amy cameron

television executive · screenwriter · journalist · author

about the woman



Amy Cameron
The writer, uh, not at work.
Born in Peterborough, Ont., Amy Cameron grew up in Ottawa, Toronto and Paris, France. The daughter of an extremely accomplished journalist and a very handsome political science policy wonk, Cameron assumed she would make her living as an artist. After graduating from Concordia University's Fine Arts programme, however, Cameron quickly learned this was not to be.

Cameron moved to New Brunswick to paint and waitress. Unfortunately, she is a terrible waitress and impatient painter. In desperation, Cameron begged the editor of New Brunswick's provincial daily newspaper, the Telegraph Journal, for a job. He was weak and she was employed.

It was during Cameron's four years working as the arts, crime and aboriginal affairs reporter at the TJ that she was nominated for and won another National Newspaper Award. Cameron also won several Atlantic Journalism Awards (and hosted the event in 1999). In 2000, Cameron returned to Toronto for a job with Canada's national news magazines, Maclean's.

At Maclean's, Cameron was a researcher-reporter before being asked to join the business section. She then moved to Closing Notes - the magazine's arts, entertainment and review pages. She left Maclean's in 2004 and published her first book, Playing With Matches: Misadventures in Dating (Anchor 2005).

Cameron has written for such publications as Maclean's, the Globe and Mail, Chatelaine, Owl and The Presbyterian Record while also contributing to different programs on CBC Radio. In 2006, she was asked to write the afterword for My Wedding Dress: True-life Tales of Lace, Laughter, Tears and Tulle (Vintage Canada, 2007).

Also in 2006, Cameron was accepted into the Writers' Lab at the Canadian Film Centre. While back in school, Cameron worked on her feature film, GET A LIFE. Her first short film, SONG OF SLOMON (part of the CFC's Short Dramatic Film Programme), was selected for the 2007 Montreal World Film Festival. In the fall of 2007, the pilot episode of Cameron's WILD ROSES - a one-hour dramatic series developed for CBC TV (formerly called COWGIRLS) - was filmed in Alberta. In the summer and fall of 2008, the first season was shot. After airing in 2009, the show was not renewed for a second season.

Cameron spent 2011 as Production Executive at CBC TV Comedy, working on the productions LITTLE MOSQUE ON THE PRAIRIE and INSECURITY. In March 2012, Cameron became Head of Development, Drama and Scripted Television at Vérité Films (INSECURITY, CORNER GAS, renegadepress.com). She has now returned to CBC TV as a Production Executive in Drama.

Cameron has several passion projects - from a novel inspired by a rumour she heard in New Brunswick to a half-hour dramedy about an on-premise sex club to a dark yet magical children's feature film. Oh, and a TV series about every teen girl's fantasy. Most important, however, are her personal projects called The Whiz & The Whopper