Participant profile: Rebecca Schechter

We voyage to Canada today to meet screenwriter Rebecca Schechter.

Canadian delegate: Rebecca Schechter

Canadian delegate: Rebecca Schechter

Rebecca was born in Newark, N.J. and attended the University of Chicago for one year before emigrating to Canada, where she completed her studies in the social sciences at York University.

Her career as a screenwriter took off in 1987 with the feature film Taking Care.  Since then, she has written primarily for television, and has produced, story edited and/or written on many of Canada’s high-profile drama series, including: Blue Murder,  Degrassi: The Next Generation, Riverdale, Side Effects, North of 60, ENG and Street Legal.

She won the Gemini Award in 1992 for Best Writing in a Dramatic Series for her work on North of 60.

In 2006, Rebecca began working on her first half-hour comedy – a sitcom in development at CBC. Called Pray for Me, it focused on a group of Muslims living in a small prairie town. In addition to re-shaping the series and working as Creative Producer, she renamed the show Little Mosque on the Prairie. The first season premièred in 2007 to blockbuster ratings, and is now in its fourth season. The series has been nominated for Directors Guild of Canada awards, Gemini Awards, and Leo Awards, and has won both a Gemini and a Leo Award.

Rebecca is currently developing a 1-hour drama series for CBC.

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