Words by Ashley Singh
Photography by Laynna Meyler
Hair by Sandra Ceserone
Make Up by Diana Ciampa La Rosa
Looking at Lindsay Cox’s resume, it’s easy to see that she’s become a powerhouse in the Canadian television industry. As the Vice President of Productions and Supervising Producer at Insight, one of Canada’s top production companies, Lindsay has used her talents on some of Canada’s biggest shows including the Juno Awards, Canada’s Walk of Fame and Battle of the Blades. Although Lindsay might have a lot to boast about, when asked about her achievements she insists that the success she’s had so far is a product of the great teams she’s worked with. “I can’t say enough how much it’s a team, sometimes one person gets the credit but it’s not one person. That’s the most important thing in anything, that it’s a team on all of our television shows and in particular on the [Junos] I would say it is a team that makes the show, it’s not one person at all.” Not only does Lindsay attribute her accomplishments as a producer to the various teams that she’s worked with on sets but also to the team that has been with her since the start of her career at Insight. “There’s two incredible leaders who own this company, there’s a brother-sister team running Insight and they are fantastic mentors and role models,” says Lindsay of John Brunton and Barb Bowlby, Insight’s CEO and COO respectively. “When I started here I was the receptionist and then moved on to other production opportunities and found out that production is what I love. They were able to give me the opportunity to find out what types of shows I like doing and producing and working on. They’ve just been amazing people to work for so I wanted to stay here for good reason because it’s such a great company.”
After spending two decades in the business, Lindsay has really found her passion in producing live shows. “Having to get a show on and off the air in two hours that you’ve put your life into, it’s an incredible feeling when you do it, it’s an amazing, amazing experience,” says Lindsay of producing the Junos. “I really love live shows, I love the energy and the adrenaline rush.” Even though putting on a live awards show is incredibly rewarding and fun for Lindsay it is a huge responsibility, one that requires very hard work and extreme focus, “Everybody’s working at odd hours and long days and there isn’t time to sit back and complain and say how hard it is, you just have to get the job done. That’s what our entire team does on that show and it’s incredible what everyone’s accomplished,” says Lindsay of working on a live show when it’s down to the wire.
Producing can be a very time consuming job but Lindsay figures out how to divide her life between work and home with help from her family. “We have a really open dialogue at home with my four year old and with my husband on what that entails,” says Lindsay. “This year we actually said ‘Let’s just get through this show and the time I’m not accessible and then we’ll go away and do something after’ and we actually just came back from Disney World and that was my son’s choice.” Beyond planning family vacations, Lindsay feels that in order to have both the work and life sides of the equation you have to let the two mingle, “I have to be able to take a call when I’m with my son and I have to be able to take a call at work about my son or about my personal life but I think it’s trying to allow the two sides to co-exist with a balance.”
As I wrap up talking with Lindsay she reminds me that her main feeling towards career is teamwork is everything. After hearing that it’s not hard to see why she’s so successful–she is a compassionate and caring leader, someone who can take charge but also never forgets to appreciate the value of others.