Creating Against The Odds with ANNMARIE MORAIS, co-creator of CBC’s “The Porter”


Join Annmarie Morais, co-creator of the CBC/BET television series “The Porter,” as she facilitates a discussion to guide creators in developing ideas and projects outside the mainstream lens. For creatives in any aspect of the entertainment industry, the distance between goals and present-day reality often feels obstructed by barriers of impossibility. With more than twenty years as a working professional in film and television, series show-runner/ writer and producer Morais discusses how to navigate a career path that refuses to let age, race, gender, or sexual orientation be an obstacle in the path to your creative success.

About Annmarie

Born in the West Indies, Annmarie Morais’s beginnings took shape in the form of short story and playwriting. She is a graduate of Toronto’s York University Film and Video Production program, where she wrote and directed several short films, learning the craft of screenwriting under some of Canada’s finest instructors.

In 1999, screenwriting’s most prestigious competition, The Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowship (sponsored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences) made Ms. Morais the first Canadian in the program’s history to receive a fellowship with her dramatic feature film script BLEEDING. Her inaugural feature film HOW SHE MOVE was a 2007 Sundance Film Festival Selection, and received worldwide release through US distributor Paramount Vantage in January of 2008. Ms. Morais’ work in television has proved equally noteworthy, writing for such major networks as CBS, SyFy and Canada’s Global TV. In 2019, Ms. Morais brought her creative talents to BET Network’s groundbreaking scripted series AMERICAN SOUL, penning three episodes on the life of Don Cornelius and his famed “Soul Train” empire. Currently, she is the co-creator, producer and showrunner of the CBC/BET television series “The Porter.”

Ms. Morais currently divides her time between Saint John, Toronto and Los Angeles, and is represented by Vanguarde Artists Management and Brillstein Entertainment Partners. (Source:

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