February 3: New Original Series “To Catch a Killer” Sets Out to Solve Canadian Cold Cases on OWN

unnamed1 February 3: New Original Series To Catch a Killer Sets Out to Solve Canadian Cold Cases on OWN(January 28, 2014 – Halifax, Canada) This March, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada) premieres the new original real-life crime series To Catch a Killer. In the eight-part documentary series, Ontario-based police officer Mike Arntfield and his squad of tech-savvy civilians work to solve Canadian cold cases by interviewing family members and witnesses, dissecting evidence (old and new), visiting long-forgotten crime scenes, and re-enacting potential scenarios – all while the cold-case clock ticks. Produced by Ocean Entertainment Ltd of Halifax, in association with OWN (Canada), To Catch a Killer premieres Saturday, March 1 at 8 p.m. ET.

To view a trailer of the series, please click here.

“Mike Arntfield is like a real-life Sherlock Holmes, and it’s fascinating to watch him and his team peel back the layers of these perplexing cold cases,” said Vibika Bianchi, Vice President, Original Programming, Women’s and Family Television, Corus Entertainment. “This series offers a truly engaging and enlightening experience to our OWN (Canada) audience with real-world detective work and tangible results.”

Each one-hour episode introduces a different crime as Arntfield – a working cop and university professor with a PhD – and his team use fresh eyes and advanced tools in their quest to solve these longstanding mysteries and bring closure to the victims’ families.

Arntfield guides the six-member squad as they take to the field, seeking new leads and exploiting modern technology. Capitalizing on the potential of 21st-century technology to unearth new information, Arntfield also relies on squad members to use their own skill sets – which run the gamut from medical biophysics to forensic anthropology to private investigating – and ways of thinking to move each case forward. New information uncovered by the squad is passed on to appropriate law-enforcement officials.

“We knew when we embarked on To Catch a Killer that it would be incredibly challenging trying to dig up fresh information on cases that are decades old. But we had faith in our squad and their methods and it really paid off, as viewers will see in each episode,” says Johanna Eliot, the show’s Executive Producer, and President of Ocean Entertainment of Halifax. ”It was such a rewarding experience because the victims’ family members were with us for the entire journey. We are so grateful for that.”

The first episode, which premieres on Saturday, March 1 at 8 p.m. ET, examines the cold case of Donna Jean Awcock. When Awcock failed to return home after babysitting in October 1983, her devastated family had no idea what could have happened. Although her remains were found just one day later in an area not far from where she was babysitting, no arrest has ever been made in connection with the 17-year-old’s sexual assault and murder. Thirty years later, Mike Arntfield and his squad are re-examining the case with fresh eyes in their quest to end the family’s nightmare.

To Catch a Killer is produced in association with OWN (Canada) and with the participation of the Canada Media Fund (CMF) and Film and Creative Industries Nova Scotia (FCINS). For more information about the series, please click here.

About OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada)
On March 1, 2011, OWN launched in over six million Canadian homes on what was previously the VIVA channel. OWN is available in Canada through a license agreement with OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.

About Corus Entertainment Inc.
Corus Entertainment Inc. is a Canadian-based media and entertainment company. Corus is a market leader in specialty television and radio with additional assets in pay television, television broadcasting, children’s book publishing, children’s animation and animation software. The Company’s multimedia entertainment brands include YTV, Treehouse, Nickelodeon (Canada), ABC Spark, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada), Cosmopolitan TV, Sundance Channel (Canada), Movie Central, HBO Canada, Nelvana, Kids Can Press, Toon Boom and 37 radio stations including CKNW AM 980, 99.3 The FOX, Country 105, 630 CHED, Q107 and 102.1 the Edge. Corus creates engaging branded entertainment experiences for its audiences across multiple platforms. A publicly traded company, Corus is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (CJR.B). Experience Corus on the web at www.corusent.com.

About Ocean Entertainment Limited
Ocean Entertainment Limited is a dynamic, award-winning production company based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Established in 1997, Ocean specializes in television production, primarily series and documentaries. Along with To Catch a Killer, the company’s diverse slate of television series includes the award-nominated The Candy ShowFamily Renovation and Spice Goddess, as well as the multi-award-winning Chef at Home and French Food at Home. Visit www.ocean.ca

Hollywood Screenwriter and Author in Charlottetown


Do you ever think about writing a screenplay?


Charlottetown, April 10, 2013–Whether you’re thinking about it or you’ve got a couple under your belt, this workshop is a unique opportunity for emerging and professional and writers to develop new skills.  Women in Film and Television–Atlantic (WIFT-AT) and the Island Media Arts Coop (IMAC) are jointly sponsoring two days of lectures and conversation with Hollywood producer, director, author, Bill Boyle, on the craft of writing the picture perfect screenplay.  This workshop is an extension of the PEI Screenwriters’ Bootcamp.

Bill Boyle is an award winning screenwriter, University of California Extensions Instructor in screenwriting and author of The Visual Mindscape of the Screenplay.  He has been rated by Creative Screenwriting Magazine among the top 10% of Script Analysts and Consultants, and he has been involved in the film industry in both Canada and the U.S. for over 25 years as a writer, director, agent, producer, story editor and mentor.

Mr. Boyle will be mentoring a group of writers during the PEI Screenwriters’ Bootcamp and is extending his stay in PEI in order to deliver this two-day workshop.  During the workshop, participants will learn the fundamentals of writing visually–the essence of the perfect script!   These sessions are suitable for all levels of writers and do not require special training or experience.

All WIFT members in attendance will be eligible to WIN their $100 registration fee.  Draw will take place during the workshop.

Participants can choose to attend one or both days, as content of day one will reveal the most basic and fundamental truths about cinema and a unique approach to writing for film; and day two will include a recap of day one along with an exploitation of the visual aspects of story and ways to enhance the overall storytelling experience as well as a question and answer session on everything from how to write the kinetic logline to how to sell your script.

This workshop is being held at the Haviland Club, 2 Haviland Street, Charlottetown, PEI from 10 am to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 24 and 25.

Following is the workshop fee structure:

  • $120 Early Bird Rate (by May 10);
  • $100 Rate for members of WIFT or any film coop in Atlantic Canada (IMAC, NIFCO, NBFC, AFCOOP);
  • $150 Regular Rate;
  • $75 for those who can only attend one day.

For more information or to register, visit www.peiscreenwritersbootcamp.net or contact louise@peiscreenwritersbootcamp.net  (902) 566-1353   Seats are limited, so don’t wait.



March 30th: Reel talk will feature filmmaker Megan Wennberg


Award Winning Short Filmmaker Megan Wennberg Guest at Reel Talk

(March 20, 2012) On Friday, March 30th Reel Talk: Conversations with Women in Film and Television features filmmaker Megan Wennberg, in conversation with writer Jessica Marsh. Megan’s film Flush was one of only a dozen short films featured on the 2012 WIFT-International Showcase DVD and her feature comedy THE PINK LADIES won the Inspired Script Award at the Atlantic Film Festival.

Join us at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, March 30th at The Khyber, 1588 Barrington Street, Halifax, NS as Women in Film and Television-Atlantic and Carbon Arc welcome filmmaker Megan Wennberg to Reel Talk: Conversations with Women in Film and Television. WIFT-AT members are FREE, non-WIFT-AT members $6.

“Reel Talk is a monthly one-on-one interview with one woman, in a focused, intimate setting, just like Inside The Actor’s Studio.” says Reel Talk organizer and WIFT-AT Board member Jessica Marsh. “It’s a great opportunity to get to know some fascinating women who work & make art in film and television.”

Have a beer or pop & some popcorn and sit in on the interview. Afterwards, people stay and chat with each other and the Reel Talk guest and host, and sometimes migrate to another location where the conversation continues, over a cup of tea or a glass of wine!

Megan Wennberg is a writer and filmmaker. Her most recent short films include FLUSH, SHADOWS AND SUNSHINE and BERNARD THE MAGICIAN. Her shorts have won awards at Hot Docs and the National Screen Institute, and her feature comedy THE PINK LADIES won the Inspired Script Award at the Atlantic Film Festival. Megan is currently developing the features 52 WORDS and FALLING IS LIKE THIS, and she recently received funding for her short drama SPIN THE BARREL. Megan graduated from the Canadian Film Centre’s Writers’ Lab in 2011.

WIFT, an international organization with 37 chapters and more than 10,000 members, was founded in 1973. It is committed to advancement for women in professional development and achievement in film, video and other screen-based media. WIFT-AT is celebrating its third year as the Atlantic Canada Chapter.

Contact: Jessica Marsh
Phone. 405-3710 / email info@wift-at.com


April 10th: Film presentation and discussion, Le temps de vivre

What: Film presentation and discussion : Le temps de vivre

Where: Aberdeen Cultural Centre, second floor, 140 Botsford St., Moncton (entrance off Alma St.)

When: Tuesday, April 10, 7p.m. (doors open 6:30 p.m.)

How much: $5 for the general public, free for WIFT-AT members

March 6, 2012 —WIFT-AT (The Atlantic chapter of Women in Film and Television) in collaboration with Film Zone, presents  ”Le temps de vivre”, a memorable evening with Annett Wolf,  the esteemed Danish filmmaker, now living in Cape Breton,

Wolf will screen her film on the celebrated Belgian singer/songwriter, Jacques Brel.  She will share details of her extraordinary encounter with this enigmatic artist. Filmed in 1970, the Moncton screening willl mark the North American debut of « Le temps de vivre ».

As a filmmaker, producer, director and renowned interviewer, Annett Wolf practically invented le genre ”The Making Of…” Over a span of five decades, she has filmed some of the most well known personalities in Europe and North America.  Her journalist ethics and her sensitivity have won her the confidence of some of the most reluctant celebrities.

Among the remarkable people she has presented are : Yves Montand, Juliette Greco, Elvis, Sir Alfred Hitchcock, Peter Sellers, Jerry Lewis, Sissy Spacek, John Cassevettes, Eddie Murphy, Ingmar Bergman, Steven Spielberg, Rudolphe Nureyev, Charles Aznavour, Marcel Marceau, and Norman Jewison.  Wolf considers her interview with Jacques Brel to be among her most notable.

This special evening is made possible in part through the generosity of Film NB.  The New Brunswick Filmmakers’ Co-operative will host a wine and cheese reception.

Please note this is a bilingual event.  The film is in French.  The presentation by Annett Wolf will be in English.

For more details, please contact Pamela Gallant (506) 577-6073, galpam@rogers.com



Pour diffusion immédiate

Évènement : Le Temps de vivre

Lieu : 2e étage, Centre Aberdeen, 140 rue Botsford, Moncton (l’entrée se fera de la rue Alma)

Date : le 10 avril à 19h00 (les portes seront ouvertes à partir de 18h30)

Coût : $5 public général et gratuit pour les membres de WIFT-AT

WIFT-AT (Women in Film and Television Atlantic) en collaboration avec Film Zone présente Le Temps de vivre, une soirée rencontre avec la cinéaste danoise Annett Wolf. Lors de cette soirée inoubliable, Madame Wolf nous présentera son film sur le célègre chanteur belge, Jacques Brel, et nous parlera de sa rencontre privilégiée avec le chanteur énigmatique. Quoique tourné en 1970, ce film inédit sera présenté pour la première fois en Amérique du Nord ici à Moncton le 10 avril.

Femme de la scène et de la télévision, productrice, réalisatrice et interviewer de renommé, Annett Wolf a pratiquement inventé le genre ”The Making Of…”. Au fil des cinq dernières décennies elle a filmé les personnalités les plus connues de l’Europe et de l’Amérique du Nord. Son éthique journalistique et sa sensibilité lui ont gagné la confiance des plus réticents parmis les célébrités. De ce fait elle nous à livré des entrevues des plus marquantes de notre époque. Parmi ces grands qu’elle nous a fait découvrir : Yves Montand, Juliette Greco, Elvis, Sir Alfred Hitchcock, Peter Sellers, Jerry Lewis, Sissy Spacek, John Cassevettes, Eddie Murphy, Ingmar Bergman, Steven Spielberg, Rudolphe Nureyev, Charles Aznavour, Marcel Marceau, Norman Jewison,etc…

Lors de son passage à Moncton elle nous parlera d’une personne qui l’a particulièrement marquée et dont elle se souviendra toujours, Jacques Brel.

Cette soirée est rendu possible grâce à la participation généreuse de Film NB. Un vin et fromage sera offert par le New Brunswick Filmmakers’ Co-operative.

À noter : la soirée se déroulera en français et en anglais. Le film que présentera Mme Wolf est en français et sa présentation sera en anglais.

Pour plus d’informations sur la soirée veuillez contacter Pamela Gallant au (506) 577-6073, galpam@rogers.com

Award-winning director Kari Skogland sure to inspire at Women Making Waves film, TV and digital media conference

(Halifax, March 3, 2012) When Kari Skogland released her critically acclaimed film Fifty Dead Men Walking, starring Ben Kingsley, she was disheartened by the distribution problems and pirating that affected the success of the release.

Fast forward three years and the Ottawa native has logged credits on several well-regarded Canadian TV shows – including The Borgias, The Listener and Being Erica – and is set to direct new episodes of The Borgias and Boardwalk Empire. Skogland is also casting her next movie, The Prisoner of Tehran, based on the bestselling book.

And she’s coming to Halifax to talk about how her greatest film successes are a rollercoaster ride of elation mixed with adversity, during Women Making Waves 2012, the second annual Women in Film and Television–Atlantic conference for people involved and interested in the film, television and digital media fields, set for March 9-11.

“These are issues nearly everyone in the industry struggles with, and it will be terrific to hear from somebody as successful as Kari how to overcome very real obstacles,” says Jan Miller, co-chair of Women Making Waves with Ann Bernier.

Skogland’s opening conversation with journalist Christine McLean, and her directing workshop later in the day, are just two of the many conference sessions to look forward to, says Miller, who is also Chair of Women in Film & Television-Atlantic.

“Our program truly has something for everyone – whether you’re a resilient vet, an emerging auteur, or a student discovering your love of these art forms,” says Miller. The event, to be held at Mount Saint Vincent University and other venues in Halifax, features a diverse range of panels, workshops, speakers and networking opportunities.

It includes:

-        Re: Unions – Getting Our Dues, featuring Ferne Downey (ACTRA National), Richard Hadley (ACTRA Maritimes), Tim Storey (Directors Guild of Canada) and Gary Vermier (IATSE), with host Amanda Coles (Brock University)

-        The Permission Slip: Avoid Wrong Turns With Copyright, with Canada’s top clearance specialist, Elizabeth Klinck. Learn the latest on how to obtain, reduce costs and limit risks using stock footage, stills and recorded music

-        Hi-Tech/Hi-Touch: Building a winning audience engagement strategy, with Julie Giles of GreenHATDigital, the Toronto firm behind web projects Ruby Skye, P.I., Vine of the Soul, and Guidestones, as well as a 3D game, Humans VS Vampires, for the tween hit My Babysitter’s a Vampire

There’s also the eagerly anticipated For a Funny Time, Call … a women in comedy panel starring Cheryl Hann (Picnicface, Rollertown), Cathy Jones (22 Minutes), Nikki Payne (Single White Spenny), and Christine Taylor (The Juicy Danger Show), hosted by Nancy Regan.

And If The Show Fitz: A Conversation with Award-Winning Sheri Elwood. Featuring the creator and showrunner of the hit series Call Me Fitz and dubbed How to get your own hit television show in fifteen years or less, it sees Elwood in discussion with Noreen Golfman (Chair of the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival).

Women Making Waves 2012 wraps up with the WAVE Awards, honouring women in the Atlantic screen industries.

Conference passes and individual event tickets are now available to everyone. For more information, and to register, visit www.wift-at.com.

The conference is co-presented with Mount Saint Vincent University. WIFT-AT also gratefully recognizes the support of the Province of Nova Scotia through the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage Division, as well as Telefilm Canada and Film Nova Scotia, to name just a few.

WIFT, an international organization with 37 chapters and more than 10,000 members, was founded in 1973. It is committed to advancement for women in professional development and achievement in film, video and other screen-based media. Almost three years young, WIFT-AT is the Atlantic Canadian chapter of the international organization.


For interviews, or more information, please contact:

Skana Gee, publicist

Women Making Waves


(w) 902-466-7191

(c) 902-223-5234

News Release: Call for Nominations for the 2012 Wave Awards

2012 WAVE Awards to honour outstanding Atlantic Canadian women in film, TV and new media


(Halifax, Jan. 16, 2012) The WAVE Awards, honouring women in the screen industry in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Prince Edward Island, are now open for nominations. The deadline is Thursday, Feb. 2.

Introduced last year during the inaugural Women Making Waves conference, the WAVE Awards recognize noteworthy women in the industry.

“We are looking for remarkable nominees who have made an indelible mark on the screen industry – and the people it envelopes – in their own unique way,” says Jan Miller, co-chair with Ann Bernier of Women Making Waves 2012.

The WAVE Awards have no categories. The goal is to salute women in the region’s screen industry for their contributions, accomplishments, emerging talent, vision, leadership, dedication and tremendous behind-the-scenes support.

“Any woman in the industry, at any level, can be nominated: from directors to set designers, bookkeepers to producers, wardrobe assistants to volunteers,” says Miller, who is also Chair of Women in Film & Television-Atlantic, which hosts Women Making Waves.

Women Making Waves takes place March 9 through 11 in Halifax, featuring a diverse array of panels, workshops and networking opportunities. It is open to men and women, and nominations for the WAVE Awards can be submitted by any member of the public.

Last year’s winners were Cat LeBlanc, Member Services Director, New Brunswick Film Co-op; award-winning Halifax filmmaker Ann Verrall; PEI’s Cheryl Wagner, creator of The Big Comfy Couch and other children’s television programs; and Jean Smith, Executive Director, Newfoundland Independent Filmmakers Co-operative.

“I was particularly moved to receive an award for vision and accomplishment, because it honours an approach to working not just as a director, writer, producer, educator, community worker,” says Verrall. “For people who work outside the conventional job positions in the film industry, this award acknowledges the many ways artists create and contribute.”

The WAVE Awards will be presented at the Women Making Waves Awards Brunch on Sunday, March 11. For more information, visit http://wift-at.com/women-making-waves-the-wave-awards/. Nominations are due Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012 and can be submitted by e-mail to awards.wift.at@gmail.com

Women Making Waves is an annual conference held in March, coinciding with International Women’s Day. WMW is for everyone, from seasoned industry pros to emerging talents and students. The WMW panels and workshops reach out to above-the-line (writers, directors, producers), below-the-line (crew, technicians, actors) and those blurring the line with a passion for new or transmedia (interactive, mobile, multi-platform).

Women Making Waves is a WIFT-AT and Mount Saint Vincent University partnership. We welcome the generous financial support of the Province of Nova Scotia through the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage – Culture Division; Telefilm Canada; and Film Nova Scotia.

WIFT, an international organization with 37 chapters and more than 10,000 members, was founded in 1973. It is committed to advancement for women in professional development and achievement in film, video and other screen-based media. WIFT-AT was founded in March 2009 as part of the international movement.

For interviews, or more information, please contact:


Sarah MacLeod

Coordinator, WIFT-AT