Bell Media names producer lab participants

The coveted program gives up-and-coming producers experience producing broadcast TV and learning the business. (LaRue Entertainment's Matt King pictured.)

Matt KingLaRue Entertainment’s Matt King and Corvid Pictures’ Sarah Timmins are among the five participants in Bell Media’s third annual Executive Producer Accelerator Lab.

They are joined by A Little Bit Zombie producer John Griffith, short film writer and producer Adria Budd Johnson (also the winner of 2015′s WIFT-T Banff World Media Festival Scholarship), and Jeff Kinnon, co-creator of Jade Fever (Discovery) and Hail Mary (City).

The two-part program, which begins on Jan. 11, aims to give mid-level television producers the opportunity to advance their careers through extensive training within the Canadian TV industry.

Beginning with a six-week broadcaster internship at Bell Media’s Toronto headquarters, where participants will learn about the economics of Canadian television production and its relationship to broadcasting, successful candidates will then advance to a 10-month production apprenticeship at either a Canadian prodco or a Bell Media in-house production. Force Four Entertainment, marblemedia, RTR Media, Shaftesbury, and Temple Street Productions have previously hosted participants in the program.

The Executive Producer Accelerator Lab, launched in 2013, is part of the $11.6 million Bell Media TV Skills and Film Development Initiative, which consists of five other programs including the Bell Media National Fellowships, Bell Media Diverse Screenwriters Program and the Bell Media Prime Time TV Program.