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Women in Media: Fireside Chats

   Moderator: Catherine Warren  |  Catherine Winder, Skybound Entertainment  |   Prem Gill, Creative BC

Join Catherine Warren in Conversation with Chief Executive Officer of Creative BC, Prem Gill. Prem has been named one of Canada's 100 most powerful women, Vancouver Magazine’s “Power 50”, Community Catalyst by the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade and listed as one of The Globe and Mail’s 10 Women Who Matter in Film and TV. She brings more than 20 years of experience from the digital media and entertainment industries to her current role as CEO, where she is responsible for delivering a wide range of programs and services that will expand BC’s creative economy to reach its economic and creative potential both at home and globally.

Catherine Winder is the CEO of Skybound North Entertainment, a creator driven content company in partnership with LA based Skybound Entertainment (Walking Dead, Outcast). She is also the CEO of Wind Sun Sky Entertainment, a Canadian content multi-media production company. She is in production and development on a slate of film, TV, AR and VR projects in both the digital and live action space.

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MODERATOR:
Catherine Warren,

President & Board Director,
Centre for Digital Media

Catherine Warren is the newly-appointed President & Board Director at the Centre for Digital Media, a thriving urban district for academia, industry and public engagement, located in the heart of Vancouver. She is a longstanding board member of the Bell Fund, Canada’s largest private fund for digital media associated with TV, with $200M+ invested to date. She also serves on the Nominating Committee for the international Emmy Awards organization and the board of DigiBC, the provincial industry association for video games, animation, visual effects and interactive marketing. The founder of FanTrust, a digital business development and audience-building consultancy celebrating 15 years, Catherine works with global entertainment clients in TV, film, video games and eSports, the emerging pro-gaming sector. Prior to founding FanTrust, Catherine was Chief Operating Officer of a broadcast tech company that she and colleagues took public on the Nasdaq, growing it to a $300M market cap, with powerful 24-hr news broadcasting clients. Her interests in culture-building and strategic transformation come from living and working internationally and from bridging the media, tech, tourism and education sectors. Catherine has a physics degree from Reed College and an MS from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where she did her original digital work on-site at MIT covering the launch of its Media Lab.

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Prem Gill,
CEO, Creative BC

 

The agency is designated by the Province of British Columbia to focus on uniting, sustaining and growing British Columbia’s dynamic and diverse creative sector including motion picture, music and sound recording, interactive and digital media, and magazine and book publishing.

Prem has been named one of Canada's 100 most powerful women, Vancouver Magazine’s “Power 50”, Community Catalyst by the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade and listed as one of The Globe and Mail’s 10 Women Who Matter in Film and TV. She brings more than 20 years of experience from the digital media and entertainment industries to her current role as CEO, where she is responsible for delivering a wide range of programs and services that will expand BC’s creative economy to reach its economic and creative potential both at home and globally.

Before Creative BC, Prem spent eight years with TELUS, most recently in the role of Director of Production & Original Programming. Her commitment to the advancement of BC’s creative economy can be seen through her achievements there, including the successful development and launch of the StoryHive program and TELUS’s Optik TV community channel.

For many years, Prem has championed Canadian creativity as a representative and spokesperson to media, industry and government at all levels. Previous roles and responsibilities have included government and regulatory affairs, independent media consultation, cross-platform marketing, communications, research, public affairs and multicultural programming.

Prem is currently Vice-Chair of the National Screen Institute and sits on the Board of Directors for Advantage BC and The Actors Fund of Canada. She is on the Advisory Board of the Women in View Festival, and was previously a board member of the Vancouver International Film Festival.

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Catherine Winder,
Skybound Entertainment

Catherine Winder is the CEO of Skybound North Entertainment, a creator driven content company in partnership with LA based Skybound Entertainment (Walking Dead, Outcast). She is also the CEO of Wind Sun Sky Entertainment, a Canadian content multi-media production company. She is in production and development on a slate of film, TV, AR and VR projects in both the digital and live action space. She produced the global event, highly successful film The Angry Birds Movie, based on the number one app of all time. In this role she was responsible for and involved in all aspects of the project including: building a studio from the ground-up, identifying the film's creative team, and managing the development, production, marketing and promotions of the property. She also developed a sequel film for this franchise. Previously as President/Executive Producer, Rainmaker Entertainment, Winder oversaw all creative and production operations of the studio in addition to producing the animated feature film, Escape from Planet Earth for The Weinstein Company. Prior to this role she was Executive Producer at LucasFilm Animation, overseeing the set-up and management of the division in Marin County and Singapore. As George Lucas' producer, she was responsible for taking the Star Wars brand into animation, developing and producing the first animated Star Wars movie and highly rated television series Star Wars: The Clone Wars. During her tenure at Fox Feature Animation, as Senior Vice President, Winder was integrally involved in the transformation of Fox's Blue Sky Studio from a visual effects and commercial production house into a CG feature film studio. She was also responsible for overseeing the production of the Oscar® nominated film Ice Age as well as completing Titan A.E. and ramping up Robots for production. Winder has consulted, produced and or worked with many content producers in North America including; DisneyToons Animation, Hanna-Barbera/Turner Productions, HBO Original Programming, MTV, Skybound Entertainment LLC, SpinMaster Entertainment and Illumination Entertainment. Winder co-authored the industry handbook "Producing Animation" for Focal Press. She also wrote and produced the award winning short film Luna featured in the book.