Speaker Jessica Schmiedchen

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Jessica Schmiedchen

Director of Development, Unscripted Content


Jessica oversees development of original content and formats in the genres of factual entertainment and doc series at CBC - on both linear television and on the broadcaster's streaming service, CBC Gem. She is responsible for sourcing the best new formats from around the world, and working with the independent production community in Canada to bring their ideas to life.

Since joining the Unscripted team in 2011, Jessica has helped launch many popular and award-winning series including Still Standing, Hello Goodbye, The Detectives, Back in Time for Dinner, Canada's Smartest Person Jr, and the CBC Gem original series Red Button, Farm Crime and Jensplaining.

Speaking on: Speed Meetings with Buyers: OUTtv, YLE, CBC Docs & Unscripted; Speed Meetings with Buyers: TVO Kids, CNN, CBC Docs & Unscripted; 30 Minutes With: CBC Docs & Unscripted

At the Banff Media Festival, we met with Netflix and took a ride up Sulphur Mountain on the gondola. That’s where we made the pitch.
- Naveen Prasad, EVP and GM, Elevation Pictures


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