Three streaming personalities on the preservation of Canadian television

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Have you ever wondered how shows end up on TV? Meet the gatekeepers behind Canada’s top streaming services

Tara Woodbury

Manager, Canada Series at Netflix

Dream job when I was a kid: “Librarian. I like books.”
If you could have a super power: “Telepathy. I took this job because I’m curious about people’s inner lives.
Celebrity lookalike: “Sara Gilbert of Roseane.”
Favorite place on earth: “Winnipeg, my hometown. I miss big skies.
The best show of your competition:the bear on Disney+. Kudos to Matty Matheson.
What makes a program suitable for Canadians: “It explores our differences, which ironically makes it more universal.”
Your favorite show right now: the witcher. It’s one of the best adaptations of all time.
The hardest part of your job: “Sometimes you just have to follow your instincts, which is difficult.”
The show that got away: Reservation dogs. He has a lot of local talent.
What sets your service apart: “We have a powerful spotlight to shine Canadian stories.
You know you have the perfect show when… “Your intuition is validated by audience data.”
The future of Canadian content is… “Hopeful and optimistic, with great local stories that can travel the world.”


Jenna Bourdeau

Senior Director, Acquisitions at CBC and CBC Gem

Dream job when I was a kid: “Doctor, because my father was a surgeon.”
If you could have a super power: “Air travel. I dreamed about it and it’s amazing.
Celebrity lookalike: “Unfortunately, Amy Coney Barrett.”
The best show of your competition: Succession. I could list 10 HBO shows I love and wish I had.
What makes a program suitable for Canadians: “Great story, incredible cast, creative commitment to a singular vision.”
Your favorite show right now: Kind of. It’s amazing and from such a strong and talented group of people.
The hardest part of your job: ” Ridicule competition that currently exists in the global content market.
The show that got away: The Handmaid’s Tale. I was in a bidding war for this.
What sets your service apart: “Everything we present is worth your time. The other advantage is that it’s free.
You know you have the perfect show when… “It happened with Normal people. I saw a few clips in France, and that’s it. It was magical.
The future of Canadian content is… “Bright and beautiful. We have such great creators. We are now recognized as a really important market.


Justin Stockman

Vice President, Content Development at Crave (Bell Media)

Dream job when I was a kid: “Host of Video success on Radio Canada.
If you could have a super power: “Teleportation. I’ve been to Los Angeles four times this year.
Celebrity lookalike: “Reba McEntire when she had short hair.”
Favorite place on earth: “Probably my bed. I treasure a good night’s sleep.
The best show of your competition:The boys. It has all the right elements. It’s even shot in Toronto!
What makes a program suitable for Canadians: “A hook in the many things that make us unique, like native cultures and regionality.
Your favorite show right now: “At Nathan Fielder’s Repetition. It’s not for everyone, it’s one of the weirdest shows I’ve ever seen.
The hardest part of your job: “When I have to interrupt a series.”
What sets your service apart: “We program for Canadians, not for the rest of the world.
You know you have the perfect show when… “A few days after reading the script, you still want to talk about it with colleagues.”
The future of Canadian content is… “Promising. Some of our best shows are Canadian. We want more.”

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