Three Canadian guests with diverse backgrounds and experiences will discuss international co-productions and industry trends in Canada. The shared concerns, values, and history of New Zealand and Canada make them an ideal country to partner with and partnering is a great way to fully finance your projects. 

Fraser Ash has worked with renowned creatives on complex film and TV productions, Alain Strati has industry knowledge from his policy and government relations work at the Canadian Media Producers Association, and Paula Devonshire, a member of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte First Nation, brings unique values from her work in the Canadian screen industry.   

Come along to this special occasion to get valuable insights about working with Canadians.  

Entertainment Lawyer Sarah Cull will moderate the discussion. 

The talk is a collaboration with WIFT and the speakers are in New Zealand thanks to support from Ontario Creates, Telefilm Canada, Canadian Heritage, the Canadian Media Producers Association, the Indigenous Screen Office, the New Zealand Film Commission, NZ On Air, Te Māngai Pāho and Screen Wellington. They are attending the WIFT New Zealand / Canada Co-Production Summit. 


Monday 18th March 2024 

6:30 – 7:30pm TALK 

7:30 – 8:30pm – optional socializing  

After the TALK Script to Screen will provide pizza, and it’s buy your own drinks. 

Te Auaha NZ Institute of Creativity, 65 Dixon St, Te Aro, Wellington

After the TALK, stay and have pizza on Script to Screen. There will be a cash bar and socialising with fellow filmmakers.

$5.75 + GST and Booking Fee for sales via Humanitix to secure your seat 

This Script to Screen TALKS is made possible thanks to the New Zealand Film Commission, White Studios and WIFT. 


Entertainment Lawyer 

Sarah is an entertainment lawyer with over 20 years experience in the film and television industry. Clients include producers, government funders, private financiers, post-production facilities, directors, writers, distributors, animation studios. 

Based in Wellington, New Zealand, Sarah provides a wide range of legal services in relation to the development, production, distribution and exploitation of film, TV and online productions. She also gives advice on New Zealand’s screen incentives and co-productions. 

Prior to setting up her legal practice, Sarah was Head of Business Affairs at the New Zealand Film Commission for five years.  During her time at the New Zealand Film Commission Sarah managed New Zealand’s screen incentive programs for film and television.  She was instrumental in setting up the first set of criteria for New Zealand’s domestic incentive program.  Sarah has also worked as an in-house production lawyer for film and television companies and has served on the board of Film New Zealand. 

Sarah is a member of WIFT and is passionate about great films and TV, dogs and yoga. 


Producer/CEO, Devonshire Productions Inc.  

 A graduate of U of T, Paula has attended the prestigious Canadian Film Centre, Trans-Atlantic Partners and was the first Canadian to participate in the Inside Pictures Producer Program in London, UK. Paula is a member of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte First Nation.  

As a feature producer she has worked with acclaimed filmmakers such as Neil Jordan, Atom Egoyan, George Romero, Robert Lantos and Alex Kurtzman.  

 Paula’s feature film credits include: GEORGE ROMERO’S DIARY OF THE DEAD and SURVIVAL OF THE DEAD, the GINGER SNAPS sequel and prequel, REAL TIME, THE RIGHT KIND OF WRONG,  WET BUM, REMEMBER starring the legendary Christopher Plummer, INDIAN HORSE, GRETA, starring Isabel Huppert, RUN WOMAN RUN, and STELLAR  and will be in production on BLOOD LINES  in fall 2024.  

 Paula has produced on TV series such as CLARICE, VIKINGS, PEOPLE OF EARTH JOHN GRISHAM’S THE FIRM.  

Paula is currently co-writing with Oscar nominated Greelandic director Pipaluk Jorgensen on THIS ROAD OF MINE. Devonshire has also created several TV pilots in development with various broadcasters and partners. 

Most recent films – 2023 STELLAR – producer (feature), 2021 CLARICE – producer (TV Series), 2020 RUN WOMAN RUN  – producer (Feature), 2019 SHORT TREKS (STAR TREK) – Producer (TV series), 2018 INDIAN HORSE – producer (feature) 


Producer, Rhombus Media  

Fraser Ash is a producer of feature films, television series, and documentaries. In September 2019, he was a joint recipient of the Canadian Media Producers’ Association (CMPA) Kevin Tierney Award for Emerging Producers. Feature film credits include BLACKBERRY (2023), directed by Matt Johnson; SEVEN VEILS (2023), directed by Atom Egoyan; POSSESSOR (2020), directed by Brandon Cronenberg; DISAPPEARANCE AT CLIFTON HILL (2019), directed by Albert Shin; INTO THE FOREST (2015) directed by Patricia Rozema; and ENEMY (2013), directed by Denis Villeneuve. Fraser was supervising producer for the documentary feature films THE DEVIL’S HORN (2016) and OUR MAN IN TEHRAN (2013), both directed by Larry Weinstein. For television, Fraser is co-executive producer of the upcoming HBO series THE SYMPATHIZER (Spring 2024), starring Robert Downey Jr. and Sandra Oh. The series is directed by Park Chan-wook, Fernando Meirelles and Marc Munden. Fraser was co-executive producer of the BBC/CBC dramatic series THE NORTH WATER (2021), directed by Andrew Haigh; co-producer of the CBC comedy series MICHAEL: EVERY DAY (2017); and co-producer of the series SENSITIVE SKIN (2014-2016). Fraser is a graduate of Queen’s University where he studied philosophy and film studies, spending his third year at the University of Edinburgh. In 2013, Fraser obtained the Osgoode Certificate in Entertainment Law. 

Most recent films – The Sympathizer – Co-Executive Producer (post-production, 2024) // BlackBerry (2023) – Producer // Seven Veils (2023) – Producer // The North Water (2021) – Co-Executive Producer // Possessor (2020) – Producer 


Senior Vice President, Industry, Policy and General Counsel at the Canadian Media Producers Association 

Representing the interests of independent producers working in Canada’s vibrant media industry, Alain oversees all day-to-day legal, industry, legislative, regulatory and public policy files at the CMPA.

A member of the CMPA’s executive leadership team, Alain provides strategic and legal advice to the President and CEO and CMPA leadership on all policy matters relating to the independent production industry, including business affairs, copyright, Terms of Trade and more. Alain leads and manages the Policy and Government Relations departments, and advocates on behalf of the CMPA and its members before federal and provincial governments on policies that affect the industry.

Alain is fluently bilingual, and has built extensive knowledge and experience in the media industry while working at the country’s largest media companies. Prior to joining the CMPA, Alain held the position of Assistant General Counsel, Regulatory Affairs at Bell, where he worked on a variety of files related to the Canadian broadcasting system. He also previously held positions as Vice President, Business & Regulatory Affairs, and Vice President, OMNI, Specialty TV & Development at Rogers Media.

Having volunteered as a coach and club administrator, Alain is now Vice-President of the board of the Toronto Soccer Association. He is also a board member at Accessible Media Inc., a not-for-profit media company that entertains, informs and empowers Canadians who are blind or partially sighted.

Alain holds a Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Civil Law and Bachelor of Arts in Economics from McGill University. He is a member of the Law Society of Ontario, called to the bar in 1996.





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