Published on October 19th, 2010 | by Jill
Meet Karen Walton
Executive Producer Karen Walton on producing web series.
Best known for writing the irreverent, genre-bending cult horror hit, Ginger Snaps, Karen is acclaimed for her fresh takes on uniquely compelling characters and socially-conscious stories. Karen has applied her unique sense of the sardonic to over a dozen American, Canadian and British features, including co-writing Brad Peyton?s original screenplay, Billy Grimm, an original romantic fantasy about a grim reaper accidentally created with a heart, which was optioned and developed by Sony Columbia and Mosaic Media in 2005.
More recently Karen has been co-writing her first French-language feature, the saucy Montreal sexcapade, Shoebusiness, for The Young Victoria‘s Jean-Marc Vallee (C.R.A.ZY., Cafe de Flore). She also recently completed feature adaptations of Michael Turner?s international bestseller, The Pornographer’s Poem, and Guy Vanderhaeghe’s My Present Age.
Karen?s television credits include executive story editing Season Two of Showtime’s Queer as Folk USA and CTV’s one-hour primetime drama, The City. She also wrote episodes as a guest-writer for CTV’s The Eleventh Hour, and CBC’s Straight Up, Drop the Beat and What It’s Like Being Alone. Karen also wrote two true-story television movies; Heart: The Marilyn Bell Story, and won the Canadian Gemini Award for Best Movie or Miniseries Writing for The Many Trials Of One Jane Doe. Karen is currently developing her own first original paranormal quest series, Odark, with Back Alley and Muse Entertainment (Durham County).
Holding a BA Honors in Drama from the University of Alberta, Karen is an alumni of Norman Jewison?s Canadian Film Centre Feature Screenwriting and Short Film programs. Her trophy collection includes a Gemini Award, a Canadian Comedy Award for Pretty Funny Screenplay, the CTV Banff International Television Festival Fellowship Alumni Award, the Sondra Kelly Memorial Award, and a historic special citation from the Toronto International Film Festival for her Ginger Snaps screenplay. In 2000, she was named one of Variety Magazine’s Top 10 Writers to Watch.
In 2009, Karen was awarded the Writers Guild of Canada’s prestigious Writers Block Award for her outstanding service to the Canadian screenwriting community at large for her mentorship of young and under-represented writers in Canada. A member of the Writers Guild of America – West, the Writers Guild of Canada and Quebec’s SARTEC, Karen originally hails from Nova Scotia. She spent her teens and early adulthood in Edmonton, Alberta before settling in Toronto in 1994.
Our cameo with Karen Walton was shot by Jennifer Liao during pre-production.