Screenwriter-EP-Founder & President

Karen Walton

Canadian Karen Walton is an acclaimed screenwriter best-known for penning the original cult horror classic film GINGER SNAPS (2000), and her work on Seasons I&II as Writer-Co-Executive Producer of the Canadian hit series, ORPHAN BLACK (Bell/BBC America). Her additional credits include Showtime's QUEER AS FOLK, CTV/FOX's THE LISTENER, CTV's FLASHPOINT, THE ELEVENTH HOUR (US -BURY THE LEAD), CBC's STRAIGHT UP, DROP THE BEAT, HEART: THE MARILYN BELL STORY and THE MANY TRIALS OF ONE JANE DOE. Karen's accolades include a Canadian Academy Award for Best Writing -TV Movie or Mini-Series, Best Drama Series, a Canadian Comedy Award for Feature Screenplay, a Toronto International Film Festival Special Jury Citation for the screenplay of GINGER SNAPS, and the Margaret Collier Award for her contributions to the Canadian screenwriting community.

A celebrated creator-screenwriter, consultant, mentor and creative community leader, Karen's work as founder of Canada's historic, open-access online screenwriters forum, "inkcanada - canadian screenwriters and their sketchy friends" has been recognized by WIFT Toronto's Crystal Award for Mentorship, ACTRA Toronto's Nell Shipman Award, and the Writers Guild of Canada's Writers Block Award. Karen holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in Drama from the University of Alberta and is a graduate of the Canadian Film Centre's Film programme, she was the invited Executive Producer-Showrunner in Residence to lead the 2016 writers' room for the Bell Prime Time Television Writing programme. She has also enjoyed guest-speaking, being an Artist In Residence and teaching at a number of programs, festivals and institutions.

Karen is actively developing her next original series (Oppo, Corridor)and is always looking for new partners in IP and elevated, innovative film and television. Her new start-up, Canadian Screenplay Compendium: The Next Level in Canadian Screenwriting Literacy, is now in Early-Development at Inkling Entertainment Inc. The Compendium is actively seeking corporate, creative and institutional partners to prototype an interactive library and art gallery to preserve and celebrate the extraordinary communities' stories behind the unseen scripts that truly shape Canada's own rich and diverse screen-based cultures, histories and story-telling innovations - coast to coast to coast.

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