Vice President, Original Programming, Kids, Comedy, Drama, Jocelyn Hamilton is responsible for overseeing scripted original development and production for Corus Entertainment's specialty and pay networks, including Movie Central, HBO Canada, YTV, Treehouse, W Network, CosmoTV, OWN Canada and CMT. An award-winning producer and broadcasting executive with over two decades of experience, Hamilton has extensive experience in producing hit shows that have sold in over 140 countries worldwide. In her previous roles at Corus as Vice President, Programming for Corus' kids networks and Vice President, Production and Development, for Nelvana Studio, she has produced such hit Canadian series as How to be Indie, Kid vs Kat, Max & Ruby, Are We There Yet?: World Adventure, Rolie Polie Olie, Little Bear, and more.
    • Patricia Ellingson
    • Patricia Ellingson has been the Creative Head of Children's Programming for TVO since October 1998. She has been instrumental in building the trusted TVOKids educational brand, overseeing multi-platform productions developed for every kind of young learner and covering virtually all areas of the Ontario JK-5 curriculum. The TVOKids internally-produced series includes Gisele's Big Backyard, The Space, Reading Rangers, and Super Citizens, to name just a few. Patricia was responsible for the convergence of TVOKids' television and new media teams and rebuilding the tvokids.com website, which has become one of the most popular kids' online destinations.
    • Sarah Haasz
    • Sarah Haasz is Production Executive for Family Channel, Disney XD Canada and Disney Junior Canada, overseing the creative aspects of development and production for all networks. With twenty years of experience in television production, Sarah has worked on over 2,000 hours of children's programming in a variety of genres. Her previous roles include Executive in Charge of Production for CBC Children's and Youth Department, Director of Development for Bardel Entertainment, and Production Executive for YTV, Treehouse TV and Discovery Kids Canada. Sarah is also an instructor at Centennial College in Toronto for the Children's Entertainment post-graduate program.
    • Kim Wilson
    • Kim Wilson is the Creative Head of Children's Programming for CBC Television. Kim Wilson has dedicated her life to children's programming beginning with a degree in Radio and Television Arts from Ryerson University in Toronto, coupled with her long-standing passion and commitment to public broadcasting, including many roles at TVOntario, and for the last ten years at the CBC. As Creative Head, she has successfully brought her leadership skills, her passion and enthusiasm to Canada's public broadcaster together with her extensive experience in children's television and her personal love of children. Kim intends to extend CBC's legacy in children's programming through continued strength in programming with an integrated outreach and interactive strategies.