David Paperny is an independent producer who isn’t afraid to push the envelope. From the reality show The Week the Women Went to the S & M Series Kink, Vancouver-based Paperny Films has helped created a unique market for non-fiction programming in Canada.
David is business partners with his wife Audrey Mehler, and second cousin Cal Shumiatcher. Since 1994, Paperny Films has produced more than 300 hours of programming and won more than 30 awards.
A big handful of those awards were handed out this past year beginning with Paperny Films making Realscreen’s Global top-100 list for one of the most influential factual production companies in the world. David’s business acumen garnered him the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Media and Technology, Pacific Region. David also won the CFTPA’s 2009 Entrepreneur of the Year Award for innovation and risk-taking and received four Leo Awards for The Stagers. He explains his winning formula:
“We challenge each other to come up with the craziest ideas,” says David. Our reality shows and docusoaps have strong documentary elements that make them edgier and more real. It all comes down to the characters and conflict and finding the drama—figuring out the high stakes in people’s lives. These shows may look simple but it’s fairly complicated.” (Playback August 3, 2009 “Paperny Films: Unscripted insights” by Cheryl Binning)
After graduating with a Master's Degree from the Annenberg School of Communications, David began his career producing Current Affairs programmes at CBC Television in 1983. David co-founded Paperny Films in 1994, shortly after his documentary on a young doctor dying of AIDS was nominated for an Academy Award®. Over the years, under David's leadership, Paperny Films has become one of the preeminent television production companies in Canada.
“Of course I am just the front man for a company that has grown quite big over the last few years,” says David. I have wonderful partners and we have a great extended team of amazingly talented storytellers. We also constantly keep on top of industry trends so many of our programmes now include new media components to enhance viewership and audience participation.”
Since 1994, when The Broadcast Tapes of Dr. Peter was nominated for an Academy Award®, Paperny Films' commitment to producing quality programming has allowed the company to develop and grow into the multi-faceted, prolific operation it is today.
From conceptualization through development, to production, post production and distribution, Paperny Films provides a full range of state-of-the-art production services.
This spring (2010) will see Paperny Films in production on two new series - Deuces Wild for Rogers and Food in the Fast Lane for Food Net. More episodes of the hit series Glutton for Punishment and a Documentary Feature on singer/songwriter Ron Sexsmith for TMN and Movie Central are also in the works. New factual pilots are coming out and scripted shows with Award-winning writer Dennis Heaton are in active development with Space and YTV.
Paperny Films also has a number of hit shows on the air. For a complete list along with trailers, click through to; http://www.papernyfilms.com/productions