Black Screen Office adds four to board of directors

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The new board members include Nick Davis, CBC's executive director of equity and inclusion.

The Black Screen Office (BSO) has expanded its board of directors with the appointment of four new members.

The four new directors are Nick Davis, executive director of equity and inclusion at CBC; Samah Ali, founder of prodco and distributor Sisterhood Media; media exec Trevor Hampden; and Jenine Gregory, senior manager, governance and controls at Metrolinx and principal of AMMK Consulting.

“We are delighted to welcome these esteemed new members to our board and will benefit from their wide-ranging experience and valuable perspectives,” said Jennifer Holness, BSO co-founder and board chair, in a statement. “As BSO expands in size and influence, their knowledge and thoughtful contributions will ensure BSO continues to serve the best interest of Black screen professionals and audiences who want to see themselves reflected in Canadian content.”

Davis has more than 35 years of experience as a writer and journalist across radio, television and print, with past roles including manager of program development at CBC and senior producer for Metro Morning. On top of founding Sisterhood Media, Ali is a programmer for festivals including Hot Docs, DOC NYC and the Seattle International Film Festival.

Hampden is a former journalist and has several years of experience in the corporate and not-for-profit sector. Gregory has a background in accountancy and finance, with experience working with business leaders to support operational infrastructure, risk management framework and strategic directions.

The Black Screen Office currently has 12 directors sitting on the board, including treasurer Damon D’Oliveira, co-founder of Conquering Lions Pictures, and secretary Maya Annik Bedward, founder of Third Culture Media.

Additional directors include Reelworld Screen Institute founder Tonya Williams, showrunner Floyd Kane, filmmakers Cory Bowles and Marie Ka and producers Richard Jean-Baptiste and Haydn Wazelle.

Updated Jan. 26 to remove reference to Trevor Hampden being with ACTRA. A previous version, citing information in a press release, said he was director of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging at the union.