OMDC Newsletter
September 2015

Kevin Shea

Ontario Media Development Corporation recently said farewell to our outgoing Chair Kevin Shea.  Appointed by the Premier in 2006, Kevin made a huge contribution to the OMDC – and to Ontario’s creative industries – over his nine years as our Board Chair.

During Kevin’s tenure, the rapidly-evolving landscape for Ontario’s creative industries presented numerous challenges. Under his leadership, OMDC adapted its investment funds to support the development and distribution of digital content; enhanced its export support to ensure that Ontario companies and products feature prominently in international markets and compete successfully on the world stage; and initiated new programs that encouraged partnerships, collaboration and innovation across sectors and borders. These changes helped both emerging and established companies to develop new business models that allowed them to mitigate risks, increase capacity and achieve success that would not otherwise have been possible without OMDC’s support.

Kevin’s foresight also extended to ensuring that OMDC’s Board operated with the best possible governance model, and his vision ensured that our programs and services continued to be relevant, leading-edge, and high-impact, even as the market realities continued to change.

Kevin was a tireless advocate for OMDC and for Ontario’s creative industries, helping to ensure that other levels of government were familiar both with our collective accomplishments and challenges.

OMDC benefited tremendously from Kevin’s 30 years of industry experience, having served as President and CEO of a number of leading television and broadcast companies, including: YTV Canada, the Global Television Network, Bell Globe Media and Sirius Satellite Radio Canada.   Kevin has always been active in the public and volunteer sector, has been a director of many organizations, and has received numerous honours including the Queen’s 60th Jubilee Medal, awarded during his tenure at OMDC.

Of his time at OMDC, Kevin said, “You made me feel welcome from the outset and your support on so many levels never went unnoticed. We accomplished a lot together and I have every confidence that the OMDC will continue to make great strides for our entire client base and for the Province.” 

Kevin’s Board colleagues, OMDC staff, and many friends in the creative industries join in thanking him for his leadership and commitment to OMDC and in wishing him the very best as he starts the next exciting chapter in his life.

Donna Zuchlinski

On October 9th, Ontario Media Development Corporation bids a fond farewell to our long-time Ontario Film Commissioner, Donna Zuchlinski, who is retiring after 26 years at OMDC. Under her direction Ontario’s Film Commission has become a world leader.

Prior to becoming Film Commissioner in 2004, Donna worked for 15 years as a Location/Marketing Consultant for OMDC (and its predecessor the Ontario Film Development Corporation). As Film Commissioner, Donna’s team was responsible for providing location scouting and facilitation services to productions, both domestic and foreign, interested in filming in Ontario. She also led the marketing efforts for the Toronto and Ontario film industry at home and abroad, including overseeing the work of the Los Angeles marketing office. A key marketing tool for the Commission is its award-winning Digital Locations Library, an online searchable database which was enhanced and expanded under Donna’s direction, and now contains digital photographic files for over 13,000 filming locations representing almost 300,000 individual images.

“I have enjoyed every minute of my job and have been very fortunate to work with some of the world’s best-known filmmakers, helping to build Ontario into the industry powerhouse it is today,” said Donna.

Donna is a graduate of the film & TV program at Loyalist College in Belleville and lives with her cinematographer husband Jan in the small town of Mount Albert. Those of you who know Donna will not be surprised to learn that she and Jan will be boarding ship shortly thereafter for a cruise in the South Pacific!

Paul Bronfman, OMDC Board member and Chairman/CEO of William F. White International Inc. and Comweb Group, and Chairman of Pinewood Toronto Studios, upon hearing of Donna’s retirement wrote: “Donna has been a huge supporter and inspiration for our industry in Ontario for many years and she will be missed.”