An exciting chapter is beginning for Edmonton’s screen industries, as the city has recently established an arms-length Edmonton Screen Industries Office (“ESIO”). The office has been established to help lead Edmonton in becoming a national and international centre for media production excellence. The organization was incorporated in May 2017, and its membership and board have been duly appointed.
“I’m pleased to say that the ESIO is up and running and ready to begin its work to help lead Edmonton in becoming a national and international centre for media production excellence. We are delighted by the confidence shown in us by our municipality and will work diligently to steward an organization committed to nurturing an integrated screen industry right here in our city,” said ESIO Chair Carman McNary.
“Screen industries” includes the full range of screen-based entertainment, education and training — from mobile, television, Internet streaming and theatrical release inclusive of live action, animation and interactive video games.
The first task for the ESIO Board is to hire an exemplary and visionary Chief Executive Officer. The executive search firm Pekarsky & Co. has been engaged to support the Board in their recruitment process.
The ESIO will listen, learn and champion this exciting sector with perseverance, passion and an eye to the best possible future for the sector in Edmonton. The future of the Canadian economy will be shaped by those who have the opportunity to turn their intellectual property into profitable products and services that the world wants. This is as true of the screen industries sector as it is of any other. As McNary describes: “We are of the firm view that the world needs more Edmonton – its talent, its people, its ideas and energy. Our commitment is to building and supporting a screen industries ecosystem
where talent of all kind can thrive and impact global markets.”