Head of Development
Michelle is a small & mighty lady. She is our star idea collector, and she brings well over 2 decades of experience from production and broadcasting roles she’s held in North America (Shaw, Canwest, Alliance Atlantis, CBC) and Europe (NBC, CBC). She’s fluent in the language of factual & lifestyle programming, as well as news & current affairs. She’s always been an avid TV fan, watching and studying it ALL.
Before joining Castlewood Productions, Michelle was the Director of Programming and Scheduling at Shaw Media. There, she successfully met and exceeded AMA targets while helping to oversee 8 specialty channels including History, National Geographic, National Geographic Wild, Slice, HGTV, DIY, TVTropoliis and Twist. Prior to her stint at Shaw, Michelle was a Director of Original Programming and Executive in Charge of Programming at Canwest & Alliance Atlantis where she managed millions of original programming dollars, while helping to commission and develop dozens of shows for HGTV, Food Channel, & Slice Networks.
Michelle started her illustrious TV career in news and current affairs. As overnight desk editor of the NBC London bureau, she was part of a team co-ordinating news coverage for the Nightly News and Today Show. From the CBC London bureau, she also produced features and interviews for CBC’s legendary program The Journal and eventually made her way back to Toronto where she continued producing at The Journal and Midday. Michelle’s journalistic roots and broadcasting experience have given her a strong foundation for telling great stories and for digging up great characters.
When she’s not making TV, Michelle loves to indulge in good food, fashion and occasional episodes of “Keeping Up With The Kardashians.” Hey, even the pros are allowed guilty pleasures! Ask her where to eat in town, she’ll give you the best review!