On Screen Manitoba 2018-19 Board of Directors
Phyllis Laing, Buffalo Gal Pictures (Co-Chair)
Rob Rowan, IATSE 856 (Co-Chair)
Patrick Clement, Manito Média (Treasurer / Vice-Chair of Finance)
Steven Foster, DGC Manitoba
Leslea Mair, Zoot Pictures (Vice-Chair of Government Relations and Regulatory Affairs)
Vacant (Secretary / Vice-Chair of Governance and Regulatory Affairs)
Other Standing Committee Chairs
Chris McIvor, FRANK Digital (Chair Programs, Chair Membership)
Robin Campbell, Lazer Grant
Ian Dimerman, Inferno Pictures
Michael Drabot, William F. White International
Meghan Duffy, Black Watch Entertainment
Rebecca Gibson, Moving Future Productions
Vergil Kanne, Tactica Interactive
Rob Macklin, ACTRA Manitoba
Mark Schollenberg, RBC Royal Bank
Jeff Peeler, Frantic Films (Past Chair)
A standing committee of the OSM Board intended to provide oversight and monitor the organization’s financial affairs. The committee will make recommendations to the board on financial management policies.
Government Relations and Regulatory Affairs Committee:
A standing committee of the OSM Board intended to provide guidance and information to OSM senior management in regards to government relations and regulatory affairs.
A standing committee of the OSM Board intended to provide guidance to OSM senior management in regards to membership, including categories, rates, recruitment strategies and services.
A standing committee of the OSM Board intended to provide guidance to OSM senior management in regards to programs (Access Funds).
Please note the membership and programs committee meetings are now combined.
If you are interested in joining a committee, please contact Executive Director Nicole Matiation (firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss the available opportunities.
Phyllis Laing, Buffalo Gal Pictures (Co-Chair): With a keen sense of business acumen, creative vision and a desire to make Winnipeg the epicentre of the Canadian film and television industry, President Phyllis Laing established Buffalo Gal Pictures in 1994 and has continued to expertly guide it to its present success.
The list of credits to her name is as impressive as it is extensive. Joining forces with a variety of producing partners, Phyllis has ensured that Buffalo Gal pictures has been at the forefront of quality Canadian production for over three decades. Beyond her work at Buffalo Gal Pictures, Phyllis has also sought to expand within the industry through the formulation of offshoot companies such as Opus, Kistikan, Insidious and Tangent – genre or market-specific endeavours that meet the needs of underserved voices in film and television.
Rob Rowan, IATSE 856 (Co-Chair)
Patrick Clement, Manito Média (Treasurer / Vice-Chair of Finance): Patrick is a born and raised Francophone from Winnipeg who has been working in the industry for over 6 years. He has a very wide background having completed a law degree and an MBA in Finance. Before joining Media RendezVous Inc. and starting Manito Média, he worked for large law and accounting firms in Canada. Over the past 6 years he has worked both as Producer and Director of Business Affairs for documentary, children and youth and variety television series for Rogers, APTN, Radio-Canada, and TV5.
Steven Foster, DGC Manitoba: Originally from Winnipeg, he recently returned from Toronto where he received his Public Relations Certificate from Ryerson University. He most recently was the Director, Artist and Label Services for Entertainment Business Affairs Inc. in Toronto. He is a freelancer, running his own company for the last 10 years. He provided multiple clients with project management, grant writing, marketing and communication services.
Leslea Mair, Zoot Pictures (Vice-Chair of Government Relations and Regulatory Affairs): Leslea has been CEO of Zoot Pictures Inc. for 18 years. Zoot Pictures is an independent production company specializing in documentary and factual television, but with extensive experience in the digital realm. Zoot Pictures has made several award-winning documentaries and garnered a Gemini for our work on Corner Gas’ web component.
Other Standing Committee Chairs
Chris McIvor, FRANK Digital (Chair Programs, Chair Membership): Chris is FRANK Digital’s Executive Producer and CEO who works with all types of organizations to help tell stories that create change. Extensive travel in several third world and war-torn countries helped form who Chris is as a person, content producer, editor and director. His almost thirty-year career as a shooter/editor, lead him to directing, which is a passion of his. Chris contributes to the industry and community by giving his time as a board member of On Screen Manitoba, Film Training Manitoba, and is a member of the Canadian Media Producers Association.
Robin Campbell, Lazer Grant: Robin is a professional accountant (CPA, CA) with over 15 years’ experience in a variety of roles and industries. She began her career in a mid-sized audit and accounting firm in Winnipeg, subsequently working in financial services internationally, manufacturing, and most recently as a controller for a film production company in Winnipeg. She is now back at a local audit and accounting firm, providing film audit and tax credit services to the film industry. Robin has served on various boards and committees over the years, including Treasurer of the Bermuda Volleyball Association, Board Member and Treasurer of the Manitoba Marathon Foundation, and she currently serves on the Operational Performance committee of the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre.
Ian Dimerman, Inferno Pictures: Ian is a principal of Inferno Pictures Inc., a Manitoba-based production company. 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.
Michael Drabot, William F. White International: Michael Drabot is a consultant, business designer and entrepreneur in the screen-based media industry. Michael knows how the motion picture industry functions from the inside-out, with a solid understanding of both the business and creative process. He brings 30 years of experience in film and television as a lighting designer, business owner/operator, and producer. His first business, Luminaire Production Services, evolved into Luminaire/PS Prairies with offices in Winnipeg, Regina and Edmonton, successfully establishing itself as the first film equipment rental company in the region. He then became General Manager for PS Production Services in Winnipeg, before relocating to take on the role of Vice President and General Manager for PS Production Services in Toronto.
Michael is currently a consultant for a number of companies including William F Whites, where he is also VP and General Manager of the Winnipeg office.
Throughout his career, Michael has worked on hundreds of award-winning feature films, documentaries, and everything in between. He has produced several industrial, corporate, and art-based projects through his own production company, and has delivered dozens of workshops on lighting for schools and organization.
Michael is a graduate of the Queens School of Business Management and Leadership Program. He studied Film at the University of Manitoba and Psychology at the University of Winnipeg. He has been on several boards for arts, film and video organizations, and is a past president of IATSE 856 Film Union.
Meghan Duffy, Black Watch Entertainment: If there is one place Meghan loves, it’s Manitoba. This born and raised prairie producer has committed to this province and also providing excellent customer service to those who partner with Black Watch Entertainment. From the shores of the Whiteshell, to the desert in Carberry, Meghan will help you find the best locations suited for your project one scene at a time, highlighting all Manitoba has to offer along the way.
Meghan has spent time both in front of the camera and behind the scenes on a wide array of shows. After attending the University of Winnipeg, Meghan was accepted into the Creative Communications program in Winnipeg which specialized in broadcast production, journalism, advertising and public relations. After spending time in Vancouver, Toronto and Los Angeles, Meghan has found herself back home in Manitoba servicing productions one show or campaign at a time while carrying out her passions on screen.
She has been a part of Canada’s largest shows such as ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT CANADA, DRAGON’S DEN, CTV MORNING LIVE, WINNIPEG DIRECT, and BREAKFAST TELEVISION. Meghan also produces high end commercials, a few of her clients include BAUER, TELUS MOBILITY and MANITOBA TELECOM SERVICES (MTS), just to name a few. If you are looking for an experienced producer with a proven track record, Meghan has the knowledge and team available to bring your ideas to life.
Rebecca Gibson, Moving Future Productions: REBECCA GIBSON is an award-winning actor, producer, and writer, a director. Having started as an actor in the theatre, Rebecca moved to film and television, though she continues to write, direct, and produce for the theatre including her award- winning script The Naked Woman, and productions of The Normal Heart (producer), Rent (producer/director), and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (producer/director). Much of her theatre work Rebecca has produced as fundraisers, including raising money and awareness for people living with HIV/AIDS, and in support of arts organizations. Rebecca won a Blizzard Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Murdoch Mysteries: Except the Dying, the film that launched the long-running series, and recently won an ACTRA Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Series for her co-starring role in The Pinkertons, currently on Netflix.
Rebecca is a partner and Head of Production of Red Czarina Entertainment, whose award-winning feature film H&G premiered at the Vancouver International Film Festival. Rebecca served as producer and co-writer. H&G was nominated for Best Canadian Feature at the Female Eye Film Festival, and won a Joey Award for its lead actor (both lead actors were nominated in the same category). A recent acquisition for Amazon Prime, H&G was part of the award that its director Danishka Estherazy received at the Sundance Film Festival. Rebecca wrote, directed, and produced the digital documentary series Child First, which premiered at the Understanding the Disability Trajectory of First Nations Families of Children with Disabilities National Summit. Rebecca produced and starred in the film Q&A, which had its world premiere at the Whistler Film Festival, was Best of Fest at the Muskoka Film Festival (Best of Fest) and recently Winner of the Gold Remi for Best Original Comedy Short at the Muskoka Folm Festival (Best of Fest) and recently Winner of the Gold Remi for Best Original Comedy Short at Worldfest Houston. Rebecca wrote, directed and produced the documentary Daphne Korol: The Drama Queen of Winnipeg which earned her a Windy Award nomination for directing. Rebecca has written, and will produce the feature film Jane Garbage, with the development support of Super Channel and Rogers. Jane Garbage won a screenwriting award at the Vancouver Women in Film Festival. Rebecca was invited to participate with it in the prestigious Women in the Director’s Chair SIM 2.0 in Vancouver and Whistler, and the Banff Centre Aspects of Camera and Post programs, and is a finalist in the upcoming Amp My Pitch competition at the Playback Marketing Summit. Rebecca is currently releasing Orange Daisy Project, a 40-part digital doc series and social action campaign to promote mental health in teen girls. Rebecca is a devoted mentor to emerging filmmakers, and supports people of all ages in their passion for the arts and for telling their stories.
She first worked with Eagle Vision, production company for her award-winning short film Hard Way Girl as a writer/lead actor on the award-winning series Tipi Tales (Parent’s Choice Gold Medal Awards; Blizzard for Best Children or Youth Series), which ran for three seasons and brought Indigenous spiritual teachings to children around the world. She has several projects in development with Eagle Vision as a writer, including the feature film Skinner (for which Rebecca was the only North American writer invited to attend the prestigious eQuinoxe summit in Austria), The Prairie Bridesmaid (co-writing with Daria Salamon’s based on her best-selling novel and to be directed by Sean Garrity), and Vulnerable Persons (with Kyle Nobess, star of Mohawk Girls, which Rebecca will also direct). Rebecca also collaborated with Eagle Vision on their film Sea Legs, which Rebecca wrote and directed, which was an Official Selection of the Gimli Film Festival and the National Screen Institute Online Film Festival. Hard Way Girl has played in prestigious festivals in Russia, Los Angeles, Amsterdam, Toronto, and will soon play the Near Nazareth Film Festival in Israel. Rebecca is Co-Creator, Creative Producer, and an episode writer and director for Eagle Vision’s APTN/CBC series Taken, a gripping true crime series centred on Canada’s missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, currently in its second season, for which she recently won a Global Accolade Award of Merit for writing and directing, and is currently nominated for a Golden Sheaf Award at the Yorkton Film Festival. Rebecca is currently in development for Stolen Brothers, and 7TH GEN, two new series that will, like Taken, will be industry leaders for gender parity with writers, directors, and crew.
Vergil Kanne, Tactica Interactive: Vergil Kanne is a partner and interactive producer at Tactica Interactive, where he leads the development of high-impact, engaging interactive digital media projects with a proven track record in the film and television sector. He has led the team to develop award-winning cross-platform projects that have received acclaim at the Canadian New Media Awards, Signature Awards and nominations for Games for Change, Gemini Awards, Canadian Screen Awards and Rockie Awards at the Banff World Media Festival.
A diverse interactive development background allows him to see the big picture of how technologies can be brought together in innovative and exciting ways. His professional experience covers a variety of development contexts and platforms, including native & hybrid mobile application, VR & AR, web and game development, and social media integrations.
Vergil takes an active role in the industry community and is a member of On Screen Manitoba and New Media Manitoba. In 2016 he joined the the Life Sciences Association of Manitoba Board of Directors. His past public speaking engagements include panels and presentations for the Yorkton Film Festival, Winnipeg Film Group, Research Manitoba & the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Life Sciences Association of Manitoba, ICTAM’s CollaboraIT Conference, New Media Manitoba and the CASHRA National Human Rights Conference.
Rob Macklin, ACTRA Manitoba
Mark Schollenberg, RBC Royal Bank: Mark is a Senior Commercial Account Manager at RBC. He works exclusively with technology and media companies. For the past 12 years he has provided dozens of entrepreneurs with advice on developing business plans, accessing various government support programs, and finding the right sources of financing. Mark has a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from the University of Manitoba.
Jeff Peeler, Frantic Films (Past Chair): Jeff is President & Executive in Charge of Brand Integration at Frantic Films where he oversees all the company’s productions across its Winnipeg and Toronto offices. He has been in the film, television and commercial production industry in Winnipeg for more than 20 years. Recent Executive Producer and Producer credits include the television series Still Standing, Baroness Von Sketch Show, The Winnipeg Comedy Festival, Meet the Family, Anything But Average and the documentary, Play Fair. Over the years, Jeff served on numerous boards and committees in the film and television industry and has been involved in leading training opportunities and taking advantage of training opportunities through both the National Screen Institute and Film Training Manitoba. He is a lifetime member of the Winnipeg Film Group and sat as board chair there for a number of years. Currently, he also sits on the board of Rainbow Stage.