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Novak, Cohen launch AllScreen Entertainment

Allan Novak (pictured), the former VP of factual and reality at Toronto's Temple Street Productions, has teamed up with producer/director/writer Barri Cohen to form a new prodco.
May 17, 2011

Allan Novak (pictured), the former VP of factual and reality at Toronto’s Temple Street Productions, has teamed up with producer/director/writer Barri Cohen to form a new prodco.

The new prodco will be aimed at creating innovative, transmedia content for TV, mobile and the Web.

Novak, during his stint with Temple Street, oversaw such productions as Canada’s Next Top Model, and sold the competitive reality series and format Recipe to Riches to Shaw Media and Canadian grocery chain Loblaw. Prior to that, Novak’s Indivisual Productions created Loving Spoonfuls as well as the hybrid comedy/reality series Punched Up, and The Joke’s On Us: 50 Years of CBC Satire, hosted by Leslie Nielsen, among other projects.

Barri Cohen has served as a writer, producer and director of assorted documentary one-offs, specials and factual series. She was series and creative producer on Frantic Films’ The Opener, a series producer on the first season of Slice’s Revamped and also worked on W’s Crimes of Passion and Discovery Health’s Situation Critical.

The pair plans to develop new shows in the factual, reality, drama and comedy genres for the Canadian, American and international markets.

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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