ABOUT SCENARIO

Scenario is a Toronto-based production company that was founded with the belief that the best stories are told by the people who live them.

 

Or in other words, “let the people tell their own stories.” 

 

We’re dedicated to bringing unfiltered, beautiful, and uplifting stories from the worlds of music and culture from around the world, with an eye towards authenticity and lifting unheard voices. 

 

But that’s just what we’re saying right now, because (not so) secretly, we have some bigger plans.

THE TEAM

Darby Wheeler

Rodrigo Bascuñán

Executive Producer & Director

Executive Producer & Director

Rodrigo Bascuñán is an award-winning writer, producer, and director, with a rather serendipitous  path... 


In 1998, Rodrigo founded Canada’s largest hip-hop magazine, Pound, which he ran for 45 issues over ten years. Rodrigo’s next turn of fate came when an article about Pound in The Toronto Star began a bidding war for a book that he was not planning to write. The resulting work, Enter The Babylon System, was a look at gun violence through the eyes of the hip-hop generation, and was a finalist for Canada’s highest non-fiction award, The Governor General’s Award, as well as garnering several other nominations. Soon after, a friend suggested that he begin working in television, a proposition that made little sense to him at the time, but he still accepted. From then, Rodrigo worked on MuchMusic’s NewMusic, CTV’s 4Real, and the CBC’s George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight as a writer and producer. Next, Rodrigo was hired as a writer and producer on Netflix’s docu-series Hip-Hop Evolution (which, in his eyes, was the dream job that he had never dreamed of). The first season of Hip-Hop Evolution was embraced by critics and the hip-hop community and hailed as a vital and comprehensive retelling of hip-hop’s first decades. Hip-Hop Evolution  was soon honoured with a Canadian Screen Award, an International Emmy, and a Peabody Award. Since then, Rodrigo has developed and produced kids’ shows, music docs, and went on to sell three more season of Hip-Hop Evolution to Netflix, where he acted as producer, writer, and director. Now, in his newest adventure, he’s teamed up with his colleagues to bring more stories about hip-hop, music, and culture, to the world (which is totally on purpose).

Darby Wheeler is an award-winning television director, producer, and writer, with over twenty years of experience. Some of Darby’s highlights include: developing Canada’s only late-night talk show for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight; producing and directing documentary elements and music specials for the program; directing several documentaries for the CBC; working as a producer on MuchMusic’s flagship music journalism program, The NewMusic, (where he was nominated for two Canadian Screen Awards); and producing Canada’s only urban music TV shows MuchVibe and RapCity.

 

Recently, Darby directed the award-winning series, Dead Set on Life, for Vice, and directed and produced the Netflix Original Series, Hip-Hop Evolution, which won a Canadian Screen Award, a Peabody Award, and an International Emmy. In 2019, Darby and his producing partner Rodrigo Bascuñán created Scenario Films and are developing a documentary about the legendary hip-hop studio D&D Studios and a documentary about hip-hop’s greatest producer, J Dilla.

Amani Bin Shikhan

Writer/Producer

Amani Bin Shikhan is a music- and culture-focused writer (The FADER, Noisey, Red Bull, et cetera), researcher (Netflix's Hip-Hop Evolution), and filmmaker (where now?) from Toronto. She hosts interviews (VICE, RBCxMusic), edits, and consults with artists and arts organizations within the city on an occasional basis. As an independent curator and exhibiting artist, she's presented work in a variety of galleries and arts spaces—her documentary series, released in 2018, was programmed at TIFF's Next Wave Festival, Regent Park's Film Festival, and Way Past Kennedy Road's Habibiz exhibition, as well as in Baltimore and Brooklyn as a part of the BFS Film Festival. She's also been featured in Vogue and Bitch Magazine, and has appeared on CBC's The Current. (She co-guest lectured a pop culture seminar at Ryerson University once, too — it was cool.) In all of her roles, Bin Shikhan meditates on what creative expression reveals and conceals about history, geography, and connectivity within and across her home of Toronto, as well as (but not limited to) other pockets of the broader Black diaspora. In other words: she's out here trying her best.

Soko Negash

Producer

Soko Negash is a Toronto-born kid of Eritrean-Chinese descent who currently plays between the worlds of documentary film, photography, and mixed media installation. She worked as a talent producer on Netflix’s Hip-Hop Evolution and as an associate producer for Netflix’s upcoming series Pop Evolution. Soko is an exhibiting artist who has also been an Artist-in-Residence at Nia Centre for the Arts, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, and participated as a fellow at This is Worldtown, a digital hub featuring first person expressions of women of colour, globally.

 

Soko completed her bachelor's degree at Ryerson University (2013), where she studied at the RTA School of Media. Her work largely concerns themes of memory, displacement, and cultural/generational translation. She has documented cultural movements, traditions, and music all across Central and South America. She wants you to know she’s also a Cancerian.

Anupa Mistry

Writer/Producer

Anupa Mistry is a journalist and producer with over a decade of experience supporting and reporting on various artists and arts communities in Toronto, and beyond. She has written for a variety of local, national, and international publications, including The Globe & Mail, VOGUE, New York Magazine, The Guardian, Pitchfork, and Rolling Stone. Her work as a writer, editor, producer, and speaker is grounded in cultural reportage and analysis, with the broader objective of explicating how communities respond to and evolve within a place. Anupa has worked in a variety of roles at Canadian cultural institutions such as the Harbourfront Centre and the CBC. She was a senior editor at The FADER, helming the magazine's Toronto office, and worked as a creative producer on the original content team at Vevo in New York City where she produced short-form documentaries on artists such as Nick Hakim, Wizkid, Miguel, Majid Jordan, and Niall Horan, among others. From 2016 to 2019 Anupa was a member of the Red Bull Music Academy's global couch team, interviewing a range of fascinating musicians including Tanya Tagaq, Kaytranada, Damo Suzuki, and Pusha T. In 2019, she wrote an episode about Auto-Tune for a forthcoming Netflix pop music docu-series produced by Banger Films, and taught a seven-week course on music journalism at the Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning. In addition to long-form writing and reporting, Anupa also hosts and produces a podcast about creative sustainability called Burn Out.

Shaam Makan

Director of Business Affairs

Shaam’s career in the television, digital, and content industry spans over a decade and includes credits in the scripted, factual, and competition genres. As an experienced executive producer, Shaam has headed up production and business affairs on over 500 hours of programming for multiple networks throughout North America with featured titles that include Restaurant Makeover, The Next Star, and True Hollywood Stories. Throughout his career, Shaam has included branded content in all of his programming, working with clients such as Audi, Corona, Harley Davidson,  Home Depot and Interac.

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