Bell Media Announces Sarah Timmins to Receive Bell Media Executive Producer Accelerator Lab Apprenticeship

TORONTOJuly 5, 2016 /CNW/ – Bell Media announced today the selection of Sarah Timmins as the recipient of the third annual Bell Media Executibe Producer Accelerator LabProduction Apprenticeship. Having already completed the six-week Broadcaster Internship at Bell Media earlier this year, Sarah now embarks on her one-year apprenticeship with marblemedia.

Spanning the life of one program cycle, the apprenticeship will provide Sarah with the opportunity to gain further experience in a senior producing role and its associated responsibilities, and obtain insight into managing a large scripted series alongside the senior management team at marblemedia. marblemedia is an award-winning content creation company whose credits include HI OPIE, OPEN HEART, SPLATALOT, and their first primetime series ALCHEMY, currently in development, created by Karen Walton.

“Sarah is a talented producer and extremely deserving of this opportunity,” said Corrie Coe, Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. “marblemedia is a leader in our industry, and we feel that Sarah, as a future industry leader, is a perfect fit for them, and will bring great experience and smarts to their team while gaining valuable insight in return.”

“We are very excited to work with Bell Media on this excellent program. Both companies are committed to fostering a vibrant industry and, in our evolving landscape, it is more important than ever,” stated Matt Hornburg Co-CEO of marblemedia. “We are excited to have Sarah join our Scripted team. It will further bolster our ability to support domestic talent and bring great stories to the world.”

With five participating producers from across Canada, the third annual Bell Media Executive Producer Accelerator Lab program began in January with the Broadcaster Internship, a six-week, group placement in which entrants studied a broad curriculum designed to give a wealth of experience in the media landscape. Producers met with senior Bell Media representatives from various departments to gain exposure to the internal operations of a Canadian broadcaster. Participants also learned about complex business and economic factors in Canadian television production and their relationship with broadcasting through seminars, panel discussions with industry experts, exploration of case studies, and coaching sessions.

About the recipient

Sarah Timmins
Sarah is a film, television, and interactive media producer with more than 10 years of experience. She is also the founding partner of Toronto-based production company Corvid Pictures, whose projects include the international award-winning feature The Tracey Fragments and cult-hit comedy series TODD AND THE BOOK OF PURE EVIL (Space).

About marblemedia
marblemedia is celebrating 15 years as a world leader in developing, producing, distributing engaging multiplatform entertainment experiences for audiences around the world. With nearly 250 hours of programming distributed in more than 200 territories, marblemedia has been honoured by Playback magazine with the 2013 Outstanding Achievement Award, in addition to being named Transmedia Producer of the Year (2011) by the publication. marble has won two Canadian Screen Awards, two Gemini Awards, been nominated for an Emmy® Award and was identified as a Next Generation Content Producer (2009) by The Hollywood Reporter. The company owns a 50-acre production ranch, operates a Toronto-based studio, home to 50 staff, and an L.A. office. The company was co-founded by Mark Bishop and Matt Hornburg in 2001. |

About the Bell Media TV and Film Skills Development Initiative
The $10.9 million Bell Media TV Skills and Film Development Initiative is a suite of national mentoring and promotional programs, which ensure a comprehensive range of training for writers, producers, directors, and showrunners in the Canadian television and film industry at different stages of their careers. Currently, four of these multi-year initiatives are exclusively funded by Bell Media. The program supports the Banff World Media Festival, the Bell Media Diverse Screenwriters Program (Writers Guild of Canada) for emerging and mid-career writers from diverse backgrounds who intern in a writing room of a Bell Media TV series; the Bell Media Primetime TV Program (Canadian Film Centre), which provides series development for TV writers; the Bell Media Executive Producer Accelerator Lab, which provides immersive and experiential broadcast and production experience for mid-level producers; the NSI Totally Television Program (National Screen Institute), a training course for writers, producers, and showrunners to hone concepts with the goal of landing a development deal with a broadcaster; and the Telefilm Talent Fund (Telefilm), which helps fund and promote films from emerging and established filmmakers.

About Bell Media
With passion and an unrelenting commitment to excellence, Bell Media creates content and builds brands that entertain, inform, engage, and inspire audiences through the platforms of their choice. Bell Media is Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, out-of-home advertising, and digital media. Bell Media owns 30 local television stations led by CTV, Canada’s #1 television network; 34 specialty channels, including TSN and RDS, Canada’s most-watched specialty channels in English and French; and four pay TV services, including The Movie Network and Super Écran. Bell Media is also Canada’s largest radio broadcaster, with 106 licensed radio stations in 54 markets across Canada. Bell Media owns Astral Out of Home, one of Canada’s most dynamic and innovative out-of-home advertising companies with a network of more than 30,000 advertising faces in British ColumbiaAlbertaOntario, Québec, and Nova Scotia. Bell Media also operates more than 200 websites; delivers TV Everywhere with premium subscription on-demand streaming service CraveTV, as well as its innovative GO video streaming services including CTV GO, Discovery GO, TMN GO, and TSN GO; operates multi-channel network Much Digital Studios; holds an equity stake in digital startup Hubub; is partners in Cirque du Soleil Media, a joint venture with Cirque du Soleil; and owns Dome Productions Inc., a multi-platform production company. Bell Media is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. For more on Bell Media, please visit

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