Originally from New Zealand, Marc has more than 13 years experience in content production, development and consultancy across the Asia-Pacific. Prior to settling permanently in Singapore in 2009, Marc was in Beijing producing and co-anchoring the Olympic Channel for The China Daily, an online lifestyle news channel. Other recent credits include Executive Producing Luxe Asia (Channel News Asia), Head of Casting for Asia’s Next Top Model Cycle 3 (Fox/StarWorld), Photo Face Off 2 (History/A+E Networks Asia) Executive Producing/Co-Directing, The Food Detectives (MediaCorp), Directing The Taxi Chronicles (Yahoo! Singapore), Executive Producing E! Entertainment News Asia (NBC Universal Asia) and Presenting/Producing online kids adventure science series Jindiana Zones. He has also produced and directed various live children’s shows.
A proactive member of Asia’s creative industry, Marc regularly speaks at content business events, including the Asian Festival of Children’s Content, Formats Asia and the Asian Television Forum. He is also an advisor to Singapore’s Workforce Development Agency for television and screenwriting training frameworks.
Marc is currently developing an international tween horror/comedy series and working with Disney Asia on a series concept set in a galaxy far, far away.
Marie started her career in Europe as a graphic designer and project manager working in the commercial industry. She progressed into doing SFX for advertising, short films, special events and live performances before moving into Visual Effects on feature films for MPC in Vancouver. Marie is always moving forward and looking for new challenges and is honored to take part to the Vancouver Web Festival as the city is a hub for talented and creative minds.
Credits include: Raving Rabbits, Fast and the Furious 7, Batman vs Superman, Monster Trucks, The Finest Hours, Independence Day 2 and Suicide Squad.
Sarah has been working with Fox Digital Studio for over 4 years producing both features and series that live on an assortment of premium digital platforms such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon and iTunes. Prior to Fox Digital, Croce worked as a writer, producer, director, actor and/or editor on a variety of successful web series and other YouTube videos. These digital endeavors garnered her a moderate social media following that she now jokes make her a D list YouTuber.
Shortly after receiving her degree in film & philosophy from SFU, Lindsay Elizabeth Donovan began her film career working in production coordination and executive assisting for producers, actors and directors. Taking a break from the industry for a few years in her 20s, she worked as a personal chef to a traveling group of professional poker players in Vegas, Spain, Ireland and Amsterdam before moving on to work in the music industry for two years in Manhattan. Jumping at a chance to work with one of her heroes, Stephen Colbert, she returned to Vancouver for the 2010 Olympics, bringing her back to the BC Film Industry. Currently she is the director of sales for the celebrated post company, Technicolor. This wonderful new position has led to work with MPPIA, BC Creative, the Whistler Film Festival and now the Vancouver Web Fest. In her spare time she loves traveling overseas or even just over to the gorgeous BC islands, writing and spending time with her friends.
Emily was born at the age of 0 in a hospital somewhere in Canada. Many years and sandwiches later, she found herself manipulating moving images for the entertainment of the masses.
YouTube became a thing during her university years and her first forays into the world of online video included starting an interactive soap opera series. Anyone could join in, simply by posting a vlog inserting themselves into the increasingly complicated storyline. It got weird.
These days, Emily produces the Swiss television show, "noiz"—a satirical look at the day's news and absurdities. Her accomplishments in Switzerland include learning Swiss German, teaching the locals about orange cheese and impersonating a hamster
James has had his eye behind the camera since before he can remember. His passion for cinematography started early, growing up surrounded by a family of fine artists that nurtured his love of art and creativity. His films have played in festivals in North America and Europe and won multiple awards including an award from the Canadian Society of Cinematographers for Outstanding Cinematography in a Student Film, a Leo Award for Best Cinematography in a Short Film and multiple Leo Award Nominations and awards. His commercial work includes campaigns for Coca-Cola, Johnson and Johnson, Quakers Oats, Fiat, Special Olympics, Huggies and Braun.
Tom de Grunwald is a London based producer and strategist currently working at Channel 4, and co-founder of disruptive democratic startup Swap my Vote, which made global headlines during the UK's 2015 General Election. He is a passionate believer in the ability of both storytelling and technological innovation to create social good.
As Head of Social at innovative digital agency The Project Factory he was responsible for Downton Abbey's award winning social media strategy, and oversaw strategy for countless other programmes including Unreported World, Portrait Artist of the Year, How We Get To Next and the multi award winning Sherlock app, Sherlock the Network.
Most recently Tom has returned to television, delivering critically acclaimed advertiser funded Shorts series for Channel 4, working with both disability charity Scope (What Not To Do…) and Heineken UK (Helluva Tour). Previously he headed up Development at arts producers 1515 Productions and devised Innovative social and street art strategy for BBC Radio 1Xtra Events.
Jack’s background is in television and radio production; he has produced 70 episodes of the magazine show OutlookTV, as well as the pilot for The Switch, the first ever transgender sitcom. In addition to his TV experience, he’s produced two documentaries: Changing Keys: The Sara Davis Buechner Story and Why Go Through That? He’s participated on numerous judging panels including TO Webfest 2015, the Vancouver Pride Legacy Awards and the Mr. Gay Canada Competition, and is honoured to be part of the judging panel for Vancouver Web Fest 2016.
Robert has been a part of the audio post-production community, primarily in the greater Los Angeles area, performing all manner of sound editorial, in just about every format possible, since 1989.
His credits include seminal films such as "Menace II Society", "The Mask", and "Training Day", as well as iconic TV shows "Buffy The Vampire Slayer", "Sopranos", "Entourage", and "Justified".
Robert is currently working for Sony Pictures Studios performing dialogue editorial for the Fox Network TV series "Empire
He has won 4 MPSE Golden Reel Awards for Outstanding Achievement in sound editing and has been nominated for 8 Primetime Emmy Awards, 5 Daytime Emmy Awards, and 13 MPSE Golden Reel Awards.
A native of upstate New York, Allan began his career 43 years ago as a Producer, Director and Actor of the stage, touring throughout the United States and Canada. Allan quickly found himself propelled into a career in film, television and commercials, working as an Assistant Director, Unit Manager and Producer for CBS, Lifetime, CBC, USA Network, Columbia, Tri-Star, Lions Gate, NBC, MGM, Universal, Fox, ABC, Disney, Polygram and Warner Bros.
Over the past 20 years, Allan has directed episodic television series for Warner Brothers (Police Academy); Tribune/Fireworks/Alliance (Nightman, Andromeda); TV Ontario (A Question of Justice); the CBC (Street Legal, Material World); and the Discovery Channel (Untold Stories of the E.R.).
With his own company (partnered with Cynde Harmon) Really Real Films, Allan has provided services for film and television throughout Canada and the US, and produced award-winning commercials for an elite international clientele. Chanel No 5, directed by Ridley Scott; L’Oréal featuring Mila Jovovich(The Messenger, Resident Evil); Humex-Director Patrice Laconte (Winner Lion D’Or at CANNES). As well as numerous other commercial spots featuring well-known technical personnel and cast.
Since 2006, Allan has directed the feature film ‘Afghan Knights’, starring Michael Madsen, as well as the Lifetime movies, ‘Passion’s Web’ and ‘Second Sight’ which he was nominated for Best Direction for a feature length film at that year’s Leo Awards in British Columbia. He co-produced and directed Really Real Films’ children’s pilot “The Magic Backpack” on “The Greenhouse Effect” and Directed the television movie “Trust” produced through his company Really Real Films in association with Vancouver’s Insight Films, for TF1 network in France and the Lifetime network in the U.S.
In 2009, his company won five Leo awards for their television pilot WOLF CANYON. Including Best Program in Musical or Variety and Allan won for the Best Direction for the same show. He won another Best Direction Leo in 2011 for an episode of UNTOLD STORIES OF THE E.R. In 2012 he produced and directed ANYTHING BUT CHRISTMAS with Christopher Lloyd. This film was made in association with CCI for the ION network in the U.S. His latest film, another through his company Really Real Films in association with 2 for the Money Media; IF I HAD WINGS, was shot in Vancouver last summer and premiered at the Whistler Film Festival in December 2013. In October of ’13 he wrapped after directing on a pilot series spin off of Untold Stories of the E.R. entitled; Sex Sent Me To The E.R. This successful pilot was followed with a 35 X 1-hour series order to be shot in 2014.
He is currently prepping to produce and direct two television movies this year for Really Real’s distribution partners, MarVista of Los Angeles. Allan sits on the Executive Board of the Director’s Guild of Canada as the Director’s Caucus Representative and has done so for the last four years. He is currently living in Vancouver, British Columbia with his wife and production partner of thirty-two years, Cynde. Their children Jessica (28) and Richard (22) both live in Vancouver as well and work as actors. They can be seen in shows like Supernatural, Continuum, The Hundred, Motive, Arrow; just to name a few.
Pola is a digital media expert, specialising in VOD content management, audio and video postproduction and business development. She has learnt from the best in business both in the UK and Poland. She has been recognized for rebranding a movie channel and a launch of one of the most successful VOD platforms in Poland. In 2013 she founded P.U.M.A. Digital Entertainment – a media consulting company based in Warsaw Poland. She has been advising European TV Broadcasters, VOD service owners and content distributors.
Pola pledges her love for Film and TV productions. She has studied Film, TV and Media Culture in Poland and during that time she served as a judge at OKFA Independent Film Festival in Konin. For the past 10 years she has been a member of the Independent Filmmakers' Federation.
Personally Pola is a feminist that cares deeply about gender equality, human rights and animal welfare.WEBSITE
Sylvia has been working in television for over 10 years. Her curiosity in International Television started brewing while working for a media lawyer at Linklaters in Prague.
Her career in television started while working as a PR Liaison for the comedy talk show Just for Laughs: All Access Pass which was broadcast on CBC during the Just for Laughs International Comedy Festival in Montreal. It then continued on into international format distribution at Distraction Formats as the right hand to the president and working in the Legal & Business Affairs Department. She has also worked in the Acquisition Department at Radio-Canada and returned to International Television Distribution were she started in sales. Sylvia is excited to be working with such a great group of professional consultants with The Format People.
Sylvia is a jury member for the Banff World Media Programming Competition (Online, Sitcoms and Youth Programming) and for the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television for Les gémeaux (The Canadian Screen Awards). Sylvia holds a B.A. in foreign languages and photography from Bishop’s University as well as a Certificate in Public Relations Management from Concordia University. She practices yoga, enjoys traveling and photography.
Recently having moved back to London, UK, Jesper worked at Image Engine and Double Negative in Vancouver. At Image Engine he looked after some of the company’s largest and most challenging projects. With 19 years of expertise in visual effects and an impressive roster of feature film credits, Jesper was the first Image Engine employee to have his name appear on the title card of a feature film, as the production Visual Effects Supervisor for The Thing.
Starting his career at Bild för Bild in Sweden and the Moving Picture Company in the UK, Jesper went on to become a member of the primary team responsible for setting up Double Negative Visual Effects in the UK. He remained on board for the next 10 years, taking on a variety of roles including On-set Supervisor and Visual Effects Supervisor, and accumulated credits including The Da Vinci Code, Enemy at the Gates, The Chronicles of Riddick and 10,000 BC.
Strengths in client relations, Jesper’s creative direction and managing large teams have been crucial to films including R.I.P.D, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Lone Survivor where Jesper shared the production visual effects supervisor credit together with Grady Cofer of ILM.
Jesper is committed to passing on his experience to the next generation of visual effects students, and his contributions have included a Master Class in Digital Matte Painting for MA students at Bournemouth University, UK, alongside presentations at many other festivals and schools.
Eric Y. Lapointe joined Just for Laughs in 2015 as Director of International Sales, after spending 15 years in international marketing & sales which included a prior role as Senior Advisor at Cirque du Soleil.
As the Director of International Sales at Just for Laughs, Lapointe is responsible for licensing the rights to the company`s productions to television and to new and emerging platforms in Benelux, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, Northern Europe, Central & Eastern Europe, Russia/CIS, the Middle East and Africa. His role also involves partnering with broadcasters or producers interested in producing stand-up comedy specials at the Montreal Just for Laughs Comedy Festival, the world`s largest by invitation only comedy festival attracting over 2 million people annually to Montreal. In 2015, Lapointe was Associate Producer on the Comedy Central International Showcase produced by Just for Laughs in association with VIACOM Africa, Spain and Italy and featuring well-known comedians from each country.
Just for Laughs produces festivals & tours worldwide (including in Sydney, Toronto, Lyon) and over 50 hours of television programming annually including English & French language stand-up comedy productions, as well as the world`s funniest and most renowned non dialogue hidden camera program: Just for laughs Gags, 289 half-hours that have aired in over 135 countries and on 100 airlines worldwide.
Storytelling has always been the core of Sandra’s career.
As Head of Branded Content at Swiss Social TV channel joiz, Sandra is developing and producing branded content across all platforms (TV, Online, Social Media). She also heads up joiz Studios – joiz’ creative agency that creates bespoke cross-platform content for external clients.
Sandra landed her first job in TV after attending a ‘Writing for Daily Drama’ course at the Film and TV University in Babelsberg (Germany) and hence developed drama series across all platforms for leading daily drama producer UFA Serial Drama.
Before moving to Zurich (Switzerland) end of 2014, Sandra was living and working in London (UK) for four years. She worked as a Digital Producer for football YouTube Channel ‘Copa90’ and as a Social Media Producer on TV shows such as ‘Downton Abbey’ (NBCU), ‘Sherlock’ (BBC), ‘Made in Chelsea’ (Channel 4), and ‘Who wants to be a Millionaire?’ (Sony).
She blogs on a monthly basis for industry blog MIPBlog und the corporate arvatoBlog. She has also been a panellist at industry events such as MIPTV, MIPCOM, BAFTA and SWIM talking about digital innovations and Social TV.
Lissa Lloyd is the senior agent representing and managing all the principal talent signed to Lloyd Talent. Born in Toronto, Lissa became involved in music at a very young age. She is an accomplished musician and has trained at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto in piano, voice and flute. She has toured and recorded as a soloist, and with various bands and vocal groups and has experience in musical theatre. In 1984 Lissa attended university in British Columbia and graduated in 1988 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a concentration in Business and minors in English, Education and Music. She has extensive experience in sales and marketing and in 1989 began Lloyd Talent Agency in Vancouver and Lloyd Talent Management in Los Angeles. Lissa's interests include health and fitness, herbology and naturalpathic medicine, travel, music, wine, cooking, pilates, yoga and cycling. She is a competitive trail and marathon runner in both Canada and the United States. Her favourite pastimes are daily work-outs and training, motorcycling and spa pamperings whenever possible.
Originally from Columbia and a Graduate of Social Communication with emphasis on Educational and Audiovisual contents at the Pontificia Javeriana University in Colombia, specialized in Multimedia Creation and Production by the Master specialized of Engineering School "Telecom-ParisTech" and the National Audiovisual Institute, "INA" in France.
Edith Sierra had been working as Audiovisual Producer, Project Manager for cultural and publishing projects since 1998 and she has served as head of digital and transmedia projects in France since 2009. She has worked in Colombia since 2012 solving problems of digital communication and transmedia strategies for different companies and statement institutions. She has been consultant and tutor of various cross media and transmedia projects and interactive audiovisual documentary and fiction projects.
Doug Paterson founded Big World Sound in March 1991 in order to provide a nurturing environment for burgeoning songwriters and bands. The studio’s early success culminated in its relocation to Downtown Vancouver in 1993. Doug constructed a brand new studio from the ground up, and secured the contract for the film score for Beyond Borders: Redwood Films highly regarded travel documentary. Other producers were quick to hire Big World to compose scores, and the company moved into sound design and audio post-production in 1999.
Doug Paterson is a master sound designer, confident and experienced in every aspect of his craft, and is proud of his reputation as a relaxed, easy-going guy who gets great results. As a musician he understands the creative process, and he knows the importance of timing and rhythm.
Early in 2007, Doug worked on the feature length documentary Let It Ride, a film by Jacques Roiseaux, which won Best Film at the Xdance Film Festival and Best Mountain Culture Film at The Whistler Film Festival.
Doug was nominated twice at the Leo Awards in 2007 in the Best Sound Editing (short drama) category for Adrien van Viersen’s films Pig Tale, and Tit for Tat.
Matthias is Co-Founder and Managing Director of VAST MEDIA, a Berlin-based media consultancy specializing in market analysis of digital media and television. Previously, he worked as Editorial Director at ProSiebenSat.1 Group’s video-on-demand service maxdome. Former employers include broadcasters and production companies in New York, Paris and Potsdam.
Carly has been at the forefront of web drama series since 2010. Carly has a degree in journalism and following various stints in production and local news, she landed at the crossroads of media today. She has served as the manager of three private funds (Cogeco Fund, Bell Fund, IPF). Within these funds, she has seen all types of media projects for every screen, and every stage of creation. Currently, Carly manages both the IPF and the Cogeco Fund. Through her work with Cogeco Fund, she supports the development and production of dramatic television projects such as Orphan Black and Murdoch Mysteries. The IPF is the first web drama series fund in Canada. As Program Manager of the IPF, she has reviewed over 850 applications and supported over 50 web series through development and production to entertain millions of audience on new platforms beyond conventional television.
Juan was born and raised in Banff, Alberta. After graduating from the University of Calgary's theatre program, he began his professional acting career in Vancouver. His first acting job resulted from winning a nationwide casting search for a recurring character on Bravo’s series Godiva’s. More recently, Juan landed a recurring role on the extremely popular Netflix original series Narcos, in which he played Pablo Escobar’s drug-running cohort, Carlos Lehder. Juan is currently starring in Chris Haddock’s acclaimed CBC series The Romeo Section, in which he plays Rufus, a cunning and ambitious informant for spymaster Wolfgang McGee. Juan’s work as an actor has earned him a number of accolades, including three Leo Awards in addition to various other festival prizes.
Aside from being an actor, Juan is also a bona fide filmmaker, having directed twelve short films since 2008. His first film - Shark Out of Water - was nominated for four Leo Awards, including Best Picture and Best Direction. In 2011, Juan became the only two-time recipient of the A&E Short Filmmaker's Award for his films Shark Out of Water and Birth Day. His most recent film - Float - was funded through a Bravo!FACT grant and screened in the 2012 Vancouver International Film Festival, where Juan took home the award of ‘Most Promising Director of a Canadian Short.’
Selena has more than 10 years of experience in film, television and digital production, as well as creating financial and operational business models in tech and entertainment. At Dotstudioz, she deals with all aspects of the business and manages Dotstudioz’s financials, as content creation. Paskalidis is a highly accomplished filmmaker, and worked her way up very quickly in Canada’s film, television and digital industries. She started her career as Head of Business Affairs in long form drama, and moved effortlessly in to development before taking the reins in production. In 2013, Paskalidis has worked with companies such as the Food Network, History Channel, Women’s Network, National Film Board of Canada and the Discovery Network. She has also developed and produced feature length films in conjunction with Telefilm Canada.
Paskalidis loves being thrown out of her element, and feels this is when she learns the most and grows as a person. She believes that in order to be a Producer, one needs to understand the business side of finance, marketing and distribution. Her hobbies include basketball, cooking and international travel. She has a BComm in International Business & Marketing, and holds a special place in her heart for Excel.
Sean’s passion and energy has driven the vision behind Arcana studios. Sean continues to push the limits of storytelling by using a trans-media approach to adapting stories into a variety of entertainment mediums. He’s won the Top 40 Under 40 award from both the city of Vancouver and on a national level. His original creations include Kade, Ezra, The Gwaii, Clockwork Girl, The Hope Virus, Continuum, Pixies and Mighty Mighty Monsters to name a few.
Milo is a veteran actor and director. He is perhaps best known for playing the hapless 'Principal Tater' on the YTV/Disney XD hit youth sitcom Mr. Young (nominated for 3 consecutive Leo Awards- best performance in a program for youth or children) Most recently, he has begun a busy directing career on shows such as YTV and NETFLIX's Some Assembly Required, and YTV's The Stanley Dynamic. He also directed the CBC Punchline and Funny or Die short, Hipster Brunch, and the web series, All Grown Up. He began his career in the theatre, having performed on stages throughout The US, Canada, and even Mexico in everything from Shakespeare to ABBA; hundreds-of-thousands were entertained by his 6-year run as Bill Austin 'The Awesome Aussie' in the North American Tour of Mamma Mia! Milo also spent time at The Startford Festival in Ontario, as well as numerous regional theatres throughout Canada.
Jack grew up in Connecticut and graduated from USC's Marshall School of Business with a concentration in Entrepreneurship. While still in school, he started his career in the WME mailroom and became the Cannes Film Festival Coordinator. He went on to work in the Motion Picture Literary department and was accepted into the storied Agent Trainee Program. Realizing a passion for the expanding global film business, Jack joined QED International as executive assistant to CEO Bill Block before joining Lotus Entertainment as their International Sales Coordinator. He has since been promoted to Manager of International Sales and attends Cannes, AFM, Berlin, Toronto, MipCom and Sundance to meet with distributors.
J. Martin Taylor is an award winning sound designer and Co-Owner of The Mix Room in Vancouver, BC. His early years were spent in the rock n’ roll world, but he eventually transitioned into the television and film realm. In recent years he has focused on documentary and lifestyle/reality TV as well as digital content.
Turner’s tremendous efforts have finally taken him to the next level: He regularly features on Television and in Full Length Motion Pictures. He appeared in the Battlestar Galactica follow-up, Caprica, and landed a role alongside Battlestar’s Michael Hogan in the feature Confined. In Romania, he worked with Roger Moore, of James Bond fame, on A Princess for Christmas. Then, in TV’s Supernatural, he featured as a vampire. He appeared on NBC’s Fairly Legal and landed a starring role in Nickelodeon’s sequel to Fairly Odd Parents, alongside Drake Bell and Daniella Monet. For Teletoon he acted on Tower Prep and voiced a CGI cartoon called Mighty Mighty Monsters. In Mighty Mighty Monsters Pranks for Memories he was nominated for a Leo for best voice actor. Travis recently starred in Marley and Me: The Puppy Years: the sequel to the popular feature film starring Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson. He currently is in production on the third season on YTV and Netflix for the hit sitcom Some Assembly Required.
Brian has written for a multitude of formats and mediums including contemporary concert works, film, experimental electronic works and live-interactive mixed media works, which have been premiered, performed and broadcast across North America and Europe. His work has received numbers awards including a 2015 SOCAN Award for his work ‘Insomnia.’
Brian is on the board of directors with Vancouver Promusica, an organization that promotes BC composers and creative types through the programming and organizing of such artistic events as the ‘Sonic Boom New Music Festival,’ the ‘Vancouver Electroacoustic Festival’ and the ‘Further Series.’
Brian holds a Bachelors and Masters in music and is currently a doctoral candidate in music composition at the University of British Columbia. Beyond composition, his research includes the development of music production software as well as interactive music systems. This research has included work at the Centre for Electroacoustic Research and Performance (CEARP) and currently at the Institute for Computing, Information and Cognitive Systems (ICICS). His research has received recognitions including several Western Graduate Research Awards (WGRS+) and a 4YF Doctoral Fellowship for research and studies at UBC. His interactive music software ‘Trak’ will be featured and presented at the 2016 Electric Spring Festival (UK), alongside the UBC Laptop Orchestra
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