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Congratulations 2017 Leo Awards Nominees

The Promotion People would like to congratulate all our clients, past and present that have been nominated for Leo Awards this year. We have had the pleasure to work with hundreds of actors, tv series and feature films over the years. The Leo Awards have been celebrating Excellence in British Columbia Film & Television since 1999. We are proud to say that we have had clients nominated most years.

Good Luck to all the following 2017 Leo Award Nominees that we have had the pleasure to work with.

Lesley Diana, Jasmyn Rowley, Danica Cox – The Promotion People


8 Nominations
Best Dramatic Series – Rogue
John Morayniss, Matthew Parkhill, Robert Petrovicz, Nick Hamm – Producers
Best Visual Effects in a Dramatic Series
Best Dramatic Series
Best Visual Effects – Kevin Little – Pool Boy
Best Musical Score – Jeff Toyne – Maria, Full of Grace
Best Production Design – Eric Fraser – Maria, Full of Grace
Best Costume design – Glenne Campbell – Maria, Full of Grace
Best Stunt Coordination – David Jacox – Maria, Full of Grace
Best Guest performance Femal – April Telek – Maria, Full of Grace
Best Lead Performance Female – Meaghan Roth – Maria, Full of Grace


Nominees for Best Cinematography – Bob Aschmann
Ice – The Cut
Best Picture Editing in a Dramatic Series are…
Stein Myhrstad
Ice – Two Handkerchiefs
Best Sound in a Dramatic Series are…
Simon Bright
Best Costume Design in a Dramatic Series Ellen Anderson
Ice – Clarity
Best Make-Up in a Dramatic SeriesRita Ciccozzi
Ice – Clarity
Nominees for Best Hairstyling in a Dramatic Series
Jill Corp
Ice – Clarity
Best Casting in a Dramatic SeriesCorrine Clark, Jennifer Page
Ice – Two Handkerchiefs

Dark Harvest

Best Direction in a Motion Picture

James Hutson

The Sun at Midnight

Duane Howard Best Lead Performance by a Male in a Motion Picture

3 Nominations
Picture Editing
Musical Score
Lead Performance – Male

William Ainscough

Milton’s Secret – Best Lead Performance by a Male in a Motion Picture

The History of Love – Best Supporting Performance by a Male in a Motion Picture

Tammy Gillis

Best Lead Performance by a Female Menorca in a Motion Picture

Todd Talbot

Love It or List It Vancouver – Brenda and Marcos

Best Host(s)
in an Information, Lifestyle or Reality
Program or Series

Listen To Me by Wes Mack

1 Nomination
Best Music Video

Dan Payne

Best Lead Performance by a Male in a Television Movie
A Time To Dance
All Yours

Jennifer Spence

Best Guest Performance by a Female
in a Dramatic Series

Travelers – Grace

Best Supporting Performance by a Female
in a Dramatic Series Jennifer Spence

You Me Her – Remember, Ruby, Remember

David Lewis Goodnight Kiss and Dirk Gently

Best Supporting Performance by a Male
in a Dramatic Series

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency – Watkin

The Goodnight Kiss

Chelah Horsdal

Best Supporting Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series

Jesse James Miller

Chasing Evel: The Robbie Knievel Story

4 Nominations
Musical Score

Highway Thru Hell

Neil Thomas, Nicole Tomlinson

Highway Thru Hell – Bridge Out

Best Screenwriting
in a Documentary Series

Best Cinematography
in a Documentary Series   Todd Craddock,

Darren Dembicki

Highway Thru Hell – Long Way Down

Game Of Homes

1 Nomination

Some Assembly Required

4 Nominations
Screenwriting (2)


1 Nomination
Production Design

Sonja Bennett

Best Screenwriting in a Music, Comedy or Variety Program or Series
Sonja Bennett – Kim’s Convenience – Rude Kid

Best Performance by a Female in a Web Series
Sonja Bennett – Sunnyhearts CC – Scared Straight

John Cassini

Best Supporting Performance by a Male in a Television Movie
John Cassini – Love By Chance

Michael Eklund

Best Lead Performance by a Male in a Motion Picture
Michael Eklund – Dead Draw

Sonya Salomaa

Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Motion Picture
Sonya Salomaa – The Space Between

Actor Dan Payne is everywhere: From Legends of Tomorrow and Star Trek: Beyond to The Descendants and Welcome to Nowhere

DAN PAYNEFather, king, super hero, and alien are among a few of his latest roles

Dan Payne’s many appearances in 2016 are hard to keep track of, as he is busy with roles that cover most genres, including sci-fi, horror, and comedy, on both the big and small screen. Dan’s upcoming characters include a king, a father, a villain, a super hero, and more!

This fall watch Dan as Obsidian in CW’s ‘Legends of Tomorrow’. The CW TV series stars Victor Garber, Brandon Routh and Arthur Darvill. When heroes alone are not enough… the world needs legends. Having seen the future, Rip Hunter (Darvill) will desperately try to prevent certain events from happening, by time-traveling; Now Rip is tasked with assembling a desperate group of heroes and villains to confront an unstoppable threat – not only is the planet at stake, but our timeline itself. The Great Question being asked here is can this ragtag team defeat an immortal threat unlike anything they have ever faced?

screen-shot-2016-10-20-at-8-56-32-amDan will be in Toronto on a press junket on October 31st to promote his role as Wadjet for the November 1st DVD release of ‘Star Trek: Beyond’, starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Karl Uran. In this installment, the USS Enterprise crew explores the furthest reaches of uncharted space, where they encounter a new ruthless enemy who puts them – and everything the Federation stands for – to the test.

Dan has just reprised his role as King Beast for Disney’s second installment of ‘The Descendants’, alongside Queen Belle (Keegan Connor Tracy) and his son Ben (Mitchell Hope). Ben’s first proclamation as he prepares to take the throne in the Kingdom of Auradon is to give amnesty to the teen descendants of banished Disney villains Maleficent (Kristin Chenoweth), Jafar (Maz Jobrani), Cruella De Vil (Wendy Raquel Robinson) and the Evil Queen (Kathy Najimy) and ask them to join descendants of Disney heroes at the same prep school. What could go wrong?

coverDan also wrapped the feature film ‘The Plateau’, which follows two brothers as they enter the woods for a hunting trip. The tides turn quickly as they become the hunted. The depth of the characters in the film, combined with the survival element created an emotionally heightened acting experience for Dan.

In the New Year you will see Dan in ‘Welcome to Nowhere’, with Sara Canning (The Vampire Dairies, Remedy); ‘Everything, Everything’ with Amandla Stenberg and Nick Robinson; and the TV Movie ‘Dying to be Loved’ which airs in April 2017, in the role of Connor Hodges. In the MOW Jill Yates’ (Linda Hartley) daughter Emily (Paloma Kwiatkowski) takes up with bad boy Gary (Jedidiah Goodacre), whose violent behavior lands him and Emily in trouble. To avoid prison, Gary and Emily appear to commit a double suicide, but Jill sets out to prove Gary has gone on the lam, taking Emily with him. Dan has also just booked the role of a new villain on Disney’s ‘MECH X-4’.

Dan has portrayed many memorable roles in his impressive career, a highlight of which include: Clansmen in ‘Warcraft: The Beginning’, Nathan Davidson in ‘Mulligans’, and John on CTV’s ‘Alice, I Think’, which marked his first foray into a leading role in a TV series and gave Dan the chance to use his comedic timing. He has created a wonderful relationship with Hallmark as well that includes two films: ‘All Yours’ (Nicolette Sheridan) and ‘A Time to Dance’ (Jennie Garth), as well as a series regular role on the 2nd season of ‘Good Witch’ with Catherine Bell.

Payne was born in Victoria, B.C., Canada and moved a great deal while growing up. Dan went from a professional volleyball career in Holland to a professional photography career in Australia, before finding his path to acting with stand-up comedy and performing on stage in London. Armed with a greater sense of self and some foreign film credits, he returned home to Vancouver, Canada to get into acting full time.

Dan now resides in North Vancouver, BC with his wife and two sons. His family fosters dogs through Furever Freed, an organization that finds permanent loving home for the puppies they foster. He also fundraises for Covenant House: Sleep Out Vancouver Edition and Sea Shepard. Armed with the mentality as a former pro athlete, Dan works out and plays hockey to keep in shape. Dan’s career continues to enjoy growing success. With two LEO nominations for Best Male Lead in a Feature Length Movie, the future looks promising for Dan as his leading man good looks, versatility and sense of humor are making Hollywood take notice.

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Actor Dan Payne plays the role of Church in Brent Butt’s feature film “No Clue” opening in theatres across Canada on March 7th

Big year for Dan also appearing in “Supernatural” and “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland”

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Dan Payne, a Canadian actor and comedic talent, is utilizing his past experience to bolster his career and take it to new heights. Dan’s leading man good looks and sense of humour landed him a role in “No Clue” starring alongside Brent Butt (Corner Gas) and Amy Smart (Shameless, The Butterfly Effect). “No Clue” was filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia and will be release by E-One Entertainment in theatres across Canada on Friday, March 7th. Kyra (Amy Smart) walks into Leo’s (Brent Butt) office planning to hire a private eye to help find her missing brother. With a web of corruption, fraud and murder, Leo gets in too deep for his own good.

In ‘”No Clue” Payne plays the role of Church, a thug with a shady past, who chases Kyra (Amy Smart) and Leo (Brent Butt) all over town in this comedy scripted by Brent Butt and directed by Vancouver auteur Carl Bessai. ‘I knew going into this project that working with Brent Butt would probably bring a few laughs, but hanging out with him on set proved to be so much more.  He is a brilliantly funny, kind hearted, and very intelligent man!  And Carl Bessai is a supremely supportive and gifted director.  All around dream job,’ says Payne.

2013 and 2014 have been busy years for Dan with guest starring roles on popular TV shows such as “Supernatural” and “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland”. Payne played Angel Aber on “Supernatural” sharing some climatic scenes with Jared Padelecki (Sam), Payne’s character was slain in the high-energy episode by an angel slayer sword.  Payne plays ‘Captain of the Guard’ a pivotal character in the endeavour to get Alice home in a highly anticipated episode of “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland”. “Primeval: New World” was another highlight for Dan, who had a multiple episode arc, guest staring as ‘Major Douglas’, a rigid military man focused on his career. “The Hunters”, a made for TV movie, was another successful project for Payne, who played Carter Flynn, the father of a family of ‘Indiana Jones’ types, fighting to protect magical items of the world from falling into the wrong hands. “The Hunters” was shot in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Payne was also a guest star on “Arctic Air” in the Season 3 premiere, a CBC series set in Yellowknife, profiling renegade bush pilots at work and play in Canada’s north. Portraying a man who lives in the wild and suffers from PTSD, his character struggles to relate to people around him. By chance encounter he comes across Astrid and Dev who have become lost in the wilderness, leaving characters to question whether they are in danger or are merely dealing with a misunderstood individual looking to help.

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Payne is a familiar face on television having a lead role in the CTV sitcom “Alice I Think”. Dan’s credits include guest-starring roles on “Primeval: New World”, “Fairly Legal”, “Tower Prep”, “The Haunting Hour”, “Dead Like Me” and “Just Cause”. Dan has had several appearances on “Stargate SG1”, “Stargate: Atlantis”, “Battlestar Galactica”, “Smallville”, The Chris Isaac Show and two Muppet movies, “A Very Muppet Christmas” and “The Muppets Wizard of Oz”. Not a stranger to feature films, Payne has landed roles in the feature films “Cabin in the Woods” (directed by Drew Goddard/Joss Whedon), “Watchmen” (directed by Zack Snyder), and “John Tucker Must Die” (directed by Betty Thomas).  Dan is also very proud of his series lead role on the web series “Divine” which can be viewed at  Payne has also had starring roles in various TV movies such as “A Family Thanksgiving”, “Thomas Kincade’s A Christmas Miracle” and “Temptations”.

Payne, originally from Victoria, BC, Canada discovered a love for the entertainment industry at a young age. Growing up, Dan and his family moved a great deal. His family’s nomadic life enabled Dan and his siblings, brother Josh and sister Cathy, to become the best of friends. Dan earned several university scholarships and chose the University of Calgary (U of C) for his post-secondary education. Moving to Australia for four years to join his brother, he became a professional photographer and reawakened his love of the creative arts.  Inspired by his ever-growing love of all things creative, Dan chose to take the next step, and moved to London, England. Dan studied acting and realized his unique size and accent were assets, and towards the end of his five years in London, found success, which gave him the confidence and desire to return home to Canada. Dan continues his efforts to constantly expand on his experiences in both comedy and drama, which only strengthens his lifelong passion for acting.   His career has enjoyed growing success and the future looks promising for Dan.

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