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Susan Makela, Bell Media

Director, Strategic Planning with the Original Planning team

Susan Makela is the Director, Strategic Planning with the Original Programming team at Bell Media.

Susan leads the funding strategies for Bell Media’s independent productions, including management of
the CMF performance and development envelopes for the English market. Susan is responsible for
strategically allocating funds available to its independent productions across all networks, and works
closely with executives across the company to ensure the independent production planning meets
brand and budget objectives. Susan also participates in policy and regulatory undertakings which require
an original programming perspective.
Susan manages relationships with external industry stakeholders, including funders, production partners
and competitors. Formerly with Corus Television as Director of Original Network Content, Susan brings
a wealth of experience to the funding, policy and regulatory side of independent productions for Bell