Our goal is to work with like-minded partners to create innovative, audience-friendly film and television productions and services for the Canadian and international marketplaces.
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Who We Are
Ian has an extensive and proven track record in the world of feature film and television finance. Prior to this endeavor he traveled the world for the National Bank of Canada where he was market manager of the TV & Motion Picture Group (Ontario & Western Canada).
His accomplishments were many and include; developing a portfolio of corporate and commercial accounts within film and television industry, developing and implementing business development strategies for expanding business, creating, promoting and maintaining the brand image of the Bank within the industry sector, he was responsible for overseeing operating budget for Western Canadian and Ontario operation, he grew the loan portfolio from $10 million to $150 million in four years and was nominated to the top 100 performer list for the entire Bank in 2004. Ian was involved in numerous complex international co-production financing structures and has developed relationships with film financiers all over the world.
Ian has executive produced numerous feature films and television movies including Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream, Goon starring Liev Schreiber and Jay Baruchel, Mr. Hockey: the Gordie Howe Story, Bunks for Disney XD, Hunting Season, and The Sultan’s Women.
Ian continues to provide business affairs and financing advice to a number of film and television production companies. He holds an MBA from the University of Toronto and is currently working towards his Chartered Business Valuation designation.
While earning his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Winnipeg in 2007, Sami has continually worked on the development of the feature film project One Blood. Over the last four years, Sami has advanced the project from the idea stage right through to developing a feature length script.
In Spring 2008, Sami interned as a producer for the comedy series House Party, which aired six half‐hour episodes on The Comedy Network. In September 2008, Sami was invited to Ottawa for the Ottawa Animation Film Festival. Sami and his production partner won the “Pitch This” contest which awarded them the opportunity to present their animated cartoon concept to a panel of network executives from Animation Studios worldwide.
Most recently, Sami worked on the television specials CBC Short Shots 2 and 3, and the short film Architect of the Moon (“AOTM”). Together with writer/director Kyle Sanderson, Sami was recently awarded the RBC Emerging Filmmaker grant of $10,000 to be used towards production of a short film.
In his spare time, Sami continues to be involved with many projects and is most passionate about bringing interesting stories from the idea stage into pre-development. Sami, along with his wife Laura, enjoys traveling throughout Europe and North America and is fluent in both German and Eritrean.
Dividing his time between a number of different roles in the film and television industry, Brendon Sawatzky has primarily focused on producing. Brendon has producer credits on eight feature films, Inertia, Who Loves the Sun, Euphoria, Hunting Season, Wait till Helen Comes, Devil’s Gate, Incident in a Ghostland, and How it Ends and also co-produced a television series for The Comedy Network called House Party.
Brendon worked as a producer on the Winnipeg Comedy Festival for the CBC; Bunks a Disney XD movie of the week; Mr. Hockey: the Gordie Howe Story, a CBC movie of the week; and the television specials CBC Short Shots 1, 2, 3 & 4.
As a former producer for the National Film Board, he produced a number of projects including the At Home/Chez Soi Winnipeg project. He has previously held administrative positions with the National Screen Institute and the Winnipeg Film Group.