When Tom Cox recently accepted a Gemini award for best mini-series for the political thriller Burn Up, it was hard to believe he became an independent producer because none of his filmmaker friends wanted the job.
Tom is a managing partner of Calgary’s SEVEN24 Films, along with Jordy Randall, and has been doing “the job no one else wanted” for over 20 years now, producing and co-producing dramatic features, mini-series, series and television movies garnering more than 100 industry awards and nominations.
Tom’s recent executive producer credits include Wild Roses and Heartland for CBC,Mayerthorpe for CTV and Burn Up for BBC and Global. His co-producing credits include such feature films as The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford andBrokeback Mountain.
“In addition to our core business of creating and producing high quality dramatic programs for Canadian and world audiences, we are very adept at co-production work. Co-productions expand and diversify our business, attracting productions to Alberta and developing international alliances that allow us to continue to branch out.”
SEVEN24 and its sister company Alberta Film Entertainment have shared working relationships with CBS, Lifetime, TNT, ABC Family, Disney Channel, Granada, and Mandalay Television. “We are mindful that we need to look beyond Canadian borders to ensure the long-term health of our company,” says Tom. “And while our core business is drama, we are also exploring other genres and platforms in order to become as diverse as possible".
Tom is Chair of the CFTPA Board of Directors and a member of the Broadcast Relations Committee.
“The CFTPA represents a broad spectrum of Canadian content creators. Being involved with the CFTPA board of directors is a wonderful way to stay connected with my peers in the rest of the country,” says Tom. “Being involved also insures that as a national organization, the CFTPA truly represents a diversity of voices that is so essential to the health of our industry.”