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Daniel Gelfant
Producer, Lion’s Den Productions, Canada

Daniel was hatched telling stories. As a child, he would hold court at the family dinner table with stories both real and imaginary. He studied French Literature at The University of British Columbia and The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and was drawn to the medieval period and the archetypal tales of chivalry and courtly love. At New York University’s graduate School of Arts, he was inspired by “New Journalism” and, in particular, Truman Capote and Joan Didion, who combined the techniques of fictional narrative with reportage to examine the human condition.
At CBC Television, he was lucky enough to count some of Canada’s most celebrated journalists as mentors—Barbara Frum, Pamela Wallin, Mark Starowicz and Tony Burman. Through the eighties and nineties, he challenged viewers—and colleagues—with innovative story telling and progressive ideas about politics, arts and social issues. But his defining moment was an interview with Julia Child, when she told him her greatest accomplishment was “learning to bake a decent baguette”. As a freelance producer/director, he has combined his passion for storytelling and food by creating, producing and directing groundbreaking television for The Food Network. Credits include Chef School a 26 part docu-soap chronicling the struggles of aspiring chefs at The Stratford (Ontario) Chef School, and Pitchin’ In, the break-out series about a five-star chef’s journey to reconnect with where our food comes from and who produces it.
He won a Gemini for Chef School and Rockie Award at the Banff Television Festival for Pitchin’ In. He has also been a consulting producer and story editor on award winning French language living history series. Daniel has always shared his passion. He was commissioned by CBC Television and Radio Canada to develop and deliver a television story telling workshop for hundreds of French and English speaking journalists across Canada. The workshop explored how to apply narrative structure to information
programming.