Bebia appointed chair of Reelworld Institute

Patricia Bebia Mawa

Reelworld Screen Institute appoints Patrica Bebia Mawa as Board Chair.



Toronto, Ontario – August 6th, 2020.

Reelworld Screen Institute is pleased to welcome Patricia Bebia Mawa as the Chair of the Board of Directors. Patricia is the Executive Vice President of Silvertrust Media and the Afroglobal Television channel, presently on Rogers Cable, Bell, Telus and Eastlink across Canada. She is also the Associate Publisher of Excellence, Envision and Destiny magazines.

 “Patricia Bebia Mawa has made great contribution to the media industry in Canada, especially in providing opportunities for producers and talents from diverse Canadian communities. Her wealth of experience will be a great asset to Reelworld Screen Institute’s Board,” says Ms. Tonya Williams, Founder and Executive Director, who is also a veteran Canadian-born Hollywood actress. Other trustees are Vice Chair Cheryl Hudson, Founder & CEO, Dove Philanthropy Advisors; Andria Case, CTV Toronto Reporter; Treasurer April Mullings, Director of Business Affairs, HLP + Partners; Secretary Erica Shaw, Production Manager at Shaw and Professor at Sheridan College; Nam Kiwanuka, Host of Agenda ITS at TVO; Victoria Shen, Labour and Human Rights Lawyer, ACTRA; Anya McKenzie, Producer and Programmer at CBC.

 “I am delighted to join dedicated and talented individuals on the Reelworld Screen Institute team of trustees. Reelworld has done so much for diverse Canadian talents, but there is so much more that needs to be done to level the playing field and ensure equitable access to opportunities. I look forward to working with the team to continue the great work for present and future generations,” says Ms. Mawa.  

The Reelword Screen Institute is involved with the “Talent To Watch” program, which supports emerging filmmakers, accelerate their career and allow them to develop expertise in digital marketing and promotion of audio visual projects. The “E20” Program connects emerging BIPOC talent with executives and professionals within the Canadian entertainment industry. E20s network, learn, and pitch their projects to industry decision makers. The institute offers training, webinars, podcasts and other initiatives to equip filmmakers. Its Access Reelworld database provides Black, Indigenous, Asian, South Asian, Middle Eastern, Latino and others in the creative industries a platform that enables producers to find talents of diverse backgrounds. Founded by Tonya Williams in 2000, the Reelworld Film Festival (non-profit) and Reelworld Screen Institute (charity) draw attention to the lack of racially diverse and indigenous talent, both in front of and behind the camera. Reelworld is dedicated to changing the face of the media landscape by empowering and showcasing Canadians identifying as Black, Indigenous, Asian, South Asian, Middle Eastern and Latino in screen-based industries. 

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