Canada’s Youth Media Alliance announces the appointment of Sarah Haasz, Director of Original Production for DHX Television, as a member of its board of directors. Haasz is taking over for her DHX TV colleague Michael Goldsmith, Director of Original Programming, whom YMA thanks for his generous contribution to the organization.
As Director of Original Production for DHX Television, Sarah Haasz oversees the creative aspects of development and production for Family Channel, CHRGD, Family Jr. and Télémagino, including series and movies such as The Next Step, Lost & Found Music Studios, Backstage, Gaming Show, Playdate and Justin Time. Haasz was also Creative Producer for The Next Step Live On Stage Tour 2015 & 2016.
With over 20 years of experience in television production, Haasz is credited for her work on over 2,500 hours of children’s programming in a variety of genres. Her previous roles include Executive in Charge of Production for CBC Children’s and Youth Department, Director of Development for Bardel Entertainment and Production Executive for YTV, TreehouseTV and Discovery Kids Canada. Haasz was also an instructor at Centennial College in Toronto for the Children’s Entertainment Post Graduate Program.
The YMA board of directors now consists of Co-Chairs Guillaume Aniorté (Frima Studio) and J.J. Johnson (Sinking Ship Entertainment); Treasurer Vince Commisso (9 Story Media Group); Secretary Michele Paris (Knowledge & BBC Kids); and Members Judith Beauregard (Tobo), Frank Falcone (Guru Studio), Athena Georgaklis (Nelvana), Laurent Guérin (Groupe Média TFO), Sarah Haasz (DHX Television), Madeleine Lévesque (Sardine Prod.), Ira Levy (Breakthrough Ent.), Marie McCann (CBC Kids), Peter Moss (PDM Ent.) and Alexandra Raffé (Thunderbird Ent.)