David Cormican is EVP, Business Development & Production and a partner of Don Carmody Television. Previously he was the Vice-President of Development and Production for Minds Eye Entertainment.
Recognized by Playback Magazine as one of the Top 10 to Watch in 2012, Cormican is also a recipient of the National Screen Institute’s Producer Drama Prize. Filmmaking accomplishments include the Christian Slater thriller Stranded, directed by Academy Award® winner Roger Christian, treaty co-production The Tall Man (Jessica Biel), directed by Pascal Laugier (Martyrs) for SND and released theatrically by Image in the USA, 13 Eerie for eOne, and Faces in the Crowd (Milla Jovovich) for Voltage Films.
Since founding the Canadian Short Screenplay Competition (CSSC) in 2008, the CSSC and Cormican have produced five of the winning short film scripts, including Rusted Pyre, which premiered at the 2011 Festival de Cannes as part of Telefilm’s “Not Short On Talent” programme and Will, which won the Golden Sheaf for Best Drama as part of the 2013 Yorkton Film Festival.
On founding the CSSC, Cormican says: “I saw that there is a gap in the industry for emerging writers, and if you didn’t have your first credit you weren’t worth much. I wanted to create a vehicle that would force me to produce something while giving writers their first credit with ACTRA talent, professional cameramen and proper equipment. I wanted the competition to highlight the work that goes into a production while promoting actors and putting the spotlight on writers.”
Cormican is a Trans-Atlantic Partners (TAP) Producer, member of both the European and Canadian Film Academies, and is a two time elected board member for the Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA). “It has been a huge learning opportunity. It has been incredible to be a part of the important decisions that have been made. I feel the CMPA is pushing the curve in every aspect. It is great to be a part of that think-tank, and to be able to put out feedback and have almost instantly become part of the zeitgeist for the media industry in this country.”
When asked what he would say to someone looking for advice on how to attain success in the industry, he hesitates for a moment and becomes reflective. “Get your teaching certificate,” he jokes. “Perseverance wins over in this industry because there are so many people who want to succeed but don’t have the drive. The people that can stomach the rejection and not give up will eventually begin to see achievements and success. Talent is only ten percent of the equation. So if you have talent, great; however, if you have the drive, motivation and the will to last, you will. And if you have a teaching certificate, you can always fall back on that.”
Cormican’s greatest motivation in life is his daughter, Skylar. At the end of the day, “being a good parent is what is most important. Every parent wants to make sure that they are special to their kids. I want to be a good role model and be someone that she can look up to. I want to be her hero.”