Content produced by Frantic and its partners for CentrePlace Manitoba at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics will be available for viewing at the Red River Exhibition in Winnipeg from June 18 to 27, 2010.
Frantic Branded Content + Commercials is proud to announce that McKim Cringan George picked up Advertising Association of Winnipeg Signature Awards for two projects produced by Frantic – Manitoba Hydro’s “In Home Energy Evaluation” television commercial and a recruitment video for The University of Manitoba.
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Milla Jovovich Headlines Psychological Thriller
FACES IN THE CROWD BEGINS PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY
May 10th, 2010 (Regina, CANADA) – Oscar-nominated writer/director Julien Magnat’s feature length debut FACES IN THE CROWD began principal photography in and around Winnipeg, Canada on Saturday, May 8.
Milla Jovovich (THE FOURTH KIND, RESIDENT EVIL) stars alongside Julian McMahon (NIP/TUCK, FANTASTIC FOUR) in the psychological thriller being produced for Minds Eye Entertainment, Forecast Pictures, Radar Films and Frantic Films – the Canada/France team of Kevin DeWalt (Saskatchewan), Jean-Charles Lévy (France), Clément Miserez (France) and Jamie Brown (Manitoba) will produce alongside Hollywood veterans Scott Mednick and Sylvain White. Executive producers are Christopher Petzel and Milla Jovovich.
The film is a Saskatchewan-Manitoba interprovincial Canada-France co-production with key technical and creative personnel from both provinces. Principal photography will take place in Manitoba and post-production including all computer generated visual effects will be completed in Saskatchewan.
Magnat’s script chronicles the account of elementary school teacher Anna Marchant (Milla Jovovich) who is attacked by a serial killer known only as Tearjerk Jack and survives, but is left to struggle with a neurological disorder commonly referred to as face-blindness (prosopagnosia).
Four Frantic Branded Content + Commercials projects have been nominated for Advertising Association of Winnipeg Signature Awards.
Jeff Peeler, President of Frantic Branded Content + Commercials, will be a panel guest at the inaugural Branded Content Summit in Toronto on June 4th, 2010.
Frantic Films is thrilled to announce that Branded Content + Commercials has been honoured with seven Telly Awards.
Over 13,000 entries are received annually for these prestigious awards honouring the work of advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable companies and corporations around the world.
Winner: Documentary Television, Bronze
Wheels of Change
Winner: Social Responsibility Television, Bronze
Wheels of Change
Winner: Local Television-Bank, Silver
The ACU Story
Assiniboine Credit Union
Winner: Local Television-Health & Wellness, Silver
Manitoba Nurses’ Union
Winner: Local Television-PSA, Bronze
Manitoba Nurses’ Union
Winner: Internet/On-line Programs-Sports, Bronze
NOS Energy Drink Challenge
Winner: Internet/On-line Video-Sports, Bronze
NOS Energy Drink Challenge
Frantic Films is pleased to announce the appointment of three new development executives to its rapidly expanding team. Anne-Marie Varner and Alberta Nokes both join the Toronto office as Vice-President, Development for the factual division. In Winnipeg, Melissa Kajpust was named Executive in Charge of Development, Scripted Programming.
“We are very excited to expand our development team with such incredibly high calibre people,” says Jamie Brown, CEO of Frantic Films. “Each has a combination of stellar broadcast and production experience that will give Frantic one of the strongest development teams in the country.”
Alberta Nokes has developed, financed, executive produced and commissioned more than 500 hours of television from long-running factual series to award-winning feature documentaries on subjects ranging from archaeology to outlaw bikers. Her previous positions include Director of Independent Production for Vision TV, Production Executive for History Canada and Executive Producer and Head of Development for Associated Producers Ltd. She has worked with Oscar, Emmy, BAFTA, Peabody, Juno and Gemini award winning directors and producers. At Frantic, she will concentrate on developing programmes for the factual division from the Toronto office.
Broadcast veteran Anne-Marie Varner recently acted as Executive Producer of In-House Programs at Discovery Channel. Under her helm, in 2008 alone, Discovery won a record 16 awards for content excellence. She previously worked as Head of Original Productions for Canwest Mediaworks, where among her many successes she launched their Global Currents doc strand. Most recently, Anne-Marie ran her own production and consulting firm Varner Productions Limited. In her new role at Frantic Films, Anne-Marie, who will be based in the Toronto office, will develop programmes for the factual division.
Award-winning author, screenwriter and playwright Melissa Kaipust joins Frantic Films from Super Channel where she developed numerous projects and served as story editor on over 100 feature film and television projects. Previously she worked on and developed series for CTV, W, SLICE, APTN, Treehouse, Citytv, YTV and Movie Central. At Frantic Films, Melissa will concentrate on sourcing and developing scripted properties. She will be based in Winnipeg.
In addition, award winning producer Rachel Low, former President of Red Apple Productions, transitions to her new role at Frantic Films as Executive Producer and Development Consultant. Martha Kehoe also maintains her role as Director of Development.
All appointments are effective immediately.
Lisa Mann, a director, creative producer and designer whose distinctive aesthetic has found its way into more than 100 music videos, short films, commercials and even architecture, has signed on as Creative Director, Content Development for the Branded Content + Commercials, a division of Frantic Films.
In her new role, Lisa will work directly with agencies and clients to go beyond the traditional 30 second spot by developing audience-focused longer form content that extends brand personality and product attributes.
“Lisa is distinctive and utterly original,” says Jeff Peeler, President and Executive Producer, Frantic Branded Content + Commercials. “Our clients expect us to define the medium, not mirror other people’s approaches. We’re rewriting the playbook on this and to do that we wanted to work with someone who knows how to make fundamental, organic connections between brand and lifestyle. There’s a primal aspect to this form of communication that Lisa understands intuitively.”
“For me, the opportunity to fully explore the potential of branded content with Frantic is irresistible,” says Mann. “I push the boundaries of whatever medium I’m working in, and Jeff Peeler has always done the same. We’re a perfect fit, and I’m excited by the prospect of what we can achieve together.”
From Avril Lavigne to Blue Rodeo, M.A.C. cosmetics to The Drake Hotel, Mann has crafted a career out of shifting paradigms. At once elegant and visceral, her body of work spans the divide between stark reality and unbridled fantasy, unrepentantly exposing elemental forces that both construct and manipulate our perceptions, creating images of indelible impact. It’s an approach not without risk, and one that Frantic Branded Content + Commercials has wholeheartedly embraced.
Mann’s creative style incorporates her varied talents in fashion, production and interior design. In addition to Blue Rodeo and Avril Lavigne, her credits include work with Jakalope, Faith Hill, The Used, Yellowcard, Apocalyptica, and Sam Roberts, along with major corporations including M.A.C., BMW, Labatt, Molson, and AGFA.
With M.A.C., Mann wrote, directed and produced a series of television commercials and short films and conceptualized several ground-breaking print campaigns. She has also written and directed short films including one inspired by designer Bruce Mau’s “An Incomplete Manifesto for Growth” for the Toronto Art Awards, another based on author Douglas Coupland’s book “JPOD”, as well as “i-Robot Poetry” by Jason Christie. All three films debuted on Bravo! Anxious to put her cinema-verite sensibilities to work, the architectural design team at 3rd Uncle Design collaborated with Mann to design the Drake Hotel in Toronto. Ikea then engaged 3rd Uncle and Mann in launching a new catalogue and product line.
On the branded content front, Mann directed Dusk Network’s launch spots for cinema release and an interactive multimedia rear screen film installation in Toronto.
Leading Canadian film and television production company, Frantic Films, today announced the rebranding of Red Apple Entertainment, the Toronto-based production company it acquired in December 2008. Red Apple will now operate solely under the Frantic Films banner. The rebranding means that all operations in film, television, commercials and branded content all carry the Frantic Films name.
“A single brand will offer a clearer identity to our clients and further integrate our two operations in Winnipeg and Toronto,” says Jamie Brown, CEO & Executive Producer, Frantic Films.
The rebranding comes on the heels of the recent acquisition of the international rights in the library of Peace Arch owned production house, The Eyes. These programs, along with Frantic’s existing library, and 67 hours currently in production bring Frantic’s library to over 500 hours.
About Frantic Films: Formed in 1997, Frantic Films is an award winning producer of film and television programs, branded content and commercials. Frantic’s programs have set numerous ratings records and have been sold to over 130 countries worldwide.
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Jeff Peeler, President, Frantic Branded Content + Commercials will be the guest speaker at a networking lunch held by the Canadian Marketing Association Manitoba on January 27, 2011. For more information please visit:www.cmamanitoba.com/events.php