Ann MacNaughton, is a veteran of the hour-long game, agrees. She's currently making her living in family drama and animation but built a successful career as a freelance writer and story department mainstay. Her dramatic series credits include Wind at My Back, Traders, Twice in a Lifetime, Destiny Ridge, E.N.G., Friday the 13th, Street Legal and Road to Avonlea. The days of multi-character shows are behind us, she says, as are hour-long family dramas. Broadcasters are simply getting out of the drama game and MacNaughton says writers need to change their approach and cope with the realities of the changing market.

"Without having the CRTC holding a gun to their heads, [broadcasters] are never going to do an expensive Canadian drama," she says. "On the other hand, people are finding ways to do strange and interesting stuff, like Puppets Who Kill. You have to start out aiming to be a low-budget cult hit. The only way they can afford to take those risks is on something really low budget. I don't see anyone out there at this particular time, of the producers, willing to spend money on things that can't be sold internationally."
Vampire High (2 episodes, 2001-2002)

     Both Sides Now (2002) TV episode (writer)

     That's Why the Lady Is a Vamp (2001) TV episode (writer)

The Zack Files (1 episode, 2001)

Twice in a Lifetime (1 episode, 2001)

Wind at My Back (5 episodes, 2000-2001)  

The City (1 episode, 2000)

Rembrandt: Fathers & Sons (1999) (TV) (writer)

Pit Pony (1 episode, 1999)

Traders" (4 episodes, 1996-1998)

Ready or Not (2 episodes, 1997)  

Side Effects (1 episode, 1996)

My Life as a Dog (5 episodes, 1996)  

Street Legal (2 episodes, 1993-1994)

Medicine River (1993) (TV) (writer)

Counterstrike (1 episode, 1991)

Danger Bay (1 episode, 1990)

African Journey (1990) (writer)

African Journey 2 (1990) (writer)


Traders (co-producer) (22 episodes, 1996-1998)  

Ready or Not (executive story editor) (13 episodes, 1997)

My Life as a Dog (1996) TV series (executive story editor)

Friday the 13th (story editor) (6 episodes, 1987)