As CEO and Executive Producer of Frantic Films, Jamie has been proud to see the company grow significantly, gaining recognition for its creative efforts and business success. Frantic was named one of Canada’s Hottest Start-Up’s by Profit Magazine, later named to the Profit 100 list of the fastest growing Canadian businesses three separate years and was twice named one of North America’s fastest growing businesses by Deloitte. The company made four appearances on the list of Manitoba’s Fastest Growing Companies and was a two-time finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
Frantic became a leading provider of cutting edge visual effects for clients including Warner Bros. (Superman Returns, Swordfish, Italian Job, Scooby Doo 2), Paramount (The Core, Paycheck), 20th Century Fox (X2 & X-Men: The Last Stand ) and ABC Television (Stephen King’s Storm of the Century), for which it received an Emmy nomination. After opening offices in Vancouver, Los Angeles, Toronto and Sydney, Australia, the visual effects and software divisions were successfully sold to the Prime Focus Group in 2007.
Jamie is also the creator, producer and executive producer of many successful and award-winning projects. From feature films (Lucid, Faces In The Crowd), scripted television (Todd and the Book of Pure Evil, the Don Cherry mini-series) to variety (Winnipeg Comedy Festival) and unscripted (Til Debt Do Us Part, Pitchin’ In, The Opener). A complete list of his film and television work is available at www.franticfilms.com.
Jamie began his career as a lawyer with the prominent Toronto law firm McMillan Binch, where he focused on corporate finance and entertainment law. He went on to become Director of Business and Legal Affairs at Sullivan Entertainment and later at Nelvana. He began his producing career in 1998 and soon became the first recipient of the Lions Gate Innovative Producer Award. Among his many creative awards are Gemini, Golden Sheaf, and Accolade awards. One of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40, he received the I.H. Asper Broadcast Entrepreneur of the Future Award, was nominated as the New Media Visionary at the Canadian New Media Awards and was named the CFTPA’s Entrepreneur of the Year in 2008. Currently, Jamie sits on the Boards of the CMPA and is Past-Chair of Canada’s National Screen Institute. Jamie also sits on the Manitoba Premier’s Economic Advisory Council the Manitoba Business Council and is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada.
“The CMPA is absolutely essential to the production industry in Canada. It has incredibly dedicated and talented staff who are completely committed to helping producers succeed in this very challenging industry and Board members who dedicate thousands of volunteer hours to the organization.”