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Founder Bio

CEO & Founder, Tanya Kelen

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Based in TORONTO, CANADA, kelencontent specializes in developing business development and creative content strategies to drive growth in distribution, pre-sales for content across all platforms. The company works with broadcasters, creative studios and a roster of producers both in-house and alongside third party creators and producers. kelencontent also assists to develop, finance and license high impact programming and interactive / digital assets across multiple platforms.  The company is platform and genre agnostic and its mission is to nurture world class talent and production teams along with distributing content across factual, documentary, animation, comedy/entertainment, drama programming for global markets.

kelencontent was founded by Tanya Kelen, a senior television executive with over 15+ years of domestic and international experience in distribution and production of content along with digital assets. Tanya runs operations from Toronto and consults with studios and several development, distribution  & sales agents on a case-by-case basis across Los Angeles, New York, Montreal and international markets.

Before launching the company in 2008, Tanya Kelen was head of worldwide sales and co-productions with Breakthrough Entertainment, one of Canada’s top 10 production and distribution companies. While at Breakthrough from 2003 – 2008, Kelen expanded sales revenue exponentially driving 25% growth year on year across five years. As well, she increased the company’s co-production partnerships and supervised global marketing activities for all productions, rebranding the company’s website and all collateral sales materials. Kelen was one of the key executives to secure the first two animated series as Canada/Brazil co-productions including Fishtronaut (6 x 30’) produced by TV Pinguim, the series launched as # 1 on Discovery Kids Latin America and next up was My Big Big Friend (26 x 30’) for Treehouse, a CORUS company and produced by Breakthrough and 2-D Lab

In 2008, while still at Breakthrough, Tanya Kelen transitioned from head of distribution into the role of freelance executive producer for the Breakthrough / CBC Nature of Things documentary, MINI MONSTERS OF AMAZONIA (1 x 60′) Canada/2 x 60′ Discovery Science & ARTE France. In addition, Kelen was the lead executive to secure Breakthrough’s first-ever Canada/France documentary co-production for CBC and ARTE (France) with Mona Lisa and Zodiak Entertainment. The 2-hour doc special MINI MONSTERS OF AMAZONIA also launched simultaneously on Discovery Science USA.

Tanya Kelen also believes in training the next generation of talent. From 2007 – 2011, Tanya designed and delivered the first ever 12-week television distribution course for undergraduate students at Ryerson University (Radio Television and Arts Program). The company is currently developing a series of new courses that will be released shortly online.   In addition, Tanya is a frequent keynote speaker and panelist for organizations such as CASO, Digital Studio XX (Montreal’s first-ever female studio to learn code and technology), the Brazilian TV Producers Association, WIFT-Toronto, Hot Docs, the Ontario Media Development Corporation and many others. As well, she was committee member of ONe-Learning, the first ever e-Learning White Paper produced for Interactive Ontario and funded by the Ontario Media Corporation.

Tanya Kelen is originally from Montreal, Quebec. She is fluently bilingual in both English and French with a working knowledge of Hungarian. While in Montreal, Tanya studied television production and investigative journalism at Dawson College. She went on to specialize in new media, interactive production and communications at Concordia University’s Interdisciplinary Fine Arts Program. In 2007, she attended the prestigious Program on Negotiation and Conflict Resolution at Harvard University along with taking several senior-level Ivey Executive Leadership courses.

Kelen got her start in the television business in Montreal having worked with venerable companies such as Telescene’s development department with Robin Spry (THE HUNGER, Tony & Ridley Scott) and then with CINAR (now COOKIE JAR) in business & legal affairs under the purview of Marie-Josee Corbeil. From 1998 – 2002 she was based in Montreal as a senior sales & development executive with The Multimedia Group of Canada licensing a catalogue of over 2000 hours including award-winning mega hit JUST FOR LAUGHS gags, DEVINE ENTERTAINMENT’S ARTIST’S, INVENTORS & COMPOSERS Specias along with several notable CIRQUE DU SOLEIL specials.  Kelen moved to Toronto in 2002 and calls it home when she is not using up her frequent flyer miles

  • LATEST SALES NEWS

    Do Not Cross the Line (20 x 48') picked up at MIPTV for ready made sales and format rights worldwide excluding France.
    Mantracker (Season 8) now in development
    Mantracker (68x60') sold to MTV Oy Finland, TV2 Norway
    Mantracker (Season 7) Picked up by Extreme Sports Channel
    Mantracker Season4-5-6 picked up by Canal Evasion (Quebec)
    Courage In Red (13x30') now on TV2 Norway
    TV Movies RUST (1x90') and 25 Hill (1x90') starring Corbin Bernsen premiered in the USA on Inspiration Network
    Departures (42x60') snapped up by RTL Living/Germany
    Women On Top (26x30') now on Non Stop Europe
    Departures (42x60') airing on PIVOT USA
    ION LIFE USA picked up 3 series:
    - Body Fuel (13x30')
    - Gadget Girlz (13x30') Season 1
    - Positive Living (13x30')
    Courage In Red (13x60') goes to TV4 Sweden
    Departures (42x60') snapped up by TVB Hong Kong
    Departures (42x60') sells to DR TV Denmark

  • TRAINING EVENTS + AFFILIATIONS

    MEDIA TRAINING
    Ongoing media workshops

    TIFF STUDIO - Year 1 Alumni Member

    WIFT EXEC DEVELOPMENT TRAINING
    1-day feature film development seminar
    Executive Development Training

    CMPA 3-Day Workshop

    COURSE INSTRUCTOR
    Centennial Graduate Program
    Ryerson University, Media Distribution

    DISTRIBUTION Training Participation
    WIFT Executive Management
    Little Airplane Academy, NYC
    Reel World Monthly Mixer

    CO-PRODUCTION MISSIONS
    CASO Trade Mission, Brazil
    PIC, Animation Competition, Brazil
    ANIMA MUNDI Co-Pro Training

    INDUSTRY AFFILIATIONS
    Interactive Ontario, E-Learning Committee
    WIFT-Toronto, Member
    CASO, Member
    DOC

  • YEARLY MARKETS

    REALSCREEN (Washington, DC)
    KIDSCREEN (NYC)
    MIPDOC & MIPTV (Cannes)
    HOT DOCS (Toronto)
    PGA/PRODUCED BY Conference (LA)
    REALSCREEN WEST (LA)
    BANFF Television Festival (AB)
    MIPCOM Jr. & MIPCOM (Cannes)

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