Screen Door Hitting it's Stride with a New Drama, A Film Festival Favorite and In-House Expansion
Feb 15th 2006
Toronto, ON (February 15, 2006) Barely a year after re-branding itself, Screen Door is enjoying a groundswell of critical and commercial success and increased visibility in the domestic, American and international television markets. In February 2005, after having demonstrated remarkable growth for a six-year old startup, the production company then known as Tapestry Pictures morphed into Screen Door. Its founders and partners Executive Producers Mary Young Leckie and Heather Haldane - announced a new slate of projects and creative alliances, establishing Screen Door’s reputation as one of the hottest indie producers in Canada.
First up in Screen Door’s new lineup is the white-hot drama series MVP. CBC has ordered 2 pilot episodes of the behind-the-scenes voyeuristic peek into the lives of professional hockey players and the women who love (and lust for) them. The series is co-created by Mary Young Leckie (Shades of Black: The Conrad Black Story; Shattered City: The Halifax Explosion) and Kent Staines (Spirit Bear: The Simon Jackson Story; Prom Queen: The Marc Hall Story).
In late 2004, a partnership with L.A.-based MarVista Entertainment was incepted to grow domestic and international distribution lines. Screen Door is responsible for Canadian distribution of joint projects, while MarVista will look to U.S. and international markets for Screen Door’s family TV Movie slate. The first venture produced under that deal was Spirit Bear: The Simon Jackson Story. A movie inspired by real-life events based on the disappearing habitat of the rare, white Kermode bear, Spirit Bear was shot in Ontario and British Columbia in the fall of 2004 for CTV. Since then and even before its broadcast debut, the MOW has become the darling of the film festival circuit, winning awards and accolades at festivals including Toronto’s Sprocket Festival where it won the Audience Choice Award a first ever for a Canadian film the Chicago International Children’s Festival where it won the Certificate of Excellence, and the Mill Valley Children’s Film Festival in California where it won the Children’s Audience Choice Award. The movie screened at the London Children’s Film Festival in the UK late last year and will be shown at festivals throughout Canada and in the US and UK this year. The movie-of-the-week will air as part of CTV’s prestigious Signature Series of dramas in 2006.
Echoing its growth in the film and television universe, Screen Door is happy to announce the addition of Susan Klar as the company’s new VP, Finance and Corporate Affairs. Montreal-born Klar comes to Screen Door from Epitome Pictures, the producers of Degrassi: The Next Generation and Instant Star, where she served for two years as Director of Finance and Business Affairs.
Screen Door has just delivered their latest MOW to CTV, Shades of Black: The Conrad Black Story, based on the Richard Siklos bestseller. Screen Door has also begun prep on its two part dramatic miniseries for the CBC called Everest!, based on the true story of the first Canadian summit in 1982.