For six months starting in late 2014, web series Whatever, Linda creators Hannah Cheesman and Mackenzie Donaldson chronicled their careers as young, female producers in the ever-shifting film/TV/digital landscape for The Globe and Mail. With their first feature film, The Definites, having premiered at the Cucalorus Festival in Wilmington, N.C., this past week, The Globe checked back in with the producing partners over e-mail.....READ ARTICLE
Political Blind Date, a six-part half hour documentary series for TVO is produced by by our clients Mark Johnston and Amanda Handy (Nomad Films) along with Tom Powers from Open Door Films. The documentary is written and directed by Mark Johnston and produced by Amanda . Powers serves as series creator and exec producer.
The series pairs rival politicians as they meet face-to-face, learn about one another and then explore a divisive topic, such as safe injection sites, marijuana legalization and climate change. The docuseries features politicians including Toronto city councilor Giorgio Mammoliti and Liberal MP Adam Vaughan, as well as NDP leader Jagmeet Singh and Toronto mayoral hopeful Doug Ford. The goal, the producers say, is to humanize the politicians – to one another, and audiences.
“We’re trying to prove that civil discourse is possible in politics no matter where you are on the political spectrum,” says Johnston.
We are pleased to welcome our new associate Lauren Blaiwais to the firm. Lauren recently completed her articling term at a prominent intellectual property firm in Ottawa and is thrilled to bring her unique background in both the arts and sports to Hall Webber. Lauren is a former top soccer player in the United Soccer League (USL), where she played in three North American Championship tournaments and was selected for the USL Olympic Development Program National Camp, and also attended a regional arts specialty program high school where she majored in theatre. She then completed a concurrent French Immersion Juris Doctor/Bachelor of Social Sciences (Political Science) program at the University Ottawa where her academic achievements include receiving the French Studies Scholarship, Dean’s Honour List, and graduating Cum Laude.
Firm client Vortex Words + Pictures run by producer Bill Marks has partnered with David Miller's A71 to launch a new distribution- and sales-focused joint venture, V71. The new entity aims to leverage the companies’ various areas of expertise by combining Vortex’s production and sales capabilities with A71′s distribution, production and marketing divisions. The partnership will also see A71 relocate its Toronto team to Film Port Studios, where Vortex is already based. Outside of V71, both companies will continue to operate independently of one another.
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