Toronto, September 5, 2023 – The Canadian Film Centre (CFC) and CBC are pleased to announce the newest crop of diverse talent who will participate in the 2023 cohort of the CBC Actors Conservatory, an immersive acting program designed to enhance the participants skills, network and experience to develop successful careers in the industry.

Eight gifted actors with an array of experience in writing, film, TV, theatre and more have been selected to participate in the 2023 program, which begins today at CFC’s campus in Toronto and runs until February 28, 2024. Throughout the course of the six-month program, the actors will receive tailored mentorship and participate in a series of intensive workshops, industry sessions and on-camera opportunities to strengthen their skills and expand their business knowledge of the screen industry.

“The CBC Actors Conservatory has become an influential and esteemed program for emerging Canadian on-screen talent, and we’re proud to partner with the CFC for another year of mentorship and learning,” said Trish Williams, Executive Director, Scripted Content, CBC. “This year’s dynamic group of performers have already reached amazing milestones in their careers, and with support from the program, we can’t wait to see what they accomplish next.”

Thanks to the generous support of program partners CBC, the RBC Emerging Artists Project and the Government of Ontario, the CBC Actors Conservatory has helped catapult the careers of close to 100 actors, who have since landed exciting break-out roles including Annie Murphy (Schitt’s Creek), Eli Goree (One Night in Miami), Varun Saranga (Wynonna Earp), Humberly González (Ginny & Georgia), and more.

“We’re proud to continue partnering with CBC on this impactful program that helps to nurture and guide the next generation of exceptional Canadian actors,” said Kathryn Emslie, Executive Lead, Programs, CFC. “We’re pleased to welcome these talented artists to be part of the CFC community and look forward to witnessing the amazing journey their careers take them on.”

Leighton Alexander Williams-Executive

Leighton Alexander Williams is an award-winning stage and screen actor, writer, and director based in Toronto, Ontario. He’s a graduate of York University’s Acting Conservatory (BFA Theatre 2015). His most notable theatre credit would be his role of ‘Satan’ in his adaptation “Judas Noir”, which gained him his first Dora Nomination, Toronto Critics Pick Nomination (Outstanding Supporting Performance), and Doug Ford’s Emerging Artist of the Year Award.

Throughout the pandemic, Leighton has shifted his focus to Film/Television, and is now a recent graduate of the CFC’s Actors Conservatory. He has wrapped two feature films slated to be released later this year, and he’ll be a recurring character in the CSA-winning series Avocado Toast (season 2)

Up Next: Avocado Toast (OutTv), Christmas Plus One(Hallmark) , Designing Christmas (Discovery+)

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Lovell Adams-Gray - Executive

Book II: Ghost” on Starz. “Ghost” marks Lovell’s first series regular role in a US series. Additionally, Lovell has a supporting role in the feature film “Brother,” premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2022.

Born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. Lovell received his education from the Humber College Acting for Film and Television program, where he then furthered his training at CFC Actor’s Conservatory.

Before landing the part on “Ghost,” he previously starred in the CW series “The Coroner” and Netflix’s “Guilty Party.” Lovell’s television work includes DirecTV’s “Rogue,” opposite Thandiwe Newton and “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” for HBO Max, and Freeform’s “Dead of Summer” and the popular horror anthology series “Slasher” for Chiller. On the motion picture front, Lovell’s devotion and flair for acting landed him roles in the feature films “Len and Company” and “Little Death.”

With a desire to create meaningful content and open up more doors to ethically diverse roles, Lovell and six fellow actors started BDB Productions (Big Dreamers Brotherhood) in 2015. Wanting to be on the positive side of change, starting with play, JUDAS NOIR, BDB made a significant impact in terms of conversation regarding mental illness within the black community. With BDB’s first two short films debuting on the festival circuit, Lovell’s passion for telling stories that will make a difference has him currently writing BDB’s’ first feature film.

In 2019, Lovell was nominated for the Canadian DORA Award for his theatre performance in MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM at Toronto’s Soulpepper Theatre. Earlier this year, Lovell won a Canadian Screen Award for Best Performance in a Web Series for his performance in “21 Black Futures”.

He is repped by Sweeney Entertainment, Buchwald, Edna Talent Management, Lichter, Grossman, Nichols, Adler, Feldman, & Clark.

Franck Fon-CEO

Franck Fon aka Franckie Francois has been an actor for over 10 years and a producer for over 5 years. From a small town called Yaounde, in Cameroon, and currently residing in Toronto Canada. He is signed with Edna Talent Management in Toronto, The Characters agency in Vancouver and Chamber 37 Entertainment in L.A.

As the CEO of BDB Productions Inc, he has helped develop and co-produced the short films The Olde Provers, Residue which can be seen on CBC, Roadmarks which will be having its festival premiere in the coming months. Also co-producing the play Judas Noir which has gone on to get nominated for the prestigious Dora Moore award in Canada.

He will currently be helming BDB’S next slate of projects starting with the feature film “All For Or’ Nothing” Starring Lovell Adams-Gray (Power) and Kiana Madeira (Trinkets)

As an actor he can be seen on Supernatural, Anne with an E, Altered Carbon, Get Shorty. He has appeared in over 30 projects through the span of his career.

Currently starring in S4 of Creepshow, which will be premiering on Shudder 2023.