Production Company Management

Jamie Brown, CEO and Executive Producer, Frantic Films

Over the past 16 years, Jamie Brown has been proud to see Frantic become one of Canada’s leading content creators, gaining recognition for its creative efforts and business success.

Jamie is the creator, producer and executive producer of many successful and award-winning projects. He created and produced Pioneer Quest, the first “living-history” program in North America, which went on to set several ratings records. He has created or co-created over a dozen series and is responsible for hundreds of hours of content, including TV movies and mini-series, feature films, lifestyle programs and documentaries.

Prior to joining Frantic in 2000, Jamie began his career as a lawyer with the prominent Toronto law firm McMillan LLP, where he focused on corporate finance and entertainment law. He also worked as Director of Business and Legal Affairs at Sullivan Entertainment Group and later Nelvana Ltd. He began his producing career at Credo Entertainment Corporation in 1998, where he worked on features, series and documentaries.

Jamie was the first recipient of the LIONSGATE Innovative Producer Award, was one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40, received the I.H. Asper Broadcast Entrepreneur of the Future Award, was nominated as the New Media Visionary at the Canadian New Media Awards and was named the CFTPA’s Entrepreneur of the Year. Among his many creative awards are Gemini, Banff Rockie, Golden Sheaf and Accolade awards. He is the Past-Chair of the Board of the Canadian Media Producers Association and has been Chair of Canada’s National Screen Institute.

Robert Cohen, President and Executive Producer, Media Headquarters Film & Television

Robert Cohen is a founder of MHQ. With 20 years of experience in the television and digital media industry, he is recognized as one of Canada's leading creators and producers of popular original content.

Robert collaborates with a wide range of broadcast and distribution partners worldwide and his programs have aired on dozens of networks and garnered multiple high-profile awards. Some successes as a creator, producer and director include the hit formats Canada’s Smartest Person, Red Button and Outlaw In-Laws, reality series Tessa & Scott and Modern Love, multiple award-winning dramatic miniseries The Summit, Emmy-nominated family movie The Great Polar Bear Adventure and popular documentary Souvenir of Canada, among many other titles.

Peter Cowley, Founder and CEO of Spirit Digital Media

Peter Cowley is Founder & CEO of Spirit, a company he started with partner Matt Campion in 2010. Spirit is a multi-platform production and audience building company specializing in branded content, short form content for broadcasters and running and operating digital channels and platforms.

Previous to Spirit, Peter was Managing Director of Digital Media for Endemol UK and global head of original digital programming at Endemol International. Peter has spent his career in content, internet portals and access at Freeserve / Orange, marketing at Videotron / Cable & Wireless, now Virgin Media and advertising at BBH.

Peter is also the founder and director of Ad Tech company, Connected Ventures Ltd, a non-executive director at Dynamic Ad Insertion company Yospace and a mentor for Ascension Media, a seed investment company.

Jesse Fawcett, President and Executive Producer, Essential Media Group

Jesse Fawcett runs Essential Media Group’s North American factual entertainment outfit, EQTV.

He's a 25-year TV veteran who has developed, executive produced and distributed many hundreds of hours of award-winning television in an array of genres - from animation to drama to reality. He launched his first production company (Telefactory) in 1999, which quickly became a high-volume production company of lifestyle programming for top US, Canadian and international broadcasters.

In 2009 Jesse founded Los Angeles and Toronto-based 11 Television, which has grown into today’s EQTV in partnership with Australia's Quail Entertainment and Essential Media & Entertainment. A few of his company's many diverse titles include SYFY's top rated hidden camera series Scare Tactics, Tru TV's hit series Carbonaro Effect, reality competition music series Cover Me Canada for CBC, Discovery’s docu-comedy Fool's Gold, DIY's all-time top rated series Texas Flip N Move and HGTV & DIY's multi-season hit Restored with Brett Waterman.

Alex Gibney, President, Jigsaw Productions

Director Alex Gibney has been called “the most important documentarian of our time” by Esquire and “one of America’s most successful and prolific documentary filmmakers” by The New York Times. Gibney’s signature cinematic style lends itself to his penetrating, gripping and deeply insightful documentaries which have been the recipient of the Academy Award®, multiple Emmy Awards, a Grammy Award, several Peabody Awards, the DuPont-Columbia Award, The Independent Spirit Award, and The Writers Guild Awards. In 2013, Gibney was honored with the International Documentary Association’s (IDA) Career Achievement Award and the first ever Christopher Hitchens Prize in 2015.

Gibney’s recent films include:the triple Emmy and DuPont-Columbia Award-winning Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, which premiered at Sundance Film Festival in January 2015 and on HBO in March 2015 becoming the most watched HBO documentary in a decade; Sinatra: All or Nothing At All, a two-part special on the life, music and career of legendary entertainer Frank Sinatra, which premiered on HBO in April 2015; and Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine, which premiered at SXSW in March 2015 and was released theatrically and broadcast on CNN in January 2016 as the number one show in its time slot among the cable news networks.

Other career highlights include the Oscar® winning Taxi to the Dark Side, The Oscar-nominated Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, and the multiple Emmy Award-winning Mea Maxima Culpa.

Marc Hirshberg, Financial Advisor, Kew Media Group

Marc Hirshberg, the Chief Executive Officer and President of EVRA Media Solutions Inc., has acted in an advisory capacity to Kew, lending his considerable financial analysis and business optimization skills to its strategic planning and operations.

EVRA has a proven track record of providing high-level clients with both short and long-term business solutions, with particular emphasis on the monetization of films, financing strategies, restructuring, and mergers and acquisitions.

Jennifer Kawaja, Co-Founder, Sienna Films

Jennifer Kawaja is a seasoned producer with over 25 years of experience in content creation for the international marketplace. She joined partner Julia Sereny to form Sienna Films in 1995.

Since that time, the duo has continuously made critically acclaimed and award-winning television, film and digital media, building on their reputation with indie feature films including breakout comedy New Waterford Girl (Sundance/ TIFF/ Berlinale), Gay Muslim romantic comedy Touch of Pink starring Kyle MacLachlan and Jimi Mistry (Sundance; Sony Pictures Classics) and Caribbean-community centered dance drama How She Move starring Rutina Wesley (Sundance; Paramount Vantage/MTV Films). Always venturing into challenging territory with productions including Afghanistan-set medical series Combat Hospital (13x1 hours, Global/ABC/Sony Int’l), television movie One Dead Indian (Bell Media) about the death of Indigenous activist Dudley George, mini-series Diamonds starring Derek Jacobi, James Purefoy and Judy Davis (CBC/ABC), an unflinching look at the deadly global ramifications of diamond industry practices, and documentaries Black, Bold and Beautiful: Black Women and Their Hair. Sienna’s television projects and feature films have been widely distributed internationally while making their mark at home.Slated for production in 2018 in Ireland and Ethiopia is the feature film adaptation Sweetness in the Belly starring Wunmi Mosaku, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Kunal Nayyar and directed by Zeresenay Berhane Mehari.

Before joining Sienna Films Jennifer was a partner in the Winter Films production collective, producing and directing documentaries, music videos and short dramas. She directed Beyond Borders a two-part documentary series for the NFB on Arab Feminist movements and their on-going struggle not to be used in the geo-political war between east and west and produced The Other Prison, a drama set in Kingston penitentiary about an inmate learning to read as well as, produced :30 Second Democracy, an hour long documentary by writer/director David Vainola about the history of political advertisements in North America. She also consulted for the Department of Multiculturalism, the Canada Council, the Ontario Arts Council and the National Film Board on issues of diversity. She immigrated to Canada from the Caribbean and settled in Montreal where she studied Philosophy and subsequently Film, TV and Communications theory.

Tanya Linton, Executive Manager, Architect Films

Tanya Linton joined Architect in 2015 following her departure from Shaw Media Inc. (later acquired by Corus Entertainment Inc., Canada’s primary broadcaster for lifestyle and factual programming). While at Shaw Media Inc., Tanya served as the Director of Original Lifestyle Content for several years, creating, commissioning and helping develop numerous internationally successful series, brands and personalities.

She was an integral part of Shaw Media Inc.’s creative and strategy team. Tanya moved to Architect to lead the successful series, Home to Win (broadcast on HGTV Canada, a Shaw/Corus network), as well as to join Mike Sheerin in running Architect, generally. Home to Win was recently heralded as Specialty Hit of the Year by Playback Magazine, Canada’s widely-read broadcast and production industry publication. She has equally established herself as a respected broadcast executive and creative talent.

Simon Lloyd, CEO, Our House Media

Simon Lloyd is Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of OHM. In this role, he oversees OHM’s corporate affairs and its creative output. Simon is an award-winning producer and a leading innovator in non-scripted programming in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom.

Prior to founding OHM, Simon was Chief Executive Officer of Cineflix Productions. In his eight years at Cineflix Productions, he oversaw enormous growth in the company’s unscripted programming slate, eventually running more than 400 hours of production, annually. Previously, Simon was Managing Director of Outline Productions Ltd., Head of Wall to Wall Media Ltd. (Scotland), and Head of Programs at Prospect Pictures (part of DCD Media plc). He has also created and overseen some of the world’s most successful non-fiction TV brands inducing Property Brothers, American Pickers, House of Tiny Tearaways and Property Virgins. He has also won almost every major international honor, including BAFTA, Emmy, Gemini, RTS, Rockie and Rose d’Or awards.

Marlo Miazga, CEO, BGM

Marlo Miazga has spent the last 25 years building her reputation as a global-facing producer delivering premium factual series with an unparalleled visual style. Since joining BGM as Vice President of Content in 2016, Marlo has been intrinsic in the crafting and producing of a diverse slate of high-end productions, such as the internationally-acclaimed format Canada: The Story of Us, the Canadian-Australian Co-production 100 Days to Victory for BBC, FOXTEL and History Canada, and Haunted Hospitals and Paranormal 9-1-1, 26 original hours for Travel Channel US, Discovery Quest Red and Blue Ant’s T&E – both currently in their second seasons. BGM’s premium factual special Cleared for Chaos: 9/11 aired on the anniversary of the 9/11 in 2019 on National Geographic and Discovery Channel. Marlo also oversees BGM’s children’s content, including the factual series It’s My Party for TVOkids and the upcoming preschool series Backyard Beats.

Marlo launched her career as a film editor after graduating from McGill University and the Canadian Film Centre. Marlo has worked as an editor, series producer and creator across mult>iple genres, with credits such as Peter Wintonicks’ multiple award-winning NFB feature, CinemaVerité: The Defining Moment; Paul Fox’s psychological feature thriller, The Dark Hours; CBC comedy series Tuning In with Rick Mercer and Jimmy MacDonald’s Canada. Marlo was also founder and co-president of Newroad Media, where she produced popular series such as Discovery Science US & Discovery Canada’s Close Encounters and Curious and Unusual Deaths, as well as the UK-Canada co-production My Wild Affair for PBS & Animal Planet. Marlo is an active member of Canada’s production community and has continued her relationship with the Canadian Film Centre for over a decade, acting as a mentor and nurturing the art of storytelling in Canada’s next generation of content creators.

Greg Phillips, President, Kew Media Distribution

Greg Phillips, President, Kew Media Distribution is responsible for directing the overall trajectory and growth of the Kew Media Distribution business in the international market. With more than 11,000 hours of diverse, multi-genre content currently in the library, his role includes actively identifying, sourcing and contracting programming that fits the company’s business model, as well as driving sales to ensure annual budgets and group revenues are achieved. He directs and co-ordinates all global Kew Media Distribution departments including development and acquisitions, sales, marketing, sales administration and operations.

His role also encompasses initiating and building synergies with other Kew Media Group companies, identifying ways the companies may co-operate to maximise worldwide opportunities in production and distribution. As a member of the Kew Media Group management team he represents and reports on the strategy and delivery of annual and longer-term goals for Kew Media Distribution.

In addition to his time at Kew Media Distribution (formerly Content Media Corporation and Fireworks International), which he joined in 1999, Greg has a wealth of experience in the industry, previously holding senior roles at EMI, CBS Broadcast International and MTM International.

Greg Quail, CEO, Essential Media Group

Greg Quail is an award winning Australian television and feature film producer who takes an intensive, hands-on approach to all aspects of the company's creative operations in both Australia and the US operations through EQTV.

After ten years reporting for news and current affairs programs, Greg freelanced as a writer, director and producer of documentary and reality TV, before opening Quail Television in 2005. The company quickly became a prolific provider of factual programming for Australian and international broadcasters and through a joint venture with Essential Media USA in 2016 that became EQTV, they created hit lifestyle series Texas Flip N Move, spin offs Louisiana Flip N Move and Restored.

Julia Sereny, Co-Founder, Sienna Films

Julia Sereny is a seasoned producer with over 25 years of experience content creation for the international marketplace. She co-founded Sienna Films in 1992 with partner Jennifer Kawaja.

Since that time, the duo has continuously made critically acclaimed and award-winning television, film and digital media projects including Cardinal (now in production on season 3 – aired on CTV in Canada, Hulu in the U.S. and BBC in the UK), Ransom (now in production on season 2 – aired on Global Television in Canada and CBS in the U.S.), Combat Hospital (for Global Television in Canada and ABC in the U.S.), and Diamonds (CBC in Canada and ABC in the U.S.), Touch of Pink (Sony, Sundance Official Selection) and How She Move (Paramount, Vantage/MTV Films, premiered at Sundance and nominated Sundance Grand Jury Prize).

Mike Sheerin, Executive Manager, Architect Films

Mike Sheerin founded Architect in 2010. Prior to that time, he was an award-winning documentary director and producer covering a wide variety of topics from politics to wars to Santa Claus.

He is regarded as a creative and operational powerhouse with a mastery of all elements of production. He created and grew brands such as Decked Out, which was subsequently spun-off into other series, such as Deck Wars, Disaster Decks and Custom Built. He created the popular game show, Ice Cold Cash and the successful series Extreme Collectors. Under Sheerin’s leadership, Architect has produced 10 successful series, the majority of which are multi-season properties.

Carrie Stein, EVP, Global Scripted Series, Kew Media

Carrie has worked in the entertainment industry for more than 20 years in all phases of the business, including feature film and television development and production. She was most recently Executive Vice President of Global Productions for Entertainment One Television.

In that capacity, she forged strategic alliances with global producers, and packaged and oversaw international co-productions including Ransom (CBS and Shaw) which is in its second season, Welcome to Sweden (TV4 and NBC), the multi award-winning The Book of Negroes (CBC and BET), Gap Year (Channel 4 and Hulu) and Cardinal (CTV), now in production for seasons 2 and 3. Prior to joining eOne, Carrie launched the global division of 3 Arts, managing production companies and showrunners worldwide. Before that, she was CEO of Alchemy Television, a UK and LA-based production and distribution company responsible for a slate of high-end television properties including Coco Chanel, Ben Hur, The Company and Flashpoint. Earlier, she ran the longform packaging department at ICM for eleven years.

Dina Subhani, Executive Director, TCB Media Rights

As one of the founding directors of TCB Media Rights, Dina has played a strategic role in the management and growth of the company since its inception, overseeing accounts, marketing and financial planning. In her current role as Executive Director, Subhani oversees the newly expanded Marketing and Events division.

Subhani began her career in sales at national UK newspaper The Daily Telegraph, regional television station Yorkshire Television and a number of radio stations including as Head of Sales and Marketing of the launch team for Liberty Radio. She then took a logistics management role at event organizer Original Concept, where she, along with an established team, planned corporate events and award ceremonies for clients such as Blockbuster and Colombia Films.

Paul Heaney, CEO, TCB Media Rights

Paul Heaney launched TCB Media Rights in October 2012 to distribute and co-create factual entertainment and formats with strong-pre-sales and revenue potential. Heaney and his 15-strong team work with some of the most highly regarded production companies in the business and leverage their network of co-production, broadcaster and pre-sales relationships in the US, the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Australia/New Zealand and the Nordics to help them realise their programme-making ambitions.

Paul has in-depth market intelligence and insider knowledge of what the global content industry wants and where and how it wants to watch it, which has contributed significantly to TCB’s content and corporate development. Prior to launching TCB as a one-man operation, Heaney served as President and Managing Director of Cineflix Rights, which he started in 2002. Over the next decade, he built up the business from a boutique operator into a major distributor, posting double- or triple-digit growth year-on-year.