With a successful and dynamic career in the film and television industry spanning more than three decades, SK Films is fortunate to have Wendy as its CEO. She has produced, executive-produced and written several multiple award-winning films including Flight of the Butterflies, Amazon Adventure and Backyard Wilderness for which SK is the worldwide distributor.
Wendy has a passion for understanding how the natural world works and she is dedicated to bringing interesting stories about our planet, its incredible wildlife and ecosystems and the people who study them to audiences around the globe. She feels privileged to be a filmmaker and storyteller in the Giant Screen medium and to work with world renowned scientists, other advisors and prestigious scientific organizations dedicated to science literacy.
Wendy’s achievements include the only ever “clean sweep” of all Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) industry film awards for Flight of the Butterflies. She also led the script writing/research team behind Amazon Adventure, produced in partnership between SK and HHMI/TBS, which was praised in Variety as being “a large-screen triumph” with “such a high level of writing, acting and production polish.” Wendy was also Executive Producer and Co-Writer for Backyard Wilderness. Both films received five major GSCA Achievement Awards.
Wendy was an Executive Producer, Co-Writer, and she led the distribution team for Volcanoes: The Fires of Creation, which was awarded the 2019 Advanced Imaging Society’s Lumiere Award for Best 3D Documentary.
Prior to joining SK Films, Wendy spent 10 years as Chair/CEO of the feature film development/TV production investment arm of Astral Media (Bell Media). She was a founding executive of Ontario Creates, served on various committees of the GSCA and was Chair of Women in Film and Television. Other boards and committees include 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.
Most recently, Wendy was a script consultant for BBC Earth’s latest IMAX®/ Giant Screen film, Antarctica, narrated by academy award nominee Benedict Cumberbatch. Wendy has also co-written Wings Over Water, narrated by academy award nominee Michael Keaton, for which SK Films is the global distributor.
Managing Director / Producer
Tyler began working for SK Films after graduating from the University of British Columbia with a major in Film Production in 2008. As the managing director he is an integral part of the team at SK by overseeing the strategic direction and growth of the company. Alongside Wendy MacKeigan, Tyler leads the planning and implementation of creative strategies and partnerships.
Tyler has a strong background in documentary production and distribution having produced, directed and filmed numerous projects in over 30 countries. Tyler is also the co-host of the award-winning eco-adventure documentary TV series, The Water Brothers (Season 5 currently in production), which explores the world’s biggest environmental challenges and solutions.
Tyler is passionate about creating engaging educational content for the IMAX®/Giant Screen medium and has worked on numerous award-winning films, including Flight of the Butterflies, Amazon Adventure, Backyard Wilderness, Volcanoes: The Fires of Creation, BBC Earth’s Antarctica and Wings Over Water. Tyler is also an avid world traveler, scuba diver, drummer, environmentalist, public speaker and science communicator.
Vice President of Sales & Marketing
For over 12 years, Amber has been a highly valued member of the SK Films 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 BBC Earth's Antarctica and Flight of the Butterflies which won SK Films the Giant Screen Cinema Industry’s award for Best Marketing by a Distributor. She develops and implements all of the marketing and distribution strategies for SK Films’ IMAX®/Giant Screen releases as well as The Water Brothers TV series.
With her strong sales background, she has been very successful in leasing SK Films’ 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 History, 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 Films’ 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 and Business Affairs
Thibault has more than 10 years of experience working in Finance and Business Affairs. Prior to joining SK Films, he worked at eOne, Canada’s largest entertainment company, where he managed participation and royalties for TV and Feature Films. Earlier in his career, he handled production financing and reporting for the TV channel Euronews.
Born and raised in France, Thibault enjoys cooking and baking to remind him of his roots. He is an avid cyclist and has a strong passion for STEM subjects - Science Technology Engineering and Math. Thibault holds a Bachelor and a Master’s degree in Finance.
Marketing and Communications Manager
Manager, Film Distribution & Operations
Andrea was born and raised in Costa Rica and has accumulated over 13 years of international work experience – including in Central and South America, Europe, and Canada - in advertising, marketing, and production.
After her initial involvement in the Giant Screen industry in Montreal, Andrea joined SK Films in 2015 and has thrived within the company and the industry. She oversees the sales of all our content for the Spanish-speaking markets and 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 Films team in numerous special projects, including research and production support. Speaking fluent Spanish, English, Portuguese and Italian and a bit of French, her language skills are a tremendous asset for the company with maintaining old relationships and building new ones.
With a strong passion for the natural world and educating audiences around the globe, Andrea brings her diversity of skill and a goal-driven attitude, to the SK Films team.
Assistant Editor & Graphic Designer
Nick Korolischuk is an assistant editor and graphic designer at SK films. He enjoys being creative, and combines his interests of music, design, animation and video production in his work.
After graduating from Ryerson’s RTA School of Media, Nick got his professional start in children’s programming, where he helped create interstitial content for kids across Canada.
Nicky is excited to be a part of the SK team and looks forward to working in an environment that allows him to create, collaborate, and entertain audiences around the world.
Sales Agent, Asia-Pacific
Huang Ke has been involved in the Giant Screen cinema business for almost 30 years, starting as Communication Co-ordinator and moved up to Vice President, Theatre Marketing and Operations Asia-Pacific at IMAX Corporation.
In 2000, before leaving IMAX in 2016, Huang Ke set up their China Representative Office in Shanghai and helped the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum successfully launch the first venue to have two IMAX theatres under one roof. Since then she has trained theatre management staff and supported theatre openings in over 20 institutions in Asia.
Huang Ke is highly regarded among her clients in China who represent the top science and technology institutions and museums in the country from Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou to name a few. She also works with theatres in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Japan and Korea.
For the last decade, Huang Ke has been SK’s sales representative for mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. She has successfully distributed SK’s titles including Straight Up, Bugs!, Flight of Butterflies, Amazon Adventure, Backyard Wilderness and is excited to be working on SK’s latest projects.
Post Production Consultant
Nathan is an experienced Post Production Supervisor in the Giant Screen industry. He has held various post production roles on several Giant Screen films including Post Production Coordinator for the multiple award-winning Amazon Adventure, Post Production Supervisor for the multiple award-winning Backyard Wilderness, Post Production Supervisor for the award-winning Volcanoes: The Fires of Creation (Lumiere Award for Best 3D Documentary 2019), and Digital Intermediate Supervisor for Turtle Odyssey.
He previously worked for SK Films for 8 years in a number of diverse roles including Production Manager and Videographer for The Water Brothers, an award-winning eco-adventure TV series, and was instrumental in the development of the mobile app Quench and interactive learning portal Dive Deeper. Nathan is a graduate of Ryerson University’s Radio and Television Arts School of Media.
SK Films is pleased that Nathan will continue his productive relationship with SK as a Post Production Consultant.
Outdoor Exploration Expert
This energetic and friendly little guy is a native of Mexico, but now calls Canada home. He loves long walks on the beach, or challenging hikes through the forest and is always up for adventures or snuggles. Take your pick. He knows his smile will melt your heart and does it anyways.
Favourite movies: Lady & The Tramp, Homeward Bound, The Fox and the Hound.
In Loving Memory of
Toronto, ON – July 6, 2018 – It is with deep love and profound sadness that we share the news that illustrious producer, distributor, industry leader, and GSCA board member Jonathan Barker passed away peacefully, surrounded by his beloved wife Wendy MacKeigan and his precious children, the morning of July 5 from cancer.
Jonathan was the CEO of SK Films, which he founded 20 years ago with Bob Kerr, co-founder of IMAX® Corporation and joined by Wendy. Under his dynamic leadership, SK established a leading presence as one of the stalwarts of the industry, recognized with multiple GSCA awards.
With over three decades of award-winning film and television experience, he was a world leader in 3D film production and distribution, specializing in IMAX/Giant Screen films that combine human drama and natural history discoveries. Jonathan produced and/or distributed a wide array of some of the industry’s most significant films in the past two decades.
Titles include Into the Deep; Oscar shortlisted film Bugs!; Flight of the Butterflies, which achieved the only ever clean sweep of the GSCA Awards, won Best Immersive 3D/Large Format Film at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, and is one of the most successful and acclaimed giant screen films of this decade; the award-winning Amazon Adventure; Backyard Wilderness; and the upcoming films Turtle Odyssey and Volcanoes.
Through these projects Jonathan and Wendy worked successfully with some of the 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 was also Executive Producer of SK’s award-winning eco-adventure series The Water Brothers, produced with and hosted by his two sons Alex and Tyler both dedicated environmentalists, which is broadcast around the world.
A former actor, theatre producer, lead singer of an R & B band, entertainment lawyer, multi-lingual, an accomplished government and corporate film executive turned independent producer, Jonathan brought a broad perspective and great passion to his work and to all things – his love for Wendy and his children, family life and friends, for the Giant Screen industry, for great natural history filmmaking and in his case, with the twist of including onscreen drama into the storylines and for humorous stories, sharp banter and interesting conversations.
He loved spending time in the outdoors, particularly at what he called his paradise – the Georgian Bay island cottage with family and friends and having hot saunas and jumping into the cool waters, scuba diving with family around the world, enjoying all kinds of music and playing the guitar with his daughter Caleigh and great sing songs.
Jonathan was previously 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, 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 served on numerous boards and advisory committees, was a Director of Film Ontario, and was a founding Director of the Giant Screen Cinema Association.
Jonathan is survived by his wife Wendy and children Scott, Tyler, Georgia, Alex, and Caleigh. The family held a small private service.
Wendy MacKeigan, the former Executive Vice-President of SK Films, has taken over as its CEO and she hopes to continue Jonathan’s legacy with the talented SK team.