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CEO Announced for the Edmonton Screen Industry Office

FINAL ESIO CEO Announcement News Release (PDF)

(ESIO, Edmonton, AB.) 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 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 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’s 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 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. (Full biography attached).

“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.

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For further information, please contact:
Josh Miller, CEO, (780) 420-2990

Carman R. McNary, Q.C., Board Chair, ESIO
(780) 423-7236/

PRESS RELEASE: Newly Formed Edmonton Screen Industries Office Begins Work

June 19, 2017, Edmonton, AB.

Today, the newly formed Edmonton Screen Industries Office Society (ESIO) appeared in front of City Council’s Community and Public Services Committee to formalize their grant agreement of $530,000 for two years and to update councillors on their progress.

“I’m pleased to say that the ESIO is up and running and ready to begin its work to help lead Edmonton in becoming a national and international centre for media production excellence. We are delighted by the confidence shown in us by our municipality and will work diligently to steward an organization committed to nurturing an integrated screen industry right here in our city, ” said ESIO Chair Carman McNary.

Screen industries includes the full range of screen-based entertainment, education and training – from mobile, television, Internet streaming and theatrical release inclusive of live action, animation and interactive video games. The ESIO will work closely with screen industry professionals to:

  •  Explore innovations and the future of the industries on multiple platforms, so that Edmonton can be at the forefront of new directions in the sector.
  • Facilitate local content production across a variety of platforms.
  • Seek out markets and distribution avenues for locally produced content.
  • Attract projects that the Edmonton talent pool can support.

The ESIO Board of Directors, selected with input from the Edmonton Screen Industries Working Group, which recommended its formation, is made up of individuals from diverse backgrounds with exceptional governance experience (see biographies).

“We are grateful to the transitional Edmonton Screen Industries Working Group for their leadership over the last couple of years and are committed to working alongside specialists in the sector to nurture a vibrant industry ecosystem that will bring new opportunities and investment, job creation and economic growth to Edmonton,” said McNary.

The first task for the ESIO board will be to hire a CEO, establish an advisory committee structure and develop a strategic plan to lead on issues, opportunities, innovations and investment attraction.

“This is an exciting sector undergoing considerable convergence, disruption and innovation. In addition to fostering economic growth in this specialized arena, we believe our role is to spearhead the effective and accountable use of the City’s investment and keep City Council apprised of our progress. This is important work, and we are honoured to be playing our part in doing it well,” concluded McNary.

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All inquiries about the ESIO should be directed to the Chair:
Carman R. McNary, Q.C.
1 780 423 7236

Edmonton Screen Industries Office Moves Forward

On July 6, 2016, City Administration, the Edmonton Screen Industries Working Group and the Edmonton Arts Council presented to Executive Committee the report – Preferred Model to Replace the Film Commission.  Executive Committee heard from a number of stakeholders who supported the direction for the establishment of an Edmonton Screen Industries Office.  With this support of the stakeholders, Executive Committee voted to support the establishment of the Edmonton Screen Industries Office and directed Administration to return in the Fall with a three year business plan for the Edmonton Screen Industries Office, Board of Directors and Advisory Council and a report on the legacy funding for the Film Commissioner from the Edmonton Economic Development Corporation and a service package to implement the three year business plan for the Edmonton Screen Industries Office, Board of Directors and Advisory Council (see attached motion). Executive Council Resolution


The City Administration, the Edmonton Screen Industries Working Group and the Edmonton Arts Council will over the course of the next few weeks form a Recruitment Committee to develop the selection criteria and establish a recruitment process to appoint a Board of Directors for the Edmonton Screen Industries Office.  Details to follow soon and this process will be available on the Edmonton Screen Industries website.  The appointment of the Advisory Council will be managed by the Board of Directors and will follow a similar process of consultation used for the appointment of the Board of Directors


City Administration, the Edmonton Screen Industries Working Group and the Edmonton Arts Council will continue to engage, involve and inform stakeholders of recruitment of the Board of Directors and the development of the Business Plan/funding proposal.


In the report to Executive Committee, there was a brief summary of the findings of the Screen Industries Survey. (Screen Industries Survey FINAL Report (May 11, 2016))

City of Edmonton Screen Industries Consultation Sessions

For the past year, the Office of the Edmonton Film Commissioner has been vacant. Understanding the importance of a strong film, television and digital screen industry, the Edmonton City Council Executive Council directed the City Administration to do the following:

Work with the Edmonton Arts Council, Edmonton Economic Development Corporation and Industry Stakeholders and return to Executive Committee with a recommended Terms of Reference, scope and clearly defined partners, membership and funding strategy for a preferred model to replace the film commission.

Input from industry stakeholders is the critical part of this process. Four (4) consultation sessions have been set up to:

  • Inform stakeholders of the process to date
  • Discuss significant changes in the industry
  • Seek input on how to best increase screen production in the Edmonton area
  • Determine what new role the Film Commission should have
  • Provide additional feedback

All the sessions listed below will follow the same format and subjects, so individuals need only sign up for one session.

Date Time Venue Address
Tuesday March 8 11:30 am – 1:30 pm Edmonton Arts Council 10440 108 Ave NW
Thursday March 10 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm NAIT – Rm X107 11762 106 Street
Saturday March 12 10:00 am – 12:00 pm FAVA 9722 102 St NW
Wednesday March 16 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Edmonton Arts Council 10440 108 Ave NW

To RSVP for a session please email:

For more information or questions please visit or contact:
George Matteotti | Senior Policy Advisor
Department Business Operations & Strategies | Economic and
Environmental Sustainability | Sustainable Development
8th Floor – 10250 101 Street NW | Edmonton AB | T5J 3P4
t 780-442-0812| e