After decades as a top commissioner of scripted content at Canadian broadcasters, Tara Ellis has set up her own production company shingle. Her first production, Hey Lady! – a short-form digital series directed by Adriana Maggs and Sarah Polley – premiered at the 2020 Sundance Festival, and is streaming exclusively on CBC Gem. Select shows she backed as a programmer and commissioner of content include the series Slings & Arrows (for Showcase) New Yorker TV critic Emily Nussbaum’s “favorite show of all time”, History Channel’s top rated series The Kennedys (for which Tara received an Emmy nomination) and Vikings. At CBC, Tara oversaw all scripted content including comedy, drama, kids and digital series.
The Toronto Globe & Mail named Tara as one of the 40 Most Influential People in Canadian television for her efforts in bringing new talent to Canadian airwaves. Tara has been honoured with the Women In Film & Television Crystal Award for Creative Excellence. Raised in Stratford, Ontario, and currently living in Toronto, Tara’s first “real” job was as a reporter/photographer in Espanola, Ontario’s mid-north.
In this episode of the Reboot Forward Podcast Tara Ellis discusses the impact of COVID-19 on the television production industry. What it means for consumers of content on network television and streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime. And the ongoing changes in the television and movie industry that have been underway over the past five years.
LinkedIn: Tara Ellis https://www.linkedin.com/in/tara-ellis-4556b48/
Tara Ellis Production Credits: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1226583/
Hey Lady Series Instagram: https://instagram.com/heyladyseries
Hey Lady Digital Series Episodes on CBC GEM https://gem.cbc.ca/season/hey-lady/season-1/08ba875d-0981-496f-b7a2-0639a3b20d6d
Hey Lady Production Credits: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt10771654/episodes
Hey Lady Writer (Morris Panych): https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0659926/
Hey Lady Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HeyLadySeries/
Hey Lady Twitter: https://twitter.com/SeriesHey
Tara Ellis Production Company: http://www.tjcontent.ca