Unscripted

Breakthrough Entertainment announces unscripted hire

Further bolstering its reality and non-fiction operations, Toronto-headquartered producer-distributor Breakthrough Entertainment has named Chantal Jackson (pictured) as head of development for alternative content.
May 4, 2015

Further bolstering its reality and non-fiction operations, Toronto-headquartered producer/distributor Breakthrough Entertainment has officially announced the appointment of Chantal Jackson (pictured) as head of development for alternative content.

In the role, Jackson – who has held the position since March – is to work in original series development while establishing copro partnerships with independent producers in Canada and the U.S., where Breakthrough recently opened a New York office overseen by Beth Fraikorn, head of alternative content for the U.S.

Prior to joining Breakthrough, Jackson developed, produced and consulted on a number of series for such nets as HGTV, Food, TLC and Discovery Life. Her credits include Buying and Selling with the Property Brothers, Amazing Race Canada and Say Yes To The Dress Canada.

“As factual and reality continues to play a huge role across the global marketplace, we are committed to becoming a prime source of quality alternative programming,” said Breakthrough Entertainment partner Michael McGuigan in a statement. “Chantal’s outstanding achievements in reality and non-fiction will help further Breakthrough’s objectives as we work to become a significant force in the genre.”

Commenting on her new position, Jackson said: “I am excited to join Breakthrough as the company strengthens its foray into non-fiction to build successful relationships in the areas of casting, concept creation, development and production with creative talent and producers engaged in alternative content.”

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Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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