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Faculty in the Writing for Film & TV program are dedicated working professionals. Links to faculty members’ websites, which showcase their work and accomplishments, appear in program’s faculty roster below.

Michelle Daly | Program Director, Writing for Film & TV


Michelle is a leading executive producer and creative development consultant.

One of Michelle’s first positions was as a production assistant on the popular Canadian comedy sketch series The Kids in the Hall. Her passion for creativity ignited, Michelle later took on the role of director of content at The Comedy Network, where she managed the creative elements for a variety of tv shows including Corner Gas , Dan for Mayor, and The Jon Dore Television Show.

Michelle then spent close to ten years at the CBC in senior roles, first as the executive in charge of production for scripted prime-time shows, and later as the senior director of comedy. As senior director, Michelle led the team responsible for managing the creative development and production of CBC’s original comedic programming. She has contributed to the success of such popular shows as Kim’s Convenience, This Hour Has 22 Minutes, and the Emmy-award winning series Schitt’s Creek.

Check out Michelle Daly’s IMDb page for her extensive list of credits.

Ken Chubb*


Ken Chubb is a sought-after story and script editor for both film and TV and an outstanding developer of new and emerging writing talent. Ken was story editor for the successful teen werewolf feature film, Ginger Snaps and it’s sequel and prequel. He story edited Hunt for Justicethe Louise Arbour StoryAgent of Influence starring Christopher Plummer, and Crazy Canucks – all CTV MOWs, as well as H2O starring Paul Gross and Dragon Boys – both CBC mini-series. Ken was Executive Story Editor for JOZI-H a 13 x 1 hour medical drama series shot in Johannesburg and shown on CBC. He has story edited films including Claude Jutra award winner and Genie-nominated Flower & GarnetTurning Paige(nominated for four Genies), Vincenzo Natali’s feature film, Nothing, and recently, Real Time written and directed by Randall Cole and starring Randy Quaid and Jay Baruchel. Ken has recently been story consultant for the new CBC one-hour drama series Arctic Air.

Alan Resnick  | Instructor 


As one of the original writers on THIS HOUR HAS 22 MINUTES (CBC), Alan earned three Gemini Awards and one Writer’s Guild of Canada Top Ten Award. He went on to become Showrunner for two series on The Comedy Network – season 1 of LIOCRACY starring LESLIE NIELSEN, and Y B NORMAL? starring the sketch troupe Y B NORMAL? In the world of animation, Alan has written multiple episodes of the following popular kids animated series: RUBY GLOOM (YTV), JIMMY TWO-SHOES (Teletoon), ROCKET MONKEYS (Teletoon), TOTAL DRAMA ISLAND (Teletoon), and STOKED (Teletoon). He is currently working on a kids animated series, and awaiting the release in 2021 of KOATI, an animated family adventure-comedy he wrote starring Sofia Vergara. 

Bruno Sanseverino Lyra | Instructor 


Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Bruno only began working in film in recent years. Indeed, until mid-2016, he was a corporate tax lawyer, has become the youngest senior partner in the history of his 60+year firm. 

Since making the switch to film, Bruno has devoted his time to both producing — credits include the award-winning feature The Sounding as well as the ongoing series First Person, now in its second season, having played at TIFF and Cannes — and screenwriting — he secured a deal with Blue Ant Media for his TV show Identities and one of his feature film projects was recently selected for development financing by Telefilm. 

Colin Aussant  | Instructor 


Colin Aussant is a Toronto-based screenwriter with a bent for comedy, drama, thrillers, and anything with a little edge and originality. As a graduate of the Canadian Film Centre’s Feature and TV Bootcamp programs, Colin has a variety of projects in development including: The Invisibles, feature, co-written with Andrew Currie (Anagram/Quadrant Pictures) with Telefilm development funding; Acid Town, one-hour drama series, creator/writer (Counterfeit Pictures); Holmes, one-hour drama series, co-creator/writer (Circle Blue entertainment) 1991, half-hour comedy series, creator/ writer, (Hoodwink Productions). Former projects include Fishbat .45, creator/writer, half-hour comedy series (Teletoon Network); Crude, half-hour comedy series, creator/writer (Showcase Network). 

Dave McGrath | Instructor 


Started working in television over twenty years ago. Graduated from York University, studying Film and Screenwriting. Produced, directed, and wrote several short films. The success of these led to directing TV commercials and music videos. Interned at eOne in TV production, TV Development, and International Film Distribution. Began mentoring newcomers to the industry and decided to earn a Bachelor of Education from Western University. Then returned to projects and became the manager of development for 9-Light Entertainment, working to put together a slate of films. Producer on the 9 Light Feature film Broken Mile, which premiered at the Whistler Film Festival and had a limited North American Theatrical run. Has since optioned several feature scripts and is currently developing a feature directorial debut while teaching for the Toronto Film School. Started working in television over twenty years ago. Graduated from York University, studying Film and Screenwriting. Produced, directed, and wrote several short films. The success of these led to directing TV commercials and music videos. Interned at eOne in TV production, TV Development, and International Film Distribution. Began mentoring newcomers to the industry and decided to earn a Bachelor of Education from Western University. Then returned to projects and became the manager of development for 9-Light Entertainment, working to put together a slate of films. Producer on the 9 Light Feature film Broken Mile, which premiered at the Whistler Film Festival and had a limited North American Theatrical run. Has since optioned several feature scripts and is currently developing a feature directorial debut while teaching for the Toronto Film School. 

David Goorevitch*


David Goorevitch is the President of Javelin Pictures, a production and consulting company with a specialty in scripted entertainment, new media storytelling and interactive experience design. Currently, he has a development slate awash with original content from feature films and dramatic series to a wide range of new media entertainment properties. David is a past resident at the Canadian Film Centre Media Lab and was formerly the Deputy Creative Head at CBC Drama, where he was the executive in charge of such flagship shows as DaVinci’s InquestDragon BoysThis Is WonderlandNorth of 60The Odyssey and Jozi-H. While at CBC, David pioneered and championed early online experiments, multiplatform production and an online presence for CBC TV Arts and Entertainment. His long career includes work as a Producer, Head of Production, Creative Producer, Senior Development Consultant, Film Editor and independent director/writer/filmmaker. David has read, analyzed and edited more than 8,500 screenplays.

Fern Levitt | Instructor 


Fern Levitt is an international award-winning documentary producer and director who personally interviewed several of the world’s most respected leaders including President Clinton and Bush Sr., Edward Shevardnadze, former Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Soviet Union and President of Georgia, President Vaclav Havel, former dissident and first President of a free Czechoslovakia and President Mikhail Gorbachev of the former Soviet Union. Ms. Levitt was chosen to direct a bio on President Gorbachev to mark the 20th anniversary of Perestroika. The film, Gorbachev’s Revolution was presented at an evening honoring President Gorbachev in Washington D.C. 

Janet MacLean  | Instructor 


Janet MacLean is a writer and producer of television drama who has earned over a hundred credits in Canada and the United States. She was Executive Producer and Writer for the CBC series Cracked, as well as Co-Creator and Showrunner of the acclaimed CBC series The Border, for which she received two Gemini nominations. Before The Border, MacLean wrote the three Murdoch Mystery Movies that kicked off the long-running dramatic series, which earned her Writers Guild Award and Gemini nominations. Other television work includes the Joanne Kilbourn Mysteries for CTV, and multiple episodes of such iconic series as Road to Avonlea, Emily of New Moon, and Eerie, Indiana. 

Jeffrey St Jules | Instructor 


Jeffrey St. Jules is a writer, director, and educator. He was the first Canadian to have been selected for the Cannes Festival Residence where he developed his feature film debut, BANG BANG BABY. Bang Bang Baby premiered at TIFF where it was awarded Best First Canadian Feature. It was also the winner of the top prize at the Santa Barbara Film Festival and the award for outstanding debut feature at the Canadian Screen Awards. He has been described as ‘Canada’s master of the surreal short form’ by The Globe and Mail and ‘One of the most brazenly original voices to come out of Canada in the past 10 years’ by TIFF. His much-lauded shorts include THE SADNESS OF JOHNSON JOE JANGLES, which played over 40 festivals worldwide, THE TRAGIC STORY OF NLING, which was selected for the Sundance Film Festival and named the best short film of 2007 by Film Threat, and LET THE DAYLIGHT INTO THE SWAMP, an experimental 3D documentary which was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award and won Best of the Festival at the Yorkton Film Festival. All three films had their premiere at TIFF. He is currently in post-production on his second feature – Cinema of Sleep. 

Jordan Walker  | Instructor 


A graduate of the Canadian Film Centre, Jordan has written and produced multiple award-winning films, television, and new media projects that have screened at prestigious festivals such as TIFF, Cannes, and Slamdance. Throughout his career, Jordan has had the opportunity to collaborate with many film luminaries such as Academy Awarding winner Morgan Freeman, Golden Globe winner Francis Conroy, Emmy winner Vincent D’Onofrio and legendary director Lawrence Kasdan. Jordan’s latest film, James Vs His Future Self, currently on Crave in Canada and Amazon Prime in the US, stars Daniel Stern (Home Alone) and was nominated for four Canadian Screen Awards including Best Screenplay. In addition to writing and producing, Jordan has been educating the next generation of filmmakers for the past 9 years and has been able to start many successful careers with graduates working on Netflix’s The Boys, Star Trek: Discovery, and Designated Survivor. 

Jonas Chernick


Jonas Chernick is an actor/screenwriter/producer. He wrote, produced and stars in My Awkward Sexual Adventure, which had its world premiere at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival and was subsequently named one of TIFF’s Top Ten Films of 2012. It went on to win the People’s Choice Award at the 2012 Calgary International Film Festival and the Audience Award at the 2012 Whistler Film Festival, and was picked up for US distribution by Tribeca Films who will release the movie in March 2013. Jonas was nominated for an ACTRA Award for Outstanding Male Performance for his work in the film. He co-wrote and starred in Lucid, a feature film that premiered at TIFF 2005 and won the City TV Award for Best Western Canadian Feature Film at the 2005 Vancouver International Film Festival. Jonas won a 2008 Gemini Award and was nominated for a 2009 ACTRA Award for his work as “Slade” on the hit CBC drama series The Border. He can also be seen in the upcoming feature Blood Pressure, which had its world premiere at the 2012 Busan International Film Festival screened in competition for the Borsos Award at the 2012 Whistler Film Festival.

Joshua Boles | Instructor 


Joshua Boles is a screenwriter and director whose past works as a writer include the award-winning films The Dirties and Woman in Stall, and the Sundance-premiering Operation: Avalanche. His directorial debut is the short film Children of Wrath. 

Max Reid


Max Reid (along with his brother and writing partner Adam) has written over thirteen hours of produced television broadcast on networks such as CBC, Global, HBO Canada, Disney XD, Showcase, Space, Teletoon, CBBC, and The Family Channel. Max is a graduate of the Canadian Film Centre’s Writers Lab and was featured on Playback magazine’s annual “Ten to Watch”. Max was nominated two years running for the Gemini Award for Best Comedy Writing and won in 2009 for an episode of Showcase’s Billable Hours. Recently, Max wrote for and as served as a story editor and writer on two seasons of Ken Finkleman’s HBO Canada series Good Dog, and season two of Todd and the Book of Pure Evil (a series based on a CFC short film Max wrote). Max is currently co-writing Backpackers, an original digital series for CTV and The CW.

Joseph Kay


Joseph Kay is an experienced writer and creative producer of series television drama. His most recent credit is as writer/co-producer of the Global/Reelz series Bomb Girls, before which he co-created (and wrote numerous episodes of) the Gemini Award winning HBO Canada series Living In Your Car. Prior credits include writing/serving as consulting producer on the HBO Canada limited series The Line, and writing/serving as Executive Story Editor on the multiple Gemini Award winning CBC series This Is Wonderland. Joseph is a graduate of the Canadian Film Centre’s Prime Time Television Program, and Osgoode Hall Law School. Before becoming a screenwriter, Joseph worked as a transactional lawyer at the Bay Street law firm of Davies, Ward, Phillips & Vineberg, one of Canada’s foremost securities law firms.

Matthew Miller


Matthew Miller has been writing, producing and directing films for over a decade. His short film The School, premiered at TIFF before screening at over 25 international film festivals winning top prizes at The Atlantic Film Festival and The Chicago International Film Festival before being broadcast on CBC and PBS. His debut feature film Surviving Crooked Lake, won the Kodak Vision Award for Cinematography at the Slamdance Film Festival in 2008 before going on to worldwide distribution. Miller went on to produce Blood Pressure the new feature by Sean Garrity, which premiered in Korea at the Pusan International Film Festival in 2012. Recently, he completed producing and story editing Matt Johnson’s The Dirties, which took home the grand jury prize for best feature narrative at Slamdance in 2013. He currently has several projects in development.

Kyle Muir


Kyle Muir, a graduate of the CFC Writers’ Lab Program, is currently in development on a comedy feature for Sudden Storm Entertainment and just finished writing numerous episodes of Teletoon’s hit animated series Detentionaire. Muir also wrote for the critically acclaimed HBO series Call Me Fitz and Family Channel’s popular sitcom Really Me. Other writing credits include the award winning television series Billable Hours, Almost Heroes, Producing Parker, The Dating Guy and What It’s Like Being Alone. Muir has been acting for about a decade in mostly obscure, underground films but occasionally his work does show up in film festivals. He starred in the short films Poe Lost Poe and Bowzer, both of which premiered at the Antimatter Film Festival in Victoria, BC. A strong believer in mentoring new writers, Muir designed the Screenwriting for Film and Television Program for Centennial College for which he won a Teaching Excellence Award. Muir is represented by Jennifer Hollyer and Ilana Miller at the Jennifer Hollyer Agency in Toronto.