Executive Breakfast Series

A popular event among our Experienced members, the WIFT-T Executive Breakfast Series returns in 2018 with three complimentary and exclusive sessions exploring the latest trends and best practices for success.

The Executive Breakfast Series is by invitation-only for our Experienced members, 10+ years’ industry experience.

To attend, you must be a WIFT-T member in good standing. Space is limited.

Co-producing with the U.S.: Legal and Financial Considerations

Friday October 26, 2018
First Canadian Place
100 King Street West, Toronto

Invitations were sent to WIFT-T members in the Experienced Cohort on October 1. If you have not received an invitation and are a member of our Experienced cohort, please email Laurie Januska (

Join us as Marlo Miazga (Vice-President of Content, Bristow Global Media) moderates a panel of content developers, producers, and legal minds to examine the legal and financial considerations, as well as the benefits and complications of choosing to work with or for a U.S. production company.

Panelists include: Wanda Chaffey (producer), Jenna Keane (Chief Creative Officer, RTR Media), Toni Miceli (Chief Executive Officer, RTR Media), and Hatty Reisman, LLB, JD, ICD.D.

Marlo Miazga

Marlo Miazga joined Bristow Global Media Inc. (BGM) as Vice President of Content in 2016. She has been collaborating with some of the leading voices in Canadian television for 25 years and has built a reputation for creating and producing television that draws on her deep roots in factual and drama.

Prior to joining the company, Marlo served as the co-executive producer for BGM on the CBC docudrama series, Canada: The Story of Us and is currently executive producing 100 Days to Victory for HISTORY channel (Canada, Australia and New Zealand) and BBC (Scotland); kids’ factual series, It’s My Party for TVO (Canada); and a slate of drama series in development with Attraction Media.

From 2011 to 2015, Marlo was co-president of Newroad Media, producing popular series such as Close Encounters (2013) for Discovery Channel and Science U.S, Curious and Unusual Deaths for Discovery Channel Canada and A&E UK, as well as My Wild Affair for PBS, Animal Planet Canada and Discovery West. Before launching Newroad Media, Marlo worked as an editor, series producer and creator of both dramatic and factual television. Additional credits include: multiple award-winning feature, Cinema Verite: The Defining the Moment, psychological feature thriller, The Dark Hours; CBC five-part series,Tuning In and Gemini award winner, Too Colourful for the League.

Marlo launched her career as a film editor after graduating from McGill University and the Canadian Film Centre, where she has been a resident mentor for the last decade.

Wanda Chaffey

Wanda Chaffey is a Toronto-based independent film and television Producer who has built a solid reputation delivering high quality programming across all platforms to major broadcasters and networks worldwide. She is recognized in both Canada and Europe for her substantial contributions to a diverse slate of projects including drama, fantasy, action, adventure, musical, comedy, and long-form documentary. She has worked on hundreds of hours of programming, developing collaborative relationships with creatives and building highly successful and lasting partnerships. Her unique combination of skills and experience includes creative, business affairs, production management, budgeting, script breakdown, accounting and tax credit tracking and administration. She has also proved adept at delivering on time and on budget projects at all levels including independents, international co-productions, and network studio collaborations.

Wanda’s producer credits include: Designated Survivor, Beauty and the Beast, Lost Girl, and Working the Engels.

Jenna Keane

As Chief Creative Officer at RTR Media, Jenna oversees development of new concepts and the creative advancement of existing successful series. A passion for generating ideas, developing new formats and simply being a part of what's new and next, Jenna has enjoyed working on new networks and creating first seasons of many successful series.

Jenna has a wide range of experience in production, development and broadcasting with a specialty in lifestyle and reality television.Prior to joining RTR, Jenna spent a number of years as a Production Executive at HGTV Canada and Food Network Canada. An early adopter of digital storytelling, Jenna produced shows for one of the worlds first digital channels and The Lofters. (2001) A true hybrid of linear and digital television. As a freelancer, Jenna held positions as Showrunner, Developer, Field Director and Story Editor. Winner of 2012 and 2014, 2015 Canadian Screen Award for Best Lifestyle series.  Jenna graduated with BFA Honours and awards from York University: Film and Video Production.

Toni Miceli

Toni brings an impressive track record in production management to her role as Chief Executive Officer at RTR Media, having successfully managed numerous million dollar budgets and an ever-growing multi-million dollar production slate.

Prior to joining RTR, Toni spent time with 11 Television Canada, where she was the Executive in Charge of Production for their international hits Destination Fear (Travel US) and Panic Button (Space & TruTV). Toni also spent several years as the VP of Magee TV.

Some of her production credits include Executive Producer of Food Network Canada’s Everyday Exotic, Producer of W Network’s Smart Woman Survival Guide and Line Producer for LIFE Network’s popular fashion series, So Chic, HGTV’s decorating hits Design Rivals and Love by Design.

Hatty Reisman, LLB, JD, ICD.D

Hatty Reisman, founder and senior lawyer at Reisman Law Offices is a seasoned corporate lawyer with business and operations experience.  Prior to establishing this firm, Hatty spent 20 years in the trenches getting to know her clients' business.  She was a founding partner of the Toronto office of Heenan Blaikie and went on to serve as General Counsel of two leading Canadian entertainment public companies — Atlantis Communications and Nelvana Limited.

Hatty offers legal and business expertise specializing in the cultural industries sector including advising on all aspects of the film and television industry, interim financing, corporate transactions and day to day corporate matters, intellectual property, employment and immigration issues arising in these and other industries, small claims court matters, as well as on issues faced by technology startups, and on music, publishing and new media matters.

She is also a frequent speaker at industry events and conferences and is recognized by Lexpert as a leading entertainment lawyer, and by Cambridge's World Wide Who's Who.

Please note: Dates are subject to change. All breakfasts run from 8:30-10:00 AM. 

Next: "Co-producing with the U.S.: Legal & Financial Considerations"

October 26, 2018

Invitations, with further details on location and itinerary, were sent out October 1 to WIFT-T Experienced members. If you're a member with 10+ years of experience in the industry who has not received an invitation, please contact Laurie Januska.


In conversation with ... Tassie Cameron, executive producer, writer. Moderated by WIFT-T Board Chair, Jocelyn Hamilton.

Tassie Cameron is a Gemini and Canadian Screen Award-winning screenwriter and 2009 WIFT-T Crystal Award winner (Creative Excellence) who has written for television series, movies-of-the-week, mini-series, and feature films.

She is the creator, showrunner, and executive producer of ABC’s Ten Days in the Valley (starring Kyra Sedgwick, with Skydance Media.) Tassie is also an executive producer and writer on the critically-acclaimed Mary Kills People, produced under her production company Cameron Pictures in partnership with Entertainment One for Global/Lifetime.

Previously, Tassie was the co-creator, executive producer and showrunner on the hit series, Rookie Blue, which ran for six seasons on Global and ABC, and which has aired around the world. She is also an executive producer on Private Eyes, Jason Priestley’s hit P.I. series for Global.

Co-Executive Producer on the first season of CTV’s hit series, Flashpoint, Tassie’s other credits include Would Be Kings, The Eleventh Hour, Degrassi: The Next Generation, Tom Stone, Wild Roses, Fast Food High, Raising the Bar, Cake, and Working Title’s adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s The Robber Bride.

A graduate of the University of Toronto, New York University and the Canadian Film Centre, Tassie also received the 2015 Canadian Screen Award’s Margaret Collier Award for Lifetime Achievement.

In conversation with ... Vicki Saunders, founder, ShEO. Moderated by WIFT-T Executive Director, Heather Webb.

Vicki Saunders is an entrepreneur, award-winning mentor, advisor to the next generation of change makers, and a leading advocate for entrepreneurship as a way of creating positive transformation in the world.

Vicki is Founder of SheEO and #RadicalGenerosity, a global initiative to radically transform how we support, finance, and celebrate female entrepreneurs.

Vicki has co-founded and run ventures in Europe, Toronto and Silicon Valley and taken a company public on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

Vicki was recently named as 1 of 30 “World-Changing Women in Conscious Business” by Conscious Company Magazine and one of the 100 most influential leaders of 2015 from EBW – Empowering a Billion Women. In 2001, Vicki was selected as a Global Leader for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum.


How to Truly Be Multi-platform with Vanessa Case, EVP, Content, Blue Ant Media

Leadership & Followership: The Mentoring Spectrum with Diana Kawarsky, President, The Soft Skills Group

Balance is Bull****: Work-Life Integration with Amy Laski, President of Felicity PR (Inspiring Communications)


Immersive technologies: Virtual, augmented, and mixed realities with Lucie Lalumière, Founder & Principal, Lalumière Media

Staying Relevant in Times of Change:  Adapting, Strategizing and Getting your Hands Dirty with Laurie Brown, host, Pondercast

Regulation in the Digital Age: What's Next for Canadian Content? with Peter S. Grant, Counsel, McCarthy Tétrault LLP; and Trina McQueen, O.C. | Bell Media Professor, MBA Program in Arts & Media Administration, Schulich School of Business

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