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    JOHN WELSMAN ELECTED PRESIDENT OF SCREEN COMPOSERS GUILD OF CANADA

    October 26, 2015
    For Immediate Release
    TORONTO – The Screen Composers Guild of Canada (SCGC) today announced that John Welsman has been elected President of the SCGC, following Board elections held in September.  He replaces outgoing President Marvin Dolgay, who has been elected Chairman of the Board of Directors.

    One of Canada’s most celebrated film and television composers, John is a five- time Gemini Award, and two- time Canadian Screen Award recipient for ‘Best Original Score’, and the winner of the Genie Award for Achievement in Music for Nurse Fighter Boy. His extensive credits include the TV series Road to Avonlea, Franklin and Friends, My Friend Rabbit, and The Twilight Zone.  Documentary films include West Wind –The Vision of Tom Thomson, Tales from the Organ Trade, and David Suzuki’s The Sacred Balance. His recent dramatic feature films include Beyond What Remains, Nurse Fighter Boy, MODRA, and A Winter Tale.

    “We are currently seeing an ongoing and unprecedented state of flux in the screen- based industries, where disruption seems to have become the status quo,” stated Welsman following his election. “Our response to the challenges and opportunities these changes present will help determine the future of our industry, including our ability to earn a fair and sustainable living. I’m very happy to see a strong, dynamic, and engaged Board of Directors at the SCGC, and I look forward to working with them on the issues which affect us all.”

     

    The SCGC also announced the election of Adrian Ellis  as the Board’s First Vice- President and Darren Fung as Second Vice-President for second term.

    Adrian Ellis is an award-winning composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist known for his work on Discovery’s Daily Planet, The CFL and International Hockey on TSN, and Canada AM, and his score for the Canadian Screen Award-nominated series Out With Dad. Adrian has been a proud volunteer at the SCGC for over seven years, and has served on the Board and Executive for the last three. He is a vocal advocate of the value of screen music, and the importance of the filmmaker/composer relationship.

    Darren Fung is an award-winning film composer based out of Los Angeles. His numerous  credits include NHL on TSN,  FIFA Women’s World Cup on CTV and TSN, Canada AM, and feature and short film scores that have been screened at prestigious film festivals including Toronto, Cannes and Sundance.  Amongst his accolades is a 2012 Canadian Screen Award nomination for his score for the mini-series Lost Years.  In addition to his long-standing service to the SCGC, Darren also serves as a Program Advisor for the Canadian Film Centre’s Slaight Music Residency.

    The following is the complete list of the SCGC’s newly elected Board of Directors:

    2015 SCGC BOARD OF DIRECTORS:

    • Marvin Dolgay- Chair
    • John Welsman- President
    • Adrian Ellis- First Vice-President
    • Darren Fung- Second Vice-President
    • Edward Henderson- Treasurer
    • Derek Treffry- Secretary

    • Steffan Andrews
    • Janal Bechthold
    • Amin Bhatia
    • Tristan Capacchione
    • Graeme Coleman
    • Michel Cusson
    • Victor Davies
    • Paul Hoffert
    • Craig McConnell
    • Glenn Morley
    • Michael Neilson
    • Neil Parfitt
    • Ari Posner
    • Mike Shields
    • Erica Procunier (Officer)
    • Sean Ferris (Officer)

     

    The Screen Composers Guild of Canada (SCGC) is a national, trade association of professional music composers and producers of music for film, television, video games, mobile phones, tablets and all other screen media. The SCGC promotes the status and rights of screen composers through advocacy on issues such as creators’ rights and the value of screen music, as well as professional development and information sharing.
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    For More Information, please contact:
    Maria Topalovich
    Executive Director
    Screen Composers Guild of Canada
    (416) 410-5076
    maria @ screencomposers. ca

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