December 12, 2020
Real Pros. Real Talk.
Learn & Get Inspired
Join Melissa DiMarco, her celebrity connections and industry experts.
Learn how to make a living in this Business
Expert Tricks and Tips.
How to Make a Living Creating Content?
Real Pros Share Real Advice.
How to Make a Living Creating Your Own Content
1pm to 3pm
Melissa moderates this popular indusrty know-how event. She shares her in depth celebrity advice and experiences. Joining the sessions are industry experts in producing, writing, directing, on-camera performance and much much more!
NETWORKING & ROUNDTABLES
3pm to 5:30pm
Melissa shares her celebrity experiences and advice is joined by industry experts in producing, writing, directing, on-camera performance and much much more!
She is the face and force behind Out There with Melissa DiMarco, which is one of the country's longest-running comedy/variety series, also syndicated in international markets. For over 15 years, Melissa has produced ground-breaking television with a trademark for innovative shows. She has created hundreds of hours of content for networks including Rogers Media, Global, CHCH, FOX, and Out TV.
As an experienced content creator from all sides: writing, directing, showrunning, editing and on-camera. Highlights include: An Evening with Oliver Stone, Out There with Melissa DiMarco, Dreamseekers, Confessions of a Go-To-Girl, and Star Wars: Jedi Challenges. As an actor/host, Melissa has also interviewed hundreds of A-list celebrities from Brad Pitt and George Clooney to Julia Roberts and Lady Gaga. Melissa has long acted in a number of North America’s most memorable productions. She starred in the Emmy-winning drama, Degrassi: The Next Generation, CBC's Riverdale, as well as films like Red Green’s Duct Tape Forever and Hustle: The Pete Rose Story.
Melissa and her production company Out There Productions Inc. has won the U.S. International Film and Video Festival’s Outstanding Achievement in Creative Excellence Award, and has been nominated for 2 Banff Rockie Awards for Best TV and Variety Show and 2 Canadian Comedy Awards for Best Writing and Best TV Series.
Damian Lee has produced, written and directed over fifty feature films with an aggregation of budgets totaling over 200 million.
A master of the thriller genre, Damion directed and wrote A Dark Truth starring Andy García, Eva Longoria and Forest Whitaker, and also Sacrifice starring Cuba Gooding Jr. and Christian Slater. Noted credits include the teen favorite Ski School, which he directed and produced and went into sequel.
He produced Women Wanted starring Kiefer Sutherland and Academy Award winner Holly Hunter. He produced and wrote Death Wish V, starring Charles Bronson and three sequels of Watchers. Produced and wrote the comedy National Lampoon’s Last Resort.
Damion directed and wrote the sports drama film, A Fighting Man starring Dominic Purcell, James Caan, Famke Janssen.
He is responsible for helping to launch the careers of many stars including Jim Carrey, Kim Coates, Jason Priestley and Nina Dobrev.
Broadcast Production Professional
Links Live Media
Robert Metcalfe is a Broadcast Professional with a career spanning 20 years. Robert has held positions as a Videographer, Editor, Producer, Engineer, and Technical Producer. In recent years Robert has brought his skills in live broadcast production to the world of live stream with the creation Links Live Media he provides live multi-camera and EPK production services to content creators and business.
Broadcast: Development and Production Executive
Producer, Director, Actor, Coach
Brad Milne is an entrepreneur, producer, director, actor and coach with 275+ Acting assignments in the past 30 years coupled with 20 successful years experience as an acting coach. Brad has guided more than 1500 students in classes, workshops, seminars, bootcamps and in private sessions in the U.S. and Canada. Overseeing the day to day operations at Milne Studio, he has worked from concept to completion on feature films, TV-Pilots, commercial campaigns, corporate video libraries and more. His coaching of others started in sports as a teen when he guided freestyle skiers to championship levels through his training camps. Less than a decade later and after acquiring his own title of Canadian National Amateur Champion in his freestyle skiing discipline he applied his coaching skills to business where he helped foster success for individuals and companies of all sizes through sales, business development and strategic consulting. From these combined experiences Brad brings a holistic understanding of the artistic and entrepreneurial aspects of the acting career and it's intricate craft.
Broadcast: Development and Production Executive
Accessible Media Inc.
Development and Production Executive
Andrew Morris is a Development and Production Executive at Accessible Media Inc. (AMI), a not-for-profit media company that entertains, informs and empowers Canadians who are blind or partially sighted. In his role, Andrew oversees all independent productions from concept to delivery for AMI-tv.
Some recent highlights include commissioning the documentary series Mind Set Go, a 2020 Venice TV Award and multi Leo Award nominee; the series Employable Me, winner of the Banff World Media Festival Rockie Award for Best Lifestyle Series the past three years in a row; and the podcast/TV series What Happened to Holly Bartlett, one of Oprah Magazine's “12 True-Crime Podcasts That Will Give You Goosebumps”.