Speaker Jessica Schmiedchen



Jessica Schmiedchen

Director of Development, Unscripted Content


Jessica oversees development of original content and formats in the genres of factual, entertainment and documentary series at CBC and CBC Gem. She is responsible for sourcing the best new formats from around the world, and working with the independent production community in Canada to bring their ideas to life.

Since joining the Unscripted team in 2011, Jessica has led development on popular and award-winning series including Stuff the British Stole, Race Against the Tide, Best In Miniature, Canada’s Ultimate Challenge, You Can’t Ask That, Great Canadian Pottery Throw Down, Bollywed, Push and original paranormal series Ghosting.

Speaking on: Indigenous Screen Summit Pitch Forum #1: Unscripted/Documentary Pitches; Speed Meetings: Unscripted/Factual/Doc; 30 Minutes With: Paige Murray, Sarah Quan & Jessica Schmiedchen, CBC

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