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January 22, 2014

Soulpepper, Thunderbird Films pact on film, TV & digital content


Etan Vlessing / Playback Online

Thunderbird Films rainmaker Ivan Fecan has reeled in Soulpepper artistic director Albert Schultz to ink a film, TV and digital content development deal with the indie producer.

“This is a win-win. Albert is a visionary, Soulpepper is a hothouse for talent and Thunderbird intends to be a major force in original Canadian content,” Fecan, executive chairman of Thunderbird Films, said in a statement Tuesday.

Fecan, who is also chairman of Sea to Sky Entertainment, introduced Schultz and Tim Gamble, Thunderbird president and CEO, who have inked the multi-year development and production joint venture.

The partners will jointly develop film, TV and digital media content for a world market.

Their pact will start with a movie and TV series now in development and based on Soulpepper resident artist Ins Choi’s  play Kim’s Convenience.

“We feel privileged to be working with them and are very excited about the synergy between the two companies,” Gamble said of the partnership in his own statement.

Schultz, whose film and TV credits include Copper and Shades of Black: The Conrad Black Story, founded Soulpepper 16 years ago as a marquee live stage producer in Toronto.