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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
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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