Blog archives for the April, 2009.

April 28, 2009

Congratulations to Anne Wheeler, “Our first lady of Canadian film”

anne-wheeler.jpgWheeler’s LIVING OUT LOUD starring Emmy-award winner Gail O’Grady premieres on the Hallmark Channel May 2, and Anne is nominated for her fine work on this project with a Best Direction of Feature Length Drama nomination at the May 9th LEO Awards

Wheeler is always busy with directing and writing assignments, and tries to have a half dozen projects on the go at all times. She loves to try anything new, and draws from her own wide range of experiences.

Recently, Anne has directed ‘Mail Order Bride’, ‘The Gambler, The Girl and the Gunslinger’, ‘Christmas on Chestnut Street’ and ‘Me, Mom, Dad…. And Her’.

Now living in White Rock, just south of Vancouver, B.C., she loves to pass on her enthusiasm to young and old alike. Her films have touched the hearts of her audience, won numerous awards and have earned her SIX HONORARY DOCTORATES and THE ORDER OF CANADA.

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A shocking change in a woman’s life inspires those around her to reconsider what’s really important to them in “Living Out Loud,” a Hallmark Channel Original Movie directed by Anne Wheeler premiering Saturday, May 2th at 9:00PM with an encore presentation at the same time on May 8th.

Emily Marshall (Gail O’Grady) is a high school chorus teacher who is all about helping others achieve their goals, having abandoned her own years before as a youthful fantasy. But a visit to the doctor throws Emily for a loop when she is diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. She starts chemotherapy treatment right away, leaving her husband Brad (Michael Shanks, “Stargate SG-1”) to take care of Melissa (Jessica Amlee, “Heartland”) and Ben (Alex Ferris, “The L Word”), their children he’s been too busy with work to get to know.  Emily’s newfound strength becomes an inspiration to those around her.

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Just click on this link to watch a short preview.

http://www.truveo.com/Living-Out-Loud-Hallmark-Channel/id/3285506134

April 23, 2009

RICHARD’S RANT – WHY AM I NOT WORKING?

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“Why am I not working…what’s going on? I read in the paper that all the BC studios are busy and that it is going to be a terrific year.”

We are hearing this from a lot of clients lately. I know that everyone wants to “get out” more and that many of you are feeling the financial pinch, so I wanted to give you a comprehensive report on the current climate in our business.

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SAG STALEMATE: Since the SAG contract expired on June 30, 2008; there have been few to no STUDIO feature films (this does not include companies such as Lionsgate and the Weinstein Company who are not in AMPTP and as such have completion agreements).  Some analysts say there are up to 200 feature films on hold.   Around September, we started to see a mass movement of film actors to TV projects.  Due to the lack of studio feature film production, BOTH film and TV actors are now competing for a limited number of jobs in the episodic and pilot environments. The good news is that a tentative deal in this nine-month dispute has been announced (which still needs to be put to the membership for ratification).

PILOT SEASON: During the Writer’s Strike of 2007-2008, Studios adapted and used the void to eliminate pilot season as we know it.  Gone are the days of hundreds of pilots.  In fact, this year, there were only 67 pilots to have registered for production – of which only about 35 have been green lit for production. (click ‘more’ tab to continue reading) more

April 8, 2009

Beverley Elliott is one of the stars of CBS ‘s HARPER’S ISLAND

Beverley  says “Harper’s Island is nail-biting and terrifying…not a place I’d like to buy real estate.”

HARPER’S ISLAND is about a group of family and friends who travel to a secluded island off the coast of Seattle for a destination wedding. This island is famous for a streak of unsolved murders from seven years ago. Although they’ve come to laugh and to love, what they don’t know is they’ve also come… to die. As the wedding festivities begin, friendships are tested and secrets exposed as a murderer claims victims, one by one, transforming the wedding week of fun and celebration into a terrifying struggle for survival.

In every episode, someone is killed and every person is a suspect, from the wedding party to the island locals. By the end of the 13 episodes, all questions will be answered, the killer will be revealed and only a few will survive.

Don’t miss the broadcast premiere of HARPER’S ISLAND on Thursday, April 9 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT).

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April 7, 2009

We are proud to congratulate our 2009 Leo Awards Nominees:

Barry Kennedy – Best Host in an Information or Lifestyle Series for “Out In The Cold”

Louise Moon – Best Screenwriting  in an Animation Program or Series for “Kid Vs Kat”

Julie Patzwald – Best Supporting Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series for “The Guard”

Dan Payne – Best Lead Performance by a Male in a Feature Length Drama for “Mulligans”

Anne Wheeler – Best Direction in a Feature Length Drama for “Living Out Loud”