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    Three Canadian guests with diverse backgrounds and experiences will discuss international co-productions and industry trends in Canada. The shared concerns, values, and history of New Zealand and Canada make them an ideal country to partner with and partnering is a great way to fully finance your projects. 

    Fraser Ash has worked with renowned creatives on complex film and TV productions, Alain Strati has industry knowledge from his policy and government relations work at the Canadian Media Producers Association, and Paula Devonshire, a member of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte First Nation, brings unique values from her work in the Canadian screen industry.   

    Come along to this special occasion to get valuable insights about working with Canadians.  

    Entertainment Lawyer Sarah Cull will moderate the discussion. 

    The talk is a collaboration with WIFT and the speakers are in New Zealand thanks to support from Ontario Creates, Telefilm Canada, Canadian Heritage, the Canadian Media Producers Association, the Indigenous Screen Office, the New Zealand Film Commission, NZ On Air, Te Māngai Pāho and Screen Wellington. They are attending the WIFT New Zealand / Canada Co-Production Summit. 

    Monday 18th March 2024 
    Te Auaha NZ Institute of Creativity, 
    65 Dixon St, Te Aro, Wellington 

    6:30 - 7:30pm - TALK 
    7:30 - 8:30pm – optional socializing  
    After the TALK, stay and have pizza on Script to Screen. There will be a cash bar and socialising with fellow filmmakers. 

    $5.75 + GST + Booking Fee for sales via Humanitix to secure your seat 

    This Script to Screen TALKS is made possible thanks to generous support from New Zealand Film Commission, White Studios and WIFT

    Entertainment Lawyer

    Sarah is an entertainment lawyer with over 20 years experience in the film and television industry. Clients include producers, government funders, private financiers, post-production facilities, directors, writers, distributors, animation studios. 

    Producer/CEO, Devonshire Productions Inc.  

    A graduate of U of T, Paula has attended the prestigious Canadian Film Centre, Trans-Atlantic Partners and was the first Canadian to participate in the Inside Pictures producer Program in London, UK. Paula is a member of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte First Nation.  


    Producer, Rhombus Media  

    Fraser Ash is a producer of feature films, television series, and documentaries. Most recently, Fraser is co-executive producer of the upcoming HBO series The Sympathizer (Spring 2024), starring Robert Downey Jr. and Sandra Oh and directed by Park Chan-wook, Fernando Meirelles and Marc Munden.


    Senior Vice President, Industry, Policy and General Counsel at the Canadian Media Producers Association 

    Representing the interests of independent producers working in Canada’s vibrant media industry, Alain oversees all day-to-day legal, industry, legislative, regulatory and public policy files at the CMPA.

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