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NSI announces latest ZoomerMedia Bursary recipient Janet Rogers

by ahnationtalk on February 27, 2015706 Views

February 27, 2015

The National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) is pleased to announce that NSI Aboriginal Documentary participant Janet Rogers has been selected as this year’s ZoomerMedia Bursary recipient.

ZoomerMedia committed $95,000 in benefits funding over seven years to the National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) in the form of the ZoomerMedia Bursary. This award is funding allocated to the training of one diverse individual or team who are Zoomers and/or producers of Mosaic programming, in any NSI program each year.

Producer Janet is partnered with director Jackson Twobears for their NSI Aboriginal Documentary project NDNs on the Airwaves. They are both based in Victoria, BC.

“The news regarding the ZoomerMedia Award was the cherry on an already rich and delicious cake,” Janet said. “I am extremely pleased and so appreciative of being awarded this honour. My personal career and our doc project will benefit from this generous consideration.”

“ZoomerMedia has been longtime partners with NSI and we are grateful for their commitment to this award,” said NSI CEO John Gill. “Having recently met Janet and witnessed her passion for storytelling, I know that ZoomerMedia’s investment will serve her well as she and Jackson develop their documentary.”

NDNs on the Airwaves explores the importance and impact that Native people have had in radio and how the medium is indigenized to Aboriginal needs. It’s also a homecoming story, and includes community voices and great music produced and promoted by the Six Nations membership.

“ZoomerMedia is proud to be supporting Janet’s NSI Aboriginal Documentary training,” said Joan Jenkinson, Vice President, Independent Production, ZoomerMedia, Television Division. “It’s a priority for us to support diverse content creators, and we’re excited to see her finished documentary.”

NSI Aboriginal Documentary 2015 is supported by Presenting Sponsor NBCUniversal; Program Partners Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN); Manitoba Tourism, Culture, Heritage, Sport & Consumer Protection and RBC Emerging Artists Project; Aboriginal Training Programs Partner Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries; Bootcamp Presenting Sponsor Manitoba Film & Music; Supporting Sponsors Entertainment One; Super Channel; Corus Entertainment; Telefilm Canada; imagineNATIVE Film + Media Festival and Hots Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival; Tuition Sponsor NBCUniversal; Bursary Sponsor ZoomerMedia; Industry Partners National Film Board of Canada, Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television (ACCT) and Directors Guild of Canada; and Service Sponsor Line 21 Media.

About VisionTV and ZoomerMedia

For the past 25 years, VisionTV has been Canada’s exclusive broadcaster for interfaith dialogue.

Available in over 10 million homes, VisionTV airs multi-faith, multicultural and family oriented entertainment programming. This includes Christian programming from Canadian and U.S. based ministries, south Asian religious and cultural programming including Muslim, Hindu and Sikh groups, as well as programs from Buddhist, Jewish and non-denominational groups from time to time.

Dubbed ‘Zoomer Television’, the channel features programs that reflect the interests of the 45-plus demographic. The channel is home to the best British comedies, soaps and dramas like Downton Abbey, Doc Martin, Mr. Selfridge, and Call The Midwife, American movies and Canadian documentaries that deal with spiritual, moral, and social issues, programs on the universe of the unexplained, and the channel’s flagship show called theZoomer – Television for Boomers With Zip co-hosted by Denise Donlon and Conrad Black, executive produced by Moses Znaimer.

Where to watch VisionTV

Rogers (GTA) 60 + 237

BellTV 261

Shaw Direct 394 or check local listings

For more information, go to

About the National Screen Institute

Renowned for having given many emerging filmmakers, television writers and producers their first breaks, the Winnipeg-based National Screen Institute provides training and production support through courses like NSI Totally Television, NSI Drama Prize, NSI New Voices, NSI Features First, NSI Lifestyle & Reality Series Producer, NSI Aboriginal Documentary and Movie Central Script to Screen.

NSI also offers exposure through the NSI Online Short Film Festival and provides vast resources and support to those in the film, television, and digital media industry at

All media enquiries

Laura Friesen, Communications Coordinator
Tel: 204.957.2999 or email:


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