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Gillian Müller was born and raised in Toronto to a big old mix-up West Indian family. She went to Ryerson for film, Vancouver Film School for writing, and Second City for improv. But it was the decade she spent as an Assistant Director with the DGC that really gave her an education. As a 2014 resident of the CFC’s Primetime program, Gillian helped developed Travelers (Netflix). Gillian assisted on CBC’s X Company and Cavendish. She also and co-directed Night Owl and one of the last BravoFacts Checking Out which was invited to SXSW in 2018, she co-produced Super Zee with an all P.O.C. cast and crew. Gillian was selected for MPAC’s Drama TV Writer’s Lab in Santa Monica, sponsored by Emmy-nominated Wise Entertainment. Her Script Blue Division was Writer’s Guild of Canada Diverse Script of the Month for November 2018.

Gillian Müller

Joseph has produced, written, and directed short films screening at festivals internationally. His recent short, HAUS, was funded by Canada Council for the Arts, selected for Clermont-Ferrand International Competition 2019. Joseph was offered the TIFF Avrich Industry Pass as one of ten promising Canadian filmmakers in 2018. He recently completed his residency at the CFC Directors’ Lab and has an honours degree from Ryerson University in Film Studies. Joseph is developing his debut feature film.

Joseph Amenta

Robina Lord-Stafford is a Jamaican-Canadian screenwriter and historian. After characters and their stories wouldn’t quieten, she made a pilgrimage to her ancestral home of Barbados to research her infamous forefather, the pirate, Sam Lord. There, she discovered that her enslaved thrice great-grandmother had been rendered invisible by history, her voice demanding that her story be told.  Via Humber’s graduate Creative Writing Program, Robina wrote LONG BAY, a bio-fictional slave narrative which she is adapting into a limited series. That and the pilot for her TV drama, MAD WORLD, were selected by Working the Scene in Colour and FEM Script Lab.She crafts traditionally unrepresented, nuanced stories with WOC leads, always weaving humour into their dark and twisty lives. Robina is a programmer and promoter with her local TIFF Film Circuit, and an active WIFT-T and Ink Canada member. She loves hiking through the forest with her dogs and getting her dance on.

Robina Lord-Stafford

Monica Zou is a screenwriter, actor, and lifelong storyteller. She graduated from Ryerson University’s RTA Media Production program with a concentration in screenwriting and video production. From taking development internships at production companies in LA and Toronto, to jumping head-first into web-series writers’ rooms, Monica made it her mission to soak up all the knowledge she can. Along the way, she fell in love with screenwriting, and took her long list of story ideas and developed them into TV series and features. With a love for diverse women protagonists, non-stereotypical representation, and a passion for exploring real life complexities in fictional mediums; Monica is working to become a writer and eventual executive producer for dramas and features with a focus on sci-fi, fantasy, mystery, and action.

Monica Zou

Ian Steaman is a Toronto screenwriter and record executive who, during a previous life in New York City, worked with many award-winning and chart-topping artists from De La Soul, Queen Latifah, House of Pain, Coolio and Naughty by Nature to Kelis, Big Boi of Outkast and T-Pain.He has written three feature screenplays still in development but currently is focused on his first foray into television, an hour long dramedy set in the world of the Toronto hip-hop industry that began development in the Al Magee Diverse Screenwriters Program over Summer 2018 and in the Harvardwood Writers Program in Los Angeles in the Fall of 2018. An early version of the pilot also won in the web series category of The Pilot Project 2018.When he is not writing, Ian most recently oversaw talent outreach for CBC Music and also editorial for the acclaimed music website, DIFFERENT KITCHEN.  

Ian Steaman

Our Work

Truth Be Told
Hand of God
Burn Notice
Wu-Tang: An American Saga
Quest to Ref
Descend into the world of true-crime podcasts. New evidence compels podcaster Poppy Parnell(Octavia Spencer) to reopen the murder case that made her a media sensation. Aaron Paul stars as the man she may have wrongfully put behind bars.
A morally-corrupt judge suffers a breakdown and believes God is compelling him onto a path of vigilante justice.
A spy recently disavowed by the U.S. government uses his special ops training to help others in trouble.
The show tracks the Wu Tang Clan's formation, a vision of Bobby Diggs, who strives to unite a dozen young, black men that are torn between music and crime but eventually rise to become the unlikeliest of American success stories.
A young man's single-minded obsession to referee basketball is tested in the hardest game of his career.

About Us

"Don’t be afraid to COLOR outside the lines."
Blue Monday Productions is a creative content company, based in Los Angeles, CA.  Founded by Ben and Kandi Watkins, with an emphasis on television projects, BMP also develops and produces content for film, advertising, sports, digital, web application and social media spaces.
We believe in the need to share our experiences through creative expression. We believe in the power of story. We strive to tell our stories honestly, no matter what.
"We all have DREAMS. Some of us CHASE them."
BMP first made a splash with the award winning short film QUEST TO REF, which won the HBO Short Film award at the American Black Film Festival and was an official Sundance selection. In 2015, they created and produced the Amazon original HAND OF GOD (starring Ron Perlman, Dana Delany and Andre Royo), which ran for two seasons, and remains one of Amazon’s most watched shows ever. Recent projects include the number one show on Apple+, TRUTH BE TOLD (created by Nichelle Tramble Spellman and starring Octavia Spencer) ,and Hulu’s groundbreaking drama WU TANG: AN AMERICAN SAGA (created by RZA and Alex Tse).  

BMP currently has projects in development at AMC, HBO, UCP, Charter, ABC, Amazon, Universal TV, ITV and MACRO, among others. 
"If you focus on taking you'll never have enough. If you focus on giving, you'll never run out."
BMP is committed to collaborating with fearless, innovative and authentic voices, and mentoring emerging artists. In 2017 BMP established the Breakthrough Artist Award, designed to spotlight and mentor exciting new writers.