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The Hollywood Reporter recognizes Neishaw Ali as one of the ‘Most Powerful Women In Canadian Entertainment’

On May 22, 2024, The Hollywood Reporter released its inaugural list of Canada’s Most Powerful Women In Entertainment to showcase not just the female talent running TV and film sets across the border, but to celebrate the rainbow of identities that make up Canada’s film, TV and music industries. 

Among these highly inspiring and talented women was our CEO and Executive Producer, Neishaw Ali. The Spin family would like to congratulate all these powerful women and thank them for raising the bar of Canadian entertainment.

On May 30th, 2024, The Hollywood Reporter organized an inaugural Women In Entertainment – Canada Summit filled with inspiring conversations and contagious excitement to celebrate and honor these women:

  1. Neishaw Ali, CEO and Executive Producer, SpinVFX
  2. Annie Bradley, Chair, Directors Guild of Canada, Ontario
  3. Tassie Cameron, Screenwriter, Producer
  4. Alessia Cara, Singer, Songwriter
  5. Valerie Creighton, President and CEO, Canada Media Fund
  6. Tracey Deer, Director
  7. Michela Di Mondo, Executive VP International, Fremantle Canada
  8. Jennifer Dodge, President, Spin Master Entertainment
  9. Sophie Dupuis, Director
  10. Prem Gill, CEO, Creative BC
  11. Danis Goulet, Director
  12. Magda Grace, Head of Prime Video for Canada, Australia and New Zealand
  13. Jocelyn Hamilton, President, television, eOne Canada
  14. Jennifer Holness, Writer, producer, director
  15. Susan Hummel, Executive vice president & managing director, Canada Distribution and Ventures, Lionsgate
  16. Monika Ille, CEO, Aboriginal Peoples Television Network
  17. Devery Jacobs, Actor, producer
  18. Christina Jennings, Chairman & President, Shaftesbury Films
  19. Katrina Kowalski, Senior VP, content strategy & acquisitions, Pluto TV
  20. Jenn Kuzmyk, Executive Director, Banff World Media Festival
  21. Anita Lee, Chief Programming Officer, Toronto Film Festival
  22. Margaret Lewis, Senior Relationship Manager, Royal Bank of Canada
  23. Tatiana Maslany, Actor
  24. Laurie May, Co-founder and co-president, Elevation Pictures
  25. Rachel McAdams, Actor
  26. Laura Michalchyshyn, Executive Producer, Blue Ant Media
  27. Alanis Morissette, Singer-songwriter
  28. Eleanor Noble, Actor, ACTRA National President
  29. Sandra Oh, Actor
  30. Sangita Patel, TV host
  31. Jennifer Podemski, Actor, producer
  32. Sarah Polley, Actor, director
  33. Julie Roy, CEO, executive director, Telefilm Canada
  34. Stephanie Shinkoda, VP distribution and co-country manager, Canada, Sony Pictures Entertainment
  35. Lilly Singh, Actor, producer, writer
  36. Kari Skogland, Director
  37. Karen Thorne-Stone, President, CEO, Ontario Creates
  38. Kim Todd, President, Original Pictures
  39. Shania Twain, Singer
  40. Nia Vardalos, Actor, writer
  41. Hayley Wickenheiser, Olympic gold medalist, Toronto Maple Leafs senior director of player development
  42. Barbara Williams, Executive VP, English services, Canadian Broadcasting Corp.
  43. Katheryn Winnick, Actor

Click here to learn more about them

While we raise a toast to these incredible women, we would also like to give a shout-out to the rising Canadian talents that Hollywood should keep an eye on, according to The Hollywood Reporter:

  1. Jessica Cheung, Line Producer, Production Manager
  2. Meredith Hama-Brown, Director
  3. Sasha Leigh Henry, Writer-Director-Producer
  4. Zosia Mackenzie, Production Designer
  5. Kudakwashe Rutendo, Actor

Take a look at the celebrations here:

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