It’s been an exciting twenty-seven-year journey in the Canadian film, television and media industries. And while I am now a seasoned executive and content producer, it wasn’t always the case.
I began my career at the CBC, where I worked for five years in the world-renowned Nation Training & Development Department. This job began while I was attending York University‘s Film & Television Program, and it became a natural extension of my own professional development. As Resource Co-ordinator for the department, I had the distinct honour of working directly with the CBC’s talented roster of trainers as we developed and facilitated our professional development programs around the globe. To this day, I remain grateful for all the wonderful people and experiences that helped enrich my initial years in the industry.
In the late 90s, longing to get back to creating content, I launched my own production companies. First, it was H.L. Hawk Productions, an award-winning convergent media company, and later Dante Media Group, a successful commercial production company.
During this time, my teams produced music videos, television commercials and branded content for all media platforms; Gemini-nominated interactive online media for the Sullivan Entertainment properties Anne of Green Gables and Wind At My Back; the Global Television series Unzipped, a magazine-style sex and romance television show; and the six-part documentary, Naked Circus, which tells the story of an exotic dance competition in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.
I spent that last three years as the Head of Production for Don Carmody Television, where I was intimately involved in producing the Netflix and CBC series Northern Rescue (Billy Baldwin, Kathleen Robertson, Michelle Nolden), as well as the feature films Tulipani, Love, Honour and a Bicycle (written and directed by two-time Oscar-winning writer-director Mike van Diem, starring Ksenia Solo, Gijs Naber, Lidia Vitale, Giancarlo Giannini), Survival Box (starring Jake Kenny-Byrne, Michala Brasseur, María José Zuniga), Lucky Day (written and directed by Oscar-winner Roger Avary, starring Luke Bracey, Nina Dobrev, Crispin Glover), and Death of a Ladies’ Man (starring Gabriel Byrne, Jessica Paré, Brian Gleeson).
Now I work independently under my production company, Crafthaus Ltd., as a producer, screenwriter, podcaster, consultant, and public speaker.
My key focus is building teams of multi-talented individuals focused on quality storytelling, building the environment in which this team can create, and ensuring that these teams can succeed at plying their creative trades.