Beth Janson currently serves as CEO of the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television, a national membership organization that promotes the work of Canadians in film, television and digital media.
She has over twenty years experience in media and is especially passionate about storytelling craft that expands beyond traditional dimensions. From 2009 to 2015 Beth served as executive director of Tribeca Film Institute, the non-profit affiliate of the Tribeca Film Festival that was founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff in 2002. She joined Tribeca in 2003 and was the creative force behind the development of TFI's signature programs.
She is especially proud of the work the TFI team did to support filmmakers from traditionally underrepresented communities and in forging new pathways for the support of interactive, multi-platform and participatory artists. This includes the TFI New Media Fund, the first-ever US-based fund for non-linear, non-fiction stories that activated audiences around issues of contemporary social justice and equality, and Tribeca All Access, a networking and grant program designed to support writers and directors from traditionally under-represented communities.
Prior to Tribeca, she worked in the programming department of HBO Documentary Films, and as programming director of the 2002 Newport International Film Festival. Prior to film and media, she worked in theater administration, including The Public Theater and New Dramatists, and as an assistant to actor Liev Schrieber.
Canadian Screen Awards
The Canadian Screen Awards are an annual celebration of the best work in film, television and digital media in Canada. The awards are presented throughout Canadian Screen Week, and culminate in a live broadcast on CBC.
Rent the Runway Foundation
Beth helped to launch Project Entrepreneur, a program and venture competition that seeks to increase the number and diversity of women starting high-growth businesses. She now serves on the board of the Rent the Runway Foundation.