With over three decades of award-winning film and television experience, Jonathan is a world leader in 3D film production and distribution, specializing in IMAX®/Giant Screen films that combine human drama and natural history discoveries, like his most recent release, Amazon Adventure based on the compelling true story of Henry Bates who risked his life for science in the Amazon and the award-winning Flight of the Butterflies starring Gordon Pinsent (Away from Her).
A former actor, theatre producer, lead singer of an R & B band, entertainment lawyer, government and corporate film executive turned independent producer, Jonathan brings a broad perspective and passion to his work.
In addition to Flight of the Butterflies – winner of every major award from the Giant Screen Cinema Association as well as Best Immersive 3D/Large Format Film at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival – some of his outstanding productions include the Oscar® shortlisted IMAX 3D film, Bugs!, one of the most successful Giant Screen films of the past dozen years. Through these projects Jonathan has worked successfully with some most important and recognizable organizations dedicated to science literacy and understanding the natural world, such as Tangled Bank Studios (a division of The Howard Hughes Medical Institute), the U.S. Government’s National Science Foundation, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the Smithsonian Institution. Jonathan is also Executive Producer of SK’s award-winning eco-adventure series, The Water Brothers which is currently airing its 4th season and is broadcast around the world.
Jonathan was President and Co-CEO of Shaftesbury Films for over 12 years, where he was jointly responsible for the company’s phenomenal transformation and growth from a small feature film company into one of Canada’s leading and most successful television production companies.
Prior to creating SK Films, together with IMAX Corporation co-founder Robert Kerr, Jonathan began his passion for Giant Screen films during his tenure running the worldwide film business at IMAX, where he developed the blockbuster IMAX 3D film T-Rex, oversaw the production and distribution of a number of the IMAX space films, David Attenborough’s Survival Island and the hugely successful 3D film Into the Deep.
Jonathan was previously Senior Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs for Cinexus Group (owners of Panavision Canada and C/FP) and CEO of the Ontario Film Development Corporation (now OMDC). He began his career as an entertainment lawyer and as a member of the bars of Ontario and California. He has served on numerous boards and advisory committees, is a founding Director of the Giant Screen Cinema Association, and is a Director of Film Ontario.
Executive Vice President
Wendy is one of Canada’s most experienced and respected film executives with both a strong creative and business background. She is a principal of SK and oversees creative development for the company. She led the writing team for SK’s IMAX/Giant Screen production, Amazon Adventure 3D produced in partnership with HHMI’s Tangled Bank Studios. She co-wrote the worldwide audience and critical hit Flight of the Butterflies 3D, was Senior Story Editor on the acclaimed IMAX/Giant Screen film, Journey to Mecca: In the footsteps of Ibn Battuta and is the Producer of all four seasons of the award-winning eco-adventure series, The Water Brothers, broadcast in over 45 countries.
Prior to joining SK Films, Wendy managed the national film production and development investment programs for Astral Media (now Bell Media) as the Chair and CEO of The Harold Greenberg Fund. During her eleven year tenure, she participated in a wide range of successful feature films and English and French language television programs, working closely with Canada’s top directors, writers, producers, distributors, broadcasters and film financiers, including provincial, federal and international film funding agencies. Wendy also pioneered the development of programs to support digital media in Canada.
Wendy previously worked for leading animation production and distribution company Nelvana (now part of Corus Entertainment). She capped a distinguished career in government as a founding executive of the Ontario Film Development Corporation (now OMDC), pioneering many new financial and tax credit programs and ground-breaking economic studies for the industry.
Wendy was Chair of Women in Film and Television Toronto and for four years oversaw its significant growth with the launch of critical training and business education programs. She has also served on numerous other Boards and Committees, including with the Toronto International Film Festival, the Directors Guild of Canada, the Banff Television Festival, Cinematheque Ontario, the Canadian Film Centre and the Toronto Film Advisory Board.
Vice President of Sales & Marketing
For nearly 10 years Amber has been a highly valued member of the SK team and the Giant Screen community. Excellence, creativity and fun are her trademarks as the VP of Sales and Marketing, which is shown in her innovative, award-winning work, including the recent campaign for Amazon Adventure and Flight of the Butterflies which won SK the Giant Screen Cinema Industry’s award for Best Marketing by a Distributor. She oversees and develops all of the marketing and distribution plans for SK’s IMAX/Giant Screen films as well as The Water Brothers TV series. With her strong sales background, she has been very successful in leasing SK’s library of films to many prestigious institutions around the world, such as the Smithsonian Institution, The American Museum of Natural History, The Canadian Museum of Civilization, Science Museum of London and the California Science Center, to name only a few. Amber also works closely with in-house and outside contractors in the creation of digital media assets and extensive educational programs to support and leverage SK’s productions.
Director of Development
Alex is an award-winning writer and TV show host who has interviewed many of the world’s top environmental and scientific experts for The Water Brothers, a documentary television series he created along with his brother. They won the coveted BBC Earth Panda Award for Best Newcomers at Wildscreen after the first season, and in their third season were honoured with the Best TV Series award at the prestigious Blue Ocean Film Festival. Alex graduated from Dalhousie University and the University of King’s College with a degree in International Development and Environmental Science. He joined SK Films in 2008 to manage research needs for various projects in development. He has a background and keen interest in environmental issues and provides research and script consultation for all of SK’s projects. His work on these projects – especially The Water Brothers, on which he has been the lead researcher and writer – has allowed him to combine his interest in science, the environment and film to explain how humans can harmonize our relationship with the natural world and help raise awareness and dynamically educate the public about environmental issues.
Director of Finance & Business Affairs
Calvin Li joined SK Films in 2016 after 4 years in public accounting. He obtained a Bachelor of Accounting and Financial Management degree from the University of Waterloo, followed by a Masters of Accounting. At SK, he has a key role in ensuring that our projects are managed effectively from a financial, business affairs and administrative point of view and in maintaining our company’s reputation for accurate and timely reporting to our clients, funders and government. Calvin has been a film enthusiast his entire life and appreciates the opportunity to be in an industry that has the potential to educate and inspire youth to engage in a positive way with the world we live in.
Producer / Director
Tyler began working for SK Films after graduating from the University of British Columbia, with a major in film production in 2008. He is an integral part of the team at SK, having produced, directed, shot (in over 30 countries) and co-hosted 4 seasons of the award-winning eco-adventure documentary TV series, The Water Brothers, which explores the world’s biggest environmental challenges and how we can overcome them. Tyler has also shot and produced a number of behind-the-scenes videos for various IMAX and Giant Screen projects. He and his brother Alex developed the Quench app that connects users with free tap water on the go, and the award-winning Dive Deeper interactive digital media project and are passionate about utilizing digital media to educate, inspire and engage audiences about the natural world. Tyler is an avid world traveler, scuba diver, drummer, environmentalist and science communicator.
Manager, Post Production & Technical Support
Nate fell in love with the Giant Screen at a young age, experiencing immersive films at the Cinesphere IMAX theatre in Toronto. His passion is to apply his technical knowledge of filmmaking to ensure we offer the highest quality film experiences that inspire wonder in the natural world. He has been working for SK Films since 2011 in a number of diverse roles including Production Manager and videographer for The Water Brothers, Production and Post-production Coordinator for Amazon Adventure, and technical distribution support for all of SK’s projects. He has also had key roles in the creation of the mobile app Quench and interactive learning portal Dive Deeper. Nate graduated with honours from Ryerson University’s RTA School of Media. He has a love of photography and exploring the pristine waters of Ontario by canoe.
Manager, Film Distribution Support & Operations
Andrea was born and raised in Costa Rica and has over 10 years experience as a Producer and Assistant Director in advertising and audiovisual projects for both Latin American and European markets.
After her initial involvement in the Giant Screen industry in Montreal, Andrea joined SK Films in 2015 and has thrived within our company and the industry. She works closely with theatres and museums, ensuring they have all assets required for exhibition and that all reporting from clients is accurate and timely. Andrea also assists the SK team in numerous special projects, including research and production support. Speaking Spanish, English, Portuguese, and Italian, her language skills are a tremendous asset for the company.
A persistent passion for the natural world and diversity of skills, combined with a goal-driven attitude, are central to what Andrea brings to the SK family.
Marketing & Communications Specialist
Tory began working for SK Films in 2017 as a Marketing Consultant for Amazon Adventure and quickly fell in love with the fast-paced and demanding world of Giant Screen filmmaking and distribution, and in due course joined the company as a key member of the marketing and communications team. Her previous professional background was rooted in the fashion industry, based in New York and London, and she has made the transition to this industry seamlessly. Her diverse, global experience has provided her with a unique skill set in marketing strategy and brand management and it’s this distinct perspective that she brings to every new project she takes on.
Tory is a graduate of The University of Western Ontario with a BA in Media, Information and Technoculture and holds a Certificate in Marketing Management from NYU. She is even a Certified Wedding Planner, so SK’s events are about to get a lot more exciting!
Digital Content Editor / Special Projects Coordinator
Sam first started working at SK right out of Ryerson University, where she graduated with honours from the Media Production program, as a researcher for our IMAX/Giant Screen film, Amazon Adventure, and as an assistant and trailer editor for the fourth season of our acclaimed eco-documentary series, The Water Brothers. Having always been interested in the natural world around her, and its conservation, Sam’s passion grew for creating informative and entertaining content on the Giant Screen to inspire curious audiences around the world. She brings her editing and graphic design skills to all of our supporting and ancillary content, such as behind-the-scenes videos and short/special venue versions of our product, sales sheets and educational documents. Sam is hard-working and driven – as is the whole SK team, from whom she says she learns something new every day.