Speaker Carolyn Meland

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Carolyn Meland

President & Executive Producer

HeartHat Entertainment

A passionate storyteller with an eye for casting great talent, Carolyn is a CSA, Realscreen, and Banff Rockie nominated Executive producer, writer, and series producer.

She has created, produced and directed numerous shows and formats including STYLE BY JURY, the number #1 makeover format in Canada, running for 9 seasons, with a total of 186 episodes, BRIDES OF BEVERLY HILLS (TLC & Corus), CHE*F OFF! (Food), TOTALLY TRACKED DOWN (Reelz), ARRESTING DESIGN (W Network), GREAT CANADIAN HOMES (HGTV), CANADOODADAY (CBC Kids) and is in production on her newly created series WE BOUGHT A FUNERAL HOME for Discovery+ which follows a Toronto family as they take on the quirky renovation of a 100 year old funeral home. She is also co-creator of BOLLYWED currently in development with CBC.

Her animated family feature screenplay, Princess UP! Is a 2021 Screencraft Finalist and has been recently optioned by a Los Angeles producer.

Carolyn spent 7 years as a producer-writer at CTV both on the flagship current affairs show CANADA AM as well as CBC's THE JOURNAL. She has worked as an independent producer for the last 30 years and as a broadcast executive for W Network from 2002-2004.

She has experience across the major genres from kids TV, to documentary, scripted, current affairs, animation, and reality television and understands producing from the ground up.

In 2015, she formed HeartHat Entertainment with the goal of producing premium original content that appeals to the head and heart.

Speaking on: CBC Breakfast: telling Canada's stories

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