Amy Cameron at Rosslyn Chapel, Rosslyn, Scotland, 2019.
Born in Peterborough, Ont., Amy Cameron grew up in Ottawa, Toronto and Paris, France. The daughter of Stevie Cameron, an extremely accomplished author and journalist, and David Cameron, a ridiculously smart political scientist and 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 Telegraph that she won a 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. 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.
Cameron then became a Production Executive at CBC TV Comedy, working on Little Mosque on the Prairie and InSecurity. In March 2012, Cameron became Head of Development, Drama and Scripted Television at Vérité Films (Corner Gas, renegadepress.com). She then returned to CBC TV as a Production Executive in Drama to oversee Heartland, Republic of Doyle and the miniseries The Book of Negroes.
In 2016, Cameron left the CBC to co-found Cameron Pictures, an independent production company, with her award-winning, screenwriting sister Tassie Cameron (Rookie Blue, Flashpoint.) Together they are the Executive Producers on their first three shows — the critically acclaimed Mary Kills People (Global/Lifetime), the comedy Little Dog (CBC) and the one-hour cop comedy Pretty Hard Cases (CBC/Freevee.) SEASON THREE PREMIERES JANUARY 4, 2023 at 9PM EST on CBC!!
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