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November 15, 2016

The Epic Party and the Storm That Wasn’t

How Lucas Talent Celebrated its 30th Anniversary

 

Other Lucas Talent parties had set the bar high: the Lucas Lounge 15th Anniversary Party, the Moulin Rouge, the Cotton Club, numerous Holiday Parties and the Blockbuster Merger Party, held in 2014.  They were held in venues such as Celebrities, Club Atlantis and The Commodore Ballroom.  They were all smashing successes… other than the one at the Commodore on November 25, 2006.  That was the night of the 20th Anniversary Pajama Party.  It was the biggest, most ambitious party we had ever planned. Unfortunately, Mother Nature doesn’t care about such things and so she surprised us all with a freak snowstorm.  The Commodore was a cavern at one third of capacity but the hardy few had a wonderful time dancing in the open space and eating the extra food!

Fast forward to October 15, 2016… It was the day of the 30th Anniversary Party, we were on Day 3 of 2016050 Lucas Talent PARTY _3406Stormageddon and the professional weather folks were talking up that we’d be in for a doozy of rain and high winds.  As the clock counted down to opening, the party committee worked feverishly to prepare the Waldorf for the would-be revelers… but would there be revelers?  This two-floor, three room extravaganza had been poised, through nine months of planning, to be THE biggest, most ambitious Lucas party ever.  At around 2:00 pm, the cancellation calls, texts and emails started to come in.   People were worried about the storm.  It was all over the news.  One client had to cancel because he was asked by his news station to anchor a special “storm broadcast”.  Was history doomed to repeat itself ten years later?  Naw… it all came together and was a total blast!

2016050 Lucas Talent PARTY _3361The early arrivals were hardy souls who were determined to party, whatever the weather.  By 9:00 pm it became apparent that Stormaggedon would be a storm that wasn’t.  Clients, producers, casting directors and specials guests were arriving in droves.  As the epic floor show commenced in Tabu, the Waldorf was filling to capacity!  Beverley Elliott sang “Sweet Dreams”, there was an actors versus agents lip sync battle and a 80’s drag medley.  Frank C. Turner was feted as the longest-serving client by Richard Lucas and Eric Edwards and a sizable donation to PAL Vancouver was made.  The festivities were hosted by our hilarious Devon Alexander.  Following the big show, the three rooms offered a variety of entertainment:  Line 49 covered all the hits of the 80’s, some chilled out in the Tiki Bar while others danced hard in Hideaway.  There were 80’s impersonators doing surprise spot numbers throughout the evening and food was served.  Many say the highlight of the night came from our Kyle Toy, a professional Michael Jackson impersonator.  He did a spectacular medley and brought the down the house!

2016050 Lucas Talent PARTY _3330Folks were kicked out at 2:30 am and the Lucas Talent Party committee was very happy to hear that the bar minimum spend was easily surpassed and the party was a smashing success!  All look forward to the next big one and maybe we’ll do it in the summer, well away from the winter weather!

 

September 15, 2016

A HOT SUMMER TURNS INTO A BRISK AUTUMN

Here’s what some of our clients have been up to as we say goodbye to summer and look forward to what promises to be a busy fall and winter.

emily-bett-rickards-bello-magazineEmily Bett Rickards is back for her fifth season as Felicity Smoak on ARROW.  Fans can expect a number of crossover episodes on THE FLASH and DC’s LEGENDS OF TOMORROW.  Also on LEGENDS OF TOMORROW is Graeme McComb, recurring as Victor Garber’s younger self.

Our favorite red head goes silver for Granny as Beverley Elliott works on her sixth season of ONCE UPON A TIME… and our favorite silver fox Barclay Hope goes red for his recurring role on the highly anticipated RIVERDALE!

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Matt Frewer’s earned a planeload of frequent flyer points.  He’s recurring on NBC’s new series TIMELESS in Vancouver and ART OF MORE, opposite Dennis Quaid in Montreal.  Also flying high are Fiona Forbes and Mary Zilba with the launch of their new web series BAKED.  The baking-with-pot show is produced by their Lady Pants productions.

Teen heart throb Rhys Bond is shooting his third season on THE GOOD WITCH. Kurt Evans is recurring on three shows: IZOMBIE, THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE and ROGUE!  Agnes Tong,  John Callander and Marcus Sim are recurring on ROMEO SECTION.  Nick Hunnings just wrapped a five episode arc on ROGUE.  Melanie McLaren is off to Ontario to shoot a supporting lead role in the epic feature film INDIAN HORSE.

Amitai MarmorsteinAntonio Cupo was the male lead in BEACHES, Kyle Toy is recurring on THE ARRANGEMENT, Yukari Komatsu is recurring on THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE and Mike Kovac is recurring on TIN STAR in Calgary.  Amitai Marmorstein has been a busy guy, as he went from a supporting lead opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger on WHY WE’RE KILLING GUNTHER, to recurring on WAYWARD PINES, plus a supporting role on COP AND A HALF.

 

For more bookings and excitement, please visit the Lucas Talent Facebook page!

April 15, 2016

Spring in Their Steps: Concurrent Successes in Early 2016 Keeping Clients Busy

 

Some of our clients are busy trying to juggle their schedules this spring!

Let’s begin with our directors:

David Winning is currently in prep on his 3rd MOW of the year.

Behind the Camera

Will Waring is in Toronto directing SyFy’s DARK MATTER, then coming back to Vancouver to direct multiple episodes of the Netflix/Showcase series TRAVELERS.

Anne Wheeler is currently shooting Hallmark’s STOP THE WEDDING, then heading to Vancouver Island to direct multiple episodes of a new Hallmark series.

 

And now our actors:

Kurt Evans is a recurring guest star on the CW hit, iZOMBIE and MC2 for Netflix.  He is also a supporting lead on Hallmark’s THE LAST CHRISTMAS.

EBaranac Headshot1Emilija Baranac just wrapped a lead role on the Reel One movie UNDERGRAD NIGHTMARE and finished the first of four episodes in a guest-starring arc on BEYOND for ABC Television.  Plus she’ll be seen in the upcoming MOW, LOVE YOU TO DEATH in a lead role.

After closing a lead role in the play BAD JEW, Amitai Marmorstein booked a recurring guest star on the Fox series WAYWARD PINES.  He is juggling that with not one but two roles (on camera and an off camera performance) on a TOP SECRET, BIG BUDGET feature being filmed in Vancouver!

If you follow us on Facebook, you’ll notice that Dan Payne’s face has been making a regular appearance.  That’s probably because he hasn’t stopped working for more than 5 minutes this year.  He wrapped his season as a recurring guest star on THE GOOD WITCH in Toronto, then did back to back leading roles on Hallmark’s ALL YOURS opposite Nicolette Sheridan and THE LAST DANCE opposite Jenny Garth.  He is currently spending a month in Kelowna shooting a lead in the film THE PLATEAU.

Luke Camilleri is recurring on two highly anticipated series.   He is working with the legendary Isabella Rossellini in Hulu’s SHUT EYE and on Barry Sonnenfeld’s A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS starring Neil Patrick Harris and Patrick Warburton. In the midst of all this, he is getting married… sorry ladies.

November 6, 2015

IT’S A HOLLY JOLLY CHRISTMAS YEAR ROUND IN VANCOUVER…

and our clients are in the perpetual holiday spirit… Yule love our list of who shot what in 2015!

It’s early November. The baristas are stocking the shelves with red cups, the mega retailers are playing holiday standards over tinny speakers and you’re extremely irritated because your pumpkin is still rotting on the porch and you’ve barely made a dent in your Halloween candy.

Yes of course it’s too early to talk Christmas, but in this month’s blog we don’t look ahead at the looming holiday. Instead we look back at the year that was for filmed-in-Vancouver Christmas movies and the clients who shot them!

April: Mitchell Kummen and Maggie Estrada worked on the WWE/FOX feature SANTA’S LITTLE HELPER.

May: Lee Tichon and Casey Dubois respectively shot Hallmark’s ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS and A CHRISTMAS TO REMEMBER.

June: Casey Dubois and Frank C. Turner worked on UP TV’s A FAMILY FOR CHRISTMAS. Ayva Branzei shot Hallmark’s CHRISTMAS CONFESSIONS.

July: Christina Jastrzemska and David Bloom shared the screen on another Hallmark movie, JUST IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS. Sheri Rabold shot GIFTWRAPPED.

August: Graeme Duffy shot Lifetime’s SANTA’S GIFT. Sheri Rabold, Devina Briggs, Amitai Marmorstein and Kurt Evans were a qradruple-threat in DASHING THROUGH THE SNOW.

September: Candice May Langlois and Barclay Hope lit up the screen in THE CHRISTMAS ANGEL. Barclay kept it going later in the month with THE CHRISTMAS NOTE. Both movies belong to Hallmark, as does THE MAGIC STOCKING, directed by our David Winning.

And what would the holiday season be without some theatre to close out the year. Jennifer Lines will star in IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE at the Arts Club and Cate Richardson will appear in YELLOWPOINT CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR 2015, in Courtney.

There won’t be any humbugging from us. Here’s hoping Santa brings us more Christmas movies for next year with lots of fun roles for our clients… especially from the big Hallmark movie shop!

September 14, 2015

Life with Lucas

“How a mosquito bite turned Richard Lucas into a Super Agent” written by Mark Leiren-Young (Reelwest Magazine, Summer 2015)

My first encounter with future Canadian super agent Richard Lucas was in 1981, when I attended a play he’d directed at the University of British Columbia. Lucas was a seasoned Master’s student delivering his thesis production – a modernized take on Moliere’s classic comedy, The Misanthrope. I was a smart-assed undergrad reviewing for the campus paper. Over thirty years later I can still conjure flashes of the show Lucas staged in the Dorothy Somerset Studio. It was colourful, vibrant and funny and I have vague memories of the upbeat, energetic, musical score. I was delighted and terrified to discover my review for The Ubyssey now exists online – until I saw that I began by saying what a shame it was that more people wouldn’t get to see the show I described as a,” dynamic comedy with a lot of style and a lot of flair.” The review went on to use the word “fun” a half dozen times.

The only other production I still remember from my brief stint as a student reviewer is Last Call, the professional debut of Morris Panych and Ken MacDonald, who’ve gone on to become two of Canada’s most acclaimed theatre creators. I remember thinking Panych and MacDonald were going places. I thought Lucas was too. I expected him to graduate to a major Canadian theatre company.

Instead, I didn’t see him again until just after Expo 86. He wasn’t directing anymore, he was an agent running his own small talent company out of an office in Gastown.

In July, 2014, his not-so-small company took-over JR Talent and Muse, Lucas moved to Victoria (although he’s still working with his company every day) and agent Eric Edwards took over as Lucas Talent’s leading man (his official title is president). “It seems like we’re the second largest agency in Canada now,” says Lucas. “I think Characters in Toronto is a little bit bigger than us.”

I knew Lucas was one of Canada’s top agents, I knew his clients loved him, but I’d always wondered what happened to the promising director I’d admired at UBC.

Meeting in his classic oh-so-British English Cottage style home in Victoria to discover how Lucas Talent became western Canada’s largest agency, I finally found out why Lucas left the theatre. We were in his cozy living room and a framed script page signed by comedy legend Lucille Ball was resting on his piano. Since I had a hard time believing that an agent who reps some of Canada’s biggest stars was easily starstruck, I was curious about the story behind the only autograph he ever collected. It turned out the Lucy story is the Lucas story.

After directing The Misanthrope, Lucas went on the road doing the dinner theatre circuit as an actor and director, working with Lucy’s longtime on-screen foil, Gale Gordon (best known as the banker Mr. Mooney in The Lucy Show). If you’re not old enough to recall Lucy, she was wacky and Gordon was her perpetually-exasperated straight man.

“Gale kind of stopped yelling at her and started yelling at me,” says Lucas with a laugh. “We did these shows in Calgary, Edmonton, Regina, Winnipeg. He went around yelling at me in different shows. I was making the big bucks.”

Lucas planned to save all his money, then return to UBC to finish his oral exams. “In my time to get a Master’s degree – in addition to all the course work and two thesis productions – you had to have a working knowledge of a second language. And you had to do oral exams from basically Aeschylus to modern day and get quizzed in front of a panel.”

Everything changed when he was getting yelled at by Gordon in Winnipeg and Lucas lost his voice. Literally. He’d been stung by a mosquito – and it wasn’t infected with gamma radiation.

“I just about died,” says Lucas. “Me and ten cows got encephalitis and I had to learn how to walk and talk all over again. My brain and my nervous system were fucked… Did you ever see the movie Awakenings with Robert De Niro? Yeah? That’s encephalitis.”

His life – and career – were shattered. “I couldn’t walk or talk very well and I couldn’t act again because I would have brain seizures and slur my words and not walk straight.” He certainly couldn’t finish his degree, because he could no longer read. “The words would jump around on the page. I couldn’t drive because my brain would tell me the light was red when it was yellow. It was really scary,” says Lucas. “It was really scary.”

Instead of returning home from a successful tour, Lucas returned to Vancouver for rehab and slowly regained the ability to read, write and walk. Even after  he recovered, Lucas no longer felt sure enough on his feet to step back on stage. He had to do something different, something that wouldn’t require a return to the spotlight.

In 1986, Lucas began working part-time, lining up talent for Expo 86, Vancouver’s upcoming World’s Fair. This led to his first full-time job since getting sick. He was hired to produce on-site entertainment and program the comedy venue known as The Flying Club. His gig included booking comedians like Rosie O’Donnell and casting his own made-in-Vancouver version of Second City. “I dealt with Vancouver agents, trying to get as many B.C. people as we could in the company. It was a great company.”

Great is an understatement. The Second City material the troupe was given to launch their show was stale, but the talent Lucas put on stage was astonishingly fresh. His players included future comedy stars Ryan Stiles, Colin Mochrie and Patrick McKenna, plus a pair of now ubiquitous Vancouver comic actors – Gary Jones and Denalda Williams.

“I was literally dealing with agents from all over the world – Japan, Germany, L.A., everywhere, and the ones in Vancouver weren’t that great. So at the end of the fair, my boss, Nancy Boake, came up to me and she said, ‘What are you thinking of doing after the fair?’ I said, ‘Well, I’m not sure, but I see there’s film and television work starting to come in and I have some good contacts and the agents in Vancouver -’”

Boake finished the thought for him. ‘You need to open an agency,’ she said, ‘You’d be really good at it, you should.’ So I did.”

Just before his job ended at Expo, Lucas took a quick vacation to Los Angeles. “That’s how I got to meet Lucy.” Lucas was visiting Gordon on set when the grande dame of comedy came over and introduced herself. “Lucy sidled up to me and she said, ‘Gale’s never had people on set all the years I’ve  worked with him. You must be pretty special, honey. Do you want me to sign something for you?’ And I went, ‘I’d love that.’ So, she ripped off —” He looks towards the memento resting against his piano.

“That’s the front page of Gale’s script for the week. It’s not the last episode that they ever shot, but it’s the last one that ever aired. And she signed it for me. It was pretty cool.” Then Lucas returned to piloting the Flying Club. His Expo job wrapped Oct. 13th. Lucas Talent launched two days later.

His roster included actors Lucas knew from programming the Flying Club and from his days as a student at the University of Alberta (where he’d done his undergrad). “Because I’d worked professionally acting and directing already, I had a lot of contacts. So I opened up with names of people who casting directors already liked and knew, so even if they didn’t know me they had to deal with me because I was their agent.”

His first official client was one of the comedians he’d booked into Expo – Rosie O’Donnell. Lucas offered to be her Canadian agent and even though she didn’t need much agenting in Canada, O’Donnell agreed and Lucas Talent had a headliner. There were eleven other clients on a brochure he produced to announce his agency’s existence, including his Second City vets Stiles and Williams and his U. of A. classmate, Frank C. Turner.

“The actors felt that I, you know, spoke their language,” says Lucas.

Turner credits the theatre background with his longtime agent’s success. “Having worked as an actor for a few years he has a great understanding of the peculiarities of the actor’s life,” says Turner. “He’s also one heck of a negotiator. Actors make very poor self-promoters. He really goes to bat for his clients.”

Asked what makes a good agent, Lucas has his pet theory ready. “There’s a book that’s a bit of a bible that Michael Shurtleff wrote called Audition and I think that sums it up best. He says – and I’m not going to quote it exactly from memory – but he said that all agents are shits but, if you’re lucky, you’ll get one with a mothering instinct. That kind of sums it up. I think one of the reasons that we’ve been so successful, and why those other companies were happy to join us, is because we have a great reputation. We’ve never screwed anybody. We work ethically and we know we have a really, really good reputation in the business. I like to sleep well at night. I’ve never done anybody out of a dime.”

Mothering definitely comes with the job. “Part of the excitement of the business is trying to help people make good choices and to grow a career and stay mentally, and emotionally, and money-wise, healthy. And our business is really hard. We try very hard, but we’ve had three clients along the way who sadly have committed suicide. Dear, wonderful, young people. Most recently, Cory Monteith was a Lucas Talent client when he got Glee, and just the nicest kid in the world. He was banging pots and pans in our taping room for his audition. And another, I don’t know if you remember Julie Patzwald. She won lots of awards and was very well-known. You know, these are wonderful young people who just…” He takes a moment to find the words.

“Our business gets ugly sometimes, so we really do try to take care of people as well as we can. You try to steer people the right way. I’m not going to tell anybody what their values are or aren’t but, you know, we tell our clients, ‘Don’t ever do anything that hurts your soul. You’re allowed to say, no.’”

Part of protecting a client is covering their butts in contracts – and making sure the contracts keep their butts covered regardless of what the director wants them to do. “Another good story, I won’t mention names, but a client who is well-known and had a leading role in a well-known series shooting in Ontario phoned and said, ‘They’ve just given me a new scene. I’m nude and it’s a love scene with another woman.’ And I was just like, ‘no fucking way, not in a million years.’”

Lucas called the producers to discuss the script – and the deal he’d drafted.

“I ripped them up one side and down the other. ‘Read the contract, we don’t do that unless you present it to us and it’s discussed. She has full approval if something like that happens blah blah blah blah blah.’ Never heard anything back, checked in the next day, ‘How’d everything go?’ She said, ‘Oh, it was fine. They were good with me, but that poor other girl, they made her take all her clothes off and do some nasty stuff.’ So that’s why it’s worth having a good agent.”

Lucas says moments like these are why agents have to pay attention to every clause in every contract. “Some of those contracts, they can be like 40 pages of gobbledygook in terms and conditions, and standard terms. I find that a lot of people don’t read them. To me, it’s like a giant jigsaw puzzle. I love those things.”

In order to have the time to study those jigsaw puzzles, Lucas says his agency is careful about who they take on – and always limits the size of their roster. “We’re not the Sears catalogue of talent.” But their catalogue seems to have someone for every casting agent.

It’s tough to turn on the small screen without spotting at least one Lucas client in a leading role. Louis Ferreira is the male lead on CTV’s Motive. Matt Frewer is on TNT’s The Librarians, SyFy’s Olympus and Cinemax’s The Knick. Sophia Lauchlin Hirt is another Olympus goddess. Mitchell Kummen and Rhys Bond were just cast as leads in UP TV’s Ties That Bind. Paul Johansson played Ferg Donnelly on Mad Men. And Emily Bett Rickards is leading lady Felicity Smoak on CW’s Arrow.

Lucas says his agency grew in part because people asked to come on board.

The company began representing writers in 1991, when Dacia Moss asked to become his first literary agent. Moss has since retired and Anna Archer now reps offscreen talent like directors, writers and editors.

Edwards joined nearly twenty years ago after a stint with Toronto’s Livent. He was sent to Vancouver to keep an eye on the Ford Centre. Then Lucas had an opening for a new assistant. “And lucky me,” says Lucas. “He applied and moved on up from there. Eric is awesome.”

Lucas shared an office with JR Talent for five years. “We just loved them and they wanted to be part of Lucas. And then we reached out to Muse Talent, which is an awesome agency that Kim Barsanti had started and we worked out a deal where they happily joined us and that’s how we became so much bigger.”

Lucas says the timing of the expansion made sense for everyone.

“Our business is just like the market, or real estate, or the dollar. Everything comes up and everything goes down, right? And we felt we were at the start of   another up and it was time for us to make some big moves and we guessed right. Last year was a great year and this year isn’t any better, but it’s still good. So we guessed right on the dollar and call me smart, call me lucky, whatever you want. The dollar went from around par down to eighty cents. And in our

business I don’t give a shit what anybody says, it’s about the money, it’s always about the money. People can talk about, ‘we have lovely crews, we have a great talent pool, blah blah blah blah blah’ it’s all about the money.”

Since taking over JR and Muse, Lucas Talent now has 15 agents and Edwards offers up the client stats: “We have approximately 450 actors in total on our combined rosters who act in films, TV, on stage and in commercials. Each agent looks after their own, smaller number of clients. We have an exclusive  roster of 25 writers, directors and picture editors. Our background division represents 225 extras.”

As an agent, Lucas is resigned to the idea that most of the work for his clients is in the service industry and that a key to keeping careers thriving is staying visible and viable in the US. Lucas says it’s vital to make sure clients like Tricia Helfer (Killer Women) don’t disappear from the American radar. So even when he books Helfer on a Canadian shows he wants to insure that it’s on the air in the US. “As much as she loves Canada and is a proud Canadian, she’s worked too fricking hard to not have a platform in US television.”

As a fan of Canadian culture, Lucas keeps hoping local shows and companies will catch fire, but over almost thirty years in the biz he’s watched a lot of sparks fizzle out. “I wish I saw signs that we were growing our industry,” says Lucas. But after rattling off new players he’s rooting for, he follows with an even longer role call of the departed.

“There are some wonderful people trying to make it happen, but 85 per cent of our work right now is about the US and they’re here with the tax credits and the 80 cent dollar. I wish I could see it change, but I don’t see it changing, which is sad. I’m trying to think of something positive to say. The thing that has changed most is people like myself and other people in the industry who have made a living from it, but it makes me sad that we’re not more evolved with our homegrown product.”

One thing that has changed. Lucas finally delivered one last thesis project to UBC (a 55 page paper on The Misanthrope) and received his Master of Fine Arts degree in 2012.

Now he’s living another dream. He moved to Vancouver Island, in part to go back to school at the University of Victoria to get his PhD in Theatre. This time he’s not directing. He’s sharing some amazing stories he’s come across about an unknown part of Canadian theatre history. The working title of his thesis – The Untold Stories of LGBTQ Pioneers of Canadian 20th Century Theatre. “I’m jazzed about this,” says Lucas with a huge grin on his face. “I’m having a ball. I’m having the best time of my life right now, just being able to kinda keep my hand in the things that interest me.”

His fave stories of Canada’s LGBTQ pioneers include the implausible tale of a Quebecois drag phenom he learned about years ago from a former  boyfriend who grew up in Laval. “You can do the movie script,” says Lucas with a laugh. “A drag queen being chased by the Gestapo. Son of an Italian count. Gets on a boat to Canada and becomes a famous drag queen performing for integrated audiences and becomes a star playing the female leads in straight plays under the name of Gilda. But we don’t know anything about her,” says Lucas – frustrated that this potential icon has vanished from our collective memory. Once again Lucas is set to fulfill what seems to be his true destiny – making other people he believes in famous.

(Original Article viewable at http://reelwest.com/reel-west-magazine )

June 11, 2015

Getting to Know our Seventeen Leo Award Nominees for 2015

Sebastien Archibald – Nominated for Performance by a Male in a Short Drama.  He is a first-time Leo nominee for his hilarious work in the Crazy 8’s fan favourite, ‘Bedbugs: A Musical Love Story’.  He’s also an accomplished stage actor, receiving a Jessie nomination for the award winning play ‘Killer Joe’ and also getting great notices for ‘Mojo’ and ‘Clybourne Park’. Add to his resume Co-Artistic Director/Playwright in Residence of Itsazoo Productions.

Daniel Arnold – Nominated for Performance by a Male in a Web Series for Telus Optik’s ‘Mythos’.  He is an award-winning actor and writer, having been nominated for a Leo Award for performance two years in a row.  Recently starring as Holloman in ‘Lawrence & Holloman’ (winner of “Best Feature” at the Canadian Comedy Awards), Daniel won “Best Actor in a Comedy” (Victoria TX IFF) and was nominated last year for the Leo Award “Best Lead Actor in a Feature Film”. Other credits include the series ‘Hell on Wheels’, ‘The Killing’, and the features ‘Even Lambs Have Teeth’, ‘Grace’ and ‘Eadweard’.

Mike Banas – Nominated for Picture Editing in a Dramatic Series.  Mike has edited many critically-acclaimed series and features including ‘The LA Complex’, ‘YPF’  and the ‘Stargate’ franchise.  You can see his work in the upcoming ‘The Legend of Barney Thomson’.  This is Mike’s seventh Leo nomination, and he was pleased to win in 2009 for his work on ‘Stargate: Atlantis’.

Aaron Brooks – Nominated for two Leo Awards:  Lead Performance by a Male in a Motion Picture and Motion Picture Producer.  Both nominations are for ‘Bad City’ which he also co-wrote. Bad City was an official selection for the “Oldenberg” & “Whistler Film Festivals”.  ‘Lucille’s Ball’ and ‘Wingman’ are among the other feature’s in which Aaron has appeared. His series work includes ‘Sanctuary’, ‘Fringe’ and ‘Battlestar Galactica’.

Luke Camilleri – Nominated for Guest Performance by a Male in a Dramatic Series for his work on ‘Strange Empire’.  He was nominated in this category in 2012 for ‘Arctic Air’.  Luke has Guest Starred in several series including ‘Supernatural’, ‘Facing Kate’, and ‘Shattered’.  Recently he completed his second season of Hemlock Grove.  His film work includes ‘The 9th Life of Louis Drax’, ‘Year of the Carnivore’ and ‘Daydream Nation’.

Antonio Cupo – Nominated for Supporting Performance by a Male in a Television Movie. He is nominated for the role of Marco Moretti, a role he originated in ‘Bomb Girls: The Series’ before it developed into the hit TV movie.  He has worked in many Vancouver-shot US series, but Antonio’s career took a turn when an Italian director noticed him in a film called ‘Hollywood Flies’. The director asked him to play the lead character in a series called ‘Elisa Di Rivombrosa’. Antonio accepted and with over 14 million viewers in Italy alone, his career instantly sprung to a new level.

Sarah Deakins – Nominated for Performance by a Female in a Short Drama for her role in ‘Greece’.  This project is very close to Sarah’s heart as she not only wrote it but directed, produced and starred. ‘Greece’  has garnered 11 awards and 13 official selections so far on the festival circuit, including “International Independent Film Awards – Diamond winner, Actress in a Leading role”, “The Indie Fest – Award of Excellence, Leading Actress”, “Best First time director, American Movie Awards”,  “Best Short Film, NYC Winter Film Awards” and “Award of Excellence, Women Filmmakers, from the Accolade Competition”. This is Sarah’s second Leo nomination. In 2013 she was nominated for ‘Late’, which she also wrote.

Siobhan Devine – Nominated for Direction in a Music, Comedy or Variety Program or Series for ‘Package Deal’.  Siobhan has had a very busy year directing the multi-cam comedies ‘Package Deal ‘ and ‘Some Assembly Required’.  Her work is not just restricted to comedies however, as she has been busy directing her debut drama feature ‘The Birdwatcher’, starring Camille Sullivan and Gabrielle Rose.  This is her first Leo nomination, but certainly won’t be her last!

Louis Ferreira – Nominated for Lead Performance by a Male in a Dramatic Series. This is Louis’ second consecutive nomination and he took home the trophy last year for his work in CTV’s ‘Motive’. A multiple Gemini Award nominee, he won a 2008 Gemini for Leading Actor for his chilling portrayal of a serial killer in ‘Durham County’.  Among his many acclaimed credits, Louis has recurred on ‘Breaking Bad’ and starred as The Donald in ‘Trump Unauthorized’.  He has had series leading roles in ‘Stargate Universe’, ‘Hidden Hills’, ‘Fighting Fitzgeralds’, ‘Trinity’, and ‘Missing’.

Mary M Frymire – Nominated for two Leo Awards – Youth or Children’s Program or Series for producing ‘Shift’, and Direction in a Youth or Children’s Program or Series for her directing talents on the same program.  Mary works as a director on a wide range of documentary, factual and lifestyle shows with her recent credits including ‘Après Ski’, ‘Border Security’ and ‘Buying and Selling’. Mary is no stranger to the Leos, having been nominated three times before.

Alison Grace – Nominated for Picture Editing in a Television Movie.  Alison has edited many television series and feature-length productions, having recently worked on ‘Motive’, ‘Continuum’ and ‘Baby Sellers’.  Alison has been nominated for numerous Leo Awards in the past, and last won in 2013, when she walked away with the awards for Best Picture Editing in both a Television Movie and a Dramatic Series.

S. Siobhan McCarthy – Nominated for Web Series, Producer.  Siobhan is a bold, innovative, award-winning trans-disciplinary artist who is constantly devising new original films, series, theatre and performance art with her companies’ blyssfulPRODUCTIONS and Red Trike Media Inc. Credited as being one of “Canada’s foremost cross-over artists” by the Canadian Theatre Review, McCarthy loves to collaborate with artists both in front and behind the camera.  You can watch her award winning series at www.parkedtheshow.com

Tara Pratt – Nominated for Performance by a Female in a Web Series. Tara is thrilled to have been nominated in a Leo category that demonstrates the adaptability and independent spirit of the film community in B.C. Her TV credits include roles on ‘Wayward Pines’, ‘Fringe’, ‘Supernatural’ and ‘Emily Owens MD’, and projects like the upcoming feature ‘No Men Beyond This Point’, directed by Leo winner Mark Sawers. Tara also enjoys collaborating with local theatre companies, and has performed in productions in the Edmonton and Vancouver Fringe festivals.

Emily Bett Rickards – Nominated for Lead Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series and Guest Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series. These are Emily’s second and third nominations for her role as I.T. whiz Felicity Smoak in ‘Arrow’ and her crossover performance in ‘The Flash’.  It’s been quite a year for Emily, also nominated for a Teen Choice Award and (spoiler alert) driving off into the sunset with Oliver Queen at the end of season three.  Emily will return to Arrow this fall and will also be seen in ‘Brooklyn’, the biggest hit from Sundance this year and an early front-runner for a Best Picture nomination at the 2016 Academy Awards.

Frank C. Turner – Nominated for Performance in a Youth or Children’s Program or Series for his work on ‘Spooksville’.  He holds the record for longest serving Lucas Talent client from the days when the agency had one agent (Richard Lucas), one typewriter and a lot of cigarettes.  Frank has appeared in dozens of films including ‘Unforgiven’, ‘Snow Falling on Cedars’ and ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid 3’.  His television credits include ‘Lonesome Dove’, for which he received a Gemini nomination, ‘Smallville’ and ‘Supernatural’.

Will Waring – Nominated for Direction in a Dramatic Series.  Will Waring has been nominated in this category twice before, winning for his work on ‘Continuum’  in 2013.  Will has recently been working in Australia, directing second unit on the Syfy mini-series ‘Childhood’s End’.

Raugi Yu – Nominated for Direction in a Youth or Children’s Program or Series.  This is Raugi’s first Leo Nomination. He is particularly excited and honoured because it is his first time directing for Television.  Raugi starred in three seasons of ‘Mr. Young’ as Dang, guest starred on shows such as ‘Spooksville’ and ‘The Stanley Dynamic’. He is still fondly recognized on the streets for his recurring role in ‘jPod’ as ‘Kam’ Fong.

April 21, 2015

Paul Johansson Recurs on Final Block of AMC’s Mad Men

Award-winning actor, writer and director Paul Johansson has played many interesting roles throughout his career but his recurring turn on the final season of Mad Men may be one of his favorites.  We think it’s kind of a big deal, and since his episodes began airing he has been inundated with interview requests, many from his home province of B.C.

Johansson told the Victoria Times Colonist that landing the role of McCann Erickson executive Ferguson Donnelly wasn’t that easy: “It was two weeks before I found out I got the job.  It wasn’t like I walked out of the room saying: ‘I nailed it.“

Perhaps best known for the villainous father role of Dan Scott on nine seasons of One Tree Hill, Johansson has also starred in Parker Lewis Can’t Lose, Beverly Hills 90210, Lonesome Dove and has guest starred on several hit TV series, including 7th Heaven, The Drew Carey Show and CSI. In film, he has appeared in Soapdish, John Q, Alpha Dog and The Notebook.

Johansson was recently in Victoria shooting the movie The Last Resort opposite Teri Polo (Meet The Parents).  He is back in LA (with his son Quinn) where he continues to navigate the talk show and interview circuit.

November 27, 2014

NEW KIDS ON THE BLOG

Some of Lucas Talent’s stars of tomorrow have shown that their careers are already off to an impressive start.  If this year’s inaugural Joey Awards are an indication, “the kids are alright” (we almost used that title for this article).  Here are some quick-hit highlights of what the kids have been up to lately.

Joshua J Ballard just returned from the LA premiere of Disney’sPANTS ON FIRE.  As one of the leads in the movie, he was there to help promote the film and celebrate its release.

Rhys Bond worked on the Lifetime MOW, BEHIND THE HIT: THE UNAUTHORIZED, UNTOLD STORY OF SAVED BY THE BELL and was a Joey Awards winner for his work on that movie.  Hours after receiving his award in Vancouver, he was on a flight to Toronto, having just been cast in a recurring role on the Hallmark series THE GOOD WITCH.

Rustin Gresiuk has had an amazing year, booking a supporting lead on the independent feature SUSPENSION and then a lead role in the Rainmaker pilot REBOOT.  He followed that up by landing the lead role in the movie for television PAPER ANGELS,which has had 1.5+ million viewers and ranks as the #1 original movie on UP this year.  Together with Matthew Settle of GOSSIP GIRL fame, Rustin spent a recent weekend in Nashville at the premiere celebrating the movie’s success.

Karissa Ketter won the Joey Award for Best Actress in a Short Film(Ages 9-10) for her role in DAISIES.

Mitchell Kummen won a truckload of Joey Awards for his individual and ensemble work onHallmark’s WHEN CALLS THE HEART, for his recurring role on the CW’s THE TOMORROW PEOPLE and the web series TIME TREMORS. Mitchell has just returned from LA where he attended the premiere of HORNS in which he starred as the younger version of Daniel Radcliffe.

Leo Award nominee Nick Purcha who already has one series lead on his resume (SPOOKSVILLE) will be seen in early 2015 as a recurring guest star on the CW’s iZOMBIE.  Nick plays Evan, the younger brother of series lead Rose McIver (ONCE UPON A TIME).

Quinn Van De Keere won the 2014 L.A. Young Artist Award and a JoeyAward, both for THE CHRISTMAS COAT for Best Young Actor in a Live Theatre Performance

Will Verchere is a Joey Award winner for his work on SyFy’s CONTINUUM.  He also recurs on the TV series WHEN CALLS THE HEART (Hallmark) and THE GIRLFRIENDS GUIDE TO DIVORCE(Bravo).

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November 19, 2014

Richard’s Rant NOV 2014

“You say GRACEPOINT…I say BROADCHURCH”

So at the big staff meeting last week I was told it was long overdue for a fresh rant and I have the perfect topic to unleash!!!  Watch out…the beast has been unleashed…

Have you seen the latest “winners”, ”losers” and “on the bubble” reports about the new season of TV shows? I was plum tickled to see GRACEPOINT in the loser column.  Now, I like David Tennant.  I actually loved him as Doctor Who and I do have a friend on the show, but this series pisses me off!  It is almost 2015 people and can’t we be past the point where we get all grateful and sucky when some American TV network rips off a brilliant British product and then shoots it in beautiful BC while we masquerade as being Northern California ? !!!

Tennant starred in the UK limited series BROADCHURCH.  It is simply some of the most arresting & compelling television I have ever seen… period.  So why does FOX not just buy and broadcast this awesome programming?  Well, by getting the rights and making their own damn version I guess they are hoping it has an afterlife that will make THEM money; not future sales going back to the original UK producer.  Guess what? Looks like your poor copycat of a show is about to get cancelled, and I say…”karma is a bitch”.   Now, I am not going to get pissed at star David Tennant.  The actors on Brit-TV make crap money compared to US actors in US shows, so more power to him for wanting to make some real money and to break into the US market. But here’s what really makes me crazy:  lots of people and the press in Victoria (where it is shot) are star struck and happy that their beautiful city is masquerading as the USA with a bunch of actors that are not from Victoria in a series ripped off from the Brits.  Me, I am just pissed, but even more grateful to shows like MOTIVE (yes the disclaimer is our wonderful client Louis Ferreira is one of the leads).  Even though it airs on a US network, it proudly features Vancouver, BC, Canada, and wait for it… evens CALLS the city Vancouver.  One more thing…  don’t cry “hypocrite” when the new series OLYMPUS starts to air and you call me out cause I am not bitching about Mission masquerading as ancient Greece!  It’s completely another matter and of course has NOTHING to do with the fact that we have TWO stars on that show !

October 29, 2014

Movin’ & Shakin’

Lucas Talent Inc. BLOCKBUSTER! Party and Publicity

It was a busy October for Lucas Talent Inc. as the Big Team celebrated its 28th birthday and the recent merger with its new family of agents and clients.   On Saturday, October 4th the red carpet was rolled out and Celebrities Nightclub was filled to capacity with actors, casting directors, media, producers and directors.  The “Hollywood Chic” themed- evening, hosted by SHAW TV’s Fiona Forbes, was a mix of mingling, eating, dancing and electrifying performances.  “Once Upon a Time” star Beverley Elliott brought the house down with her inspiring and self-deprecating song “This Girl is for Hire”. Tracey Bell transformed herself into Janis, Marilyn, Celine and Cher and raised the roof!  The crowd stayed late and it was truly a night to remember!

While the merger had already created a seismic event in the industry, there was continued buzz leading up to the party, including this big feature in the Vancouver Sun.

August 28, 2014

Olympus Rising

It’s a busy summer and fall for our Matt Frewer and Sophia Lauchlin Hirt as they star in the new SyFy series Olympus.  Reunion Pictures is producing and creator Nick Willing helms this mythical tale about an Athens that is under attack by Minoan warriors from the outside and scheming assassins within its own walls.

Cable Ace and Gemini Award winning Frewer plays the iconic Daedalus, the brilliant architect and sculptor.  This isn’t Matt’s first rodeo with Willing, having worked with him before, starring as the White Knight on the SyFy mini-series Alice.  Matt says, “Nick Willing is not only a great friend, but a visionary talent. Olympus is the result of his singular, wildly creative voice. This guy never bunts to get on base. He swings for the fences. No fear.”

Matt has been very busy this year, shooting his second season of BBC America’s Orphan Black and recurring on TNT’s The Librarians alongside Noah Wylie and Rebecca Romjin.  He can also be seen opposite Clive Owen on Steven Soderbergh’s new highly rated Cinemax series The Knick.  Look for him in theatres this Christmas in Night at The Museum 3.

Sophia plays Ariadne, a calculating and manipulative smooth talker that men and women find irresistible.  This is sure to be a breakout role for Sophia who is new to Vancouver and fairly new to showbiz, having booked her first professional role last year on Discovery’s mini-series Klondike. “It is a pleasure to be working on Olympus with its team of dedicated cast and crew”, says Sophia.

We can’t wait to see what happens when great casting, cutting-edge special effects and the genius of Nick Willing all come together in Olympus.

July 22, 2014

Where There’s Smoak, There’s a Career on Fire for Emily Bett Rickards!

Timing is everything when writing about what’s happening with the career of Vancouver actor Emily Bett Rickards. Ever since she became a series regular on “Arrow” (as Oliver Queen’s I.T. expert, Felicity Smoak) our Google Alerts have been pinging full time.

Emily wrapped season 2 of “Arrow” in April and spent the hiatus shooting the upcoming feature “Brooklyn” with Saoirise Ronan (based on the novel by Nicholas Hornby) and traveling the world promoting “Arrow” for the CW, including another trip to the network upfronts in New York.

Now she’s back on set for season 3 with an intriguing love interest (Brandon Routh), at least two crossover episodes of “The Flash” and an MTV Teen Choice nomination for “Choice TV Female Breakout Star”! A few weeks ago it was announced that Felicity will be a major part of future Green Arrow comic books.

Olicity fans (Google it) are tweeting overtime trying to keep up.

It’s been an amazing ride and…this just in…Emily is on an “Arrow” panel at Comic-Con in San Diego this month.

Luke Camilleri Adds More Heat to “Hemlock Grove”

Luke Camilleri is the new bad-boy in the Netflix original series “Hemlock Grove”. He plays Andreas Visilescu, a love interest for sexy psychic/con-artist Destiny (Kaniehtiio Horn). Luke will recur throughout season 2 and viewers will want to find out for themselves if he is simply a pleasant distraction for Destiny or if there is more to this mysterious gypsy?

“Hemlock Grove” is based on Brian McGreevy’s novel of the same name and stars Famke Janssen and Dougray Scott. The show received two Primetime Emmy Awards nominations for its first season.

A Vancouver boy, Luke relocated to Toronto for several months during shooting. As is the way of Netflx, all episodes are now up for viewing. Luke is a familiar face on television, with guest star appearances on CW’s “Supernatural”, USA’s “Facing Kate” and his Leo Award nominated performance on CBC’s “Arctic Air”. He has also appeared on “Fringe”, “Eureka”, “Caprica” and “Once Upon a Time”.

June 12, 2014

…for immediate release

BLOCKBUSTER backgrounder

Merger of Lucas Talent Inc., Muse Artist Management and JR Talent Inc. to form a bigger, stronger, more dynamic Lucas Talent Inc.

Launch date set for 7.7.14

Lucas Talent Inc. proudly announces that Muse Artist Management and JR Talent Inc. are joining the Lucas Talent Inc. team to form a formidable agency staffed with fifteen top Canadian agents, managers and support staff. The new look Lucas Talent Inc. officially rolls out on 7.7.14.  The move makes for a big agency that will offer big service. We look forward to maximizing the opportunities for all our clients through the collaboration of our experienced agents from all departments.

“I am so proud that two agencies that I have years of affection and respect for are joining our Lucas team,” says Richard Lucas. “I have no doubt that the goodwill, energy and excitement that we are all feeling will propel us, and our clients, to greater industry heights!”

“Muse Artist Management is pleased to be merging with Lucas Talent and JR Talent,” adds Muse founder Kim Barsanti, “creating an industry-leading agency, meeting the needs of world class production and dedicated to providing clients with first rate service.”

JR Talent co-founder Jodi Caplan says, “Our team at JR Talent is very excited and looking forward to working with Lucas Talent and Muse Artist Management.  Over the years, both companies have set the bar high within our industry and we look forward to continuing that service for our clients and casting.”

Lucas Talent Inc. was established in 1986 by Richard Lucas.  Since then the company has grown into a thriving literary and talent agency that proudly represents many leading Canadian actors, writers, directors and other “above the line” personnel.


Anna Archer has been working on behalf of writers, directors and picture editors in the film and television industry for the past 10 years, representing her clients and their projects in the major entertainment industry centers in Canada and in Los Angeles.  She is fortunate to work with some of the top creative people in Canada, working across all genres including live action drama, animation and documentary/lifestyle.  Prior to moving to Vancouver, Anna worked in the publishing industry in London, England for approximately 10 years as the Head of Audiobook Publishing for Penguin Books and the Chair of the Spoken Word Publishing Association.

Kim Barsanti has been a member of the arts community for over 30 years. She received her BFA in Theatre from Concordia University. Kim started her career as a Stage Manager in theatre, dance and large scale events. In 1997 she expanded her commitment and focus in the arts and began working as a Talent Agent. Kim understands the drive of a performer and, therefore, invests her own creative passion into her representation of actors. After creating, nurturing and running Muse Artist Management for 10 years, Kim decided it was time to cut back on her business responsibilities to focus on her love of being an agent and manager.  She likes dark chocolate, strong black decaf coffee and bulldogs.

Jodi Caplan grew up dancing with a local dance company in Victoria while touring and performing all over BC.  In her teens she started modeling which took her to Japan, Taipei, Korea, LA and Toronto.  She has been an agency owner for over 20 years and has represented actors in all fields from leads in feature films, series regulars in television series, voice-over actors and everything in-between!  Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her husband and two boys and tries to take the occasional dance class!

Leyla Carreira has worked in various roles within Vancouver’s film and television industry over the past 17 years, first as a Background Agent and then moving into production, acting and casting.  Using the experience and knowledge she gained working alongside prominent casting directors, producers and directors she returned to her work as a talent agent and now represents principal performers for film, television and commercials.  Passionate about advancing the careers of actors, Leyla applies her certification in life/career coaching and extensive experience with people-development and leadership initiatives to managing and guiding talent.  Leyla has also volunteered with the Crisis Centre of BC as a community educator and enjoys facilitating film and television workshops in high schools to support young, up-and-coming actors.

Eric Edwards has been a part of the great team at Lucas Talent Inc. since 1999.  He represents an exclusive roster of clients alongside founder, Richard Lucas.  This dynamic duo represents many of Canada’s top talents living in Vancouver, Toronto, Los Angeles and other North American cities. After Eric graduated from the Radio and Television Arts program at Ryerson University, he commenced his career working for Livent in the Toronto theatre management business.  In the mid-90’s he moved to Vancouver where he was a key member of Livent’s start-up team for the Ford Centre for the Performing Arts.  Born in Montreal, Eric is a lifelong fan of his beloved Montreal Canadiens but his real pride and joy is his daughter Violet.

Lisa Gostling grew up in North Vancouver and has lived there ever since. Lisa graduated from Handsworth Secondary in 2008 and immediately went on to Capilano University where she acquired a Bachelor of Motion Picture Arts Degree in 2013. Her degree specialized in the producing side of film. Lisa has been involved in numerous independent productions, working with classmates and colleagues.  She has worked at Creative BC (formerly the BC Film Commission) as a Locations Database Administrator. Lisa spends her time in the great outdoors, and is an Office Assistant at Lucas Talent Inc.

Doreen Holmes is a literary agent who has been with Lucas Talent for over a decade, and in the entertainment industry for more than 15 years.  Her roster is an interesting mix of established writers, directors and picture editors, peppered with some wonderful, emerging talent.  Doreen approaches negotiations with a positive attitude, believes in working with her clients collaboratively to find opportunities within the industry and provides guidance and direction in the development of her clients’ careers based on their interests and strengths. Prior to joining Lucas Talent, Doreen was the co-ordinator at Praxis Centre for Screenwriters and managed the professional designated business programs in Continuing Studies at Simon Fraser University.

Jennifer Lee was born and raised in Victoria, BC.  She began performing in dance and musical theatre at a very young age. The former Miss Victoria Chinatown started her film and television career as an actor in 1997 and, for the past seven years, has enjoyed working behind the camera as a Background Talent Agent.  A long time (often suffering) Canucks season ticket holder, she loves watching hockey and hanging with her beloved dog, Brando. She is very excited to be joining the team at Lucas Talent Inc!

Richard Lucas and the team at Lucas Talent Inc. have proudly represented many of Canada’s top names in entertainment since 1986. He is a graduate of the University of Alberta’s BFA Acting Program, and the University of British Columbia’s MFA Directing Program (Theatre & Film). Richard’s pre-agency life includes extensive professional work as an actor, director, and as EXPO ’86 On Site Entertainment Producer where he helmed events including the famous comedy revue “THE SECOND CITY” and numerous international theme festivals. Along the way he and the Lucas Talent team have produced charity events donating over $100,000 to organizations including the Canadian Cancer Society, Qmunity, the Canadian College of Performing Arts and PAL, Performing Arts Lodges.

Debbie Mahood has been a Talent Manager since 1992.  Before entering the film and television industry, Debbie worked as a radio announcer but found that her stint at a country music station made her want to run away with her boyfriend’s dog and pick-up truck. Fortunately for her clients, Debbie switched off the microphone and began representing an impressive roster of actors for film, television, theatre, commercial, and voice-over work. She is proud to guide the careers of these performers in lead and supporting roles in feature films and guest lead and recurring roles on prominent television series.  Overseeing both an adult and youth roster, Debbie brings an array of industry knowledge that is invaluable to any actor.  Her love of animals also makes her wish she could represent all of Canada’s four-legged creatures as well.

Brad Mellesmoen has been representing actors of all ages for 4 years.  Prior to that, he was immersed in camera-acting training, specializing in youth and teens.  Realizing he would never be adopted by The Partridge Family, Brad channeled his love of music into a broadcasting career in the 80’s and 90’s, training radio announcers and working in promotions and marketing across Western Canada.  Brad is intensely dedicated to his clients’ career trajectory and helping them reach their creative goals in this exciting and growing industry.

Derek Nordick, originally hailing from Williams Lake, BC, has been living in Vancouver and working in the film industry for the past 11 years.  He did background work for 3 years, before eventually segueing into his current position as a Background Talent Agent, which he’s been doing for the last 7 years.  He loves working in the film industry, working with his partner Jennifer Lee, and working with his clients and casting directors.  In his off time, Derek enjoys the beach, the outdoors, going to concerts, and just getting out and enjoying life!  He’s excited and is very much looking forward to this new partnership with Lucas Talent Inc!

Corey Ouellet is a knowledge philanthropist of sorts with a passion for working behind the scenes to make magic happen.  He has served on a number of boards within the non-profit and arts communities, has over 10 years of experience as an office manager, administrator, and executive assistant, and has experience in marketing, fund development and event production. Corey spends his downtime volunteering with Vancouver’s Emergency Response Team, Vancouver Tourism, as a Sail Instructor and is an integral part of a variety of seasonal events throughout the city.  With his wealth of interpersonal and communication skills, Corey seamlessly personifies his role as the gatekeeper of Lucas Talent Inc.

Gloria Rabey grew up in Victoria, BC where she started working in sales and marketing, and over the years she has won numerous awards throughout Canada for her sales acumen. Using her marketing skills and her background in accounting she helped launch a thriving talent agency and 15 years later has never looked back.  Her focus over the past few years has been booking film and television work for her clients. Gloria loves working with her actors and cannot imagine doing another job. In her limited spare time she is dedicated to her shopping and keeping Vancouver retail alive!

Emilio Salituro brings with him over 20 years of experience in the acting industry. He is a classically trained actor who trained and worked professionally in film, TV and theatre. During his acting years he also worked as a director, producer and acting coach. In 2008 he took his love for the craft and experience in business to become one of Vancouver’s most popular talent agents. His clients have worked across Canada, Europe and the US. He likes pizza.

March 25, 2014

Fab Fiona – Lucky Lady

Don’t take our word for it, just ask her yourself and she will tell you.  “I feel so lucky to do what I do for a living.”  Fiona is best known for her many years on Shaw TV’s THE RUSH and loves her work:  “I get to meet so many interesting people every day and hear their stories.  I’ve lost count, but I think I’ve interviewed over 20,000 people over the last 18 years!”

Since the early days of her career when Regis Philbin told her “You’ve got something kid!”, she knew that making a turn (on a whim) in her career choice felt right.  Having received a degree in History at the University of British Columbia, she had planned to go to Law School and instead decided to enroll in the Journalism Program at the British Columbia Institute of Technology.  Before graduating from the program, Fiona got her first job by accident when she auditioned on a dare and landed an on camera gig as a TV host.

She is both a proud fashionista and a geek…perhaps best described by Hollywood guru Larry Moss who called her a woman with “chutzpah who reminds me of Lucille Ball” (it’s no wonder that Richard Lucas is her agent – see last month’s blog to get that reference).  In addition to THE RUSH, Fiona has also hosted several other shows including DAYTIME on Rogers, AUTOMOTIVE MORNING on Life Network and BREAKFAST TELEVISION on City-TV.  She has appeared as a guest on MARILYN DENIS, CBC NEWSWORLD, CBC RADIO and on CKNW’s THE SHIFT as a contributor and fill in host for her former URBAN RUSH co-host and friend Michael Eckford.

While Fiona loves her work, her passion lies with supporting many charities with her talents.  Among her favorites are the CKNW Orphan’s Fund, Pink Shirt Day, Variety Club, Timmy’s Telethon and Easter Seals.

January 15, 2014

WATCH RICHARD & “LUCY” on CBC’s FOUR ROOMS

In August the producers of Dragons’ Den flew Richard, his Lucille Ball gown and his personal “Lucy” stories to Toronto to appear on their new series FOUR ROOMS.

His episode airs Sunday night January 19 at 8 PM. The producers have said the segment is one of the best of the season so they also took the extra trouble to get some really cool location shooting AFTER the taping. We have to be pretty cheeky about what exactly happens on the show but can definitely tell you that Richard got back to BC with much lighter baggage! Best of all, what actually happens on the show is of great benefit to two of our top BC ARTS non-profits, the Canadian College of Performing Arts and PAL (The Performers Arts Lodge).

On the new CBC show Four Rooms, watch Richard negotiate with Canada’s top buyers, each of them ready to spend money on the next great collectible. But there’s a catch. He can only visit one buyer at a time and if he turns down an offer, it’s off the table for good. There’s no going back!

Four Rooms, four buyers, four chances to make-or lose- a fortune

December 17, 2013

Finding Christmas

Tricia Helfer and Mark Lutz get audiences in the holiday spirit with Hallmark Channel’s “Finding Christmas”.

You can watch Thursday, December 19 at 10PM on Hallmark, or why not just pour an eggnog and watch it on ctv.ca NOW: click here.

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Tricia is the star of the new TNT series “Killer Women” (premiering  on January 7 @ 10PM on ABC). Check back in with us in January for more news on Tricia and the series! Mark is very well known for his recurring role in “Angel” as The Groosalugg. Canadian audiences will fondly remember him as Victor Davis in “Victor”, which he also produced and wrote.

Here’s the lowdown on “Finding Christmas” from Hallmark Channel: Single mother Ryan (Tricia Helfer) has just about given up on dating after her divorce, happily accepting her young son as the most important man in her life. That all changes when Ryan’s brother Owen (JT Hodges), also feeling unlucky in love after a bad breakup, swaps his home in their small North Carolina town with New York City adman Sean (Mark Lutz). Ryan feels an instant spark with her new neighbor, but Sean, who signed up for the temporary home swap after a proposal gone wrong, is out of his comfort zone in his new rural surroundings

November 8, 2013

MATT FREWER is ending 2013 with a bi-coastal BANG!

Busy Mr. Frewer has been jetting between BC, Toronto & New York as he juggles roles on Stephen Soderbergh’s new project The Knick and Season 2 of Orphan Black.

The Knick is a look at the professional and personal lives of the staff at New York’s Knickerbocker Hospital during the early part of the twentieth century amid the groundbreaking surgeons, nurses and staff, who push the bounds of medicine in a time of astonishingly high mortality rates and zero antibiotics. It stars Clive Owen, whose films include Gosford Park and Children of Men. Soderbergh is the executive producer on the series, & the pilot episode is written by Jack Amiel and Michael Begler (Big Miracle, Raising Helen). Matt tells us that it is “Wonderful working with Stephen! He’s directing, operating the camera, lighting, and editing. He has an astounding energy and concentration that translates to every aspect of production. I’ve never been on such a quiet, focused set…it really encourages you to do your best work.” Watch for a BIG debut in 2014!

Meanwhile in Toronto Matt aka Dr. Aldous Leekie, returns to lens Season 2 of Orphan Black as the edgy philosophical professor who is the head of The Dyad Institute and the face of the Neolution movement. Orphan Black is a Canadian science fiction television series starring Tatiana Maslany as several identical women who are revealed to be clones. The series raises issues about the moral and ethical implications of human cloning and its impact on issues of personal identity. It received a 2013 prestigious nomination from the Television Critics Association Awards for Outstanding New Show.

BBC America has renewed the series for a 10-episode second season so watch for the premiere in April 2014! Matt says “It’s great to be back on such a hip and homegrown show!”

September 18, 2013

Location…location

In August, some clients had the good fortune of shooting in various exotic locales such as Hawaii! Thailand! and… Winnipeg… and… Duncan, BC.

Barclay Hope worked on the Tim Burton feature “Big Eyes” opposite Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams. Following a day’s shoot in Vancouver, Barclay later flew to Honolulu to shoot his scenes.

Dan Payne went from one extreme to the other, shooting a series of days on “The Hunters” with Michelle Forbes and Alexa Vega in Thailand. Later in the month, he found himself in Winnipeg, guest starring on CBC’s “Arctic Air”. Don Thompson also travelled to The Peg to guest star on “Arctic Air”.

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Frank C. Turner was back and forth between Vancouver and Duncan all summer, recurring as “The Mayor” on The HUB’s “Spooksville”.

Some of our clients have shot in South Africa, Poland, Romania, Mexico, North Carolina, China and many, many more exciting locations, but most will tell you that work anywhere, is good.

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***And later in SeptemberTricia Helfer relocates to Albuquerque, New Mexico to star in a new ABC series. “Killer Women” will be shot in the same studio where ‘Breaking Bad’ was filmed and many of the same crew will be working with Tricia. Very exciting indeed!

June 12, 2013

Of Nominees, Winners and Showstoppers… our clients at the 2013 Leo Awards

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With 12 nominations, Lucas Talent clients were prominently featured at this year’s Leo Awards.

Anne Wheeler took home a Leo for Best Direction in a Television Movie for CTV’s “The Horses of McBride”. Anne had also been nominated for screenwriting this based-on-a-true-story feature length drama starring Aidan Quinn. William Waring (photo to right) won Best Direction in a Dramatic Series for his work on the “Continuum” episode “Family Time”, and that episode also earned Alison Grace an award for Best Picture Editing in a Dramatic Series. Alison was a double winner, also taking home heavy hardware for Best Picture Editing in a Television Movie (Reunion’s “Ring of Fire”).

Katrin Bowen was nominated for Direction in a Motion Picture and Screenwriting in a Motion Picture. Sarah Deakins, who set the red carpet ablaze with her haute chapeau, was nominated for Performance by a Female in a Short Drama (photo to left). Mark Lawrence got a nod for Direction in an Information or Lifestyle Series. Louis Moon was nominated for Screenwriting in an Animation Program or Series. Dan Payne, who charmed audiences on both nights as a presenter, was nominated for Lead Performance by a Male in a Feature Length Drama. David Winning was nominated for Direction in a Dramatic Series.

Beverley Elliott, who plays Granny on ABC’s “Once Upon A Time”, brought the house down on Saturday Night with her performance of “Filming in BC”, a parody performance sung to the tune of Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep”. WATCH IT HERE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kyH2e0K_UJM

We congratulate all our winners and nominees!

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April 23, 2013

Kandyse McClure Flies to Tar Heel Country for her Next Adventure

Kandyse McClure, who TV EQUALS calls “stunningly beautiful and wickedly talented”, continues to jet from one exciting project to another. Having just attended the North American premiere of Netflix’s “Hemlock Grove” in Toronto, Kandyse has now landed in North Carolina to begin shooting the scandal-filled thriller “Careful What You Wish For” opposite Nick Jonas, Dermot Mulroney, Isabel Lucas and Paul Sorvino. Elizabeth Allen will direct Kandyse in the role of ‘Angie Alvarez,’ the beautiful and tenacious investigator for an insurance company that’s paying out a large sum of money to ‘Lena’ (Lucas) as a result of her husband’s death.

“Paul Sorvino is a living legend”, says Kandyse from the set of “Careful…”, “I’m excited to work opposite him in so many scenes – having the opportunity to learn as much as I can from him. Also, I’m so proud to be working with Liz Allen – there is a tone of creativity and collaboration right from the get go- being on her set is an absolute joy.”

Kandyse’s character Dr. Chausser and “Hemlock Grove” are LIVE NOW, as Netflix has just released all 13 episodes at once on its web based network.


Coming up… anticipate a fall release for Kandyse’s Vancouver-shot feature film “Seventh Son” opposite Julianne Moore and Jeff Bridges.

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January 31, 2013

Louis Ferreira News: MOTIVE to kick off after the Super Bowl!

While football fans eagerly await the ultimate contest between the 49ers and Ravens on Sunday, February 3, Louis Ferreira followers are looking forward to the post game series premiere of CTV’s MOTIVE, to be followed at a later date on ABC.

Also starring Kristin Lehman (THE KILLING, PRISON BREAK) as Detective Angie Flynn, MOTIVE is described as “an unconventional crime show”. Each episode begins by revealing not only the victim, but the killer as well. It’s not a “whodunit,” it’s a “whydunit,”. How are the victim and killer connected? What is the motive?

Ferreira plays Detective Oscar Vega.  A silver-spoon fed Ivy Leaguer, Vega turned his back on privilege to join the police force.

Louis Ferreira is a Gemini Award winning actor, and a familiar face on television from his work in many series including leading roles in SGU STARGATE UNIVERSE, HIDDEN HILLS, FIGHTING FITZGERALDS, TRINITY, and MISSING. Most recently he has been seen in a guest starring role on TOUCH, and has played recurring characters on hit shows BREAKING BAD and NCIS.
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December 6, 2012

New Christmas Feature Starring Dan Payne an Instant Classic

Anyone who’s met Dan Payne will tell you that his smile and charm could melt the frost off the harshest of cynical hearts.  In the new-on-DVD feature, “Thomas Kincade Presents: Christmas Miracle”, Dan and his fellow cast mates, including Allison Hossack, Aaron Pearl and Canadian Country crooner George Canyon, do just that.

From Vivendi Entertainment: Due to an unforeseen road closure, eight strangers are forced to take refuge in an abandoned church during a snowstorm.  During their time together, they learn from one another how to manage through various personal dilemmas, and that despite their differences, by working together, they can make even the most unlikely miracles happen.  This upliftingholiday story shows the real meaning of the season – kindness, understanding and love.

“Thomas Kincade Presents: Christmas Miracle” was produced by Nasser Group North and directed by Terry Ingram.  To view the trailer, just click:

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November 27, 2012

Congratulations to Susin Nielsen!

Susin Nielsen has won many major awards in her career as a television writer, but she has just added another to her collection – this time for her book writing.

Susin has recently been announced as the winner of the Governor General’s Award for children’s literature, for her third young adult book, The Reluctant Journal of Henry K Larsen.  The book deals with serious subjects – bullying, the loss of a sibling and the disintegration of a family.  Despite the sombre themes, Susin brings her own compelling writing style to the story, and even manages to inject more than a little humour.  The result is a great book, which the GG jury described as “Thought-provoking and relevant, it addresses the effects of bullying in a realistic, compelling and compassionate way, exemplifying the adage ‘There are two sides to every story.  Henry’s journey is moving and weirdly, wildly funny.'”

A career as an award-winning novelist would be enough for some people, but Susin is as busy as ever in the television world.  As well as being in active development on several new projects, she has recently finished writing for Arctic Air (Omni/CBC) and is currently writing an episode for a new 1 hour drama to be shot here in Vancouver.

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September 30, 2012

Kandyse McClure – A September to Remember

Shooting is underway for the new Netflix original series HEMLOCK GROVE starring Famke Janssen, Dougray Scott, Lili Taylor and our very own Kandyse McClure. We are not supposed to blog, tweet, Facebook or even think about this series so we can only say what’s already out there:

KANDYSE MCCLURE has joined the cast of HEMLOCK GROVE for NETFLIX. McClure will play Dr. Chausser, an animal behaviorist with a PHD and a history of self destruction. Netflix has an exclusive rights to the 13 Episode series, which tells the tale of a young girl’s murder set in a ravaged Pennsylvania steel town, and whose killer could be any one of several odd and frightening people – or creatures…McClure, possibly best know for her role on Battlestar Galactica, was a series regular on NBC’s Person’s Unknown and most recently wrapped a lead role in Brett Ratner’s Mother’s Day helmed by Darren Lynne Bousman. She can currently be seen on CBC’s Arctic Air. McClure is repped by Lucas Talent in Canada and managed by Kritzer Levine Wilkins Griffin Nilon.

Thanks Deadline Hollywood!Click here for original article

Below: Kandyse as “Erika” on NBC’s Person’s Unknown

September has been a big month for Kandyse. She starred in the Syfy exclusive feature ALADDIN AND THE DEATH LAMP which premiered earlier this month and guest starred on ALPHAS (SyFy/SpaceChannel), playing a dangerous alpha beauty with the ability to read people’s minds. Wonder if she knows how proud we are of her?

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August 3, 2012

INVITATION TO CELEBRATE OUR JULIE

Place: Langley Fine Arts School Theatre: 9096 Trattle Street, Langley (actually in Fort Langley)

Time: 6:30 pm – 9 pm

We are beginning to put together a plan for the “Celebration of Our Julie”. The goal is to celebrate the memorable, fun, tender and light-hearted times in Julie’s life.We would like to invite all of Julie’s friends and our family and friends. In order help us plan, please indicate by responding to this message by August 7.

Please respond in one or more of the following ways:

a) I/we will be attending

b) I/we would like to participate in the program by:

i) speaking about your memories of Julie
ii) singing, playing music, presenting a slide show, reading a poem or other presentation
iii) create a collage or photo display

By email to patzwald@telus.net or jguilbaut1@yahoo.com

Further announcements to follow as the program is put together.

June 8, 2012

2012 LEO AWARDS

CONGRATULATIONS to our LEO AWARD WINNERS and NOMINEES!

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Susin Nielsen – WINNER
Best Screenwriting in a Dramatic Series for ARCTIC AIR

David Winning – WINNER
Best Direction in a Musical, Comedy, or Variety Program or Series for TODD AND THE BOOK OF PURE EVIL

Luke Camilleri – NOMINEE
Best Guest Performance by a Male in a Dramatic Series for the episode entitled HIJACKED in the series ARCTIC AIR

Mary Frymire – NOMINEE
Best Direction in a Documentary Program or Series for the episode entitled BERLIN in the series TRASHOPOLIS

May 25, 2012

Julie Patzwald

As many of you now know our beloved friend and client Julie Patzwald recently passed away.  Our dear Julie was a familiar face in both films and on television where she performed leading roles in TV movies for ABC, CBS, NBC, Lifetime and MTV. She was a series regular playing the role of Amy on THE GUARD for Global Television, and she guest starred in more than thirty series for which she was twice honored with LEO Awards for Best Actress. Julie was also one of Vancouver’s most highly regarded acting coaches.

Her family is planning a memorial service where her many friends and colleagues can gather together to celebrate the life of this truly beautiful spirit.  Please contact Eric at eric.edwards@lucastalent.com for details.

Please feel free to send any cards, memories, or messages of condolence to her family c/o Lucas Talent Inc. and we will be happy to ensure that they are forwarded.

March 23, 2012

Crazy for Camille!

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We are proud to boast that Camille Mitchell is one of the finalists in this year’s Crazy 8s competition for her short film “A Mother’s Love”. Camille wrote and directed this story, which will screen Friday, March 30 at the Crazy 8s Screening Gala being held at The Centre for the Performing Arts in Vancouver.  Five other short films, selected after hundreds of submissions were adjudicated, will screen at the gala.  Camille says, “Crazy 8s is so special because of the supportive people involved who give you the courage to step out and grow.”  Camille’s son and fellow Lucas Talent client Charlie Mitchell stars in the film alongside Susan Hogan.

Camille is an award-winning actress, who is a familiar face on television, from her continuing leading roles on Smallville and Life Unexpected, and onstage, as a leading lady (Shaw Festival, Stratford Festival, Vancouver Playhouse). Last spring, she starred as Mrs. Robinson in “The Graduate” at the Arts Club Theatre. However, she also resumed studies in recent years in Documentary Filmmaking at Capilano University; Screenplay Writing at Langara College; and Theatre and Television Directing at the University of British Columbia, where she also directed the play, Seams for Brave New Play Rites. She has written and directed several short documentaries (Interview with An Actor; Mozart Waterfall; No Boys Allowed) and is thrilled to be a part of Crazy 8s 2012.

Ticket and Gala information is available here:  www.crazy8s.cc

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March 16, 2012

ALEXANDER LUDWIG is hungry for HUNGER GAMES

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Our Alexander Ludwig plays Cato in one of the most anticipated releases of 2012 as Suzanne Collins’ celebrated book comes to the screen.

In a not-too-distant future, North America has collapsed, weakened by drought, fire, famine, and war to be replaced by Panem, a country divided into the Capitol and 12 districts. Each year two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games. Part entertainment, part brutal intimidation, the televised games are broadcast throughout Panem. The 24 participants are forced to eliminate their competitors, literally, with all citizens required to watch.

Alexander says…‘Portraying  Cato in The  Hunger Games has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.  Gary Ross was exceptional to work with and worked extensively with me on character development.  We really developed a back story for Cato which helped me feel incredibly comfortable in the role.

All of the tributes in the movie bonded both on and off the set.  When we weren’t filming we were going on weekend trips away and exploring North Carolina.  Mostly I hung out with Jack and Dayo, and we will definitely be friends for life.

I pulled a joke on Isabelle Fuhrman, (who is the sweetest girl) when I pretended to be lost while driving back from Nashville.  Poor Isabelle – I had her map quest me directions from Nashville, to Arizona, to Denver – where I told her I was going to fly back to N. Carolina.  She spent a good hour helping me out before I told her I was just kidding…I thought she was going to kill me….she is such a good friend…

I don’t know how Hunger Games is going to do in the theaters, but I can tell you it will always be one of the greatest memories I have of filming a movie.  I feel so incredibly lucky.’

Alexander first came to movie goers attention as the lead in The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising (2007) and notably starred with Dwayne Johnson aka “The Rock” in Race to Witch Mountain (2009).

THE HUNGER GAMES is set to be released on March 23, 2012.

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March 2, 2012

REAL LIFE FAIRY TALE FOR BEVERLEY ELLIOTT

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UPDATE:  Beverley Elliott “killed it” in this episode!…That comment may or may not be both a literal and figurative reference because I don’t want to spoil the shockers in this episode so… if you have not yet seen it, here is the link! We knew our Beverley was handy with a great dramatic role and  tricky dialogue…but who knew she was such a pro with a crossbow? !!! Entertainment Weekly said “Granny is as much of a ball-buster in this reality as she is in Storybrooke!” Congrats Beverley, can’t wait to see what you and “Red” get up to before the end of the season!

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ONCE UPON A TIME has featured our Beverley Elliott in seven episodes so far but Granny is BIG news in the upcoming March 11 show! Of course we can’t say much, but if you have not yet watched this break-out hit of the season, now is a great time to start! ONCE UPON A TIME stars Jennifer Morrison as Emma Swan, a woman with a troubled past who is drawn into a small town in Maine where the magic and mystery of Fairy Tales just may be real. Is everyone in Storybrooke a fairy-tale character under a curse? Is Emma the long lost daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming and the one who can save them all?  Is our Beverley just Ruby’s Grandmother, and is this a clue to what fairy tale character she will be revealed to be? Find out as the timeless battle of good vs. evil heats up in the episode Red Handed airing on Sunday March 11. (7PM on CTV/8PM on ABC)

Says Beverley…”What a joy to go to work where everyone, cast and crew, is genuinely happy to be there and believes in the show!”

Beverley Elliott is a familiar face on television where she has been a regular on such past series playing Nurse Brick Bannerman on Stephen King’s KINGDOM HOSPITAL on ABC and Maggie Krell in HARPER’S ISLAND for CBS. Beverley is delighted to return to the stage during the OUAT hiatus and will be co-starring in HENRY & ALICE, INTO THE WILD, opening April 25th at Vancouver’s Arts Club Theatre.

March 2, 2012

WELCOME Jim and Darren!

Lucas Talent is very excited to welcome Jim Gordon and Darren Parkman…”The Travel Guys”

“The Travel Guys” is a witty, personality driven show providing insight into popular and undiscovered destinations around the world, with tips on how to get you there, where to stay, what to do, and what to avoid (sometimes avoiding them is a wise insight!).

Since launching their television show, they have filmed in over 100 destinations including Australia, Malaysia, Caribbean, China, England, France, Hawaii, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain, Thailand, U.S.A. and – of course – Canada.

As well as co-hosting, co-writing and co-producing, Jim and Darren bring a host of other skills to the table.  Jim can be seen as resident Film Critic on CTV Vancouver/CTV News Channel.  You can also read his articles in “Vancouver View” and “Wineries Refined” magazines. Darren boasts over 20 years of media experience in radio, television and print.  He was co-host of a prime time radio show and has written several travel stories for print. When he’s not on the road with “The Travel Guys” he writes an entertainment column for “24hrs”, “TV Week” magazines and a weekly, national travel column for “Metro” newspapers.

“The Travel Guys” launched in 2004 and airs nationally on Shaw, OLN and in 33 markets across Canada.  The show is available in over 4 million homes on CHEK and CHCH TV.

Check out their website at www.travelguystv.com.

We are looking forward to working with these two very talented and charismatic personalities.

February 12, 2012

Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town with Owen Best

Watch Owen Best in Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town on CBC Sunday February 12th at 8:00 PT.

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Celebrating the 100th anniversary of Stephen Leacock’s classic novel of the same name comes Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town. Uniquely blending fact with fiction, the film captures the spirit of Leacock and brings it alive in a new way. Our young Mr. Best plays Leacock in his early life and iconic Canadian actor Gordon Pinsent is the narrator and also appears as the elder Leacock in a cameo at the end of the story. The film also stars a veritable who’s who of Canadian talent including Jill Hennessy as Owen’s “Mom” , Eric Peterson, Sean Cullen and Colin Mochrie. Congratulations Owen!

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January 27, 2012

Robert Cuffley Gets FEROCIOUS!

Congratulations to the talented Robert Cuffley, who has just finished shooting his latest movie!  Directed and written by Robert, FEROCIOUS is a riveting thriller, examining the dark side of ambition.

Amanda Crew stars as Leigh Parrish, a successful actress on a trip home to visit her small town roots. While dodging the careful eye of her manager (Dustin Milligan), Leigh steps out from the lights and cameras and into the shadows of her old life, confronting her unsavory past and ex-employer, Maurice (Kim Coates).  He has got something of hers, and she has to get it back…. at all costs.

Also starring Michael Eklund and Katie Boland, Ferocious is produced by Carolyn McMaster (CHAOS a film company inc.) and Anand Ramayya (KarmaFilm), and was shot in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.  The film is now in post – so look forward to FEROCIOUS premiering later this year.

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January 17, 2012

Mike Eckford is Rocking 2012

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Mike is the new wingman on Rock 101’s The Bro Jake Morning Show.   Brother Jake says, “The minute Mike Eckford and I first went on the air together, the comedy skies opened up and laughter poured out.”  Sure he’ll be a busy man as he continues co-hosting television’s award winning Urban Rush, something he’s been doing for 13 years alongside Fiona Forbes.

“I have been a fan of Classic Rock 101 and The Bro Jake Show for as long as I can remember and couldn’t be any more excited to join Jake and Alece in the mornings”, says Mike. Congratulations to our Mr. Eckford and please check out this great new FM tag-team on Rock 101 weekdays  6-10am.

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January 13, 2012

LUCAS clients SOAR in new CBC series ARCTIC AIR premiering January 2012

Congratulations to Omni Film Productions and CBC-TV upon the on-time arrival of ARCTIC AIR, Ian Weir’s Yellowknife set ensemble drama about renegade bush pilots in Canada’s Far North.  This new series is a wonderful throwback to the adventure series of yesteryear and stars Adam Beach as Bobby Martin.

Plenty of our talented clients are involved in the series, both in front of and behind the camera.

Jordan Wheeler, Gemini-winning writer, brought his talents to the story room, working as a story editor for the whole season and writing (or co-writing) two episodes along the way.   As an Aboriginal writer, Jordan brought his unique skills and insight – not to mention contacts in the throat-singing community – to the series. The wonderful Susin Nielsen also wrote for the series – with her episode set in the more urban environs of Vancouver.

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was lucky enough to direct one of Jordan’s episodes, and had great fun flying back and forth to Yellowknife.  He also directed webisodes for the series, which you can catch on the CBC website as the series progresses.

Lorne Cardinal, a well-known face from his long running CORNER GAS series has a recurring role as Zachary Ward, a successful businessman who has some dark secrets that will be revealed over the course of the season. Lorne says “The writers are fantastic, the scripts are wonderful and ARCTIC AIR will have a very unique and edgy look.” Our Kandyse McClure also has a continuing role as pilot Shontal Hicks, a cool and confident Iraq veteran who has traded in her F16 for a DC3.

Also appearing in guest roles this season are clients Luke Camilleri and Malcolm Scott. Watch ARCTIC AIR on CBC-TV Tuesday nights at 9 ET/PT.

Click on the link below for an interview with Jordan Wheeler, talking about the series.

http://www.cbc.ca/manitoba/scene/other/2012/01/09/jordan-wheeler/

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December 5, 2011

GET YOUR GLAM ON on December 20 at La Cage Aux Folles

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UPDATE – I was proud to write a cheque for $9200.00 to QMUNITY to support the important work that Jennifer Breakspear and her team do in our province! Kudos to the Vancouver Playhouse for their kind support and to our wonder team of volunteers and our media sponsors. The food was lavish…the lobby stage was a hit…the Playhouse production of La Cage Aux Folles was fab…and the Cagelles rocked the after party at The Junction.  It was a pleasure to work with Empress of Vancouver Kamelle Toe and the Dogwood Monarchist Society to make this a very special evening on fundraising!

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With the kind cooperation of Max Reimer and The Vancouver Playhouse, I am proud to have had the opportunity to create and produce this event as a fundraiser on behalf of the Dogwood Monarchist Society for the benefit of QMUNITY, BC’s Queer Resource Centre.

On the evening of Tuesday December 20 there will be a very special performance of the Broadway show, LA CAGE AUX FOLLES. This evening will be spectacularly special because after the modest expenses are covered, the ticket sales and silent auction proceeds will be split 50/50 with the Playhouse and Qmunity. In short, if we sell the evening out we will in one night raise more than $20,000.00 for this very deserving community charity. On this evening only your $75.00 ticket will also offer you pre-show h’orderves plus special performances on the Lobby Stage, a fabulous silent auction, and after the show itself, your ticket will also give you access to the “Afterparty” to dance and enjoy more spotlight performances from some of the spectacular “Cagelles”

The Playhouse production of La Cage stars Greg Armstrong-Morris as Albin and David Marr as Georges and features one of our very own the fabulous Mr. David Adams, plus many of the “stars” from the Vancouver drag community as “Les Cagelles”. Please help spread the word to come GET YOUR GLAM ON with the Lucas Talent gang, and let’s pack the house on Tuesday December 20.

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October 14, 2011

THE LUCILLE GALA BALL

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UPDATE – $14,000.00 was raised on this special evening for this very deserving non-profit organization! The Chrystal Ballroom was a shining star…the Band was amazing, the photo-booth was a riot, the Rogers Chocolate booth was “delish”, and the highlight of the evening for me was the talented flash mob of over 60 students singing and dancing to MAME as they invaded the ballroom and took over the stage in such GRAND style. And guess who won the trip to Maui?….wait for it….none other than Mr. Stuart Aikins who was “in the house” for this very special evening!

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THE LUCILLE GALA BALL

Many clients and visitors to our offices will remember the grand display of Lucille Ball memorabilia featuring one of Ms. Ball’s spectacular gowns on a custom mannequin. Well, 2011 marks what would have been Lucy’s 100th birthday and the 25th anniversary of Lucas Talent, and to celebrate I have decided it is time for her to be auctioned off for the benefit of two fine industry non-profits, and to travel on to her next destination. Announcing …THE LUCILLE GALA BALL in the fabulous Chrystal Ballroom at the Empress Hotel in Victoria BC. On Friday November 4, 2011 we’ll be dancing to the sounds of a Ricky-Ricardo style orchestra,  being entertained with lavish musical numbers with a cast of 60, and enjoying numerous other displays and special celebrations of all things “LUCY”…PLUS some lucky person is going to win a trip to Maui!

The evening is for the benefit of the Canadian College of Performing Arts and the sale of the dress will benefit both the CCPA and the Performers Arts Lodge (PAL). Lucie Arnaz wrote to me to say “I know my mother would be thrilled and proud to know her clothing is going to such good use”. The CCPA is an exciting performance school based in Victoria BC, with students from all across Canada. Growing up near Victoria I wrote my own “Lucy Show” scripts and performed them on the lunch room stage. I always played the role of “Mr. Mooney”, Lucy’s fabulous costar Mr. Gale Gordon, and later in life I had the great pleasure of working with him in many shows and of course he is the reason I got to meet Lucy! Along the way I received much Victoria encouragement in the form of drama awards and scholarships and it’s time to give a little back. PAL, in Vancouver BC, provides wonderful affordable housing and community  to  those who worked in the performing arts and are now seniors, or have special housing needs, and I am also proud to continue to support this fine organization.

THE LUCILLE GALA BALL is being presented by the CCPA board with the amazing contributions of sponsors that include The Fairmont Empress, TELUS, Urban Rush, the BC Ferry Corporation and Rogers Chocolates. For ticket information and purchase contact 1-250-595-9970.

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September 10, 2011

Asymmetry

Many of you may not be aware that two time Emmy nominated casting director Stuart Aikins has a background in directing of a different kind. This fall he’s going back to his roots, directing the theatrical play ASYMMETRY written by Rick Robinson. Asymmetry chronicles the halting first steps of three fledgling relationships as six damaged people fumble for intimacy and balance. Each of these relationships comes to a head in one night, in the same physical space, each couple unaware of the others even as their stories intertwine.

We’re incredibly proud to report that our very own Paul Piaskowski is part of the ensemble cast which also includes Jerry Wasserman, Cara McDowell, Leah Gibson, William C. Vaughan and Jessica Charbonneau. “I feel incredibly honoured and blessed to have the opportunity to work with this amazing group of ridiculously talented and ridiculously generous people”. Paul is our very own Aussie, well kind of, he was born in Poland, raised in Australia, and moved to Canada in 2007. He most recently worked with Japanese cult director Shunji Iwai on his first english language film “Vampire” which premiered at Sundance this year.

Asymmetry opens at the Havana Theatre October 25 and runs through to October 30th. For ticket information visit www.realitycurve.com.

Much Merdre to Stuart & Paul and the Cast & Crew!

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September 10, 2011

Lucas Blog from Deb’s Desk

If you’re going to be on my roster you’d better be prepared to “fly”….

The incredible Owen Best (Young Sam Flynn in “Tron”) will be jetting off to Toronto to play the title role of Young Stephen Leacock in CBC’s “Sunshine Sketches of a Little
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The amazing Josh Ballard went from a lead in “The Haunting Hour” to a lead in a feature entitled “Redwood”, an inspiring story of an 11 year old that thinks he can beat Jack Nicklaus at the 1978 Masters.

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Older brother Jeff Ballard is no slacker himself; he just booked a lead in a feature opposite Abigail Breslin. The talented Mr. Jeff Ballard may have to borrow Snooki’s eyeliner to play a Goth teenager who gets involved in a murder plot and turns state’s evidence to save himself in “Class Project, How to Kill a Mother”.

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The lovely Ms Brenda Crichlow is doing back-to-back-to back projects, from “Mommy’s Little Girl” to “Shrinking Violet”, to currently shooting a lead in “The Heart Healer” on Vancouver Island.

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One of the youngest and newest actresses on my roster, the adorable Lucy Jeffrey recently booked two large roles in “Trading Christmas” & “Girl Fight”. Lucy is 6 years old.

August 17, 2011

Gemini Awards 2011

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Congratulations to our Gemini Nominees!

Awards will be presented in Toronto at the August 30th and 31st Industry Galas, and at the September 7th Broadcast Gala.

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Dean Bennett

Best Direction in a Dramatic Program or Series – A HEARTLAND CHRISTMAS

CONGRATULATIONS to Dean Bennett on his well deserved Gemini nomination. Dean directed the pilot of HEARTLAND, and has directed numerous episodes over the last five seasons. He has also directed the CBC feature length productions of WAKING UP WALLY – THE WALTER GRETZKY STORY and DISTANT DRUMMING, along with multiple episodes of series such as DINOSAPIEN and NORTH OF 60.

Phil Ivanusic-Vallée and Davila LeBlanc

Best Writing in a Children’s Youth Program or Series – THE LEAGUE OF SUPER EVIL

CONGRATULATIONS to Phil and Dav, who also created this awesome series THE LEAGUE OF SUPER EVIL. Phil and Dav have just completed writing and story editing episodes for the third season of the series, and are developing several other new and exciting projects. They have also been nominated for two WGC screenwriter awards and have won a Leo Award for their writing on THE LEAGUE OF SUPER EVIL.

April 19, 2011

Family Matters: Surviving the Bipolar Journey

Mary M. Frymire directs Mars Entertainments’ documentary Family Matters: Surviving The Bipolar Journey, following four families struggling to help loved ones with this devastating mental illness.  The stark and moving reality is that when one member of a family has a mental illness, every member of the family is at risk themselves of depression, suicide, or other disorders.  The inspired truth is that while these families fight, often alone, to stay together, amidst crushing depressions and terrifying manic highs, they show us the true meaning of love and family.

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Mary Frymire is an award winning director with more then 25 years of experience.  She has developed, directed and produced documentary and dramatic projects in over 50 countries working fluently in four different languages. Specializing in issue oriented, documentary-based subjects, she draws on her cross-cultural experience when developing and directing character-driven, visually evocative, films that tell compelling stories. Mary has a very personal connection to this story: both her mother and sister suffer from Bipolar Disorder.

In support of the Canadian Mental Health Association’s “Mental Health Week”, FAMILY MATTERS will be premiering on Knowledge Network on MAY 3rd, at 9PM

Click here to watch the trailer and find out more about this film.

http://www.marsentertainment.ca/familymatters/

March 8, 2011

Richard’s Rant MAR 2011

In the past few years there has been a difficult decision to make when writing these newsletters, as I try to walk the line between being positive and “keeping it real”.  But WATCH OUT… because it’s 2011, spring has sprung, and I am ready to have a BIG fricking RANT!

Vancouver Sun headlines say “Movies making region rock” and “Film industry ready to roll in 2011” and an industry reporter at the Province incorrectly reports that BC has matched the tax credits in Ontario and Quebec. So I call and yell but all I get is a not-too-interested “oops”, and am informed that his editor has instructed him they just want to print industry “good news” stories. Meanwhile, most BC based actors, directors and writers are going, “gee if the industry is going so well why am I missing out?”

Well here are the quick-and-dirty reasons in my humble and pissed-off opinion:
-The vast majority of recent production has been big-budget feature films that come to BC because we have the studios, experienced crews, and effects folks to rival anyone and anywhere…BUT…these productions (examples include RISE OF THE (PLANET OF THE) APES…the TWILIGHT SAGAS…MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 4) tie up facilities and crews for months and provide very little employment opportunities for us.

-Reports scream, “BC builds on last years momentum” but look closer… Production of Canadian content productions has decreased from 400 million in 2007 to 100 million for 2010…that is down 75% on the kind of projects that have previously been your bread-and-butter!

The dollar…the dollar…the dollar…same old story I am afraid but the fact is the Canadian dollar has been worth MORE that the US dollar on most days so far in 2011 and as I write this it has closed at a 3 year high of $1.03…you know the rest of the story. Most analysts do not expect significant change anytime soon, but the Bank of America/Merrill Lynch’s educated guess is that it should fall back to about 95 cents this summer.

The tax credits…again, same old story but the fact remains that BC tax credits continue to NOT put us a level playing field with Ontario’s more favourable incentives.

-Despite the best efforts of our casting directors, the fact remains that American productions are bringing in many more actors for roles that would NOT have been “permitted” a few years ago. Your union used to work closely with Immigration to monitor/control this and we are informed that this Immigration position simply does not exist anymore…the result being that, for example, I get a lovely call from a casting director telling me that a client is up for a fricking actor role in a US feature and the one other choice is an American from LA…would NOT have happened a few years ago. And with respect to the union, I must point out that when this happens, the union still receives your dues for the year PLUS they get to charge the US resident big fat weekly non-resident fees, so their revenues are NOT affected like yours are!

Why aren’t casting directors seeing me?
Don’t want to mention specific names, because I know casting folks read these blogs…BUT know that some top casting folks have left the business and other “players” did not even have one project last year. There has also been a fair amount of “agency-roulette” and downsizing, including a top BC agent who has been in business for 25 years who recently closed up shop, put the staff of three out of work and is presently working remotely from an out-of-town home with a few top clients.

Vancouver shot series report:
Cancelled are STARGATE UNIVERSE…SHATTERED…LIFE UNEXPECTED …Renewed…we hear EUREKA and HAUNTING HOUR have new orders …still shooting at present are… MR.YOUNG(with a probable pick-up)…HELLCATS…CHAOS…FRINGE… SMALLVILLE… SUPERNATURAL…THE KILLING…

Ontario:
Film and TV was $964.3 million in 2010, a level they have not seen since 2002… the catch-22 here is that even though we are aggressively submitting you for Toronto projects, producers often demand to see ONLY actors that will tax-qualify legally as an Ontario resident. Lucky Toronto…they have seen a huge growth in foreign TV series which were $118.9 million in 2010, compared to only 58 million in ’09. That’s a 105.1% increase.

What is being done?
-I have been told on good authority that the UBCP has hired a lobbyist to try and work with Canadian Immigration to stop the flood of American actors coming in for smaller roles that never would have been permitted in past years.

-The CMPA states that we must continue to ensure that tax credits are competitive, crews and actors are highly trained and production facilities are state of the art. Even with the high dollar it is hoped that attention to those three facts will help stabilize and grow foreign location and service production in BC. The HST is helpful to keep attracting the big budget US films. Estimates are that on a $100 million dollar movie, a producer saves approx $3 million.

What can I do?
Some clients did have a good year last year, but I can’t think of anyone who would not say there is tons of room for improvement in 2011!

Go to your union meetings and participate. And be there to support THEM when the staff and executive are in difficult situations; for example the 2011 battle with a big bully studio that is trying to erode your rates on the US web-series MORTAL COMBAT.

Keep healthy, keep busy, don’t isolate…everything goes up and goes down…including the damn film and television industry…go to the gym, get together with friends and read scripts, volunteer to be on a LEO jury, maybe get a part time flexible job if you have cash-flow challenges…we have clients who clean houses…clients who have gone back to school. If things are slow for you, it means things are slow at the office, so with Eric and Rebecca there full time I am taking the opportunity to listen to my own advice on this topic. I am thrilled to be writing a major paper on Moliere’s The Misanthrope for the Department of Theatre and Film at UBC, to finish off my MFA Directing degree. Rest assured, if Spielberg calls with that three-picture deal for you I shall DROP everything and return to the twentieth century.

February 28, 2011

FAB FIONA VOTED #1 TV PERSONALITY

Our Fiona Forbes took the top spot in the WE 14th annual Readers’ Poll!

Savvy readers of WE, Vancouver’s urban weekly, named Forbes the #1 television personality and she also graces the cover of this prestigious edition! The WE headline exclaims…”You like her. You really like her”. And if you’d like to see more…don’t forget you can watch Fiona every day with her partner in crime Mike Eckford on URBAN RUSH, which was also recognized this year by WE as Vancouver’s #1 show! Fiona and Mike serve up the best dish, repartee, fashion, sports, foodie and celeb check-ins! And if you would like even more…did you know you can hire Fiona and Mike to host your event to make it a true evening to remember! Contact Eric Edwards for more details!…and Congratulations Fiona!

December 9, 2010

Director Dean Bennett

DEAN BENNETT Directs HEARTLAND CHRISTMAS SPECIAL

Alberta-based Dean Bennett directed the original pilot of Heartland and has gone on to direct many episodes of this ratings-winning family drama.  His numerous credits include directing Waking Up Wally: The Wayne Gretzky Story and Distant Drumming: A North of 60 Mystery.

Lou (Michelle Morgan) is trying to forget that her new husband Peter may not be able to spend Christmas with her due to his father’s illness and so she obsesses even more than usual about making everything perfect for a traditional family Christmas.

But Lou’s plans are altered by an anonymous call about starving and abandoned horses trapped in an avalanche in the remote Rocky Mountain area of Pike River. Amy (Amber Marshall) of course insists that they go and check the situation out. Lou is not happy, but with Amy’s assurance that they’ll be back in plenty of time for Christmas, she and Ty (Graham Wardle) head off on the long trek to Pike River.

Sunday December 12th at 8:00 PM (8:30 NL)
and
Saturday December 25th at 9:00 PM (9:30 NL)
on  CBC

November 4, 2010

Congrats Tihemme!

Congratulations Tihemme Gagnon for winning gold in this years PAGE awards for her TV Drama Pilot THE LAST GATE.

“The Last Gate” follows a Metis military prisoner who is transferred to a remote, one-of-a-kind civilian women’s prison camp as the newest member of an all-inmate disaster response crew.

Tihemme graduated from the ‘Writing for Film & Television’ program at VFS.  Now an instructor in their VFS Writing department, Tihemme has written for such locally produced series as X-Weighted and Crash Test Mommy.  Before focusing on her writing career, Tihemme spent three years in the Canadian Forces, during which time she became one of the first women to earn a top candidate award for a combat arms course.

September 27, 2010

25th ANNUAL GEMINI AWARDS

Congratulations to our Nominees!

Awards will be presented in Toronto at the November 2nd and 3rd Industry Galas, and at the November 13th Broadcast Gala.

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Louis Ferreira

Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role – STARGATE UNIVERSE

CONGRATS to our Louis Ferreira who is a former Gemini award winner for his chilling work in Season One of the highly acclaimed DURHAM COUNTY.  Louis is hard at work filming Season 2 of STARGATE UNIVERSE as Colonel Everett Young continues his journey as one of science fiction’s most complex and fascinating leaders. The new season premieres Sept 28  AT 9PM ON SyFy and Oct  1 at 10PM on SPACE.

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Louis says – “This season the Destiny journeys through space and time taking its prisoners deeper into their own minds and ultimately their own destinies.  In this case it is all about the destination…getting home.”

For a sneak peak of the exciting new season, click below:

http://stargate.mgm.com/view/content/2426/index.html

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Matt Frewer

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini Series – ALICE

CONGRATS to our Matt Frewer who is also a former Gemini winner! Matt loved shooting ALICE with Nick Willing and the wonderful cast, including Oscar winner Kathy Bates, and he is honoured to have this work recognized with a Gemini nod.

Matt has been busy in 2010 with his recurring role on the series EUREKA, a tour-de-force guest lead as “Pestilence” on SUPERNATURAL, a co-starring role in Seth Rogan’s untitled new film and he has just wrapped a Hallmark Christmas movie, starring with Daniel Stern (HOME ALONE, CITY SLICKERS etc) in BATTLE OF THE BULBS.

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September 21, 2010

ANDREW GENAILLE’S FEATURE FILM @ VIFF

UPDATE: – TWO INDIANS TALKING received the ROGERS PEOPLES CHOICE AWARD: Best Canadian Film

We are pleased to announce that the feature film TWO INDIANS TALKING, written by our own Andrew Genaille, will play at this year’s Vancouver International Film Festival.  It will also be playing at the Edmonton International Film Festival world premiere, the Calgary International Film Festival and the Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival.


Two Indians Talking

A humorous, uncensored conversation between two First Nations men who are about to take part in their community’s roadblock. Each man fiercely wants to do the right thing, but struggles with the question, “When you do something for the right reasons, does that make it the right thing to do?”

Click on the link below to view the main website and trailer for this film

http://kissdustpictures.com/

A short bio about Andrew Genaille

Andrew Genaille’s script CLEAN FIGHT was granted sponsorship by CHUM Television and then filmed as a television series pilot for Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN).  Short films such as THE GREAT WHITE BEAR BAITER and THE GIRL IN THE RED MAKE-UP not only prominently feature his First Nations heritage, but also showcase his trademark stinging cross-cultural wit. Andrew wrote the Kitchen Sink / Brightlight / CHUM co-production, JOHNNY TOOTALL.  This feature film, directed by Shirley Cheechoo, screened at the ImagineNATIVE Film Festival, premiered in Toronto, and was awarded Best Film at the 30th edition of San Francisco’s American Indian Film Festival.  Recently, Andrew completed work on BACK IN THE DAY: ON THE MIGHTY FRASER, a six-part documentary series for APTN.


Vancouver International Film Festival
Wednesday, October 6th 9:15pm @ Empire Granville 7
Friday, October 8th 12:40pm @ Empire Granville 7

Click on link below to buy tickets for this film

http://www.viff.org/tixSYS/2010/films/1915

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September 13, 2010

RICHARD’S RANT SEPT 2010

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I am telling you right now…I am NOT going to rant…I could, but it would kind of be like kicking a puppy because the state of our industry in BC still stinks. Our domestic industry remains decimated, but thank you Jesus for our American friends who continue to shoot here!

So…instead of a rant I want to talk about the theatre because that is where many of us, including me, come from. Here’s some good news! We have some amazing clients doing some amazing things coming up this season.

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Andrew McNeeAmber Lewis and Charlie Gallant have been trodding the outdoor boards at BARD ON THE BEACH this summer. Amber was described by reviewers this year as “strikingly saucy” and “brilliantly vulnerable” and Charlie, while admittedly not as pretty, is simply one of the most popular young actors around…soon he will be back in rehearsal for BRIEF ENCOUNTER for the Playhouse Theatre and the Manitoba Theatre Centre.

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The exciting news for Kayvon Khoshkam is that following his Blue Bridge Rep summer in Victoria at the Macpherson Playhouse he will be co-starring in THE GRADUATE next season for the Arts Club Theatre. Plus…our very own Camille Mitchell has been invited to play the immortal Mrs Robinson in that same production!

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David Adams opens soon in Electric Company’s exciting multi media production of TEAR THE CURTAIN at the Stanley Theatre

This fall Valsy Bergeron is playing Michelle in the Arts Club Revue production of THE PATRON SAINT OF STANLEY PARK.

Lorne Cardinal will be performing his two man “tour de farce” THUNDERSTRUCK throughout the western provinces this fall.
William B. Davis will be directing a production of the very challenging WASTE for the United Players

Ari Cohen is happily in Toronto performing in DEATH OF A SALESMAN for the prestigious Soulpepper Theatre until late November.

Beverley Elliott was at JUST FOR LAUGHS in Montreal this summer performing in MOM’S THE WORD REMIXED and is preparing to go to Winnipeg for a remount of her title role in BACK TO YOU, THE LUCILLE STARR STORY

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June 18, 2010

CONGRATULATIONS Phil and Dav!

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CONGRATULATIONS to our LEO AWARD WINNERS!

Philippe Ivanusic-Vallée and Davila Leblanc

Best Screenwriting in an Animation Program or Series for THE LEAGUE OF SUPER EVIL

THE LEAGUE OF SUPER EVIL, created by Philippe Ivanusic-Vallée and Davila Leblanc, also won for Best Animation Program or Series.

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May 26, 2010

Leo Awards

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The Leo Awards were established in 1998 to celebrate excellence in British Columbia film and television. The Leo Awards 2010 Celebration and Gala Awards Ceremonies take place June 4 and 5 at the Westin Bayshore Vancouver.

The Leo Awards are a project of the Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Foundation of British Columbia, and produced by Troika Productions Inc. and Events One.

The Nominees are…………

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Matt Frewer – Best Lead Performance by a Male in a Feature Length Drama for ALICE

Kandyse McClure – Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Feature Length Drama for COLE

Lorne Cardinal – Best Performance or Host(s) in a Music, Comedy or Variety Program or Series for WOLF CANYON

Kwesi Ameyaw – Best Supporting Performance by a Male in a Feature Length Drama for RIVERWORLD

Alison Grace –  Best Picture Editing in a Feature Length Drama for A SHINE OF RAINBOWS

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Mary Frymire – Best Direction in an Information or Lifestyle Series for SMART COOKIES: FINDING LOVE AND SAVINGS

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Victor Nicolle – Best Screenwriting in an Animation Program or Series for 1001 NIGHTS: WHAT’S YOURS IS MINE

Cathy Moss – Best Screenwriting in an Animation Program or Series for DOGGY DAY SCHOOL: BOSSY BOOTS

Louise Moon – Best Screenwriting in an Animation Program or Series for FRANNY’S FEET: LIGHTS IN THE NIGHT

Philippe Ivanusic-Vallée and Davila Leblanc – Best Screenwriting in an Animation Program or Series for LEAGUE OF SUPER EVIL: GLORY HOG

* LEAGUE OF SUPER EVIL, created by Philippe Ivanusic-Vallée and Davila Leblanc, is also up for Best Animation Program or Series.

April 13, 2010

RICHARD’S RANT APRIL 2010

Peter Mitchell at Vancouver Film Studios assesses the current climate of British Columbia very bluntly… he states “The Canadian film industry has all but disappeared and the Canadian domestic business is our No. 1 priority as a film industry community”.

I had a great debate with myself of whether it was a good idea, or not, to write another post that was discouraging. At the end of the day, I decided that it was better for our many clients who are not working to know that they are not alone, and that this current malaise goes all through the BC industry. The “state of the nation” is that things are stagnant, for example there are no up and coming agencies, casting directors, production houses and it is as challenging for talented young actor’s trying to break in to the business as it is for established actors to try and hang on to past levels of success.

The reasons are not new…Our provincial government has not matched the much more favourable tax credits in Ontario and Quebec, a Canadian dollar near par is anything but helpful, and the industry in general is still not in a healthy place. The biggest issue we have in BC is that our local industry was down more than 40% last year. It is lovely for us to have 100 million Hollywood feature productions coming here but they are only good for the few clients that will be cast and offer no employment opportunities to our Literary clients. Big-ticket projects mostly just tie up the studios and crew for months on something that most clients did not get a “hit” on. Reality is the 100 million plus projects are much more able to weather the strong dollar/less favourable tax credits than a 10 million dollar one. Reality is also that the domestic side of our community is what creates the most employment opportunities for us! Some clients have been asking how things are in Toronto and the answer is “better”, but certainly “no picnic”. While Ontario does have significantly more Canadian/domestic production happening, they also face their own challenges.

Domestic companies like Brightlight, No Sugar (Larry Sugar), Reunion and Omni all need a healthy climate to grow and to grow their own product. All the “BC Players” are working hard to identify new business models and new investment and co-production partners to find long-term solutions for our industry. On the bright side, more than a few US series have been renewed to shoot here, and it does look like studios will be booked up for the summer with big-budget product.

At the agency our battle cry remains…We’re here…we’re sober…Give us a call if you have any questions or just want to have a good YAK.

February 25, 2010

WATCH CAMILLE MITCHELL ON CAPRICA

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“There Is Another Sky” airs Friday, February 26 at 9PM and 11PM on Syfy in the USA and at 7PM on SPACE in Canada.

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Camille was delighted to be offered this juicy role on the new BATTLESTAR GALACTICA prequel CAPRICA and says…

“I had a ball playing Vesta, a powerful but shady avatar with wild hair and guns, who runs an exclusive casino where Russian roulette is played for real for big bucks, in a world with no rules.  I had originally auditioned for director Michal Nankin back in 2007 for the role of Starbuck’s alcoholic dying mother on “Battlestar” and I am so grateful that he remembered me from that audition and brought me back for this.  It was a wonderful experience!”

In addition to her numerous stage and film credits, Camille became a familiar face on television from her five seasons as Sheriff Nancy Adams on the CW’s SMALLVILLE. She will appear again on that network on April 12 in a guest appearance on their very positively reviewed new series LIFE UNEXPECTED.  David Hinck from The New York News says, “LIFE UNEXPECTED is TV pleasure unexpected!”

January 21, 2010

Magda Apanowicz stars in CAPRICA

“Be sure to watch our own Magda Apanowicz in the new series CAPRICA, premiering Friday January 22nd @ 9pm EST/6pm Pacific, on Space”

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Click here to read Magda’s Interview with The National Post

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January 19, 2010

HST AND THE ARTIST

Award-winning artist William B. Davis is a longstanding “Lucas” client who will always be remembered as one of TV’s favourite villains, “Cancerman” from THE X-FILES. In addition he has numerous other stage, film and television credits including guest roles in new series’ CAPRICA and HUMAN TARGET plus the upcoming feature BEHEMOTH

Here is a great article that should be of interest to all clients in regards to the looming HST tax. There are many issues and questions about how the tax will actually be applied (for example what happens when you work out of province or what happens with clients who are represented by Lucas Talent, but who live out of province?)…and will registration be mandatory or optional?(presently for GST you are not obliged to register until you earn more than 30K a year). At this time, the draft legislation to implement the HST in Ontario and BC has not yet been passed, and answers to many of our questions are not available. But while we await direction on these and other fronts, we know many of our clients are concerned about what it all will mean, so we are happy to offer Bill’s informed opinion on the subject…take it away Bill!

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How does the HST benefit an artist? The same way the GST does. The only person who should pay the GST and soon the HST in our business is the audience. It is a consumption tax paid by the consumer.

So – if you have a GST number – and soon an HST number – and you should have a number regardless of your earnings – here is how it works:

In the course of pursuing our business we incur expenses: wardrobe, travel, agent’s fees, publicity, professional development etc. Currently we are charged GST on these expenses. We are charged PST also on goods but not services. Soon the PST will be added to services as well as goods and so we will be charged a 12% Value Added Tax on all of these purchases.

When we work we collect GST and soon HST from our employers. This amount is in addition to our fee and since the employer can recoup the cost they have no problem in paying it. We are required to submit this money to the government; it is a tax we have collected on their behalf.

BUT the key point is that we can then deduct the HST (formerly the GST) that we paid on our expenses from the amount we remit to the government.

Under the old system we simply had to eat the PST on our expenses but now we will be able to claim it back against our earnings.

And the even better part is that if we spend more on GST/HST than we collect in earnings the government sends us a cheque!

Essentially what the new system means is that we will no longer be out of pocket for PST on any business related expenses. Good for us.

But to benefit from this system you have to have a number – easy to get – and file – easy to do – either annually or quarterly.

And for historical interest, membership in the European Common Market requires member states to have a Value Added Tax of at least 15%. The HST is not some evil thought up by the neo cons, it is a normal tax in the modern world.

What would be truly tragic for our business would be if Ontario adopts the HST and BC doesn’t. More film business would move to Ontario as the HST is such a benefit to business. Producers have already said they will move should that happen.

January 19, 2010

RICHARDS RANT: A LITTLE GOOD NEWS FOR 2010

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OKOKOK…I need to accept that I may have to park my fat ass in front of the TV and watch the Olympics because we may be dead until March…there I have said it…now…no RANT this month and HOW ABOUT A LITTLE GOOD NEWS FOR 2010

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USA Director’s Guild honours three Canadians-The DGA have nominated James Cameron (AVATAR) and Jason Reitman (UP IN THE AIR) for 2009 Outstanding Directional Achievement in a Feature Film. Fellow Canuck Norman Jewison will be awarded their highest honour, a Lifetime Acheivement Award.

Leno Moving Back to Late Night-Leno’s move to 10PM had sucked up five hours of primetime network television that was scripted drama. This cost cutting NBC experiment did not work, Jay was still in 4th place (of the networks) and his 10PM ratings were weaker even that their shows in the same slots last season…now NBC is not going to turn out and make five “LAW AND ORDERS” but it does leave a five hour prime time crater, ripe to be filled with scripted dramas. (Even their bad ones last year rated 30% higher than Leno; albeit his show had a much lesser budget)

Series Renewals – STARGATE UNIVERSE has been renewed with a full order for Season 2…SANCTUARY has been picked up for another season. We hear through the grapevine that the pilot PREPPED has been picked up to go to series here. Don’t be surprised if the Vancouver shot CW shows get picked up – they make a lotta dough for that network!

Meg Liberman who does LA casting for CBS/CW Network told me that she expects ALL their series work will be coming to Canada this year…GREAT news, but let’s hope we get a little tax credit help from the BC Liberals so Ontario does not get it ALL.

Vancouver shot ALICE had the second highest ratings ever for SyFy (next to Nick Willing’s other Vancouver shot mini series TIN MAN). Watch for more projects coming from Reunion and Willing this spring!

Homegirl/Homeboy success – Our Madga Apanowicz, represented by Debbie Mahood, is one of the stars of CAPRICA (the new BATTLESTAR GALACTICA prequel) that has its Canadian premiere on SPACE January 22nd. Although the shows boasts veteran stars like Esai Morales and Eric Stoltz, creator David Eick says that the series “hinges on the performers playing the teenagers, Magda and Alessandra Toresani”…and how great to see Vancouver actors, Cory Monteith and Patrick Gallagher chewing it up on the hit series GLEE!

Stuart Aikins is feeling pretty warm and fuzzy about 2010 and says that he expects March to be a very busy month…He has been approached about many projects that look like they are coming our way plus he will be casting a new series TOWER, and EUREKA has been renewed for another season.

Coreen Mayrs reports that she also feels it will be very quiet until the end of the first week of March. That said, in recent conversations with various LA studio execs she believes it will heat up considerably afte

December 4, 2009

Matt Frewer

Watch Matt Frewer in ALICE

He’s as mad as a box of frogs!

Our Matt Frewer stars with grown-up Alice (Caterina Scorsone) and Queen of Hearts (Kathy Bates) in the mini series Alice premiering this Sunday and Monday evenings. Alice offers a modern take on Lewis Carroll’s novels. Alice finds herself in a futuristic Wonderland and when the Queen kidnaps her she seeks an ally in the White Knight (Frewer), a character from Through the Looking Glass.

Frewer says, “He’s a knight of old, and the knights in this version have died off so he’s the one remaining crusader who will champion Alice’s cause. That’s the idea. He’s actually gone mad, as a result of too much time on his own. He’s a cross between Don Quixote, Baron von Munchausen and the Cowardly Lion; he’s mad as a box of frogs!”

Frewer adds that the “Wonderland” atmosphere extended past work. “We had a wonderful time doing it. It’s a fantastic piece to work on, and we’re just very grateful.”

Alice premiers on Showcase and SyFy Channel this Sunday:

Night One:
Sunday December 6
On SyFy Channel at 9 pm
On Showcase at 8 pm

Night Two:
Monday December 7
On SyFy Channel at 9 pm
On Showcase at 8 pm

October 27, 2009

PAL Benefit

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

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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 www.lucastalent.com

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.

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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.

September 16, 2009

Beverley Elliott is Lucille Starr

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Our Beverley Elliott returns both to the stage and her country roots to play the title role in the world premiere of…

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Lucille Starr is a Franco- Manitoban/ British Columbian singer, songwriter and yodeler best known for her 1964 hit single, “Quand Le Soleil Dit Bonjour Aux Montagnes” (“The French Song”). The play begins in 1981 with Lucille/Beverley returning to her hometown, Coquitlam, BC, for her comeback tour. Coming home stirs up a lifetime of memories- from a successful career to the loss of her voice and recovery. The tour brings her back to her music, herself and… back to you.

Besides her numerous stage appearances, Beverley is a familiar face in film and television where she has appeared in over 50 projects. Some of her favourite films include working with Clint Eastwood in UNFORGIVEN and opposite the late John Candy in HARRY CRUMB. On TV she has been a series regular on HARPER’S ISLAND, BORDERTOWN and HOPE ISLAND. She has also been seen in Spielberg’s mini series TAKEN and Stephen King’s KINGDOM HOSPITAL.

EVERGREEN CULTURAL CENTER
September 22 – 26
Click here for online tickets

1205 Pinetree Way,
Coquitlam BC

FIREHALL CENTER
DATES: September 30- October 10
For tickets call the Firehall Box Office at – 604.689.0926

280 East Cordova Street
Vancouver, BC

THE GATEWAY
November 11 -21, 2009
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6500 Gilbert Road
Richmond BC

August 27, 2009

MCCLURE MANIA!

Kandyse McClure signs as one of the leads in Brett Ratner’s(X-MEN)  latest film MOTHER’S DAY

Kandyse has her cards and flowers ready for “Mother’s Day,” Darren Lynn Bousman’s remake of Charles Kaufman’s 1980 Troma cult classic.

The original “Mother’s Day” revolved around three female friends who, while camping, run afoul of two brothers who engage in murder and rape to impress their deranged mother. The new version, written by Scott Milam, is being remolded as a psychological thriller in which the wicked family returns to the house where they grew up to terrorize the new owners and their guests.

McClure will play Gina, a guest at the house along with friends Shawn Ashmore(XMEN) and Deborah Ann Woll(TRUE BLOOD). Filming commences September ’09 with a spring 2010 release timed to Mother’s Day being eyed.

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Kandyse stars in COLE which has its world première at TIFF September 15, 2009

Cole Chambers (Richard de Klerk) is an aspiring writer living in the small British Columbia town of Lytton. He enrols in a writing course at a university in the city, and  meets Serafina (Kandyse McClure), a black woman who lives with her wealthy and controlling parents. Attracted to the possibility of escape that the other offers, Cole and Serafina start an affair few close to them understand.

Cole is an intense and insightful drama from director Carl Bessai and writer Adam Zang. Bessai turns his lens from his typical urban setting to more rural surroundings, and finds both beauty and pathos. De Klerk and McClure anchor the film with their casual intimacy. Cole is Bessai’s most assured movie yet. At times challenging but ultimately life-affirming, Cole is a polished and mature work from one of Canada’s most active and engaging filmmakers.

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CHILDREN OF THE CORN premieres September 26 on SY FY

Kandyse (aka Dualla) may have wrapped the Battlestar Galactica series, but she returns to SCI FI Channel as the leading lady in the upcoming original movie Children of the Corn. In the film, McClure and David Anders (HEROES) star as Vicki and Burton Stanton, a couple who decide to go on a driving trip as sort of a second honeymoon and somehow end up in a rural community with some freaky ass children. The flick was shot on location in and around Davenport, Iowa. Donald P. Borchers is directing the shenanigans from his own script.

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NBC to broadcast new series PERSONS UNKNOWN

NBC has picked up Persons Unknown, the Fox TV Studios drama series from Oscar winner Christopher McQuarrie(“The Usual Suspects” ). The order is for 13-episodes. Persons Unknown, executive produced by showrunner Remi Aubuchon, McQuarrie and Heather McQuarrie, stars Kandyse with Jason Wiles and Daisy Betts and revolves around a group of strangers who wake up in a deserted town with no recollection of how they got there, only to realize that they are watched by omnipresent security cameras. To escape, they must work together to solve a surreal puzzle. Première date TBA

August 19, 2009

WECOME NEW CLIENTS

This summer Eric and Richard have welcomed two new clients to their roster who have both recently relocated to Vancouver.

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Demore Barnes joins us via both Toronto and LA. Canadian audiences will remember him from the legal series THE ASSOCIATES where he was twice nominated for a Gemini Award for Best Leading Actor in a Dramatic Series. State-side he played ‘Sergeant First Class Hector Williams’ aka Hammerhead, in Seasons 1,2 and 3 of CBS’s critically acclaimed series THE UNIT.

Demore had a nice welcome to Vancouver where on his first appointment he booked a new recurring lead role on CW’s hit series SUPERNATURAL. Playing the dual role of Darryl and Raphael, he will provide some twists and turns this season for SUPERNATURAL fans!

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Mark Lutz is a multi-talent actor and screenwriter who is well known as the star and author of TV feature VICTOR. Based on the inspiring, true-life, story of swimmer Victor Davis, Mark played this working class kid who through sheer guts and determination overcame both physical and psychological challenges to reach the pinnacle of his sport, becoming an Olympic gold medal champion. The project won two 2008 Gemini awards! Although Mark has guest starred on numerous episodics including popular shows like FRIENDS and ER, he may be best known as ‘The Groosalugg’ aka ‘Groo’ from season 2 and 3 of WB hit show ANGEL. Part demon and part human, our Mr. Lutz got to battle Angel for the affections of the lovely Cordelia. Wanna find out who prevails?…then buy the damn DVDs people :)

June 17, 2009

SUMMER ’09 VANCOUVER TELEVISION REPORT

Greetings oh dear clients…
How about a little good news for a change?

Thought you would be interested in seeing updates about what this summer is going to look like in Vancouver.

Feature films are lovely, and they bring a very high visibility to the Vancouver market…but as Crawford Hawkins the DGC president says, “The features are the glamour, and the television is the lifeblood of our BC business”….and Ken Anderson the president of IATSE Local 891 states “Series work is the bread and butter for Vancouver.”

So here is the latest on ‘whazzup’ in Vancouver TV-Land

SERIES ALREADY SHOOTING

SANCTUARY – Sci-Fi network in season 2.  Dr Helen Magnus (Amanda Tapping) and her
team continue to track and find the monsters that move secretly among us. Casting: Stuart Aikins
STARGATE UNIVERSE – new series with a full season order on the Sci-Fi Channel.  The third show in the live action Stargate franchise and will start airing summer 2009. Casting: Clark & Page
PSYCH – Season 4, a novice sleuth tricks the police into thinking he has psychic powers, and now they’ve hired him to solve complicated crime cases. Casting: Clark & Page
THE TROOP – Nickelodeon series about a covert society group of kids who protect the world from supernatural creatures will begin filming season 1.  Casting: Maureen Webb
EUREKA – Sci-fi Network has green-lit Season 4 but it may start shooting as late as January!  A small town kept secret and guarded from the world is inhabited by only brilliant scientists who work on scientific government advances that usually go awry. Casting: Aikins & Cossey
DEFYING GRAVITY –just finishing first season and the series is looking for a US network home once filming has been completed.  It is to be aired in Canada and on BBC 2 in the UK. Series had VERY little guest cast requirements and may or may not get renewed for a second season… Eight astronauts living aboard an international spacecraft on a mission through the Solar System, as the world watches from thirteen billion kilometres away.  Staring Ron Livingston. Casting Mayrs & Brandstatter

COMING BACK SOON

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June 17, 2009

REPORT FROM BANFF

Lucas Literary Agent Doreen Holmes is just back from being both a delegate and a guest participant at the Banff  World Television Festival 2009

The Banff Television Festival – It’s a perfect place to meet new people and catch up with those you don’t see very often – throw in sessions with broadcasters, producers, commissioning editors, master classes, award ceremonies and gawd – this time, pitch sessions in a room full of other agents – cocktail parties and, of course, a grand-slam barbecue complete with not one, but two fire pits, live bands and a cowboy meal served on the biggest darned tin plates I’ve ever seen, while perched amongst Rocky Mountains, and you’ve got a near perfect setting for a focused industry conference.

For some, Banff is a place to pitch projects, or to find projects, to gather information, gain a new perspective on the business, gather new information or market trends, or to find agent representation – I actually had one writer fall to her knees in front of me bowing as though I was some kind of deity (that was a bit odd and rather unnecessary).  I go for many of these reasons, but mostly to foster relationships and try to gain an understanding of who’s looking for what, what kind of projects appeal to a particular person or company and begin the introduction process of our clients to production companies and broadcasters.

So what are producers and broadcasters looking for?  Comedies, dramas, projects that can be shot in Canada, projects that need a co-producer, top writers, new writers, projects with an strong new media component to name a few.  There were less people attending this year (I heard numbers ranging from 900 to 1,200 instead of the normal level of 2,000) and I believe the feeling was slightly more low-key than in the past, but there was still a good representation – program executives, producers, broadcasters, writers, show runners, funders – and so many are looking for good projects – make that great projects – with a fresh voice.  And they are interested in the people who create and work on them!  Ultimately, they all speak to who their market is – who’s watching their programs.

So now, back in Vancouver, my real work begins – following up and nurturing those new relationships, staying in touch with all those folk as I continue to promote our clients and their projects in this ever-changing industry.

April 28, 2009

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

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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”

March 4, 2009

WES WILLIAMS joins all-star cast in the new drama series ‘THE LINE’

Actor Wes Williams will appear alongside an all-star cast in the upcoming drama series ‘The Line’, premiering Monday, March 16th, 2009 at 10 p.m. ET on TMN and 9 p.m. PT on Movie Central. It will also air Fridays at 9pm ET/MT on HBO Canada. ‘The Line’ revolves around the multifaceted lives of people on both sides of the law and brings viewers into an unpredictable world where the lives of cops, criminals and the innocent collide. This compelling 15-part series has a tremendous cast of heavy hitters including: Sharon Lawrence, Linda Hamilton, Daniel Kash, Ron White and Ed Asner, and was written by renowned playwright George F. Walker and his creative partner Dani Romain. (click ‘more’ tab to continue reading) more

February 16, 2009

ALEXANDER LUDWIG stars with “The Rock” Dwayne Johnson in the Disney feature RACE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN opening March 13th

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Nurturing an impressive body of work that encompasses film and television, Alexander Ludwig is positioning himself as one of Hollywood’s most promising young talents as his career continues to evolve with exciting and challenging projects.

Alexander stars in Walt Disney feature film “Race to Witch Mountain”
alongside Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, which opens nationwide on March 13, 2009.  He marked a milestone during the filming of the movie:  he turned 16.  Among his gifts from cast and crew was an acoustic guitar from Dwayne Johnson, also a gifted player.race_to_witch_mountain-202x300.jpg

A Vancouver, British Columbia resident, Alexander entered the entertainment business at age 10 by booking his first ever audition for a television commercial.  Roles in several family films soon followed, including “Eve and the Firehorse,” “MXP: Most Xtreme Primate,” “Air Bud:
World Pup” and “The Sandlot III” to name a few.

Alexander was most recently seen in the thriller “The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising,” starring alongside veteran actors Ian McShane, Frances Conroy and Wendy Crewson.

When not in school or on film sets, Alexander enjoys the outdoors. He spends his free time snow skiing at Whistler Mountain near his home in British Columbia, surfing, water skiing, playing tennis and ice hockey.

Alexander writes from set….. (click ‘more’ tab to read Alexander’s account) more

February 16, 2009

MADGA APANOWICZ signs to join the cast of new BATTLESTAR GALACTICA “prequel”, CAPRICA

Magda began acting at the age of 15 and has never looked back.

After appearing in numerous television series including The Bionic Woman and The L Word, she moved on to TV movies where most recently she starred as Brooke Preston in Hallmark’s Every Second Counts. Prior to the Caprica series Magda landed recurring roles in ABC Family Channel’s Kyle XY and on renegadepress.com, where she has twice been nominated for a Gemini award for her outstanding portrayal of Alex.

In her spare time you may find Magda on the slopes snowboarding or perhaps skydiving & bungee jumping off them! She will take a break from her daredevil activities when she joins the cast of Caprica, and shares the following story with you from the Pilot shoot…

While I was shooting Caprica, we taped for four days at the private room in the V-Club. The set was beautiful and quite elaborate and featured a liquid moat surrounding the entire room. But unfortunately I don’t think anyone gave the lighting a lot of thought. The moat was indistinguishable from the floor and just about everyone on the crew stepped into that thing at least once during our week there.  I always like to take things to a new level, however, so as we were about to shoot an important scene, I was still listening to my iPod as the AD slowly walked me through the room. He had been joking around about some stuff when all of a sudden I heard him yell, “Watch out”. I didn’t react quickly enough and walked straight into the moat, where I slipped and fell face first into the water… iPod, sound mike and all. I easily took top prize amongst the entire Caprica cast and crew for “Best Spill of the Week”.

January 15, 2009

LUCAS TALENT WELCOMES CARL BESSAI

UPDATE: January 2009 – CARL BESSAI is nominated for 2 Genie Awards (Achievement in Direction and Best Motion Picture) for NORMAL.

 

 

 

Anna Archer, Doreen Holmes and Richard Lucas are proud to announce that they are now representing the award winning filmmaker Carl Bessai.

Bessai started out in the film industry shooting documentaries and soon honed his skills as a producer, writer, director, and cinematographer. His feature films have won international critical acclaim, having screened at numerous festivals including Sundance, Berlin, and Toronto and have been released theatrically in Canada, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, and the USA. He has had the pleasure of directing international talents including Sir Ian McKellen (EMILE), Carrie-Anne Moss (NORMAL) and Colm Feore (LOLA).

In 2007 his film NORMAL (starring Moss plus Kevin Zegers, Cameron Bright and Callum Keith Rennie) premièred with acclaim at the Toronto International Film Festival and went on to win multiple industry awards. His 2006 feature, UNNATURAL&ACCIDENTAL premiered at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and at TIFF, before earning awards and nominations at the American Indian Film Festival, the Vancouver International Film Festival, the British Columbia film Awards (Leos), and the 2007 Genie Awards.

In 2009 watch for the release of two new Bessai features COLE and MOTHERS&DAUGHTERS.

January 14, 2009

Barry Kennedy returns to Discovery Channel for season 2 of OUT IN THE COLD, premiering January 2009

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Join host Barry Kennedy as he embraces freezing temperatures on a cross-country ride from the Yukon tundra to iceberg alley in Newfoundland.  With back-to-back half-hour episodes, the six-part series OUT IN THE COLD premieres on Discovery Channel in January 2009.

Go to discoverychannel.ca for TV listings and info on the show

Advice From the Ice

Midnight. Midwinter. Dawson City, Yukon. Advice is flowing freely. . . .

Opinions come thick and furious in the north, relentless tormenting swarms like the summer blackflies that so clog eyes and nostrils caribou are driven in panicky headlong flight to their deaths. But our four-man crew is bearing up, refusing to bolt. The bar is called The Pit, for all obvious reasons, and serious counsel is on tap. (click ‘more’ tab to continue reading) more

December 3, 2008

Justin Louis wins a Gemini Award for his Leading role in DURHAM COUNTY

UPDATE: January 2009 – JUSTIN LOUIS signs to play Colonel Evertt Young in the new STARGATE UNIVERSE series

We are proud to congratulate Justin on his well-earned Gemini Award in the category of “Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role” in the critically acclaimed series DURHAM COUNTY.

Just click on the link below and you will see why the Globe and Mail says “Justin Louis does his best work ever here.”

www.lucastalent.com/clips/LouisDurham.wmv

December 2, 2008

What Happens in the Cornfield Stays in the Cornfield…Part Two

UPDATE: -January 2009- KANDYSE MCCLURE is shooting a new FOX series PERSONS UNKNOWN in Mexico City

KANDYSE MCCLURE concludes her report from location in Iowa…Shooting Stephen King’s CHILDREN OF THE CORN


The Lodge has become our home and we have all but taken over. The group tours of folks from Kiwanis and The Ladies Auxiliary smile and give us sideways glances as our chatter drowns out the live piano player at breakfast. We’re always in the hot-tub or chatting in the lobby.  Everyone on the staff knows our names, I half expect there to be a bar called Cheers down the hall.  But, even hanging around hot-tubs and bars can get old and we really just want to get started. Having been here over a week, almost a month for some, we’ve run out of things to buy at Target and are tired of the daily rehearsals and meetings and fittings. Just when  we are all beginning to  get a wicked case of cabin fever, we hear that shooting is about to begin. There’s one little problem though. . . . a tropical storm is off the southern coast of the US and we in Davenport have been under torrential downpour for days. I am under the impression that they’ve accounted for this by negotiating for weather days but I get the call anyway. Wednesday morning, 5am –Interior Thunderbird. We are to do almost 80% of our dialogue in the first two days on camera. Oh boy. (click ‘more’ tab below to continue reading)

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November 19, 2008

RICHARD’S RANT

After many of you have worked hard for years to establish your rates and quotes we are now playing the game of “how low can you go”. Budgets and time are getting so compressed these days that a few of the recent 2 hour MOW products are being shot in as little as 9 or 10 days. Projects that qualify with less than 2 million dollar budgets are getting discounts on union rates and don’t think just the actors are getting this treatment. An experienced and talented director may be working on the same project and getting discounted up to 75% of their union minimum! Like you, many directors, producers, writers and editors are working on projects that are…how can I put this politely…are perhaps not projects that would have held the same interest a few years back. And if you have an off-the-record conversation with a casting director you might find that top houses have rolled back their rates to what they made 15 years ago in order to be competitive and land a job. In addition, many of them are also now expected to provide the cost of the audition space as part of that lower fee. (click ‘more’ tab to continue reading Richards Rant) more

October 25, 2008

KANDYSE MCCLURE reports from location in Iowa… shooting Stephen King’s CHILDREN OF THE CORN

kmac_children_of_the_corn.jpgWhat happens in the cornfield stays in the cornfield…Part One

No truer words have ever been spoken, especially when you’re doing a Stephen King remake in the middle of (choice expletive) Iowa. Actually let me just say – Iowa is wonderful in it’s own special way – the people are friendly and unpretentious, stuff is cheap, there are lots of sporting goods stores and Texas Roadhouse makes one of the most amazing rib-eye’s I’ve ever had. Or maybe that was the Jack Daniel’s talking. (click ‘more’ tab to continue reading) more

October 24, 2008

Feel the Urban Rush

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Watch Fiona Forbes and Michael Eckford weekdays on the new season of Urban Rush…and if that isn’t enough of this dynamic duo for you… contact Eric Edwards about having them host your next event!

October 18, 2008

REPORT FROM LA

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Ben Levine is a manager with top LA management firm Kritzer Levine Wilkins who has worked with Lucas Talent agents and clients for almost 10 years.

GREETINGS FROM LA…
So far the new fall television season still seems to be a bit nebulous. Because of the condensed pilot season and writer’s strike last year it seems that everyone was trying to cram things, and they didn’t have the proper time to develop their shows. What we got was a lot of shows that are either retreads like KNIGHT RIDER or 90210 or remakes of shows shot in other countries like THE EX LIST and KATH & KIM. It is estimated that the writer’s strike lost the networks 33% of their business and this is pertaining to the juggernaut shows like: GREY’S ANATOMY and CSI. Yet the television season is business as usual, even though studio feature production is at a stand still. We can thank SAG for that. (click ‘more’ tab to continue reading) more

October 8, 2008

MATT FREWER reports from location in SHANGHAI… shooting WUSHU WARRIOR

UPDATE: January 2009 – MATT FREWER is off to South Africa to film gritty Darfur epic JANJAWEED

UPDATE:  December 2008 – MATT FREWER shoots DR STRASSFIELD with Halle Berry in the upcoming feature film FRANKIE AND ALICE

Matt Frewer is one very busy actor. In 2008 he has two feature films coming out, the lead in action/adventure film Wushu Warrior and Zack Snyder’s (Director of 2006 hit “300”) major Warner Brothers release, The Watchmen. Matt also had the pleasure of appearing in Snyder’s 2004 film Dawn of the Dead that is one of the top-grossing zombie films of all time! His other work on the big screen includes memorable roles like Big Russ Thompson, Rick Moranis’ neighbour in Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, and his nefarious computer genius in Lawnmower Man 2: Beyond Cyberspace.

Gemini award-winning Frewer is also a familiar face on television where recently he has been a series regular on both Eureka (Sci-Fi) and Intelligence (CBC). He starred in three Sherlock Holmes films for Muse Entertainment, CTV and the Odyssey Channel. In addition to his long list of fine comedy and dramatic roles, Frewer will always be remembered for his groundbreaking work, and his creation of pop-culture icon Max Headroom. (click ‘more’ tab to continue reading Matt’s report) more

October 1, 2008

TRICIA HELFER reports from location in MIAMI…shooting BURN NOTICE:

Tricia Helfer should be up for “the hardest workin’ woman in show biz award” as she has been doing triple duty shooting a 2 hour Battlestar Galactica MOW, her new FOX pilot Inseparable and this report comes from Miami where she is in the middle of an “arc” play of USA ‘s Burn Notice where she plays Carla, Michael’s sleek sexy and lethal “handler”. (click ‘more’ tab to continue reading Tricia’s report) more

October 1, 2008

Coming Next Month – Richard’s Rant

Eric tells me I am not allowed to “rant” in my opening blog so you will have to wait until next month for me to go postal on the plethora of scale-minus projects we have “enjoyed” in the past few years. So for now I shall be all sunshine and kitties, and welcome you to our new web site, to celebrate our new location. It was time for a new do and we hope that our clients and those who hire them will enjoy the new “bloggy” features we have. We look forward to hearing from you, what you like, what you don’t, and from whom and about what you want covered in the future!