Team ProfileEXECUTIVE TEAM BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Steven Silver is a Partner and Co-founder of the Blue Ice Group, which is a majority shareholder in several companies, including Blue Ice Pictures, Out of Africa Entertainment Inc. and South African Media Capital. The Blue Ice Group also partnered with Los Angeles-based Echo Lake Entertainment to form the financing fund, the Blue Lake Media Fund. In 2005, Blue Ice Group acquired an significant equity stake in Barna-Alper Productions Inc. Steven served as Vice President and then President of Barna-Alper Productions Inc. from 2005 to 2009, when it was sold to eOne. Following the sale, Steven spent a year as head of Factual Entertainment for eOne.
Steven is also an Emmy-nominated executive producer, producer and director of countless hours of television series and numerous feature films.
Peter Sussman is the Co-founder of Aver Media Finance, a global media financier primarily for producers and distributors of television programs and theatrical feature films. Aver Media Finance was sold in 2013 to Bank of Montreal. Peter is now a consultant to BMO Financial Group.
Prior to co-founding and acting as Executive Chairman of Aver Media Finance, Peter was a co-controlling voting shareholder of Alliance Atlantis and Chief Executive Officer of its Entertainment Group. For more than 30 years, Peter participated in the financing, production and distribution of thousands of hours of film and television. Peter capped off his years as a multi-award winning producer by assembling and launching, in partnership with CBS, the CSI Television Franchise comprising CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: Miami and CSI: New York. He has also been personally nominated for three Golden Globe Awards and four Emmy Awards.
Geoffrey (Geoff) Webb trained as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse Australia and qualified in 1990. Initially he worked in their audit division until moving to the corporate finance division, where he also qualified to become a Member of the Securities Institute of Australia.
Geoff moved to the United Kingdom in 1990 and up to 2003 held various accounting and consulting positions including at the Jardine Matheson group of financial services companies and Bankers Trust. Geoff used this expertise to consult in both the financial services and media sectors. He began with Content Media Corporation in 2003, working through the company’s reverse merger with Winchester Entertainment. After the reverse merger, Geoff was appointed as Group Financial Controller and then appointed Group Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary of CMC in December 2004. Since that time, Geoff has been instrumental in the company’s development and has worked on all corporate acquisitions. He also takes a leading role in all of the finance, banking, corporate development and other operations.
Rick joined Content Media Corporation in 2004 as Executive Vice President and Head of Worldwide Business Affairs. Rick has overseen all of CMC’s major transactions since that time, including the establishment of Collins Avenue, Jigsaw, Spirit and Campfire and the acquisition of a majority equity stake in Aito.
Rick also undertakes all the legal work on CMC’s revolving credit facilities and works on significant production, acquisition and distribution agreements for the company’s films and television programs. In addition to oversight of CMC’s legal and business affairs functions, Rick is integrally involved in the company’s corporate strategy and operations. Rick’s experience spans corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and film and television production, finance and distribution. He is a graduate of Georgetown Law School. Prior to joining CMC, Rick was Executive Vice President at Franchise Pictures, and an associate at Proskauer Rose, LLP.
Madeleine is integral to Kew’s strategic planning and operations and is responsible for the company’s corporate governance, board relations, and its day-to-day running. She has been with the company since its inception and contributed to every stage of its growth.
With a diverse background in management and content production, she has worked in both the private sector and non-profit including at the Blue Ice Group and Women in Film and Television – Toronto (WIFT-T). Madeleine has also worked on a range of award-winning documentary and narrative projects as producer, director, researcher, and writer which have been broadcast on major North American networks and played in festivals internationally. She has an Honours BA from the University of King’s College and an MA in History from the University of Toronto.
Over the past 16 years, Jamie Brown has been proud to see Frantic become one of Canada’s leading content creators, gaining recognition for its creative efforts and business success.
Jamie is the creator, producer and executive producer of many successful and award-winning projects. He created and produced Pioneer Quest, the first “living-history” program in North America, which went on to set several ratings records. He has created or co-created over a dozen series and is responsible for hundreds of hours of content, including TV movies and mini-series, feature films, lifestyle programs and documentaries.
Prior to joining Frantic in 2000, Jamie began his career as a lawyer with the prominent Toronto law firm McMillan LLP, where he focused on corporate finance and entertainment law. He also worked as Director of Business and Legal Affairs at Sullivan Entertainment Group and later Nelvana Ltd. He began his producing career at Credo Entertainment Corporation in 1998, where he worked on features, series and documentaries.
Jamie was the first recipient of the LIONSGATE Innovative Producer Award, was one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40, received the I.H. Asper Broadcast Entrepreneur of the Future Award, was nominated as the New Media Visionary at the Canadian New Media Awards and was named the CFTPA’s Entrepreneur of the Year. Among his many creative awards are Gemini, Banff Rockie, Golden Sheaf and Accolade awards. He is the Past-Chair of the Board of the Canadian Media Producers Association and has been Chair of Canada’s National Screen Institute.
Robert Cohen is a founder of MHQ. With 20 years of experience in the television and digital media industry, he is recognized as one of Canada's leading creators and producers of popular original content.
Robert collaborates with a wide range of broadcast and distribution partners worldwide and his programs have aired on dozens of networks and garnered multiple high-profile awards.
Jeff Collins is President of Collins Avenue, the eponymous company he founded in 2009. He also serves as Executive Producer on the hit Lifetime series Dance Moms and its spinoff series and specials, and he also serves as on-air host of the popular franchise’s reunion shows
An industry veteran with more than 1,200 hours of television production completed under his purview, Collins previously oversaw the U.S. office of September Films, serving as Show Runner for numerous long-running series, including the WE Television hit Bridezillas. He served as Executive Consultant on The Pregnant Man, Discovery Networks’ highest-rated show of 2008.
Collins began his career in non-fiction and informational programming, producing more than 500 hours of documentary, news and talk content. He went on to produce the prestigious Intimate Portraits series for Biography, then served as Producer on the long-running series Leeza. Collins was named Vice President of Leeza Gibbons Enterprises, where he had oversight of hundreds of hours of talk, documentary and specials programming.
Peter Cowley is Founder & CEO of Spirit, a company he started with partner Matt Campion in 2010. Spirit is a multi-platform production and audience building company specializing in branded content, short form content for broadcasters and running and operating digital channels and platforms.
Previous to Spirit, Peter was Managing Director of Digital Media for Endemol UK and global head of original digital programming at Endemol International. Peter has spent his career in content, internet portals and access at Freeserve / Orange, marketing at Videotron / Cable & Wireless, now Virgin Media and advertising at BBH.
Peter is also the founder and director of Ad Tech company, Connected Ventures Ltd, a non-executive director at Dynamic Ad Insertion company Yospace and a mentor for Ascension Media, a seed investment company.
Ross Dinerstein founded Campfire, a multi-faceted film, television, digital and commercial production and post-production company. Dinerstein has produced or executive produced over 25 feature films in the last 10 years including The Pact, which premiered in the Park City at Midnight Section at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. IFC Midnight acquired the film in North America and released it theatrically in July 2012. The film was distributed theatrically in the UK by eOne where it grossed over $4M at the box office, and led to a sequel, The Pact 2.
Dinerstein also served as an Executive Producer on the hit documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi and the television pilot The Rebels for Amazon Studios. Other films produced by Dinerstein include the 2009 Sundance official selection The Killing Room directed by Jonathan Liebesman and The Grand directed by Zak Penn.
Previously Dinerstein co-founded The Film Sales Company, an independent film sales agency with Andrew Herwitz as well as Eleven Films where he arranged an aggregate of $50 million in production financing. Dinerstein has a Master’s Degree in Motion Picture Producing from the USC School of Cinema and Television’s Peter Stark Producing Program and an undergraduate degree in Economics and Film Studies from Vanderbilt University.
Director Alex Gibney has been called “the most important documentarian of our time” by Esquire and “one of America’s most successful and prolific documentary filmmakers” by The New York Times. Gibney’s signature cinematic style lends itself to his penetrating, gripping and deeply insightful documentaries which have been the recipient of the Academy Award®, multiple Emmy Awards, a Grammy Award, several Peabody Awards, the DuPont-Columbia Award, The Independent Spirit Award, and The Writers Guild Awards. In 2013, Gibney was honored with the International Documentary Association’s (IDA) Career Achievement Award and the first ever Christopher Hitchens Prize in 2015.
Gibney’s recent films include:the triple Emmy and DuPont-Columbia Award-winning Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, which premiered at Sundance Film Festival in January 2015 and on HBO in March 2015 becoming the most watched HBO documentary in a decade; Sinatra: All or Nothing At All, a two-part special on the life, music and career of legendary entertainer Frank Sinatra, which premiered on HBO in April 2015; and Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine, which premiered at SXSW in March 2015 and was released theatrically and broadcast on CNN in January 2016 as the number one show in its time slot among the cable news networks.
Other career highlights include the Oscar® winning Taxi to the Dark Side, The Oscar-nominated Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, and the multiple Emmy Award-winning Mea Maxima Culpa.
As Chief Operation Officer Michael Hammond reports directly to Collins Avenue President Jeff Collins, and oversees all aspects of Collins Avenue’s production roster, including day-to-day operations of the company. Hammond is Executive Producer on the hit Lifetime series Dance Moms, as well as its numerous spinoff series and specials, including Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition, and the E! series The Drama Queen. Hammond has overseen production on numerous Collins Avenue series, including American Stuffers for Animal Planet, Outrageous Kid Parties for TLC, and American Colony: Meet the Hutterites for National Geographic Channel.
Hammond began his entertainment career in front of the camera, then segued into producing for commercials and music videos prior to joining CBS/World Race Productions, where he served as Producer on the hit primetime Emmy Award-winning series The Amazing Race for seven seasons. He was Line Producer for Reveille’s Losing It With Jillian and served as Line Producer for multiple seasons of Granada Entertainment’s Emmy-nominated hit series, Hell’s Kitchen.
Eero co-Founded Aito Media in 2003 with Ilkka Hynninen. Since then, the company has created more than 50 series, documentaries and formats which have aired in more than 40 countries. Aito Media Group produces more than 200 hours of programming each year for different broadcasters, and has become Finland’s most successful television company.
Marc Hirshberg, the Chief Executive Officer and President of EVRA Media Solutions Inc., has acted in an advisory capacity to Kew, lending his considerable financial analysis and business optimization skills to its strategic planning and operations.
EVRA has a proven track record of providing high-level clients with both short and long-term business solutions, with particular emphasis on the monetization of films, financing strategies, restructuring, and mergers and acquisitions.
Before co-founding OHM in early 2014 with Simon Lloyd, Joseph Houlihan worked as Executive Vice President of Programming at Cineflix Productions. His projects included, among others, Property Brothers, Buying and Selling, Food Factory, Dinner Party Wars, and My Teenage Wedding.
Prior to that time, Joseph was Director of Programs at Twofour Broadcast Ltd. There, he oversaw shows, including, Are You Smarter Than a 10 Year Old? and Design For Life with Philippe Starck. Before then, Joseph was President of RDF Media Group (now Zodiak Media) in Los Angeles, where his credits included Wife Swap, Faking It and I Hate My Boss. Before moving to North America, he was a senior creative executive at ITV Studios, where he created Airline for ITV and A&E and oversaw numerous hit shows, including Parking Wars and I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here.
Ilkka co-Founded Aito Media in 2003 with Eero Hietala. Since then, the company has created more than 50 series, documentaries and formats which have aired in more than 40 countries. Aito Media Group produces more than 200 hours of programming each year for different broadcasters, and has become Finland’s most successful television company.
Tanya Linton joined Architect in 2015 following her departure from Shaw Media Inc. (later acquired by Corus Entertainment Inc., Canada’s primary broadcaster for lifestyle and factual programming). While at Shaw Media Inc., Tanya served as the Director of Original Lifestyle Content for several years, creating, commissioning and helping develop numerous internationally successful series, brands and personalities.
She was an integral part of Shaw Media Inc.’s creative and strategy team. Tanya moved to Architect to lead the successful series, Home to Win (broadcast on HGTV Canada, a Shaw/Corus network), as well as to join Mike Sheerin in running Architect, generally. Home to Win was recently heralded as Specialty Hit of the Year by Playback Magazine, Canada’s widely-read broadcast and production industry publication. She has equally established herself as a respected broadcast executive and creative talent.
Simon Lloyd is Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of OHM. In this role, he oversees OHM’s corporate affairs and its creative output. Simon is an award-winning producer and a leading innovator in non-scripted programming in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom.
Prior to founding OHM, Simon was Chief Executive Officer of Cineflix Productions. In his eight years at Cineflix Productions, he oversaw enormous growth in the company’s unscripted programming slate, eventually running more than 400 hours of production, annually. Previously, Simon was Managing Director of Outline Productions Ltd., Head of Wall to Wall Media Ltd. (Scotland), and Head of Programs at Prospect Pictures (part of DCD Media plc). He has also created and overseen some of the world’s most successful non-fiction TV brands inducing Property Brothers, American Pickers, House of Tiny Tearaways and Property Virgins. He has also won almost every major international honor, including BAFTA, Emmy, Gemini, RTS, Rockie and Rose d’Or awards.
Mike Sheerin founded Architect in 2010. Prior to that time, he was an award-winning documentary director and producer covering a wide variety of topics from politics to wars to Santa Claus.
He is regarded as a creative and operational powerhouse with a mastery of all elements of production. He created and grew brands such as Decked Out, which was subsequently spun-off into other series, such as Deck Wars, Disaster Decks and Custom Built. He created the popular game show, Ice Cold Cash and the successful series Extreme Collectors. Under Sheerin’s leadership, Architect has produced 10 successful series, the majority of which are multi-season properties.