Katie Uhlmann (Chats), Actress/Host, Toronto
Katie Uhlmann graduated with a drama degree from Queen’s University in 2009. While at Queen’s she performed in community theatre, and was also an on campus reporter for the university’s local TV show.
Since then Katie has gone on to be an actress, entertainment reporter, and all-round goofball. She has been in countless television shows, indie films and commercials. Katie has also started her own online entertainment network called “Katie Chats,” where she has completed over 2500 interviews with various filmmakers and celebrities including David Cronenberg, Gordon Lightfoot, and Shannon Tweed. Katie is also the recipient of the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award for community service, which she received from Prince Edward himself. Twitter @katiechats
Red Carpet Host
Natasha Eloi, Actress/Red Carpet Host/Reporter, Toronto
For over 22 years, Natasha Eloi has been honing her talents in-front and behind the lens with such fervor, that her mark as a female in the broadcasting industry must be viewed as nothing short of trailblazing.
Natasha recognized there was a lack of ethnic female representation in the broadcasting community; so this fueled her move to showcase her skills as someone who could capture stunning moving images to compliment her animated, outspoken, and extraordinary camera presence.
The management team at CityTV and CHUMTelevision wasted no time in utilizing Natasha Eloi’s growing popularity, as well as her photogenic appeal in several multi-media campaigns.
Natasha moved on to become the on-air face of Canada’s fledgling science fiction network, Space: The Imagination Station, which today is known as The Space Channel. Her duties included hosting, reporting, interviewing, shooting, writing and producing news and entertainment stories that have garnered a large world-wide appeal over the years.
Natasha’s expansive career has seen her interview astronauts, Sci-Fi celebrities, A-List directors and Hollywood stars, like Will Smith, Samuel L. Jackson, Kit Harrington, Daniel Craig, Nicolas Cage, Daniel Craig, Eva Green, Mads Mikkelsen, Ron Perlman, Lena Hedley, Linda Hamilton, Juliette Lewis, Ellen Page, John Cusack, Chiwetel Elijifor, Mark Strong, Thandie Newton, Gerard Butler, Robert Englund, Hayden Christensen, Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Matt Smith, Jared Padalecki, Neil Gaiman, Martin Campbell, Wes Craven, Zack Snyder, Frank Miller, Roland Emmerich, Chris Hadfield and Buzz Aldrin.
Natasha has produced over 10 years worth of news stories and TV specials focusing on the worlds of space, science, Sci-fi entertainment, urban art and pop culture. Having covered everything from red carpets to rocket launches, Natasha has traveled the world hosting and reporting stories from Victoria, British Columbia to St. John, Newfoundland, Cardiff, England, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Diego to Hawaii.
The next exciting chapter of her career has found Natasha cementing her footprints in the wonderful world of acting. She has successfully showcased her talents in national TV commercials, music videos, docu-dramas like Surviving Evil and Paranormal Witness, the web-series End of World, as well as live theatre. YouTube 1, YouTube 2, Twitter
Paul Dinh-McCrillis, Casting Director, Los Angeles
Paul is a longtime member of the Casting Society of America with over 15 years’ experience in film,
television, theater, commercials, and new media. He’s worked with Hugh Jackman, Mel
Gibson, Chris Carter, Ted Danson, among many others. IMDB
Jennifer Gibson, Acting Coach/Actress, Toronto
Jennifer Gibson began her career in Los Angeles, and has since worked in New York, Vancouver and Toronto. She has appeared in numerous Canadian and American TV series’ including Hemlock Grove, The 4400, The Bold and the Beautiful, Warehouse 13, Nikita, Lost Girl, and Covert Affairs, among others. Her film work includes roles alongside Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey and Justin Timberlake (Edison), Tim Daly (Seven Girlfriends), and Balthazar Getty (Traffic).
A native of Kelowna, B.C., Jennifer now resides in Toronto and can currently be seen in David Cronenberg’s new film “Maps to the Stars”, alongside Julianne Moore and Robert Pattinson. Upcoming films include “Shelby” with Chevy Chase and Tom Arnold and the Hallmark movie “Christmas Parade”.
She can be reached on twitter @jengib, on her Facebook Fan Page, and at www.jennifergibson.org
Carmela Evangelista, Talent Agent/Producer, Vancouver
I have been in the film and television industry for 18 years and have worked with all of the major studios , MGM, Disney, Sony, Universal, MTV , Showtime, HBO , Lions Gate, to name a few as well as many of the networks . I love what I do and making films and going back to work with the same amazing talented group of artists, directors, writers, producers and Studios I have met along the way will be my goal in achieving what we all desire towards our final goal of success. ETM represents actors , writers, directors and producers. IMDB
Zyrack Dean Osmon, Talent Agent, Vancouver
Zyrack Dean Osmon is a Theatre, Film, TV, Commercial and Vocal trained actor.
After an eight year run as an International Fashion Model, Zyrack Dean decided to move to talent development after taking on a job with Robin K. Miller Productions in NYC. As the co-founder of Full Blaze Records in Queens, NY – talent development led to pitching up and coming recording artists to MCI Records. Maijah Lewk Talent is based in Vancouver, BC with a very strong mandate for ethnic talent.
Representing talent in Film, TV, Commercial, Print, Voice-Over, Music and International Fashion. www.maijahlewk.com
(Larry) Lawrence Charles Benedict, Director/Producer/Actor/Author/Dialect Coach/Editor/Screenwriter, Los Angeles
Lawrence Benedict, a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada, and veteran of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival of Canada, has performed on stage in over 42 full Equity productions, as well as in TV and film, in both United States and Canada, starring in the Canadian Police series, The Collaborators, (21 episodes). Lawrence is also an accomplished precision driver for movies and TV and did his own driving in The Collaborators.
While performing in both night-time and daytime TV in Los Angeles, he moved behind the camera and started his own company “Angus Lake Productions.” He has edited trailers for Disney and a full-length feature he edited “Forgiving the Franklins,” by filmmaker Jay Floyd, became a Sundance Selection in 2006.
As an Apple Certified Final Cut Pro Trainer/Editor, Lawrence has taught at UCLA Extension, Learning Tree University, Screen Actors Guild, and tutors all walks of Industry Professionals. Lawrence gives seminars at SAG in Los Angeles, attended by SAG members who would like to edit their reels on the various popular editing systems, as well as get very precise insight into what casting expects to see on an actor’s reel, (and what they don’t want to see)!
Continuing to act on stage, he has been working out at MiMoDa Dance Studio in Los Angeles and, recently, performed for two years with an improv company, Joy Theatre’s “The Joynt” in the Noho Arts District.
He is the author of “The Video Demo Tape” – published by Focal Press, and the book “How to Shoot Better Camcorder Videos – Help from the Hollywood Pros,” available on Barnes&Noble.com, etc. He has co-written several screenplays and the latest is a pilot under consideration at major studios.
He is currently running an Indiegogo campaign to fund a book that will be the basis for a series of car-accident avoidance videos demonstrated by Precision Drivers entitled “Precious Cargo” – How to Lead a Car-Accident-Free Life.
“Lawrence just can’t seem to get his fill of the entertainment industry!” IMDB
Stéphanie Lamontagne, Director/Casting Director, Montreal
Stephanie started her studies in film at Lionel-Groulx (Sainte-Therese, Qc) in 2005. Meanwhile, she was spending her free time on producing a musical called “Mudra”. In 2008, she continued her education at Institut Grasset in Montreal where she directed around 10 short films.
Stephanie moved in Vancouver to accumulate experience on feature movies. In 2010, she was hired as a video editor for “The Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games”.
During the same year she directed few projects and she went to Los Angeles to become a script supervisor.
Back in Vancouver, she built her own video production company named Hearth Motion Pictures.
She decided to come back to her roots in Montreal, and kept on directing, script supervising and editing different projects.
She got hired in 2012 in a studio named Lamajeure and learned about the voice casting.
Stephanie is now a voice casting director for commercials, films and corporate projects at Studio Syllabes. www.syllabes.com
Angel Cheng, Producer/Press Agent, Toronto
Specialist in public relations & communications, festival & event production and media production with a background in business management. Senior Festival Publicist at the Toronto International Film Festival and International Press Relations at WOLF Consultants, she previously worked with imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, GlobalFest FilmFest & GlobalFest Human Rights Forum, Calgary Underground Film Festival, and Cinesonika International Film + Video Festival of Sound Design.
Recent film publicity includes Ilo Ilo by Anthony Chen (16 prizes including Festival de Cannes Camera d’Or, BFI Sutherland Trophy, Golden Horse Award), Blue Ruin by Jeremy Saulnier (5 prizes including Festival de Cannes Quinzaine des Réalisateurs FIPRESCI Jury Prize), The Act of Killing by Joshua Oppenhemier (34 prizes including Berlinale Panorama Audience Award, BAFTA Best Documentary, Oscar Nomination), Beasts of the Southern Wild by Benh Zeitlin (66 prizes including Festival de Cannes Camera d’Or, Sundance Grand Jury Prize, Oscar Nominations), and Without by Mark Jackson (Independent Spirit Awards Someone To Watch).
Co-Producer on the documentary Fight Like A Girl by Jill Morley (The Other Venice Film Festival Best Documentary), her documentary in development, Father, Brother, Son, will be produced by Oscar-nominated international award-winner Rithy Panh. About.me
DC Mathias, Agent Film/TV, Commercial and Fashion Division Director, Vancouver
DC is trained vocalist, performer, audio engineer, and agent. After moving to Canada from England Dc embarked on Being in front of the camera auditioning and singing. After a couple of years of performing he decided to change things around and be behind the scenes, since then he has never looked back. Graduated at Pacific audio visual institute as an audio engineer while developing talent at the same time as a Film/TV, commercial agent. Currently managing a roster of actors and also running the fashion division with Maijah Lewk Talent/Models. Have had success with booking talent on top shows on CW network, Fox channel, HBO and Sci-Fi channel. DC Just finished Working with Vancouver fashion week/Men’s fashion week for runway model placement. www.maijahlewk.com
Steve Lareau, Producer, Toronto
Steve was born in Quebec, Canada and speaks both English and French fluently. He has been involved with the Entertainment Industry/Art community for more than 20 yrs as Digital Artist, Music/Movie Producer, Actor, Recording Artist, Marketer, Editor, Camera Operator, Web/Graphic Designer and Event Planner.
Steve is currently Producer at “MyDestiny Production” and Festival Director at “Open World Toronto Film Festival”
Sabine Mondestin, Producer, Director, Writer, Singer, Actress, Toronto
From a young age, Sabine showed an interest in both the theater and writing. At the age of nine, she played different roles on Stage, Commercial and Television Shows. Her greatest success came when she interpreted the role of Cleopatra, whom she played for four years.
More than an actress, Sabine was a columnist for the TV show “Noir de Monde” and a freelance researcher for national Radio and Television stations.
Ms. Mondestin also founded and owns the production company, “ MyDestiny Production “, with which she Produced, Directed, and Wrote the Web Series/Movie ”13 Witches”. She received several awards including the ”Outstanding Producing for a Sci-Fi Horror Series” at the Prestigious LAWEB festival in Los Angeles. Another Sabine success story is the Short Movie “Insanity” which is an Official Selection of many 2014-15 Film Festivals.
In addition to writing, acting and directing, Sabine is also a singer. She recently wrote and interpreted the lyrics for “Let Them Hate”, “Une Mangeuse d’hommes” and “I Just Want My Chocolate” three songs produced by Steve Lareau.
She wrote over 22 TV/Movie scripts and is managing multiple projects with budget ranging from $1000 to $5000000.
In 2014 Sabine stared in a lead role in “The Vagina Monologues” play, all nights were sold out and acclaimed by the media.
Sabine shoes blog gets thousands of visitors every month and gained popularity exponentially.
Her new venture the OWTFF is a Film Festival that help aspiring and established Filmmakers gain exposure and recognition.
Director Of Sponsorship Sales
Ian Kilvert, Branding/Marketing/Sponsorship Executive, Toronto
A native of Winnipeg, Ian moved to Toronto to attend Ryerson University where he received his Bachelor of Applied Arts in Radio and Television. Ian entered the marketing communications field with Cockfield Brown’s promotion agency – Nova Communications, working on the Esso and Sony accounts. This led to a similar role at McCann-Erickson where Ian eventually found his way into the advertising discipline where he held posts in Account Service at McCann-Erickson, Harrod & Mirlin and FCB/ Ronalds Reynolds. Ian worked on clients such as Coca-Cola, Rogers Communications, Labatt Breweries, LG and Mazda.
In 1994 Ian moved to the client side with Panasonic as Manager Corporate Communications. In his 18+ years at Panasonic, Ian was promoted to Director and ultimately held the position of General Manager Corporate Brand Management which included 8 years as a member of the Executive Committee. In this role Ian was responsible for all internal and external communications for the company including advertising, public relations, web based activities and corporate sponsorships. During his tenure, Ian negotiated and oversaw the sponsorship of the Canadian National Rowing Team, the Canadian National Snowboard Team and Alpine Canada as part of the company’s involvement with the Olympics in 1996, 1998 and 2010 respectively. Ian was involved in a total of 10 Olympic Games and was also instrumental in securing Panasonic as one of 4 Official Partners of the 1999 Pan Am Games in Winnipeg.
Ian was responsible for orchestrating the integration of Panasonic product at Pearson International Airport, the Rogers Centre, the Hockey Hall of Fame, CN Tower, Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, The Princess of Wales Theatre, The Manitoba Children’s Museum, Montreal Symphony Orchestra and the Panasonic Theatre in downtown Toronto. As well, Ian helped co-ordinate the sale of large LED video screens in Niagara Falls, Ottawa Airport, and in Toronto on the CITY/OMNI building at Yonge and Dundas Square.
Following the company’s successful involvement in the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games, Ian negotiated a sponsorship of CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada and helped to broadcast the first 3D hockey games in Canada.
Currently, Ian is involved as a marketing communications consultant helping companies evaluate, activate and leverage their sponsorships in the sports, entertainment and technology sectors.