Chief Executive Officer & Executive Producer
As CEO and Executive Producer of Frantic Films, Jamie has been proud to see the company become one of Canada’s leading producers, gaining recognition for its creative and business success. Jamie is the creator, producer and executive producer of many successful and award-winning projects. He created and produced the first “living-history” program in North America and the Quest series went on to critical acclaim and set several ratings records. He has created or co-created over a dozen series and is responsible for hundreds of hours of production including TV series, MOWs, mini-series, feature films, lifestyle, variety and documentary programs. His most important skill is surrounding himself with the creative professionals needed to make every program something to be proud of.
Jamie believes a focus on running the company well is as important as the quality work Frantic creates. In his first year at Frantic, profits more than tripled and Frantic was first named one of Canada’s Hottest Start-Up’s by Profit Magazine in 2001. It was later named to the Profit 100 list of the fastest growing Canadian businesses three separate years and was twice named one of North America’s fastest growing businesses by Deloitte. It is a two-time finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
Frantic became a leading provider of cutting edge visual effects for clients including Warner Bros. (Superman Returns, Swordfish, Italian Job, Scooby Doo 2), Paramount (The Core, Paycheck), 20th Century Fox (X2 & X-Men: The Last Stand) and ABC Television (Stephen King’s Storm of the Century), for which it received an Emmy nomination . After opening offices in Vancouver, Los Angeles, Toronto and Sydney, Australia, the visual effects and software divisions were successfully sold to the Prime Focus Group in 2007.
Jamie began his career as a lawyer with the prominent Toronto law firm McMillan, where he focused on corporate finance and entertainment law. He worked in business and legal affairs for Sullivan Entertainment and later Nelvana before becoming a producer with Credo Entertainment. Jamie was the first recipient of the Lions Gate 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 in 2008. Among his many creative awards are Gemini, Banff Rockie, Canada Screen Award, Golden Sheaf and Accolade awards. Currently, Jamie is the Past-Chair of the CMPA and has also acted Chair of Canada’s National Screen Institute. He also sits on the Board of the Manitoba Business Council, Manitoba Premier’s Economic Advisory Council (Emeritus) and is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada.