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CEO Announced for the Edmonton Screen Industries Office
[December 15, 2017]

CEO Announced for the Edmonton Screen Industries Office


The Board of Directors of the Edmonton Screen Industries Office (ESIO) is delighted to announce the appointment of Josh Miller as its inaugural CEO. Josh began his tenure on December 11, 2017.

The international search, conducted by the Vogel Group, connected the ESIO to over hundreds of leaders in the film, television and interactive digital media industries. Throughout the process, Josh Miller was identified by many luminaries in the sector as the person with the experience, vision and courage to lead this new Office into its future.

The ESIO is committed to Edmonton becoming a national and international centre for media production excellence, which means more than being a destination to shoot movies. The scope of ambition for the ESIO includes working with the screen industries sector to: explore innovations and the future of the industries on multiple platforms; facilitate local content production; own intellectual property; seek out markets and distribution avenues for that content and attract a range of projects that Edmonton's talent pool can support. "It was critical to us to find a leader who understands the full breadth of integrated screen industry potential in Edmonton," explained ESIO Chair Carman McNary. "Josh is the person who can support this ambition. He has got the experience, credentials and enthusiasm that we need."

Miller is an award-winning writer/producer. Following a successful TV writing career in Hollywood, he became Director of Development for Superchannel, then a partner at Minds Eye Entertainment, before finally establishing his own Canadian independent film and TV production company.

He has a BA in English and Drama from the University of Alberta, an MFA (News - Alert) in Film Production from New York University and was a Screenwriting Fellow at the American Film Institute Center for Advanced Film Studies in Los Angeles. Miller has earned dozens of awards for his work both as a writer and a producer, but is most proud to have received the Alex Barris Mentorship Award from the Writers Guild of Canada in recognition of his commitment to mentoring emerging writers.



"In this exciting new role, I see myself applying this depth of experience to enabling others' success. My focus will be to assist Edmonton companies and entrepreneurs involved in the development and production of screen media to attract financing, increase sales, grow their businesses, create more jobs, expand infrastructure and achieve sustainability," said Miller. "We have extraordinary talent and creativity in this market, in both traditional film and television production and in emerging digital media and game development. We need to share it with the world and reap the economic benefits of their success."

"Our extensive research unearthed nation-wide excitement about, and respect for, Josh -- and we are glad that he has agreed to lead this new enterprise. It's time for Edmonton's screen media developers and producers to get the business results they deserve," concluded McNary.


Josh Miller: Biography

Josh is an award-winning writer and producer. From 1990 to 1995, following a successful TV writing career in Hollywood, Josh became Director of Development for Superchannel, then from 1995 to 2003, Josh was a partner at Minds Eye Entertainment, after which he became the president of his own Canadian independent film and TV production company.

Josh has served on the Board of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts and the Canadian Media Production Association, has chaired the Edmonton International Film Festival and The Edmonton Jewish Film Festival and been Chair of the Alberta Media Production Association (twice). He has also sat on the Albert Film Advisory Council and the Edmonton Film Commission Focus Group. He currently serves as Board Secretary for the International Quorum of Motion Picture Producers.

An industry veteran, Josh has a BA in English and Drama from the University of Alberta, an MFA in Film Production from New York University and was a Screenwriting Fellow at the American Film Institute Center for Advanced Film Studies in Los Angeles.

Long-form producing credits include 40 Below and Falling, starring Jewel Staite and Shawn Roberts, I Think I Do, starring Mia Kirshner and Sara Canning, Freezer Burn: The Invasion of Laxdale starring Tom Green and Crispin Glover, Forsaken, starring Donald Sutherland, Kiefer Sutherland and Demi Moore, Intern Academy starring Dan Aykroyd, Dave Thomas and Dave Foley, Dead Simple starring James Caan and Daniel Stern, Something More starring Jennifer Beals and Stranger in Town starring Harry Hamlin and Graham Greene.

Dramatic television producing credits include the series Anash and the Legacy of the Sun-Rock (13 episodes), Myth Quest (13 episodes), 2030 CE (26 episodes) and Mentors, which he also created and show-ran (52 episodes).

Factual television credits include the series A Total Write-Off! (13 episodes) and the travel series Great Cemeteries of the World (26 episodes) as well as documentaries in a range of genres, including true crime with Catching the Chameleon; performing arts with The Fringe: Acting Up and Belly Dance Man: From Canada to Cairo; and social and environmental issues with A Sorry State and Seeds of Change: The ECO Story.

Josh has earned dozens of awards for his work both as a writer and a producer, but is most proud to have received the Alex Barris Mentorship Award from the Writers Guild of Canada in recognition of his commitment to mentoring emerging writers.


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