Spotlight Alumni Highlights - Winter 2017

Joseph DeBenedictis (RTA ‘10) won an Emmy Award with his crew from Pegula Sports and Entertainment in the Sports Interview/Discussion category on May 6th. They were also nominated for two other Emmy Awards. Click here to see DeBenedictis' vlog of his experience.

Marcus Di Pede (RTA '06) and his team at Rogers Creative Group won a Telly Award for the Blue Jays "Our Moment" hype video.

Leah Rifkin (RTA ‘13) has written a book, Beyond the Director's Chair, for aspiring directors. It includes ten leadership success strategies, as well as interviews with various directors such as Paul Gross (Passchendaele, Hyena Road), Norman Buckley (Pretty Little Liars, Gossip Girl, The O.C.), Stefan Brogren (Degrassi: The Next Generation, The L.A. Complex), Yannick Bisson (Murdoch Mysteries), and more. The book is now on shelves at Indigo/Chapters. 

Karolyn Carnie (RTA '12) recently graduated from UCLA MFA in Screenwriting, where she received the TFT Executive Board award and the William Lee and Phillip Bell/Young and the Restless fellowship in TV from UCLA. She also placed in the quarterfinals for the Screencraft Pilot Launch competition. Carnie is currently working as an assistant to Showrunner Aaron Korsh on Suits.

Susan Marjetti (RTA ‘83) is the 2017 recipient of the Rosalie Award, recognizing Canadian female trailblazers in radio.

Brock Groombridge (RTA ‘09) is 13 countries away from his goal of travelling to 100 before turning 30 in December. Click here for updates on Groombridge's journey.

Melissa Scicluna and Mary Gyulay (RTA ‘16) attended two more festivals and won two awards for their practicum short, VIABLE. They won “Best Short Film Over 20 Minutes” from the Winnipeg Real to Reel Festival and “Best Student Film” from the Nevada Women’s Film Festival.

Michelle Solomon and Simon Paluck (RTA ‘14) just wrapped filming a short documentary that was fully funded by BravoFACT (a subsidiary of Bell Media) The film, titled Double, about a breast cancer survivor who encourages her two teenage daughters to have a double mastectomy by the time they’re 30. Meanwhile, an artist creates a painting to help communicate her message. Paluck will make his directorial debut on this project. Other members of the crew include RTA grads Justin Black (Director of Photography) and Marco Furgiuele (Audio). The project just wrapped production and is entering post-production. They hope to complete the project by mid-August.

Emily Jenkins (RTA ‘13) and Justin Black (RTA ‘14) are currently producing a short film funded by Ontario Arts Council.

Brian Dunn (RTA ‘07) is one of three hosts on Koren children's show Action English which launched mid-February.