UBC Studios Okanagan

COM 203 – 3297 University Way

Media Specialists may be absent from the Studio during open hours to work on video projects around campus. You may want to call ahead to ensure someone is available to assist you.

Rosemary-Jean Thompson

Executive Producer

Rosemary has been working in the Media Industry for over twenty-five years following a variety of positions in telecommunications and as an entrepreneur.

In 2009 she co-established UBC Okanagan’s Media Centre the first of it’s kind at any Canadian university. She became the Executive Producer/Manager of the Centre in 2011. Her initiative to rebrand the Media Centre into UBC Studios Okanagan in 2016 reflects the commitment to align our goals with UBC’s strategic direction for the next century.

Phone: 250.807.9832

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Gideon Dante

Senior Media Specialist

Gideon began working professionally as a Director, Editor and Director of Photography in 2001. Gideon has worked on numerous projects including feature films and Documentaries. He has worked extensively on various television productions such as Home improvement, Reality and Children’s programming. Gideon obtained a BA in Communication Studies with a Minor in Film Studies from Concordia University in 2003.

Gideon has been working with UBC Studios at the Okanagan campus since 2013, where he is responsible for all types of media production. Gideon looks forward to working with you no matter what your needs – from guidance on a project to full end to end production support.

Phone: 250.807.9894

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Joel Thiessen

Media Specialist

Joel has been producing video professionally since 2008. As a freelancer, Joel worked on narrative short films, corporate and promotional videos (often with a focus on health and well-being), and operated and live-switched cameras for over 200 live musical acts.

Here at UBC Okanagan, Joel enjoys the challenge of taking big thinking concepts, often consisting of a professor’s hard work, and shaping it into a new and approachable content to help get their knowledge to students, colleagues and beyond.

Phone: 250.807.8721

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Shaghayegh Tajvidi

Media Specialist

Shaghayegh has been working as a cross-platform producer in journalism and documentary since prior to completing her MA in political science (2011, York University).

She has worked across North America chronicling race relations and climate struggles. At UBC Okanagan she enjoys working collaboratively in studio, and telling education stories with documentary expression.

Phone: 250.807.9831

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Taylor Wilson

media Specialist/Production Assistant

After working in Vancouver’s film industry for six years, Taylor has recently returned to his hometown as the media technician for UBC Studios Okanagan. Some of Taylor’s experience includes AD work for numerous independent films, as well as a grip, LX, and art department work on major TV shows and features. He was even in a Tim Burton movie once.

As the media specialist and production assistant, Taylor takes care of the loaner equipment, helps out students and faculty with any questions they might have, and assists the UBC Studios media specialists during production.

Phone: 250.807.8416

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