is a collaborative endeavour by Frank Fiorito & Nabil Mehchi, dedicated to the creation and development of socially impactful TV content:
Stories that move, uplift and resonate.
President and Executive producerFRANK FIORITO
A Political Science MSc holder, Frank has built a solid reputation as a producer, writer and creative consultant on a multitude of TV productions, from reality-based programming to documentary series. Frank started his career as a researcher and writer in public radio (Radio-Canada). He also worked as a freelance journalist, writing for some of Montreal’s most important newspapers & magazines. For the past 8 years, he has been working as a content producer on various TV shows.
Among his many credits is the scientific game show Génial! (Télé-Québec), a 3-time Prix Gémeaux winner for best TV game show, and the Radio-Canada series Oser une autre vie. In 2015, he co-created, developed and produced Interrupt this Program (AKA Resilient Cities) which won the CableFax award for Best International Series and was nominated for an International Emmy Award (Best Arts Programming) as well as 3 Canadian Screen Awards. Season 2 is currently airing on CBC TV and season 3 is in pre-production.
Vice-president and Executive producerNABIL MEHCHI
Nabil has worked as a key creative on numerous Canadian (and internationally broadcast) TV series. He was the lead editor and post director of the award-winning doc series Licence to Drill and Jacked! (Discovery Canada). He was also the lead editor and creative consultant of the Canadian Screen Awards nominated The Beat (City, Canal D, Current USA), a 20-part documentary series on the Vancouver police force that patrols the infamous Downtown Eastside. Before that, he helped create, edit and story edit a number of TV shows for the Debbie Travis Group, including From the Ground Up (Global TV) as well as the multi-award winning Debbie Travis’ Facelift (HGTV US & Canada). He has to his credit over 100 hours of television. In 2015 he has co-created, developed and produced the first season of Interrupt this Program (AKA Resilient Cities) which won the CableFax award for Best International Series and was nominated for an International Emmy Award (Best Arts Programming) as well as 3 Canadian Screen Awards (Best Arts Documentary, Best Direction in a Documentary or Factual Series and Best Picture Editing in a Documentary Program or Series). Season 2 is currently airing on CBC TV and season 3 is in pre-production.
Executive ProducerCAROLYNNE BELL
A seasoned producer with over 20 years of experience in the Canadian and International entertainment business, Carolynne has a strong financial background and has delivered hundreds of hours of successful content for many of our top networks and distributors. Among her most notable credits are the feature films; Citizen Duane (2006 TIFF, Cannes), Deeply (2002 TIFF, Cannes) the MOWs: Zeyda and the Hitman (2004 CTV), Waking Up Wally: The Walter Gretzky Story (2005 CBC), and the documentaries: A Spy’s Life: Kitty Harris and Captive: The Story of Esther Wheelwright (2006 History Channel). On the unscripted side, Carolynne jumped in to produce the reality series From The Ground Up with Debbie Travis for Global TV (2008). Carolynne also executive produced 2 seasons of Gemini-nominated series Maxed Out for W (2009-2010), Ugly Open House for HGTV (2014) and most recently, she executive produced Lost and Sold (2013-2014) for SLICE. She has joined forces with Noble Television for the past 3 years, executive producing the Emmy and CSA nominated series Interrupt This Program for CBC.
Content ProducerKAREN CHO
Karen Cho is a Chinese-Canadian filmmaker known for her socially-engaged documentaries. Her films explore themes of identity, immigration, and social justice. Karen has directed the award-winning In the Shadow of Gold Mountain (2004) a documentary about the Chinese Head Tax and Exclusion Act and the Gemini-Nominated Seeking Refuge (Terre d’asile) (2009) a film following asylum seekers in Canada. Karen’s film Status Quo? The Unfinished Business of Feminism in Canada (2012) won Best Documentary at the Whistler Film Festival and launched in over 67 community screenings across Canada. Karen also works as a writer, director, and story producer for several documentary TV series. Some of her TV credits include Extraordinary Canadians (Rogers/OMNI/CBC), All For One with Debbie Travis (CBC), The Beat (City), Licence to Drill (Discovery Canada), Yukon Gold (History), We are Canada (CBC), Vice Guide to Film (Viceland) and Interrupt This Program (CBC).
Production ManagerLIETTE MICHAUD
Liette has been working in the TV production industry for over 20 years. She was part of the team that started Canal Famille and the Interactive Television. She also worked in distribution for 5 years before moving into production in the mid-nineties, working as a production manager on series like Zoboomafoo. In 2000, she joined Cineflix Productions for the hit series Dogs With Jobs, and she was soon promoted to Head of Production, supervising over 20 hours of documentary programming and helping structure and steer their production department.
In 2003 she was promoted to VP of Production Administration during which she supervised over 150 hours of co-productions. At the end of 2006 she went back to her first love, freelancing as Line Producer/Production Manager and she worked on documentary series such as Licence to Drill at Pixcom and Brazil Untamed at Handel Productions.
She joins Noble Television for the 3rd season of Interrupt This Program.
Production CoordinatorCHRISTIAAN ANDERSON
When he’s not dreaming of his next trip overseas, Christiaan is likely plotting logistics and contingencies for film crews flying in to some of the world’s most interesting locations and situations. This part-time sound editor draws as much from his background in the music industry, touring bands overseas as he does from his own travels. After working the better part of the last decade in the film and TV world, Christiaan seems most at home with the Rock ’n’ Roll nature of documentary filmmaking, having coordinated shoots across five continents. Greasing the wheels so his crews can get exactly what they need and sleep soundly at night is what Christiaan does best.
Director & CinematographerVAN ROYKO
Van Royko, MA, CSC is a filmmaker and director of photography from Montreal, Qc. He is best known for his award winning cinematography for the documentaries ‘Monsoon’ and ‘Koneline’. With these films among others, Van has consistently employed an expanded vision of cinematography, using novel technologies and aesthetic techniques to tell truly cinematic stories. Over the course of his young career Van has collaborated with world renowned directors and producers Yung Chang, Mila Aung-Thwin, Nettie Wild, Sturla Gunnarsson and the Oscar winning Denys Arcand on projects ranging from advertising campaigns, and music videos to art installations and feature documentaries. In the past year, Van has shot several new films and tv series including the highly regarded CBC series Interrupt this Program. He has also co-directed two docs with Eye Steel Film and began his own film titled Pipe Dreams about the 2017 Canadian International Organ Competition.
As director of development at Québecor Contenu Création, Olivier headed the creative team that developed TV formats and programming for both TVA and the international market; coordinating between his team and their partners at NBCU in London, TF1 in Paris and Armoza in Israel.
Olivier had been working as a director and producer for the past 8 years and has created and developed shows such as Le Tricheur, Sur invitation seulement and Faites comme chez-vous for TVA, as well as directing episodes for the past 2 seasons of the Emmy-nominated CBC documentary series Interrupt This Program for which he was recently nominated for a Canadian Screen Award (Best Direction in a Documentary or Factual Series).
In 2016, Olivier was named one of the top 50 young Quebec creators by Urbania magazine.
Linda’s passion for storytelling began in 1997 when she took part in Radio-Canada’s La Course autour du monde : the definitive TV school for Quebec’s filmmaking community. During her stint on the series, Linda directed, shot and edited 17 stories in 13 countries, including Pakistan, Mongolia and Lebanon. Since then, she has accumulated 20 years of solid experience in research and journalism. Fluent in English, French & Spanish, Linda now lives between Montreal and Seville where she contributes and collaborates on numerous TV and print projects. Her goal is to keep travelling and telling stories that get audiences closer to understanding the human condition.
Researcher & Field ProducerHÉLÈNE BÉRUBÉ
Hélène Bérubé is a freelance researcher, journalist and field producer working on local and international documentaries and news productions. She has collaborated with Radio-Canada, Noble Television, Groupe PVP, InformAction, Zone 3, Trio Orange, Al Jazeera and others.
Soon after receiving her MA in Political science (UQAM), Hélène moved to the Middle East in 2007, living alternatively in Tel Aviv, Ramallah, and Jerusalem. In 2011, she started working as a local fixer and researcher for foreign correspondants, predominantly for Radio-Canada. In 2012, she was the field producer in Gaza for the Radio-Canada TV’s coverage of the war between Israel and the Palestinian armed groups in the strip. Upon her return to Canada in 2014, she continued working as research journalist and field producer for several productions connected to Israel/Palestine, for different shows such as Une heure sur Terre, Enquête and Infoman.
She was nominated for a Prix Gémeaux in 2015 (Best Research – Public Affairs) for the documentary La droite religieuse au Canada, broadcast on Zone DOC (Radio-Canada).
Director & ResearcherZAHRA MOLOO
Zahra Moloo is an investigative journalist and documentary filmmaker from Kenya. Much of her work focuses on environmental issues and resource extraction in Africa. Her films and articles have appeared in Al Jazeera English, BBC Focus on Africa, IRIN News, IPS News, CCTV and Africa is a Country. She has reported and produced films from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Libya, the West Bank, Kenya, Uganda, South Africa and Mali. Previously, she worked for the Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN) as a reporter and producer. In 2013, she produced and directed Franco, King of Rumba, about one of the DRC’s most famous musicians and his rise to fame in the 1960s. Her recent film, In the Shadow of a Gold Mine, is an investigative portrait of a multinational gold mine and the small-scale miners that live in its shadow. She holds a BA in History and Development Studies from McGill University and an MA in Broadcast Journalism from City University, and is fluent in English, French and Swahili.