Alumni Spotlight | Screenwriting Grad Caleigh Bacchus Gets Development Funding for Upcoming Project

Four-picture collage featuring Caleigh Bacchus headshot, and posters of four of the TV series she's worked on - Murdoch Mysteries, Diggstown, and Overlord and the Underwoods.

Since graduating as the Writing for Film & Television program’s Class of 2018 valedictorian, Caleigh Bacchus’ career has grown leaps and bounds.

Not only has she worked in the writing rooms of some of Canada’s most popular series, but she’s also just recently received her first set of development funding for a project she co-created and co-wrote with TFS professor Colin Aussant.

“I’ve been working in the industry for just over five years, and it has been the best experience of my life,” said Bacchus, whose writing room credits include Murdoch Mysteries (writer on 10 episodes, script supervisor on 11 episodes), Diggstown (writer/story editor and showrunner’s assistant for six episodes), and Overlord and the Underwoods (writer/story editor for 20 episodes), among others.

“I wasn’t entirely sure how things would go when I decided to switch careers from marketing to film, but I dove in headfirst and TFS was there to guide me along the way and set me on my path.”

Having not only worked in writer’s rooms for produced and development projects, but also in production and post-production, Bacchus has been able to see the scripts she wrote come to life – an experience she’s found invaluable as she journeys towards her ultimate goal of becoming a showrunner one day.

While she said she’s not yet able to share the details about her and Aussant’s project in development, Bacchus said she’s hoping to be able to speak more to it soon.

In the meantime, she’s happy to report that she’ll be returning to work on the set of the Murdoch Mysteries again this year.

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