Speaker Michael Goldsmith
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Head of Kids and Family
Michael is Vice President, Original Production for DHX Television, managing Family Channel, Family CHRGD, Family Jr. and Télémagino. In this role, he oversees the slate of original series, specials and movies for the entire suite of Family networks while continuing to develop television productions to air across all platforms.
DHX Television’s current slate of original programming is a testament to Michael’s success, garnering 14 Canadian Screen Award nominations in 2015. Amongst the recognized series that Michael helmed is the popular reality-style dance drama, The Next Step, which is currently in production on its fourth season, after garnering record-breaking network ratings for the series’ premiere, and Gaming Show (In My Parents’ Garage) – a series following three video game obsessed teens as they explore the virtues of gaming while shooting field segments with notable stars. Also in production as part of Michael’s portfolio are tween music series Backstage, Lost and Found Music Studios and the family sitcom The Wonderful Wayneys.
Since joining Family Channel, Michael has been involved with the development of prominent award-winning series including Wingin’ It, Stella and Sam and Justin Time. The tween live-action comedy productions Debra, Really Me and What’s Up Warthogs!, as well as Yup Yups and the original movie Bunks, were also part of Michael’s tenure.
Michael has more than 14 years experience in the television production industry. Before joining Family Channel, Michael was the Director of Original Content at TELETOON where he was involved with the development of series such as Total Drama World Tour and Skatoony. He has also worked at Corus Entertainment, holding the position of Director of Broadcast Sales and Promotion for Nelvana. His knowledge and experience in the industry led him to become part of a team dedicated to the Qubo Project, a television and multimedia network for children that supports literacy and positive values.
Michael holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Toronto.
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