Kim Todd is the founder and creative force behind Original Pictures and one of Canada’s most experienced producers. She worked her way up through the ranks of the Toronto film and television industry and was the producer for Atlantis Films for nine years before becoming a partner at Winnipeg’s Credo Entertainment – a move that allowed her to fit her job as a producer with her then new role as a single mother. In 2000 she formed Original Pictures which now has offices in Winnipeg and Toronto and which has, at its core, Kim’s passion for working with writers and getting their stories out to an audience.
Kim has produced for television, film and the web and her work has been seen on all the Canadian networks, many of the American networks and cable broadcasters and around the world. Her long filmography includes MOW classics like The Diviners (5 Geminis including Best Movie), A Bear Named Winnie (garnered the largest audience that year for CBC) and The Many Trials of Jane Doe (5 Geminis) which she co-produced with Muse, as well as two Murdoch Mysteries movies which were co-produced with Shaftesbury and which preceded the CITY/Rogers series. Series include Falcon Beach (Global and ABC Family), My Life as a Dog (Showtime), The Adventures of Shirley Holmes (YTV, Fox Kids, BBC and others), Guinevere Jones (YTV, Channel 10 AU), Men (ABC), Almost Grown (CBS), Ramona (PBS and winner of Gemini for Best Youth Program), The Atwood Stories and The Shield Stories (W).
Kim produced the feature The Quarrel (Best Film Santa Barbara Film Festival) and the feature Leaving Metropolis based on Brad Fraser’s play Poor Superman (invited to Montreal Film Festival). So far this year OP has produced an MOW, for the SyFy channel and Shaw Media, in British Columbia and the CBC pre-school show What’s Your News in Toronto and plans to shoot the feature Innercity Girl this summer. A one-hour drama, a half-hour comedy and two features are in the late stages of development with broadcasters and financiers. The company has opened a service division, which has produced 4 films for Fox, Universal and Mattel over the past year.
Kim shares her life with her daughter Andrea, who is studying at U of T, and her business partner Nick Hirst, who she married last June after 14 years of living together - this was proclaimed the longest development deal of her career. She enjoys travel, hiking, skiing and learning new things.
Kim is in her second term on the CMPA Board where she is Chair of the CMF Regional Task Force and sits on the Regulatory, the Government Relations, the Mentorship and the Governance Committees. She was the recipient of the CMPA Mentor of the Year Award in 2009. She served as the chair of On Screen Manitoba for four years where she oversaw a strategic rebranding and realignment of the organization. She remains on its board. She is also a board member of Manitoba Film and Music.
Kim knows the economic and technical challenges she has faced with Original Pictures and the Manitoba industry are shared by producers across the country. She believes that the changes affecting the industry have only just begun but that the multi-platform world holds great potential for content producers – big and small. She brings this belief to her work on the CMPA Board.