Andra Sheffer is the CEO of two private Funds supporting the Canadian digital media, television and film industries: the Independent Production Fund which invests in drama series created for digital platforms; and, the COGECO Program Development Fund for the development and production of television drama. She was the founding Executive Director of the Bell Fund (1997-2014) which supports interactive digital media projects associated with Canadian television programs.
Previously, she was the founding Executive Director of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television producing the annual Genie and Gemini Awards (now the Canadian Screen Awards). She lectures on the business of television and new media and is the editor of publications about the business of tv and digital media production: New Media, New Business: The Producer’s guide (2001), Create a Winning Proposal – the Handbook for New Media Producers (1999) and the co-editor of MAKING IT: The business of film and television production in Canada (1986 & 1995). She also served as Managing Director of the Toronto International Film Festival, and with the federal government as a Certification Officer setting up the original CAVCO office (and Canadian content “point” system), and at the Film Festivals Bureau promoting Canadian films internationally.
She was awarded the 2013 Digital Media Trail Blazer award by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, the 2014 Champion of Digital Innovation Tribute at Merging Media 5, an Award of Achievement at the 2014 Digi Awards and was inducted as the 2014-15 Industry Builder in Playback’s Hall of Fame.Twitter
Brad’s primary focus is on the operations of OUTtv, a Canadian specialty television channel. He is directly responsible for overseeing all aspects of the Network from developing and implementing the overall corporate strategy, regulatory, operations, acquisitions, production, distribution, marketing, advertising and digital strategy.
OUTtv is the world’s first LGBT television network having launched in 2001 in Canada. Mr. Danks became COO in 2006 after James Shavick and Joy McPahail became the majority shareholders. He has been instrumental in guiding the Network to a rise in subscribers from under 200,000 to nearly 1.3 million and an increase in revenue of more than 400% since that time. The Network is carried on all the Cable, Telco and Satellite providers in Canada. OUTtv is considered one of the world’s premium LGBT media brands in the World.
He has also worked on expanding the reach of the Network outside of Canada by negotiating affiliate and license deals in the Netherland, Belgium, Sweden and South Africa. Brad has also been instrumental in negotiating distribution deals for programming with many over the top providers including Apple and Google (YouTube).
Brad is also President of Convergent Productions Ltd. Over the past 7 years Convergent has produced 4 feature films and more than 200 hours of television programming. Brad acts as an Executive Producer on all projects concentrating on financing, sales and distribution.
Brad started his career in the industry as an entertainment lawyer practicing for more than 12 years practicing at his own and later some of Canada’s most prestigious law firms. His work included literally hundreds of film and television productions ranging from the development and acquisition through financing and distribution. He also worked on numerous international television and film co-productions involving countries from around the world. He has significant experience with a vast area of financing structures and broadcasting regulatory requirements in many international territories.
For several years after leaving law, he consulted and provided strategic advice to numerous private and public companies around the world on entertainment and media business matters. His particular emphasis has been in developing strategies to take advantage of the technological changes and their impact on traditional business models. Brad has advised on the development of branded content properties and new financing models for programs distributed across multiple media broadcast platforms.
Rob Bruner is an actor, filmmaker, comedian and screenwriter born in Toronto Canada.
Rob graduated from the New School of Drama in Toronto while running a successful music store franchise, Song Bird Music. He re-located to Vancouver to pursue acting in the late nineties, recurring and guest-starring in many prominent TV series including Psych, Supernatural, Dark Angel, The Outer Limits, the critically acclaimed series DaVinci’s Inquest, as well as the multi award winning mini-series Human Cargo. He was a consulting producer on the Leo award winning feature Lunch With Charles. Rob also appeared in numerous feature and television films and commercials. Recently Rob stars in a new trilogy of Baby Geniuses movies along with Jon Voight.
In 2000, Rob wrote, directed and starred in The Workshop Junkie, a hilarious spoof of personal growth that became a cult film classic. The half-hour film played in festivals and on Canadian network television (CBC). Rob’s feature script Hot For Nirvana won development support from Telefilm Canada and Norman Jewison’s Canadian Film Centre and has been optioned. His TV series Touchy Feely was also optioned.
An accomplished stand up comedian and singer/songwriter, Rob has performed at the Comedy Store and the Hollywood Improv and has released his first album, It Is What It Is – a compilation of ironic pop-rock ballads, available on iTunes. His one man show “Nephew of the Universe”, supported by a grant from the Canada Council will go up in the fall of 2015 in LA.
In 2013 Rob co-wrote and directed an 8 part scripted web series Between Jupiter and Mars which is distributed by My Damn Channel and stars Rob along with Josh Sussman (Glee) and Lara Doucette (Tikibar TV). The series won numerous awards and was nominated for a Leo Award for best web series in 2014 and was an official selection in WVF, Hollyweb Fest, ITV Fest, LA Webfest, First Glance Film Festival, New Media Film Festival and will be featured in the Holly Shorts festival in May 2015.
A second season of BJ&M is planned for 2015, while a TV version “Unmanageable” is in the works. Rob’s team is also developing the comedy series “Men’s Team” and “Personal Growth” both for web and TV.
Rob travels between Vancouver and Los Angeles where he continues to act, write and develop films, web and television series.
Kirk has worked in the film world as both a stunt performer and stunt coordinator. He has appeared in such shows as Smallville, Supernatural, Flash, I Robot, Eragon and Blade.
Having studied martial arts since 1968, Kirk was the head instructor at Vancouver’s famed Action Room for ten years and currently runs a class for stage and screen fighting called Action Beats.
In the world of web series he has been the stunt coordinator on such award-winning series as After and Riese, and was co-creator of Divine: The series. He also managed stunts and rigging for Stricken and coordinated the upcoming Demon Exorcist.
A Canadian actor best known for playing the role of John in the television series Alice, I Think.
Among his numerous television appearances was in an advertisement for Speakeasy from Esat Digifone, an Irish mobile phone operator now owned by O2. He also played the part of the Kull Warriors in Stargate SG-1, and the Wraith king in the Stargate Atlantis episode "Sateda". Recently, Payne appeared as Nathan Davidson, a married, sexually-repressed father in Mulligans, and also as Dollar Bill in Watchmen.
He is currently in development on a new television series entitled Pucked to be launched on the web. He is playing the lead role of Andy Zirkor. An internet campaign to promote the series has been started with an Andy Zirkor Facebook page where fans can interact and be a part of Andy's world.
Dan also stars in the web based television series Divine: The Series filmed in Vancouver, BC
Cinemazoo's list of credits is very lengthy, including Bird on a Wire, Snakes on Planes, I am Legend, Look Who's Talking Now, MacGyver and the Telus commercials. The Urban Safari Rescue Society developed out of Gary's work with Cinemazoo.
The Urban Safari Rescue Society was established with the mission to rescue unwanted animals and educate the public about animals, the natural world and conservation issues.
Accompanying Gary will be Dozer, a 38-year-old, 130-lb, African Spur-thighed Tortoise.
Accompanying Kimmi will be Damu, a three year old Ambassador Wolf who represents his wild counterparts.
Starting out as a traveling educator bringing school-children and an evolving “Team Feathers” together, Joanne soon realized there were wider audiences to be reached. Even ‘passively educating’ from the context of a fictional story has tremendous value. Joanne wanted to marry her love of birds-of-prey with her desire to contribute to the film and television industry, and soon had her first Red Tail hawk, ‘Thorn’, in “Smallville”.
A short time later, Joanne was blessed to meet Ivan Hayden – the creator of “Divine: The Series”, Independent film-maker Richard Olak, creator of “The Battle of Burgledorf”, and other inspiring creatives. Over the last eight years, her feathered companions have appeared in everything from feature-length films, a Dodge-RAM commercial, the tv series “Siberia”, to the upcoming “Bad Timing” music-video for breakout artist Michael Brock.
Accompanying Joanne will "Team Feathers" in its entirety. 'Jarih', a female Saker Falcon, Capt'n 'Sabre' - a male Gyrfalcon, and of course, 'Mohave', a Red Tail buzzard (usually referred to as Red Tail hawks).
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