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The Bizable Media team works with creative producers and other rights holders to facilitate, finance, manage and deliver exceptional screen-based content. Our clients are passionate creators working in all forms of content from documentary to drama to webseries and apps. We support our clients’ projects with our deep industry knowledge, our relationships and our commitment to efficiency and thoroughness.

We won’t drop the ball

Our team provides a range of services from straight-forward “back-office” administration to high level producing support depending on your needs. Contact us for a complete menu of our services.

Administer

Budget and cashflow preparation

Funding applications

Contract review and administration

Tax credit management

Interim financing

Insurance, guild and statutory compliance

Financial and other reporting

Advise

Project financing and recoupment

Corporate and project structuring
to enhance producer’s position

Identifying and clarifying underlying rights issues

Cost management and sales optimization

Bolster stakeholder relationships

Long term business planning

Collaborate

Support early stage development to project greenlight

Identify and approach potential investors, funds and distributors to augment financing

Recruit key creative talent

Rights management

Mentorship of emerging producers

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Who We Are

Janice Dawe

Co-President

As one of Canada’s most respected business-minded producers, Janice brings to Bizable Media years of expertise in developing and financing a variety of screen-based content. Janice has produced and overseen hundreds of hours of dramatic, documentary, factual and interactive content that has won awards and sold internationally. From 2005 – 2013 she held the senior role of Vice-President Production for White Pine Pictures where she honed her skills in business management. Over her career, she has formed strong relationships with the creative community, broadcasters, buyers, financiers and lenders. Janice currently serves on the OMDC Screen-based Industry Advisory Committee and is an active committee member of the CMPA.

Kathy Avrich-Johnson

Co-President

Kathy is a trusted business partner and collaborator in realizing creative partners’ visions. She was instrumental in building organizations (ACFTP, the Aspergers Society of Ontario) and managing and professionalizing private companies (Norstar Entertainment, Canadian Accents, Ilana C Frank Films). Producer of more than 160 hours of television drama, Kathy has also produced several features, both documentary and dramatic, and 50+ web related extensions of television series. An entertainment lawyer since 1983, Kathy is an expert in listening to and advising clients, negotiating, drafting and implementing entertainment agreements.

Nava Rastegar

Manager, Business Affairs

Nava Rastegar supports Bizable Media’s clients in all aspects of business affairs including financing and production planning. Since launching her career in film and television through the CMPA’s Screen Based Media Production Program, Nava has rapidly acquired the expertise to manage everything from funding applications, clearances, to interim financing, errors and omissions and corporate set up. With noted interest in documentaries and digital production, Nava’s knowledge has been valued by clients interested in creative and marketing input. She earned a B.A and M.A in History at the University of Toronto and regularly undertakes new challenges, supporting independent producers on their projects to achieve creative and commercial success.

Laura Jabalee

Manager, Business Affairs

Laura joined the Bizable team through CMPA’s Screen Based Media Production Program and quickly developed a facility for tax credit and funding applications, contract drafting, and clearance management.  As a graduate of the Theatre and Drama Studies Program, University of Toronto Mississauga / Sheridan College, Laura is a natural fit for Bizable Media’s scripted clients, expertly communicating with agents and keeping the paper flowing.  Prior to joining Bizable, Laura interned at the Toronto Arts Council, and she is a regular jury member for the T.O Webfest.  Laura is also a consulting producer on several digital properties and produces for many independent theatre companies in Toronto.

Lori Chodos

Manager, Business Affairs

Lori brings to Bizable Media years of production and post-production experience and a passion for documentary. She received her MFA in Media and Communications from City College of New York, following which she worked at Maysles Films, experimental theater company The Wooster Group, and produced documentaries for New York Public Television. She has directed and edited a number of award-winning short films and spent several years in Peru as a documentarian for film and radio. Upon returning to Toronto to work on the critically-acclaimed documentaries A Better Man and The Prison in Twelve Landscapes, she was invited to join the Bizable team and happily ventured into the world of business affairs.

Candis Buder

Controller

Candis began her career as a corporate accountant with Atlantis Films. She later gained experience as a production accountant working on feature films and television series. For several years, she served as the Controller of White Pine Pictures in Toronto where she was able to put both her production and corporate experience to use. Candis’ small business accounting expertise and deep familiarity with the film and television industry is highly valued by her clients. We are proud to have her as part of the Bizable team.

Dania Kannan

CPA, CMA

Dania Kannan is a CPA who has been working in film and television for the last 5 years on both independent productions and in broadcasting. Prior to moving into the entertainment sector, Dania worked in bookkeeping and accounting for a variety of small businesses as she earned her CPA designation. As part of the Bizable team, Dania is focussed on the accounting needs of the full production lifecycle – from development to production and exploitation. Through her own practice, Dania is also able to support our clients with their on-going corporate and personal income tax needs.

Linda Zanetti

CPA, CGA

Linda Zanetti is an accountant who transitioned into the entertainment industry after nearly two decades as a CFO in public relations. Since beginning with Ilana C Frank Films, where she first met Kathy, Linda has been involved in many facets of production, from development reporting to funding bodies, administrative support during preproduction and production, through to CAVCO and OMDC post production reporting. Linda has been the post production accountant for Rookie Blue, Saving Hope and Conviction, and is working with the Bizable team on Qanurli? and Crawford. Linda holds a CPA,CGA designation.

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What We’ve Done

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What They Say

  • “It’s very liberating to have Janice Dawe on a project – she has brought an unparalleled business strength to our productions. And she is a joy to work with.”

    Virginia ThompsonPresident/Partner/EP at Verité Films
  • “The support that Janice & Kathy have provided A Better Man has been invaluable. Offering the highest standard in business affairs and strategic planning for our film, Bizable has helped us achieve the excellence that we envisioned for our project. I look forward to working with Bizable’s team on future projects.”

    Christine KlecknerPartner/Producer at Intervention Productions Inc.
  • "Bizable - aka Janice and Kathy - are adept and accomplished. I’ve never had a production run better. They do it all – strategy, planning, packaging and it’s painless. The best decision I’ve ever made in the biz.”

    Derek DiorioPresident of Distinct Features/EP of Hard Rock Medical
  • “As a Nunavut-based production company with limited access to Canada's film and television Industry, Bizable has been instrumental to us in reaching our goals of producing our first independent television series.”

    Stacey Aglok MacDonaldPartner/Producer at Qanukiaq Studios Inc.
  • "All the talent in the world isn't worth much without locking down the deals. Bizable Media knows how to stickhandle the business to make sure you land them."

    Michèle HozerFilmmaker, The Cutting Factory
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