President and C.E.O
SK FILMS INC
Jonathan Barker is one of Canada’s most experienced film and television executives and is also recognized as a world leader in producing and distributing IMAX and other Giant Screen 3D and 2D films. SK Films was cofounded together with IMAX Corporation co-founder and President, Robert Kerr.
For more than 12 years, Jonathan was President and Co-CEO of Shaftesbury Films Inc., 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 film and television production companies, especially through the company’s major expansion into dramatic television production (series, mini-series, movies and children’s programming) and distribution.
Previously, Jonathan was the senior executive responsible for the film production and distribution business at Imax Corporation, where he developed the hit 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. Through SK, he has been responsible for Straight Up: Helicopters in Action under commission to the most visited museum in the world, the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum, the multiple award-winning 3D film, Bugs!, one of the most successful Giant Screen films of recent years, and most recently, Journey to Mecca, winner of the Most Popular Film award in the annual Giant Screen film festival in Paris. He is about to start production on his fifth 3D film, Flight of the Butterflies.
Jonathan’s senior executive experience also includes his role as 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 the OMDC).
Jonathan began his film and television industry career as an entertainment lawyer as a member of the bars of Ontario and California. He has served on numerous Boards and Advisory Committees and is a founding Director of The Giant Screen Cinema Association, a Director of Film Ontario and has served as the Co-Chair of the Ontario Producers Panel of the Canadian Media Production Association.
Executive Vice President
Wendy is one of Canada’s most experienced and respected film executives with both a strong creative and production background. Prior to joining SK Films, she managed the national film production and development investment programs for Astral Media as the Chair and CEO of The Harold Greenberg Fund/Le Fonds Harold Greenberg. During her 10 year tenure, she participated in a wide range of successful feature films and television programs/series and worked closely with Canada’s top writers, filmmakers, producers, and distributors and other film financing groups such as Movie Central, The Movie Network, Telefilm Canada and various provincial film funding agencies like the OMDC, SODEC, the Nova Scotia Film Development Corporation and BC Film. She developed many new programs such as the Story Optioning Program for adapting books and stories into film scripts and TV series and extending dramatic film and television programs to include Children and Youth.
Wendy coordinated the script writing process and was senior story editor on the award winning Giant Screen IMAX film, Journey to Mecca: In the footsteps of Ibn Battuta and is co-writer of Flight of The Butterflies 3D.
Prior to Astral, Wendy worked for leading animation production and distribution company, Nelvana. She capped a distinguished career in government as a founding executive of the Ontario Film Development Corporation (now the OMDC), pioneering many new and significant financial and tax credit programs for the industry and originating many groundbreaking economic and strategic studies on the important role and significant impact of the film, television and overall entertainment industry.
Wendy has served on numerous Boards including for four years as the Chair of the Women in Film and Television Toronto during its significant growth phase with the launch of critical training and business education programs. She has also served on Advisory Committees including for the Toronto International Film Festival, the Directors Guild of Canada, the Banff Television Festival, Cinematheque Ontario and the Canadian Film Centre.
She currently serves as a member of the Executive Committee and Board of the Film Advisory Committee for the City of Toronto.
She completed her MA from the University of Toronto.
Sales and Marketing Director
Amber joined SK films as Manager of Sales and Distribution in 2007 with a strong sales background. She comes from a film and television environment as both her parents work in the industry. Amber has been a longtime avid fan of the IMAX medium and also has a special interest in the educational components. She is very excited to be a valued member of the SK team.
Manager, Distribution and Operations
Director of Finance and Administration
Scott Larsen recently joined SK Films as the Director of Finance and Administration. He is a graduate in Business Administration – Accounting program and has completed all of the Certified General Accountant courses. Scott has over 5 years of accounting experience and has worked extensively in the insurance industry prior to joining SK Films.
Tyler is a skilled cinematographer and emerging director. He graduated from the University of British Columbia with a major in film production.
Tyler got his start in film and television industry at a young age when he shot and starred in an episode of the YTV reality show Road Scholars, for which he traveled all over France, Italy and Switzerland, exploring many cultural wonders and doing extreme sports such as snowboarding, wakeboarding, mountain biking and rock climbing.
Tyler joined the team of SK Films in 2008. He has traveled extensively filming different projects for SK in Cambodia, Laos, Belize, Mexico the U.A.E, and all over Canada, from the rough mountaintops of the Rockies to the urban streets of Toronto and Vancouver.
Tyler recently completed a course in 3D filmmaking presented by the Canadian Society of Cinematographers and is going to be working as an A.D. on SK Films new 3D film, Flight of the Butterflies which begins production in February 2011.
Tyler is also going to be directing and co-hosting a television documentary series airing on TVO in the Fall of 2011 called The Water Brothers, which begins production in the Spring 2011.
Director of Research
Alex 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 is particularly excited to be researching and writing on the Our Sustainable Planet project with a special commitment to water issues and solutions and for The Water Brothers TV series which begins production in the Spring of 2011 and which will air on TVO in the Fall of 2011. Alex has been researching, location scouting and co-writing for the series and will be its co-host along with his brother Tyler. Alex has four years of experience working in the film and television industry. He is a graduate of Dalhousie University and the University of King’s College with a degree in International Development Studies and Environmental Science.