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Posted on Sep 20, 2019

MOIRA WALLEY-BECKETT – SHOWRUNNER & EP

Moira Walley-Beckett is a multiple award-winning screenwriter.  She is currently the Series Creator, Showrunner, and Executive Producer of the of the ongoing, critically acclaimed original CBC/NETFLIX drama “Anne with an E”, which was nominated for fifteen 2019 CANADIAN SCREEN AWARDS and went on to win seven of them, including BEST DRAMA SERIES (for the second year in a row), as well as BEST LEAD ACTRESS, BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS, and BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR. The series was nominated for three ACTRA AWARDS in 2019, with OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE IN A LEAD ROLE going to actress Amybeth McNulty.  Moira received a 2018 WGC award for writing “Anne with an E”.

Moira also created “Flesh and Bone,” a critically acclaimed Limited Series for STARZ.  The drama received multiple nominations (including a GOLDEN GLOBE and a WGA nod) and won a SATELLITE AWARD, a GRACIE AWARD, and a WOMEN’S IMAGE (WIN) Award. 

Before creating “Flesh and Bone,” Moira spent six years as a writer and Co-Executive Producer on the critically acclaimed AMC series “Breaking Bad.”  For her work on that show, Moira has won a total of three EMMY AWARDS, three WRITERS’ GUILD AWARDS, three AFI AWARDS, three SATURN AWARDS, two PGA AWARDS, a GOLDEN GLOBE, a PEABODY, and received a PEN LITERARY AWARD nomination. 

In 2014, Ms. Walley-Beckett received an EMMY AWARD for OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A DRAMA SERIES for her final “Breaking Bad” episode entitled “Ozymandias.”

Before her tenure as a writer on “Breaking Bad,” Ms. Walley-Beckett wrote on the NBC dramas “Raines” and “Eli Stone,” and “Pan Am” for ABC. 

Moira’s feature film, The Grizzlies was released in Canada in April 2019, to numerous accolades including:

WINNER — 2019 Kingston Canadian Film Festival Audience Choice Award
WINNER - 2019 Canadian Screen Award for Best Original Song, “Trials”
WINNER – 2019 Palm Springs Film Festival Audience Choice Award for Best Narrative Feature.
WINNER - 2018 Directors Guild of Canada Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Feature Film.
WINNER - 2018 The Fabrique du Cinema Awards (Rome, Italy) for Best International Feature Film. Paul Haggis – President of Awards Jury.
WINNER – 2018 Calgary International Film Festival Audience Award for Best Canadian Narrative Feature and the top-rated film of the Festival.

NOMINATIONS:

2019 Humanitas Prize for Writing - Independent Feature Film
2019 Writer’s Guild of Canada Award, Feature Film
2019 Canadian Screen Awards - Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role and Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role.
2018 VIFF Awards – Special Mention: Best Canadian Film
Directors Guild of Canada Award - Best Production Design

Moira is currently in post-production of Season 3 on “Anne with an E”.

MIRANDA de PENCIER – EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Award-winning producer and director Miranda de Pencier is the founder of Northwood Entertainment, an independent film and television production company formed with a mission to create a thriving home for filmmakers with singular voices to reach broad audiences. Her credits include: ANNE WITH AN E (winner of 2018 Canadian Screen Award for Best Drama Series) currently streaming in 191 countries on Netflix and airing on the CBC, THANKS FOR SHARING written and directed by Academy Award nominee Stuart Blumberg (THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT) and starring Mark Ruffalo, Gwyneth Paltrow and the international pop star Pink; BEGINNERS, directed by Mike Mills and starring Ewan McGregor and Christopher Plummer (2012 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor); ADAM starring Hugh Dancy and Rose Byrne, and PU-239 for HBO, and executive produced by George Clooney and Steven Soderbergh. Prior to producing, de Pencier was the Director of Development for Robert Redford’s Wildwood Enterprises, where she was involved in developing several projects including THE MOTORCYCLE DIARIES and SPY GAME. de Pencier made her feature film directorial debut with THE GRIZZLIES, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2018 and for which she was awarded the Director’s Guild of Canada Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Feature Film. THE GRIZZLIES recently won the Canadian Screen Award for Best Original Song, Audience Award at the Palm Springs Film Festival, Italy’s Fabrique Award for Best International Film, and was nominated for a Writer’s Guild of Canada Award as well as a finalist for the prestigious Humanitas Prize. Her first film as a director, THROAT SONG, which she also wrote, premiered at TIFF and won numerous awards including the CSA for Best Live Action Short Drama.

JEAN-FRANCOIS CAMPEAU – PRODUCTION DESIGNER

Jean-François is a versatile and innovative Production Designer who works extensively in both television and feature films. He is currently filming Season 3 of ANNE WITH AN E for Netflix/CBC TV.  His credits include the first two seasons of the same series ANNE WITH AN E, a period piece set in the 19th century and inspired by the young adult novel Anne of Green Gables, which garnered him a Canadian Screen Award Nomination for Best Production Design.  His feature film BON COP, BAD COP 2 is a comedy film released last year starring Colm Feore and Patrick Huard.  A sequel to the award winning original which was one of the highest-grossing Canadian films of all time. 

Jean-Francois has done everything from high concept science fiction to period pieces and everything in between.  His credits include the award-winning BETTY AND CORETTA for Lifetime, starring Mary J. Blige and Angela Bassett; the TV Mini-Series ASCENSION for Lions Gate/Syfy; the action thriller feature ERASED for Radius/Smash Media, directed by Philipp Stölzl and starring Aaron Eckhart; the TV Series BLUE MOUNTAIN STATE for Lions Gate/Spike TV and the French Canadian feature film IT’S NOT ME, I SWEAR! which garnered Jean-Francois a nomination for Best Art Direction.

BOBBY SHORE – DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY (S1)

A lauded Director of Photography who has worked on award winning feature films, commercials, and music videos. Upon graduating from the cinematography program at the American Film Institute, his talent was in demand - enabling him to shoot in the USA, Canada, and Europe To date, Bobby has shot TV series’ for IFC, Showcase Network, and most recently FX, with the critically acclaimed series Man Seeking Woman, starring Jay Baruchel. Bobby has thirteen feature films to his credit such as Fubar 2 and Goon (for which he received a Canadian Screen Award nomination for Achievement in Cinematography), as well as Stephen Dunn’s Closet Monster, which premiered at TIFF in 2015 and won Best Canadian Feature at the festival. Most recently, Bobby shot Karyn Kusama’s acclaimed psychological thriller The Invitation, as well as the indie drama The Other Half, starring Tatiana Maslany and Tom Cullen Equally interested in music videos and commercials, Bobby has shot for such bands as Austra, Majid Jordan, Chromeo, Patrick Watson, CFCF, and Majical Cloudz, and for clients such as Adidas, Derek Lam, Target, Wiser's, L'Oréal, Lise Watier, McDonald's and Toyota. Bobby splits his time between Los Angeles and Toronto, where he still rides his ten-speed to work.

JACKSON PARRELL – DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY (S2)

Jackson is a rising star who has had an incredible few years. Last year he shot the 2 hour TV pilot SEA CHANGE with Director Chris Grismer for A&E/Lifetime network. His feature film credits include CARDINAL, directed by Grayson Moore and Aidan Shipley and THE LOCKPICKER, from award winning Director Randall Okita (which premiered at 2016 Vancouver International Film Festival). In addition to the wealth of award winning short films he has under his belt, Jackson also lensed Chiller’s 10 episode TV series SLASHER. Commercially Jackson's rise has been just as impressive. His powerful SickKids Foundation commercial is creating a lot of buzz and recently garnered Jackson with a CSC nomination for Best Commercial Cinematography. His commercial work also includes such prestigious brands as Fiat, Nike, Coca-Cola and Netflix, to name a few.

CATHERINE LUTES, csc – DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY (S3)

After graduating from the University of British Columbia’s film theory and Production stream, Toronto based cinematographer Catherine Lutes has been working in seemingly every genre, from Nadia Litz’s The People Garden (2016), which earned her the award for Best Cinematography at the Rhode Island International Film Festival to Cannes award-winning director Frida Kempff’s documentary Winter Buoy (2015).

Lutes’ Films have made appearances at Toronto International Film Festival including last year’s Firecrackers (2018) directed by Jasmin Mozaffari and Patricia Rozema’s Mouthpiece (2018). Her short films have played at numerous international festivals including the Sundance festival and have earned her a Leo award for Best Cinematography for the short Paul Pontius (2008), and a CSC nomination for Emmy (2018).

Lutes’ next feature Albert Shin’s Clifton Hill (2019) premiered at TIFF this year and she has currently completed production on the third season of the popular CBC/Netflix series Anne with an E.

ANNE DIXON  – COSTUME DESIGNER (S1)

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ALEXANDER REDA  – COSTUME DESIGNER (S2/3)

Alexander Reda is a Canadian Costume designer whose career spans more than 20 years in film and television. He studied fashion design at Ryerson University and after graduating spent 5 years as a fashion designer selling his clothing lines across Canada. In 1991, he transitioned into costuming work for CBC, where he spent eight years working on numerous series and movies of the week. In 1999 he left CBC to work as a freelance costume designer.

Some of the shows Reda designed were The Last Debate for Showtime, starring James Garner, Audra MacDonald and Peter Gallagher; My Louisiana Sky set in the 1950’s starring Juliet Lewis; and My Name is Tanino, a Canadian/Italian production starring Rachel McAdams.

In 2001, Reda designed the costume for a mini series titled Hemingway vs. Callaghan set in the 1920’s and for which he won a Gemini Award. In 2004 he received a second Gemini Nomination for Black Widow, a musical set in the 1940’s starring Mary Margaret O’Hara. Other credits include Breakfast with Scott, TMN series ReGenesis, Ken Finkleman’s The Newsroom, and Booky Makes Her Mark starring Tatiana Maslany.

Most recently, Reda has designed a feature film titled October Gale, starring Patricia Clarkson and Tim Roth, as well as Anti-Birth, starring Chloe Sevigny and Natasha Lyonne. He has also been working on the hit television series Murdoch Mysteries, which garnered him a Canadian Screen Award win in 2015 and a nomination in 2016. He is currently working on production of the acclaimed series Anne with an E for CBC and Netflix.

LISA GROOTENBOER – EDITOR

Award winning editor Lisa Grootenboer is an industry staple with two plus decades of experience. She is best known for her work on "The Tudors", "The Borgias", "X Company", "Mary Kills People" and "ANNE with an E", as well as for her live music cutting with Joe Bonamassa and Iron Maiden. Logging over 260 hours of cut screen time, Lisa's CV is filled with notable domestic and international productions.

D. GILLIAN TRUSTER – EDITOR

Gillian has had a diverse career editing feature films, MOWs, drama series, and documentaries, in a variety of genres. She has worked with many prominent and celebrated producers and directors in the Film and TV industry including Moira Walley-Beckett, David Shore, Naren Shankar, Mark Fergus, Vincenzo Natali, and Helen Shaver. Gillian’s editing credits include the highly acclaimed CBC/Netflix series Anne, and Orphan Black, for which she received two CSA Awards. She is the first Picture Editor to have won that award for two consecutive years for the same series. Her work on Orphan Black has also garnered her a DGC Award and two CCE Awards nominations. She has also earned a DGC nomination for Degrassi: The Next Generation, and a Gemini nomination for the series Todd & the Book of Pure Evil. Some of her other credits include the series The Expanse, Houdini & Doyle, The L.A. Complex, and the feature films Seven in Heaven, for Blumhouse Productions, A Christmas Horror Story, for Copperheart Entertainment, and Compulsion, for Dimension Films.

ARI POSNER – COMPOSER

ARI POSNER is a fixture in Canadian film and television, having scored series such as Netflix/CBC’s Anne, X Company, Blood and Fury: America’s Civil War, and the critically acclaimed TV series Flashpoint, as well as feature films All the Wrong Reasons, Borealis, and romantic comedy My Awkward Sexual Adventure. The music composer’s repertoire spans from long-format work to ads to animated series, and everything in between.

Originally from Winnipeg, Ari is a proud alumnus of York University’s Fine Arts Program where he studied composition and improvisation. He shared a 2013 Canadian Screen Award with his longtime friend Amin Bhatia for their work on the internationally acclaimed and Toronto made series Flashpoint. Over the years Ari has been nominated five other times for Gemini Awards and was also the recipient of a Juno Award for producing the popular children’s album Music Soup. Alongside his talented colleague Ian Lefeuvre, Posner also co-wrote the theme music to Terry O’Reilly’s CBC Radio talk show Under the Influence. Posner and Lefeuvre enjoy a great shorthand together after having spent five years scoring the hit children’s animated series Johnny Test. Through his traditional music background and experience collaborating with live musicians and orchestras, Posner has developed a rich compositional skill set. His studio is currently located at Pirate Radio and Television in downtown Toronto.

AMIN BHATIA – COMPOSER

With nearly 50 scores to his credit, Emmy nominated composer Amin Bhatia has written music for film, TV and album projects for over 30 years. Versatile in both orchestral and electronic music, Amin's television projects include the CBC/Netflix series Anne with an E, internationally acclaimed series Flashpoint and X Company, the docudrama series Blood and Fury: America's Civil War, the animated PBS series Luna Around the World, as well as guest compositions on The Handmaid's Tale. Feature films include Storm, Iron Eagle II, Rescue Heroes: The Movie, John Woo's Once a Thief and many IMAX large format documentaries for award winning filmmaker David Lickley. Amin's prizes in the Roland International Synthesizer competitions won him international fame in his youth, leading to projects with David Foster and Steve Porcaro. His solo albums The Interstellar Suite and Virtuality have garnered rave reviews for Amin's signature neoclassical style and huge dynamic range. Among other awards and nominations, Amin Bhatia and longtime friend and collaborator Ari Posner share a Canadian Screen Award for their work on Flashpoint, and an Emmy nomination for the Disney series Get Ed. Amin recently dusted off his acting resume to appear alongside Christoph Waltz, Vanessa Redgrave, and Annette Bening in the feature film Georgetown.