Toronto, ON, Canada
Karen Thorne-Stone was appointed President and CEO of the Ontario Media Development Corporation in July 2007.
The OMDC is a provincial agency which supports economic development in Ontario’s cultural media industries. In this capacity, Karen is responsible to promote growth and investment in the province’s entertainment and creative industries including: film and television, interactive digital media, music, book and magazine publishing.
Previously Karen was with the city of Toronto, where, for over 18 years, she served in a variety of roles, including film commissioner and executive director of economic development. As film commissioner, Thorne-Stone supported successful negotiations for a new state-of-the-art film studio complex on Toronto’s waterfront, developed an innovative economic development strategy for the screen-based sector and worked with the OMDC on the development of a new brand positioning and marketing materials to promote film and television production.