Season 2 Creative Team Bios
Jill Golick: Creator, Writer, Executive Producer
Toronto’s Jill Golick lives at the corner of TV and digital.
Combining deep experience in series television with a passion for social media and the latest digital tools, Jill is at the bleeding edge of the intersection of television and digital media.
As a screenwriter, Golick has more than 200 hours of produced television to her credit. She was Creative Producer on Instant Star, Executive Story Editor on the sexy soap Metropia, and Executive Story Editor on four season’s of Global’s gritty crime series Blue Murder. Golick worked extensively as a writer of children’s programs, including Wimzie’s House, Shining Time Station, Canadian Sesame Street, Zaboomafoo and Kratt’s Creatures.
As a new media creator, Jill created and produced the ground breaking transmedia series, boymeetgrrl and Crushing It, Twitter’s first live comedy soap opera. She works with brands to integrate their messages into entertainment properties and with television producers to help them bring their properties to multiple platforms.
An early adopter, Golick first began creating digital content in the early 1980’s with her company Teego Software. She designed and produced the Parents’ Choice Award-winning Word Bird, which Creative Computing called “a truly superb example of what educational software can be”.
Jill blogs on transmedia and screenwriting at Running With My Eyes Closed. She is a frequent speaker, having recently appeared at ARGFest and Toronto’s FanExpo. In her spare time, she teaches transmedia storytelling and advanced television writing at York University and serves as the president of the Writers Guild of Canada.
Jill is represented by Amy Stulberg at Vanguarde Artists Management.
Kelly Harms: Director, Executive Producer
Writer, director and producer Kelly Harms originally hails from Alberta, Canada.
Graduating from film school in 1996, Kelly set off for the bright lights of New York City where he studied with one of America’s most respected acting instructors, Uta Hagen.
Since then, his diverse interests have led to such varied credits as lead actor in Bruce McDonald’s Picture Claire, story editor and producer of the feature film The Happy Couple, producer and lead actor in Fairytales and Pornography, director of the short films The Outlaws of Missouri and GREEN (recently featured on CBC television).
Kelly is also a graduate of the Directors’ Lab at the prestigious Canadian Film Centre; his award-winning CFC short, Cursing Hanley, premiered at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival and went on to screen at over 30 national and international film festivals. More recently, he directed all 22 episodes of the critically acclaimed and multiple award-winning web series, Ruby Skye P.I. (Season 1 and 2) and episodes of the hit Disney / Teletoon show My Babysitter’s a Vampire.
Visit Kelly’s website to see his complete reel.
Steven Golick: Executive Producer
Steven Golick is a partner at Osler where he practices in the areas of bankruptcy, insolvency, debtor/creditor, secured transactions, workouts and restructurings.
He advises financial institutions, secured and unsecured creditors and debtors. He is one of Chambers Global’s World Leading Lawyers for Business 2010 and is listed as one of The Best Lawyers in Canada 2010. Steven has co-authored several publications including Guide to Ontario Personal Property Security (a looseleaf service published by Carswell), The Canadian Credit Handbook (published by McGraw-Hill Ryerson Limited), and a chapter in Canadian Bankruptcy and Insolvency Law – Bill C-55, Statute c. 47.
Steven was an advisor to the Federal Government on amendments to the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act enacted in 1992 and 1997.
He is a co-founder and officer of Kids Help Phone, Canada’s only toll-free, 24-hour, bilingual and anonymous phone counseling, referral and Internet service for children and youth.
Julie Strassman-Cohn: Writer
Julie started her career in Los Angeles as head of development for Triggerfish Productions. In that capacity, she worked with the writer and developed the script for Throw Momma From The Train, a major motion picture that starred Billy Crystal and Danny Devito.
Julie wrote a spec script for an original sit-com and it immediately garnered interest by an agent at William Morris. She was signed as a client and got her first staff job on ABC’s top ten show, Full House, as story editor/writer. From there, she made what looked like a pretty dumb move for a TV writer — she came to Canada to work with a friend on Dog House, a sit-com for YTV and the USA Network. While it may not have been a great business move, she did meet her future husband and has lived in Toronto ever since.
Julie has been one of Canada’s top writers of children’s television for almost 20 years. She was story editor of Sesame Park (Canada’s Sesame Street) the year it won the Gemini Award for Best Children’s Program. Her list of story editor/writer credits include: Full House, Sophie, Metropia, Just Jamie, The Adventures of Babar, Boogie’s Diner and Groundling Marsh.
She also wrote for The Saddle Club, I Love Mummy, Zaboomafoo, Paradise Falls, Maggie and the Ferocious Beast, Anthony Ant, The Mighty Jungle and Canadian Geographic Kids to name a few.
Julie also worked with Nelvana in developing Tedd Arnold’s book Green Wilma and Jane Seymour’s book This One and That One for television.