An MBA graduate with 25 years of experience in film and television, John’s career ranges from film festivals, to production and financing. After staring his career at TIFF, he then moved into financing, with positions at the Ontario Media Development Corporation, the Canadian Media Fund and at Telefilm Canada where he served as a Regional Director and the Television Sector Head. In 2005, he joined The Harold Greenberg Fund as President and Board Member. At the Fund, he has overseen investments of more than $30 Million and has helped develop over 1000 feature film and television projects. In addition to the main feature film development and production programs, John has overseen partnerships and funding support for film festivals, script writing labs, film promotion initiatives and awards, documentaries and short film projects.
Alexis began her film and television career developing and producing independent feature films, including When Jews Were Funny, Alan Zweig’s documentary (Winner Best Canadian Feature TIFF 2013). She moved to Sinking Ship in 2016, where she has worked on multiple projects as an Associate Producer on Dino Dana The Movie (Amazon/TVO), Ghostwriter (Apple), and as a Co-Producer on Endlings (Hulu/CBC). Alexis has always been a proud supporter of environmental causes and initiatives. In her tenure at Sinking Ship, she has worked with the team to push for greener sets and find ways to constantly lead the charge in the film and television industry. These efforts helped Endlings earn Gold status for the EMA Green Seal for Production, becoming the first independent Ontario production to earn the distinction.
Jacqui Hemingway has been a member of IATSE Local 873 in the Scenic Art Department, for more than 20 years. As a Scenic Artist, she has had the opportunity to work in Toronto’s vibrant Film Industry on commercials, television series, and small and large productions. She is a founding member of IATSE Local 828, representing Scenic artists and Prop builders for Theatrical Production.
Additionally, Jacqui is an Architectural Technologist, choosing to specialize in Sustainability. She is a LEED Green Associate, Certified Sustainable Building Advisor, and a member of Built Green Canada, all of which promote wellness and environmental stewardship. She has a particular interest in developing waste diversion, recycling and resilience Initiatives, with the intention to promote Toronto, Ontario and Canada as a leader in Sustainability within Film, Media and Performance Arts Production.
Angelia is a notably valuable asset on productions as a creative and technician. She’s been a member of IATSE 667 for close to 10 years working her way up the ranks. She’s shot across Canada, USA and Europe. Knowing the ins and outs of both sides of the camera makes her a highly sought after professional. In 2016 she founded, Boost Creative Agency, a branding and production company, further putting her creativity to work. With a passion for the environment, she founded Green Up TO, an environmental initiative to help educate consumers on our environmental impact locally and globally.
Sarah has twenty years’ experience in entertainment, digital media production and environmental services. As North American Marketing Director for Lionsgate, Criterion Pictures and THINKFilm she helped launch hundreds of award-winning films, including a successful Academy Award nomination campaign, and later co-founded a digital media production division for advertising agencies and film and television distributors. While Executive Director of Planet in Focus, she turned her attention to the environment, co-establishing one of the earliest awards for green film production and overseeing a program that earned Ontario’s first Green Seal Award from the Environmental Media Association. Sarah’s work in green building helped garner an ENERGY STAR Market Transformation Award from the Government of Canada for EnerQuality. She championed and delivered the first ever Net Zero Builder Training in Canada, helping prepare the sector for 2030 requirements. A certified Project Manager (PMP – Project Management Professional), Sarah helps businesses, organizations and municipalities reduce their environmental footprints, most recently with Partners in Toronto and Region Conservation Authority’s Partners in Project Green, EnerQuality and with Sustainable Media Production Canada.
Kim Yu has worked in the entertainment industry for over two decades. In addition to her work in Production, she founded The Clothes Off Our Racks in 2016. This initiative has provided more than 7,000 items of clothing from the film and television industry to those in need and counting. Kim started as an Arts freelance writer before moving into publicity and marketing and eventually into production management and producing. She began her career in the late ‘80s writing for Toronto and GTA newspapers before ending up in advertising and subsequently doing publicity for stand-up comedians. Kim later worked at C/FP Distribution before becoming Director of Communications for Norstar Entertainment where she handled everything from corporate PR, release and unit publicity to international marketing for its television/film projects. She has overseen national campaigns and handled the release publicity of numerous seminal indie films working with directors such as Todd Haynes (“Safe”), Louis Malle (“Vanya on 42nd Street”), Roman Polanski (“Bitter Moon”), Quentin Tarantino (“Reservoir Dogs”) and Todd Solondz (“Welcome to the Dollhouse”) to name a few. As VP of Communications for Sullivan Entertainment, she primarily focused on Canadian family television projects (“Happy Christmas, Miss King”, “Wind at My Back”). She also has extensive credits in unit publicity.
In the late ‘90s, Kim started her foray into production where she has overseen both union and non-union film and television projects. She was Production Supervisor at Equinox Films (English Division) before doing freelance Production Managing and Line Producing. Among her film production credits are Showtime’s “Behind the Red Door”, HBO’s “Say Nothing”, “Tangled”, Lifetime’s “Client Seduction”, Discovery’s “BTK: A Killer Among Us”, indie features “Love Jacked”, “China’s Volleyball” and “Cosmic Dawn”; her series credits include Zalman King’s Showtime series “Body Language” (under pseudonym Betty Fong), Superchannel’s “24 Hour Rental”, Discovery’s “Unexplained 911”, and the miniseries “Witches of Salem”. She has produced and directed a documentary feature called “Sent” and is in development on indie feature “University Intelligence” and a horror anthology series “Behind the Screams”. She continues to work in publicity as well as production.