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Kelen Content to launch at MIPCOM

Former Breakthrough Entertainment distribution chief Tanya Kelen has launched a new coproduction and distribution shingle.
September 30, 2009

Former Breakthrough Entertainment distribution chief Tanya Kelen has launched a new coproduction and distribution shingle.

Kelen will raise her Kelen Content banner at MIPCOM with an eye to distribution or format sales of existing product, or bringing international broadcasters on board for new projects she’s developing with original creators.

‘The missing gap I’ve identified with my new company is a lot of producers don’t have the [broadcaster] relationships, but have incredible content,’ says Kelen.

To be shopped at MIPCOM is the investigative series Courage in Red from Ottawa-based indie producer JenCor Entertainment. Kelen will sell the 13-part series about the Royal Canadian Mounted Police as is, and look to develop a broader documentary series about elite security and police forces around the world.

Kelen adds she’ll use her executive producer skills honed at Breakthrough to expand opportunities elsewhere for Canadian indie producers in coproductions and co-ventures.

‘Broadcasters want to work with established partners on shows that they’ve already worked with, and that they trust in the business,’ she explains.

Other programming on the Kelen Content slate includes the 39×60-minute series Departures, a travel/adventure series on OLN in Canada.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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