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Karen Tsang

SVP, Creative Affairs

Pier 21 Films

As SVP of Creative Affairs at Pier 21 Films, Karen Tsang works with some of Canada’s most exciting talent to develop comedy and drama series for the Canadian and international marketplace. She’s passionate about creator-driven stories and fostering shows that explore characters and themes that have been underrepresented on screen. She is an Executive Producer of the new ½ hour comedy series, Run the Burbs, created by and starring Andrew Phung (Kim’s Convenience), airing on CBC in Canada. Before joining Pier 21 in 2020, Karen spent eight years working in scripted content at the CBC. In her most recent role as Executive in Charge of Production, Comedy, Karen oversaw the creative development and production of over 150 episodes of original television series including all five seasons of the Rose D’Or and Rockie Award winning Baroness Von Sketch Show, which was acquired by IFC. Her slate also included Tallboyz, Mr. D and Canada’s iconic political satire show This Hour Has 22 Minutes. Karen managed several short-form digital series such as the International Emmy-nominated How to Buy a Baby, Bit Playas and My 90-Year-Old Roommate. Originally from Vancouver, Karen graduated from USC’s Business of Cinematic Arts program. She started her career as a TV Packaging Assistant at Creative Artists Agency in Los Angeles.

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At the Banff Media Festival, we met with Netflix and took a ride up Sulphur Mountain on the gondola. That’s where we made the pitch.
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