Blog archives for the October, 2009.

October 27, 2009

PAL Benefit

100% of proceeds to benefit PAL Vancouver, the Performing Arts Lodge



Shawn Williamson Partner in Brightlight Pictures, he is a leading independent film and television producer whose credits include WHITE NOISE (starring Michael Keaton), which was a Canada/UK co-production that grossed more than $100 million. He executive produced the recently wrapped FRANKIE AND ALICE starring Halle Berry.

Richard Lucas – Established in 1986, Lucas Talent Inc. has since grown to become a thriving agency that represents actors, writers and directors and other “above the line” personnel. Our team of Talent and Literary agents are proud to represent many of Canada’s leading players in the film and television industry including Richard’s clients Tricia Helfer (Battlestar Galactica, Human Target) and Matt Frewer (The Watchmen and, starring with Kathy Bates, in the upcoming Alice).  Visit us at

Anna Archer – Literary Agent, together with fellow agent Doreen Holmes, she represents a diverse roster of writers, directors and editors across all genres including showrunner Susin Nielsen (Robson Arms, Alice, I Think), picture editor Alison Grace (Defying Gravity), animation writer Cathy Moss (Franny’s Feet), drama writer David Schmidt (Shattered), comedy writer David Moses (Hiccups) , and award winning directors Anne Wheeler and Carl Bessai.

Louise Clark – Producer and top Canadian Development Executive, she is also the former CTV Vice President of Program Development and was responsible for the network’s original series development and production including Corner Gas, Robson Arms, not to mention Flashpoint and The Listener, CTV dramas that were picked up by American networks CBS and NBC.

Stuart Aikins – Casting director on more than 300 projects, most recently the hugely popular Twilight series, New Moon and Eclipse. He is the recipient of an Emmy Nomination and a Casting Society of America (CSA) Award for Best Mini-Series Casting.

Gary Harvey – Director/producer Gary Harvey has been working in the Canadian film and television industry for over 20 years in many production capacities. Over the past 15 years, his focus has been producing and directing. Gary has produced over 120 episodes of television and has directed over 100 additional episodes of such series as Being Erica, The Border, Wild Roses, Exes and Ohs, Godiva’s, Traders, The Associates, Tom Stone and Nothing Too Good For a Cowboy.

He produced the award-winning CBC television movie The War Between Us, and co-wrote the award-winning pilot episode of Madison, becoming a director on that series. He produced the first season of The Adventures of Shirley Holmes, and was the supervising producer on the CBC series The Rez. Harvey produced Seasons IV, V, VI and VII of Cold Squad for Alliance Atlantis and CTV and directed the CBC’s television movie, Another Country, based on the series North of 60 as well as the CTV made for television movie Playing For Keeps for CTV.  He has just completed post production on the Lifetime movie Cinderella Pac.

Gary was executive producer, co-creator on Robson Arms and he co-executive produced Alice, I Think, a 13-part prime-time comedy series also for CTV and the Comedy Network, along with his Robson Arms partner, Susin Nielsen.

Elizabeth Hodgson – Manager of top producers, writers and Canadian actors who work internationally, including Carrie-Anne Moss, Callum Keith Rennie and Brent Butt.

Alexander Ludwig – Vancouver based teen star who was the lead in the FOX feature film The Seeker and most recently starred with Dwayne Johnson aka “The Rock” in Race to Witch Mountain.

Larry Sugar – Larry Sugar has enjoyed a successful 38 year career in the motion picture business, specializing in the international licensing, marketing and distribution of feature films for such media giants as Warner Bros., 20th Century Fox, Lorimar, CBS and Republic Pictures. He then produced, wrote or co-wrote a series of seven films in association with Showtime, including “Robin of Locksley” which, on airing, was the highest rated of all of Showtime’s family films. Larry has produced numerous television series that were shot in BC including “Dead Man’s Gun,” science fiction series “First Wave”, “Just Deal” for NBC, three seasons of the one-hour dramatic series “The Collector,” and “JPod”, based on Douglas Coupland’s book by the same title. Larry has also executive produced feature films including “Helen” (starring Ashley Judd), “Kill Kill Faster Faster” (starring Gil Bellows) and Peter Greenaway’s “Nightwatching”.

Matthew O’Connor – Currently a partner in the production and financing company Reunion Pictures, O’Connor has, throughout his career, produced over 1.5 billion dollars worth of production. O’Connor’s more than 100 hours of long form television have garnered numerous awards and nominations. He received the prestigious Peabody Award for the television movie The Baby Dance. His television movies, mini-series and features have garnered him multiple nominations for Emmy, Golden Globe, Genie and Gemini awards including a Gemini win for Best Television Movie or Mini-series for the docudrama 100 Days in the Jungle. O’Connor has also produced films for such major studios as Columbia Pictures, Metro Goldwyn Mayer and Tri-Star. He is currently working on post production on Nick Willing’s ALICE, starring Oscar winner Kathy Bates and BC’s Matt Frewer.

Rob Bromley-President/Force Four Entertainment Inc.  Over the past twenty years Rob has developed ongoing relationships with national and international networks and production partners on a variety of drama, lifestyle, and documentary projects. He recently Executive Produced a television movie for CTV and Lifetime, and is currently executive producing a documentary series for Canwest, a series for W Network, and two, one hour documentaries for CBC including the award winning 65_RedRoses which recently screened at HotDocs and the Vancouver International Film Festival.

Rob is actively involved in the Canadian production community and chairs the BC Branch Council of the CFTPA and is an advisor to the Canadian Film Centre. He participates at international markets and conferences, and as a presenter at various workshops and panels. Rob is also chair of a non-profit organization called Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN) which provides support to families of people with disabilities.


Lucas Talent Inc, Fiona Forbes and Seema Dhillon (Showroom PR) are producing this event, with the generous assistance of the Arts Club Theatre.  100% of the proceeds will be donated to PAL Vancouver, the Performing Arts Lodge.