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FactualWEST is a one-of-a-kind, one day conference for mid-career and senior creators, producers and crew working in factual, lifestyle, reality and documentary television. We bring together top showrunners, broadcasters, creators and producers for a day of workshops designed to help you increase your skills, learn practical tips and get useful insights you can use move your career and your projects forward.
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Robin Johnston

Bell Media
Director, Independent Production, Factual and Reality
Halifax, NS
As Director, Original Programming, Factual & Reality at Bell Media, Robin Johnston works with Canadian production companies to develop and oversee production of unscripted projects for CTV, CraveTV, and Bell Media’s slate of specialty and digital channels.

Based in Halifax, Johnston is a member of Bell Media’s national original programming team, working with producers from across Canada. She currently oversees production on the successful Canadian adaptation of MASTERCHEF – MASTERCHEF CANADA –and is the production executive on THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, the highest-rated Canadian series on record. She was also the production executive on a variety of drama and documentary programming, including How to Change the World (InsightProductions/Met Film/Daniel Film), which was longlisted for an Academy Award;ENGRAVED ON A NATION (eight original documentaries commissioned in celebration of the 100th anniversary of The Grey Cup) which won Best Documentary Series at the Hot Docs Festival; THE BORGIAS (Take 5); THE LISTENER (Shaftesbury); Men of theDeeps (John Walker/Picture Plant/NFB); Forgiveness: Stories for Our Time (WildEast/NFB), which won Best Documentary at Hot Docs; and EIGHT DAYS TO LIVE(Shaftesbury), which, at the time it aired, garnered the largest audience for an original movie in Canadian TV history.
Johnston rejoined Bell Media in 2010, having previously worked for CTV as Head ofIndependent Production for Atlantic Canada from 2001-2008. Prior to rejoining BellMedia, Johnston was a producer and story editor. Her credits include 52 episodes of ARTZOOKA! for CBC and Nickelodeon Germany (the series won the Youth MediaAlliance Award of Excellence and was sold internationally) and STREET CENTS for CBC which was twice nominated and won one International Emmy Award during her tenure.