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THE CREATORS

Sheri Elwood

Creator/Executive Producer/Writer, Director (Episodes 410) After graduating from Ryerson’s Film Program in Toronto, Sheri Elwood cut her comedy teeth writing for net- works such as Disney/Fox/The Family Channel and YTV. She wrote and directed the romantic teen drama, DEEPLY, starring Lynn Redgrave and Kirsten Dunst which premiered to a four-star review at the Toronto Inter- national Film Festival and was also nominated for four Genie Awards, along with her Gemini-nominated short film Eb and Flo.

Sheri teamed with Lionsgate TV to create the comedy series Beta Males for the CW Network and was a Supervising Producer on the 1-hr ABC drama DEFYING GRAVITY for Fox Television Studios and ABC with creator Jim Parriott (Grey’s Anatomy).

Fulfilling a dare to capture the spirit of her unique family on TV, Elwood created the award-winning comedy CALL ME FITZ, starring Jason Priestley, for HBO Canada and DirecTV. Now in its fourth season, the show is broadcast in more than 82 countries.

Sheri recently sold a new comedy to NBC, “THE B-SIDE” which is being produced through her deal with Jerry Bruckheimer Television and Warner Bros. WBTV and Bruckheimer are also producing Sheri’s semi-autobiographical BAGEL NATION and she is currently adapting Steve Martin’s classic romantic comedy L.A. STORY for cable through her pact with Ellen DeGeneres’ A VERY GOOD PRODUCTION and Warner Horizon Television.

Sheri splits her time between Los Angeles and a century-old schoolhouse in Nova Scotia.

 

Jason Priestley

Producer, Director (Episodes 405, 406) Now in his third decade as a professional performer, Jason Priestley continues to be one of the most versatile talents in the entertainment business both in front of and behind the camera. The actor, director, producer was recently awarded a Canadian Comedy Award for his role as Richard Fitzpatrick in the critically-acclaimed, award-winning series Call Me Fitz. The Canadian series airs on HBO Canada, and DirecTV’s 101 Network in the U.S.

In addition to his work on Call Me Fitz, Jason recently filmed a guest spot on the CBS hit show How I Met Your Mother. He also appears in Bag of Bones, starring Pierce Brosnan, and guest-starred in the mid-season finale of USA Network’s Psych along with Jennifer Finnigan. He also directed an episode each of the second and third season of SyFy’s Haven and guest-starred in a four-episode story arc as a brilliant but troubled marine biolo- gist. Haven is loosely based on Stephen King’s short novel The Colorado Kid.

Jason also recently reunited with former Beverly Hills 90210 co-star Luke Perry to direct and star in the Hall- mark Movie Channel Original Goodnight for Justice. The made-for-TV Western was penned by Perry and filmed in Vancouver, and garnered the highest ratings for the network to date. Other recent projects include the feature film The Last Rights of Ransom Pride, where Jason starred alongside Kris Kristopherson, Dwight Yoakam, Scott Speedman and Lizzy Kaplan, and the BBC’s modern-day remake of the Sci-Fi thriller The Day of the Triffids starring Dougray Scott, Vanessa Redgrave, Brian Cox and Eddie Izzard.

While Jason is best known for his role as Brandon Walsh on the hit FOX series Beverly Hills 90210, he has cre- ated many memorable television characters on shows including A Side Order of Life, Love Monkey, Tru Calling, Masters of Horror, Medium, and My Name is Earl. In spring 2013, he starred in the Canadian Stage produc- tion of David Mamet’s Race in Toronto.

Behind the camera, Jason just finished filming his first feature film, Cas & Dylan, starring Richard Dreyfuss and Tatiana Maslany. He has directed numerous episodes of ABC Family’s hit series The Secret Life of the American Teenager, including the season finale, and directed an eight-part reality series for the Great American Country Network called The Road Hammers. Shot in Nashville, the series follows a country band in its quest to break into the ultra-competitive world of country music. Other directing credits are 90210, The Other Woman, based on the Joy Fielding novel for the Lifetime Network, and the web series The Lake for WB.com.

Based on a Rolling Stone article by Jesse Hyde, Jason is developing the feature film Death of a Freerider. The film is based on the tragic true story of Sam Brown, a young Canadian mountain biker who got caught up in the world of international drug smuggling.

Jason is a native of Vancouver, British Columbia and currently resides in Los Angeles.


Michael Souther

Executive Producer/Amaze Films Michael Souther is a co-founder of Amaze Film + Television. He is currently in production on Call Me Fitz, a half-hour comedy series for HBO Canada (The Movie Network and Movie Central) starring Jason Priestley.

Finn on the Fly (2008), his latest feature, won the Audience Choice Award for Best Feature Film at the 2009 Sprockets Toronto International Film Festival for Children, a Best Independent Feature Film Award at the 2009 KIDS FIRST! Film Festival and sold to Disney in the U.S. and around the world.

Souther received a 2006 Genie Nomination for Best Feature Film as a producer on Saint Ralph (2004). The film premiered at the 2004 Toronto International Film Festival, won the Grand Prix at the 2005 Paris Film Festi- val and was distributed theatrically around the world.

He created, produced and directed Patti (2002), a television series for The Comedy Network and W Network in Canada. He also wrote and directed the short film Patti Burns (1999), which won a Golden Sheaf at the Yorkton Short Film Festival. In addition, Souther has produced and directed a number of award-winning national televi- sion commercials.

 

Teza Lawrence

Executive Producer/Amaze Films Teza Lawrence is a co-founder of Amaze Film + Television. She produces both television and feature films. Teza is currently Executive Producing Call Me Fitz, a half-hour comedy series created by Sheri Elwood for The Movie Network and Movie Central (HBO Canada) starring Jason Priestley. Her latest film, Finn on the Fly (2008) which she co- wrote with Michael Souther, won the Audience Choice Award for Best Feature Film at the 2009 Sprockets Toronto International Film Festival for Children. The film also won Best Independent Feature Film Award at the 2009 KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. The film went on to sell to Disney USA and Disney International.

Teza received a 2006 Genie Nomination for Best Feature Film for her work on Saint Ralph (2004). The film premiered at the 2004 Toronto International Film Festival, won the Grand Prix at the Paris Film Festival and was distributed in the U.S. by Samuel Goldwyn Films.

She co-created and Executive Produced Patti (2002), a television series for The Comedy Network and W Net- work in Canada. She also produced the short film Patti Burns (1999), which won a Golden Sheaf at the Yorkton Short Film Festival. Teza has worked on lifestyle programs, sports documentaries and news segments for various Canadian television networks. She lives on a farm north of Toronto with her husband and three children.


Michael Rosenberg

Executive Vice President, US Scripted Television – Entertainment One Television Michael Rosenberg was recently brought on board to head up Entertainment One’s U.S. TV series department. His credits include the hit HBO series Hung, now entering its third season, Haven on Syfy, Skins on MTV, Testees on FX, and the highly anticipated series Hell on Wheels on AMC and The Firm on NBC.

Before becoming affiliated with Entertainment One, Michael Rosenberg founded and ran Maverick Television. One of his first moves was to bring Eddie Izzard and Dmitry Lipkin together in the early stages of The Riches, an acclaimed show that ran multiple seasons on FX. He also produced the MTV unscripted series I’m From Rolling Stone.

 

John Morayniss

CEO – Entertainment One Television John Morayniss oversees all aspects of eOne Television’s day to day activities, which encompass the develop- ment, production, licensing, financing and worldwide distribution of live action drama and comedy series, reality and documentary series, television movies and mini-series, prime time animation and family programming. John also oversees the strategic growth of eOne’s television business and serves as an executive producer on many of eOne’s productions.

Prior to eOne Television (and its predecessor company, Blueprint Entertainment, where John held the position of CEO), John was head of television at Alliance Atlantis, where he oversaw all development, production and co-production activities for the television division, including the mega-hit series franchise, CSI.

John’s most recent executive producer credits include Rookie Blue for ABC, Saving Hope and The Firm for NBC, Hung for HBO, Haven for the SyFy Channel and Call Me Fitz for HBO Canada. John is the executive in charge of production for AMC’s Hell on Wheels.

John is on the Banff World Media Festival’s Board of Directors. He is also a board member of the National As- sociation of Television Program Executives (NATPE).


Matt MacLennan

Supervising Producer/Writer Matt MacLennan has had the privilege of writing for film, television, video games and theater in both comedy and drama. His work on over 15 television shows includes: The Listener, Degrassi, Billable Hours, Whistler, Republic of Doyle and 15/Love.

Matt recently wrote the Ubisoft video game title Splinter Cell: Blacklist and currently works as the co-executive producer of CTV’s one hour undercover police drama, “Played”.

 

David MacLeod

Executive Producer/Big Motion Pictures David MacLeod has worked in the film and television industry for over 25 years. He has been a production manager, producer, second unit director and executive producer. He began his production career with experi- ence on projects as diverse as Haruki Kadokawa’s ambitious and spectacular Samurai epic Heaven and Earth and Showtime Television’s quirky Kurt Vonnegut’s Monkey House.

MacLeod line-produced the Louisburg Nova Scotia-shot, Emmy-nominated TV movie The Song Spinner for Showtime, and co-produced Catch a Falling Star for CBS with Alliance Atlantis and Citadel Entertainment.

In 1996 Macleod joined North of 60 creators Wayne Grigsby and Barbara Samuels as a producer on the Nova Scotia set series Black Harbour. Black Harbour was nominated for multiple Gemini Awards, including Best Dra- matic Series. MacLeod has produced numerous projects as a principal partner of Big Motion Pictures, including television series (Snakes & Ladders, Call Me Fitz, Haven), television movies (Blessed Stranger, Task Force, Sleep Murder) and mini-series (including Trudeau, Sex Traffic, and a 2010 version of Moby Dick).

MacLeod is a director and founding member of the Nova Scotia Motion Picture Industry Association and is currently chair of the Canadian Media Production Association.


Derek Schreyer

Co-Executive Producer/Writer Derek Schreyer is a Gemini-Award winning writer-producer who has written one-hour cop franchises, sci-fi sitcoms, period pieces, and edgy cable comedies. He co-created and executive-produced 18 To Life, which marked the first time a major US broadcaster collaborated on a Canadian prime time comedy when his pilot was picked up by ABC. The series had a multiple season run with the CBC and later aired on the CW (another Canadian comedy first) and went on to lead all CBC scripted programs at the 2011 Gemini Awards with seven nominations.

Derek also co-created and executive produced the 56 episode drama 15/Love, which airs in over eighty countries and earned him a Gemini for best writing. Other credits include the innovative cop series Motive (CTV, ABC), the sci-fi procedural The Listener (CTV, ION), the period drama Murdoch Mysteries (CBC, Alibi), and CTV’s long-running Cold Squad. Derek has also written acclaimed youth dramas like Drop The Beat (CBC), Madison (Global) and Instant Star (The N, CTV), introducing such future stars as Amanda Crew, Adam Beach, and Michael Cera.


Josh Saltzman

Story Editor, Writer Josh is a Canadian Comedy Award-winning writer, director and performer. He writes for a plethora of television shows and has produced more than 70 online comedic videos.

He is a proud member of both The Writers Guild of Canada and ACTRA. Aside from writing on Call Me Fitz, Josh has also written for CBC’s weekly comedy news show 22 Minutes and the animated television show Rocket Monkeys from Breakthrough Entertainment on Teletoon, and DHX’s animated comedy Dr. Dimensionpants.

Most recently his short film The Fish Bride was nominated for Best Web Clip for the 2012 Canadian Comedy Awards. This is a back-to-back nomination. That Thing That Happened, which he co-wrote, co-directed and starred in, won the 2011 Canadian Comedy Award for Best Web Short and has been an official selection of The Best of Fest Film Festival. Josh has also hosted Woofstock.

 

Nikolijne Troubetzkoy

Executive Story Editor, Writer A graduate of the Canadian Film Centre’s CBC Prime Time Television Program, Nikolijne worked most recently as an Executive Story Editor on HBO Canada’s award-winning comedy Call Me Fitz. She has also written for the teen comedy 15/Love (YTV, France 2), and had fiction and poetry published in literary magazines such as Grain, The Antigonish Review, and ARC.

After earning an M.A. in philosophy from New York University, Nikolijne held a number of philosopher-appropriate jobs – construction foreman, antiques dealer and door-to-door vacuum salesperson.


Sam Ruano

Story Editor Sam Ruano is originally from Montreal, Quebec. He holds a BFA in film production from Concordia University, which means he knows how to load a Bolex while ranting about “kids today and their camcorders.” After university he worked as a videographer on the eco-adventure travel show Exploring Horizons, which taught him the fine art of bribing border guards. Sam is a graduate of Second City’s conservatory program and the CFC’s Prime Time Television Writing Program. He has gone on to write and story edit for CBC’s Little Mosque on the Prairie and has just completed writing his first feature. Sam is currently hard at play on the upcoming kids’ animated series Oh No! Alien Invasion.

 

Scott Smith

Director (Episodes 401, 402, 407, 408) A graduate of Simon Fraser University and a Director Resident at the Canadian Film Centre, Scott Smith is the director of two acclaimed dramatic feature films, rollercoaster (2000) and Falling Angels (2004), starring Miranda Richardson and adapted from the novel by Barbara Gowdy.

He has been nominated for both Genie and Gemini Awards for his work in film and television, as well as a Director’s Guild nomination for Best Director – Feature Film for Falling Angels. His first feature length documentary, As Slow As Possible, was nominated for the Don Haig Award in 2008. In 2010, as one of Canada’s top filmmakers, Scott was invited to participate in the omnibus National Parks Project, and in collaboration with musicians Sarah Harmer, Bry Webb, and Jim Guthrie made the film Looking Around Without Blinking, about Gwaii Haanas National Park, in Haida Gwaii.

Scott’s recent television work includes directing the pilots for MTV’s American remake of British teen hit Skins, Jason Priestley’s comedy hit Call Me Fitz, (for which he won the Gemini Award for Best Direction in a Comedy Series in 2011), and the made for TV movie After All These Years, starring Wendie Malick, Andrea Martin, and Martha Burns. He lives in Vancouver.


Derek Filiatrault

Director (Episode 409) Derek James Filiatrault was born in the small town of Canso, Nova Scotia on December 11, 1970. Ten years later, he and his family moved to the picturesque town of Lunenburg, where he finished high school, graduating with honours.

After graduation, Derek embarked on a career as a theatre actor, joining the Kipawo Showboat Theatre Company at the Acadia Summer Playhouse in Wolfville. He also sang and played lead guitar in the Halifax rock band Butterfield 8.

After landing bit parts in television commercials and a movie of the week, Derek decided to move behind the camera, to learn more about his new found love of filmmaking. Before leaving for film school in the fall of 1994, his band played a show for the crew of Dolores Claiborne, a feature film shooting in Lunenburg. He was offered a PA job on the film, as an opportunity to check out the business. He never did attend film school.

Instead, Derek began working his way up through the ranks, on films such as Two If By Sea (1995), Love and Death on Long Island (1996) and Titanic (1996). Also in 1995, two of Butterfield 8’s songs, along with songs by world-renowned producer and musician Daniel Lanois, appeared on the soundtrack for the feature film Sweet Angel Mine.

In 1999, Derek flew to Los Angeles to appear in Thunderbird, directed by Ward Swan, which would go on to win the Houston Worldfest Platinum Award and Best Student Film at Zoiefest. It was also chosen as a finalist at both the Anchorage and Savannah Film Festivals.

Derek began working as a First Assistant Director in 2001 on Rick Mercer’s television series Made In Canada (1998-2002), and has continued, as a 1st A.D., on many films and TV series, including Chaz Thorne’s feature film Whirligig (2010), the Syfy/Showcase supernatural series Haven (2010-2012) and the HBO Canada/Direct TV comedy series Call Me Fitz (2009-2013).

While shooting Call Me Fitz, Derek had a chance to truly learn the ropes, thanks to working with Actor/Director Jason Priestley, as he would get to participate more as a director while Priestley was in front of the camera. This Director/A.D. relationship with Priestley spanned over two seasons of Haven and four seasons of Call Me Fitz.

On the second season of Call Me Fitz, Derek was given a webisode / mock infomercial to co-direct with actor Donovan Stinson, entitled Ken’s Tips to Pre-Owned Glory, starring Donovan and actor Peter MacNeill. Two years later, while filming the fourth season of Call Me Fitz, Creator/Writer/Director Sheri Elwood offered the director’s reigns to Derek for the first time.

Derek currently lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with his fiancée, Candice and his three daughters.

 

Jim Allodi

Director (Episodes 403, 404) Born in Toronto, Jim Allodi is a graduate of the film program at New York University, and in 1997 was invited to attend the Canadian Film Centre as a Directing Resident. His debut feature film was the acclaimed drama The Uncles, distributed by Odeon Films, which was named in Canada’s Top Ten by TIFF.

His television work includes the pilot episode of The Republic of Doyle (CBC), Regenesis (TMN), Call Me Fitz (HBO Canada, Directv), Naked Josh (Showcase), Degrassi, and The Associates (CTV). He has won a Gemini award and multiple nominations for both drama and comedy.

Jim began to work in the film industry at the age of 16 and, in his working education as a director, has worked in a number of disciplines: editor, grip-electric, documentary cinematographer, and as an actor with over a hundred film & TV credits and stage appearances in Canada, the U.S., and the U.K. Jim continues to develop drama for film and television through his production company Bird Dog Film.


Kate Rose

Costume Designer Kate Rose has lived and worked in various cities in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. She came to costume design by accident. While studying for a Master of Fine Arts in theatre at the University of Mississippi, Oxford, Rose stumbled into the costume shop, fell in love with costume design and its integral role in character development and won awards for outstanding design for two consecutive years.

Back in Canada with plans to return to teaching at the university level, Rose’s extraordinary talent with watercolor costume renderings unexpectedly landed her the plum position of costume designer on Emily of New Moon, a Victorian miniseries based on the novels of Lucy Maude Montgomery and filmed on beautiful Prince Edward Island. Too “green” to be daunted by the task, Rose designed three seasons of Emily and earned two Gemini award nominations for her efforts.

Since then she has never looked back. Agnieszka Holland, Robert Markowitz and David Gordon Green are among the talented directors that Rose has worked with. From three seasons of creating Fitz’s ‘Rat Pack look with a little bit of crumple’ on Call Me Fitz, to the Italian Renaissance of The Conclave, and the quirky, retro- contemporary look of the comedy Just Buried, Rose’s personal aesthetic has created costumes that visually enhance a film or TV series’ final look. Collaboration, visceral instinct and artistic evaluation are the principles that drive her on every project.

 

Bill Fleming

Production Designer Bill Fleming packs a wealth of production experience and a broad range of talent. He began his career as an actor but he soon found himself backstage working as designer, scenic artist and director for theatre, opera and dance productions across Canada and in the U.S.

Fleming jumped into film, first as an assistant director, cueing actors such as Cliff Robertson, Ernest Borgnine and Donald Pleasance. His theatrical design sense eventually drew him back to the art department where he has earned an extensive list of production design credits including the 2004 Cannes hit, Clean directed by Oliv- ier Assayas and starring Nick Nolte; Deeply starring Lynn Redgrave and Kirsten Dunst; and Margaret’s Museum with Helena Bonham Carter. Fleming’s work on Deeply and Maragaret’s Museum earned Genie nominations for Best Production Design.

Other feature credits include Poor Boy’s Game with Danny Glover, the critically acclaimed Marion Bridge with Ellen Page, and the award-winning Rude. TV movies include Jessie Stone: Thin Ice with Tom Selleck and Calm at Sunset for Hallmark.

Fleming’s design work spans a broad range of styles and genres: from the revolutionary war in PBS’s Mary Silliman’s War and the pre-Civil War Race to Freedom: The Underground Railroad, through contemporary drama such as Showtime’s DC 911: Time of Crisis and the more comic Bleacher Bums, police procedurals such as Blue Murder and family comedies like Heck’s Way Home with Alan Arkin. His Sci-FI work includes I Was A

Sixth Grade Alien, where Fleming acted as a conceptual consultant, production designer and director, and the cult hit series Lexx, where he served as co-producer. Lexx was viewed in over 25 countries and set out to create more visual effects on TV than any other show.

Fleming’s work as producer/writer on the feature film Buried on Sunday brought him a Genie nomination for best screenplay. Currently he is in development to produce the feature films Dirty/Sweet, Last Hunt and Deli- cious.