Jocelyn Cornforth Moves Up at Vérité
(March 5, 2014 – Toronto, Ontario) Vérité Films has named screenwriter, story editor and series creator Jocelyn Cornforth to the position of Head of Development, Drama and Scripted Television. Before working in television, Jocelyn earned a B.A. in English with distinction from Queen’s University and a law degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax. Recruited out of law school by one of the top law firms in Canada, she practiced law on Bay Street for several years before leaving to pursue a career in the arts.
“Jocelyn’s focus will be developing our biggest scripted television slate to date,” said Virginia Thompson, President of Vérité Films.
As a screenwriter and story editor, Jocelyn has worked on such successfully and critically acclaimed Canadian television dramas as Regenesis, The Listener, Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures and Across the River to Motor City, for which she was nominated for a Gemini award for Best Writing in a Dramatic Television Program or Mini-Series. A graduate of the Canadian Film Centre’s Primetime Television Writing Program, her writing career has taken her to London, England, where she worked for several years with renowned British Television writer Lynda LaPlante, the creator and writer of the acclaimed dramatic series Prime Suspect, staring Helen Mirren.
“It’s great to have a writer and a story editor of Jocelyn’s caliber on our team,” said Robert de Lint, Executive VP & Creative Head. “There’s no doubt Jocelyn will maximize the ideas we’re developing in-house and be a terrific support to projects brought to us by the independent writing community.”
In addition to those credits mentioned above, Cornforth developed and wrote the MOW Presumed Guilty (CTV); and created, developed and wrote the pilots for The Men (CBC-TV), Crime Stories (W Network) and Liberty (Global Television). Her UK television credits include: The Commander and two seasons of Trial and Retribution for Lynda LaPlante and ITV Network.
Founded by Producer Virginia Thompson and Producer/Director/Writer Robert de Lint, Vérité Films is a project-driven company that creates television series, films and interactive entertainment.