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May 2015

Keep Rolling Alberta: 2014 Highlight Reel

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Thanks to Joe Media Group for the awesome 2014 highlight reel, presented as part of the 2015 Alberta Film & Television Awards in Edmonton, AB on May 23.


Credit list:
Sue Hutch – Producer
Ryley Burghall – Director, Voice
Neil Fleming – Words
Howard Wirth – Edit
Mike Shields – Music
Courtenay Forster – Camera

Exclusive Opportunity for AMPIA Members at Banff

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The Alberta Media Production Industries Association (AMPIA), On Screen Manitoba and New Media Manitoba are teaming up to offer their members attending the 2015 Banff World Media Festival exclusive access to meet with industry executives for 1-on-1 meetings. Meeting spots will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis with a maximum of two meetings per member.

The following executives are confirmed:

  1. Nicole DeFusco, Head of Alternative Programming / VP, Programming & Development, Sundance TV
  2. David Eilenberg,  SVP Unscripted & Business Development, TNT/TBS
  3. Ian Friedman, VP Original Programming and Development, Comedy Central
  4. Meghan Hooper-White, VP Acquisitions for Lifetime,  A+E Networks
  5. Rashida Jeeva, General Manager, The Huffington Post
  6. Christopher Keenan, VP Creative & Executive Producer, HIT Entertainment
  7. Hilary Leavitt, Scripted Development Executive, BBC America
  8. Paul Ricci SVP/Head, Programming & Development, MTV
  9. Grant Ross, EVP, Global Creative Development & Format Acquisition, ZodiakMedia
  10. Thomas von Hennet, VP International Co-Production & Documentaries, ProSiebenSat.1 TV Deutschland

In order to request a meeting, please send the list of your top four executives to Catherine Dulude at by noon May 26. We will do our best to accommodate your request. Each meeting will be 15 minutes and must be pre-booked.

When: Monday June 8, 2015, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Where: Ivor Petrak Room, Banff Springs Hotel

Play Hockey with Shaun Johnston

By AB Film & TV Awards

Before getting dolled up for the Alberta Film & Television Awards, strap on your skates and join in this Edmonton vs. Calgary annual hockey match-up. See who will have this year’s bragging rights and take home the Doug Blackie Memorial Cup.

2015 Battle of Alberta Film Crews
When: Saturday May 23 at 1 p.m.
Where: Clairview Arena (3804 139 Avenue, Edmonton, AB)
Registration fee: $25 to be paid upon arrival

For inquiries, text or call Ashlee Pearce at
780-270-0645 or email

Donovan Workun to Host Rosies Gala!

By AB Film & TV Awards

We are pleased to announce that Edmonton Comedian and Actor Donovan Workun will be hosting the 2015 Rosies Gala! Donovan has been a professional improviser for 25 years. As the founding Member of The Atomic Improv Co. and Rapid Fire Theatre, Donovan is a 3 time world improv champion. He has performed across North America, the Caribbean and Europe including several showcases at L.A.’s “Laugh Factory” and Montreal’s “Just for Laughs” where he won their first international Improv tournament. On stage he has improvised with Wayne Brady, Colin Mocherie, and Brad Sherwood of ABC tv’s “Whose Line is it Anyway.”

Donovan’s improv skills have translated well into dozens of film, television and radio roles working alongside Second City alumni Dave Thomas, and Joe Flaherty, and Mike Myers. He’s shared the screen with Donald and Kiefer Sutherland, Demi Moore, Tim Curry, and Patrick Swayze.  He has been thrown from a horse, driven a tank, run nude through crowds, and even set on fire, all in the name of comedy. Donovan can be heard every week in his own national CBC radio-one comedy series “The Irrelevant Show.”  He has been featured in numerous national print and television ad campaigns selling anything from pizza, to banking for several national institutions or furniture for Canada’s largest retailer “The Brick.”  You can see Donovan this fall on CMT Canada’s newest reality show Ice Racer Showdown

Donovan continues to be one of the hardest working Improvisors in Canada.  With Atomic Improv. he is continually headlining corporate events for some of Canada’s biggest companies, like Suncor and ATB.  If he’s not performing, he’s teaching youth at risk through AADAC, and YESS or training companies The Power of Yes! With his business improv program.

For fun Donovan Improvises with Internationally acclaimed Die-Nasty the founders of the 52 hour long Soap-A-Thon which has become a hit all over the world. There long form improvised soap opera has been a main stay in Edmonton for 23 years. When Workun isn’t on stage or teaching improv he spends time with his two children racing BMX bikes.

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