Development

Vibika Bianchi

Senior Vice President (Toronto office)

Vibika Bianchi is Senior Vice President of Force Four Entertainment, and runs the Vancouver based company’s Toronto offices. A business-minded creative executive with over 20 years experience in the television industry, Vibika’s mandate is to contribute to the growth and success of Force Four Entertainment, domestically and internationally.

Prior to joining Force Four, Vibika held the position of VP of Original Programming at Corus Entertainment where she designed and led the Original Programming strategy for the women’s channels since 2006, with the family channels added in 2013.  Some of Vibika’s most notable successes include W Network’s series Property Brothers, Love It or List It, Undercover Boss Canada and Cupcake Girls; OWN (Canada) series Million Dollar Neighbourhood, Murder She Solved and Anna & Kristina’s Grocery Bag; and CMT’s Best In Chow and Mom’s A Medium.

While at Corus Vibika’s role extended to many groundbreaking brand integrations and digital initiatives associated with her slate of shows and talent.

Prior to Corus, Vibika was a producer, contributing to successes such as CBC’s Davinci’s Inquest; Turning Points of History for History Channel; and Med Students and Exchanging Vows for Life Network. She also earned a Gemini Award for the CTV movie of the week Milgaard.

Vibika provides her expertise to external industry initiatives such as the advisory committee for Centennial College’s Broadcasting and Film program and the Banff World Media Festival’s non-fiction advisory board for three years running.

Nicole Lawson

Director of Development

Nicole Lawson is the Director of Development at Force Four Entertainment.  She joined the company in 2007, and works closely with independent producers and writers, and her in-house team to shape and pitch new TV series to Canadian, American and international broadcasters.

Recent projects she managed from conception to green light include 10 one-hour episodes of the factual series Million Dollar Neighborhood for OWN (airing January 2012), 26 episodes of the half hour lifestyle series Urban Suburban, 13 half-hour episodes of the competition series Family Cook Off for Food Network (airing spring 2012), and 10 one-hour episodes of the factual series Village On A Diet for CBC.

Before dedicating herself full time to development, Nicole worked in production on series such as Making It Big for Slice, Take It Outside for HGTV and Tube Tales for TVtropolis. She has a degree in journalism from Ryerson University and a degree in psychology from UBC.

Heather Findlay

Supervising Producer (Toronto office)

Heather Findlay is an award-winning producer, writer and story editor with over 16 years experience in the North American television market.  She has divided that time between broadcast and production, gaining valuable experience and relationships in both worlds.

Heather has focused her career in the unscripted arena, developing and producing for various broadcasters and production companies including Discovery Canada, W Network, HGTV (US), CBBC (UK), Teletoon, Proper Television, 9 Story Entertainment and Cineflix, in genres spanning from kids to sports and factual entertainment.

Most recently, as Production Executive at Corus Entertainment she oversaw 23 episodes of CMT Canada’s “Best in Chow” while guiding the development on several projects for W Network and CMT.   Other notable experiences include directing and story editing two seasons of “Newlywed, Nearly Dead” for Slice, co-producing Les Stroud’s “Survive This” for YTV, as well as casting and post-production supervision of multiple seasons of Canada’s Worst Driver and Canada’s Worst Handyman.

Her experience has given her a unique perspective on the television industry, including the importance of branding, strong story and close creative and business collaboration.

She holds a Bachelor of Applied Arts degree from Ryerson’s Radio and Television Arts program.

Hillary Hennessy

Senior Development Producer

An accomplished television producer with over twenty years of experience in the unscripted genre, Hillary works closely with independent producers, writers and Force Four’s in-house creative team to develop new television concepts for Canadian, American and international broadcasters.

Hillary began her career working at CTV and Global networks where she honed her story producing skills.  From there Hillary moved into production, and went on to successfully produce compelling programming in genres spanning from lifestyle, property, food, factual entertainment and reality series, including Take It Outside (HGTV), Smart Cookies (W Network), Biologic (OWN), Urban Suburban (HGTV), World’s Weirdest Restaurants (Food Network), The Audience (W Network), Shannon and Sophie (W Network) and Emergency (Slice).

Her unique experience and perspective in the television industry allows Hillary to leverage her relationships and storytelling skills to create content and long-lasting partnerships that result in green lights. A notable recent accomplishment was playing a key role in the development of the critically acclaimed series Keeping Canada Alive for CBC.

Briar de Lange

Toronto Office Coordinator

Briar joined the Force Four team in 2016 as the Toronto Office Coordinator, with over 7 years of experience in event coordination as well as facilities and office management. In her most recent position at Entertainment One, she successfully led a team of 4 to execute a move of over 450 employees to a new location.

As a former Cinema and Media student Briar has long held a passion for the world of production and brings that passion each day to her contribution to the content at Force Four Entertainment.

In her spare time, Briar is an avid cyclist and traveler.