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High Arctic Haulers New on CBC

THUNDERBIRD ENTERTAINMENT AND CBC TEAM UP FOR HIGH ARCTIC HAULERS

New prime time factual series brings Canada’s riveting and critical Arctic sealift to audiences around the world 

Thunderbird Entertainment Group Inc. is pleased to announce the launch of its newest high-action factual series, High Arctic Haulers, in partnership with CBC. Produced by Thunderbird’s Factual Division Great Pacific Media, High Arctic Haulers airs at 8:00 p.m. (8:30 NT) on CBC and the free CBC Gem streaming service in Canada.  

Near the top of the world, there’s a place so remote that only the toughest dare stay. To live in the High Arctic you must be resilient, resourceful and willing to beat the odds. Once a year, the Arctic gambles on the Sealift – an armada of cargo ships packed with supplies the land doesn’t provide. 

High Arctic Haulers is a factual series that tells the story of a thriving North through the lens of “The Sealift” – an annual mission to resupply dozens of the most isolated communities in Canada. There is no place in the world more difficult to move cargo than the Arctic. Complicated by weather, ice and a lack of infrastructure, each cargo ship in the fleet is self-sufficient – complete with tugs, barges, cranes and loaders to land and deliver on Canada’s most remote shorelines. The ships leave from Montreal to chase retreating ice during a brief window in the summer when winter’s grip on the region loosens. 

The Sealift is the lifeline of the North and is packed with thousands of tonnes of supplies to meet the growing demand of Canada’s most resilient communities. In the North the biggest day of the Year isn’t Christmas, it’s the day the ship arrives. This season, the Sealift will carry construction materials to replace a school that burned down, a taxicab for Igloolik, and new equipment for a rapidly expanding fish plant. Add that to the toys that will be stocked on store shelves and tons of groceries, and by watching you will quickly see the Sealift is crucial to the North.  

Leading the Haulers is the unofficial admiral of the fleet, Captain Michel Duplain. A thirty-year veteran of the seas, Captain Duplain has spent the last decade navigating Arctic waters. For the Captain, there is nowhere in the world as alluring as the Arctic – the smells, the sights, the freedom. But the call of the North can’t mask the challenging mission Captain Duplain has ahead of him this summer. He’s taking 22,000 tonnes of cargo to the Arctic and doing it all with a new crew aboard a ship he’s never sailed before. Through it all, Captain Duplain never wavers – a steady hand at the wheel of the Sedna in the always dangerous Arctic waterways. 

On the Taiga, Captain Olivier Nault is the youngest commander in the Desgagnés fleet.  The 35-year-old is a rising star, with a huge responsibility, running the largest ship in the fleet. Along with First Mate, Marc-Antoine Saucier, Captain Nault and the Taiga have the busiest schedule in the fleet.   They are a no-nonsense-get-it-done crew that is willing to take on anything the Arctic can throw at them.

Communities across Canada’s Arctic have been waiting up to a year for the resupply missions of the Sealift. From Nunavut’s rapidly growing capital city, Iqaluit, to Canada’s northernmost settlement, Grise Fiord, the north is expanding and the Sealift is the only way to bring in the goods and supplies to meet those demands. In Iqaluit, the sealift brings in hotels, a new port and even a brewery. In Grise Fiord, it’s a new power plant to replace their aging, failing power supply. Gjoa Haven and Pangnirtung need new emergency vehicles; Kugarruk, a new school. Cape Dorset needs a gravel compactor to finish off the Arctic’s first BMX track. Kugluktuk’s community needs table tennis and lacrosse equipment to keep up with demand from its youth. And in Chesterfield Inlet, a single mother of three has been saving for two years to purchase her family a new red pickup truck. 

High Arctic Haulers is a gruelling test of endurance. It is the story of adventure and resilience in a place where tradition and ambition mix in the cold Arctic wind, because to thrive up here – the haul must get through.

High Arctic Haulers is unique in the way that is both celebrates the North and the achievements of the vibrant and resilient residents that choose the high arctic as their home, while showcases the hard work that goes into keeping the High Arctic supplied with vital equipment and resources that are too large to fly in. The 7-part series airs Sunday nights at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) on CBC. Watch the first two episodes now on CBC Gem: https://gem.cbc.ca/season/high-arctic-haulers/season-1/3a69b049-cccf-43bf-bf2c-71b5575a211f

For interviews and photos please contact: Lesley Diana | Great Pacific Media Publicist | Lesley@thepromotionpeople.ca | 604-726-5575

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Intrigo: Death of An Author Out January 17th, 2020

Intrigo: Death of An Author starring Academy Award® winner Ben Kingsley and Benno Fürmann Opens in Select Theaters and On Demand Friday, January 17, 2020

Rick Dugdale continues to develop and grow Enderby Entertainment’s global presence with multi-picture deals with major studios such as the Intrigo Anthology

Rick Dugdale is producing feature films all over the world with A-list actors.  Dugdale has completed work on Enderby Entertainment’s most ambitious project to date: The Intrigo Anthology – three films shot back to back, based upon a series of European best-sellers by the immensely popular Swedish author Håkan Nesser. Daniel Alfredson directed each of the films with Pawel Edelman as Director of Photography. The three films are entitled Intrigo: Death of an Author, Intrigo: Dear Agnes and Intrigo: Samaria.  Shortly before this, Dugdale produced Night Hunter starring Henry Cavill, Sir Ben Kingsley, Alexandra D’Dadario and Stanley Tucci.  The first Intrigo: Death of An Author will be released on January 17, 2020 in select theatres and On Demand across North America.

Based on the global best seller by Hakan Nesser and starring Academy Award® winner Ben Kingsley (Ghandi) and Benno Fürmann (Babylon Berlin) as David, this tense, riveting thriller will keep you guessing. Other cast includesTuva Novotny (Eva), Michael Byrne (Keller), Veronica Ferres (Kerr), and Daniela Lavender (Mariam). After an author named David plots the seemingly accidental murder of his wife, her body is never recovered, and he’s convinced that she’s still alive. Meanwhile, as David translates the final novel by a writer who also died mysteriously, he finds himself attracted to the man’s sultry widow. Fact or fiction, life or death… in this tale, nothing is certain.

Rick Dugdale, President and CEO of Enderby Entertainment is making tremendous strides as a Canadian Producer who is entering the big leagues of movie making, producing multi-million dollar feature films. As CEO, Rick oversees all aspects of the company’s business, finances and production, and spearheads the company’s relationships with its worldwide community of financial partners. Dugdale’s career started in his native British Columbia, where he gained extensive experience in physical production, working at all budget levels in feature film, television commercials and music videos.

Dugdale has most recently completed post-production on Peace, starring Alexander Ludwig, Sam Keeley and Franco Nero. Based on a true story from the celebrated novelist Richard Bausch and written and directed by Academy Award® winning filmmaker Robert Port, the principal photography was shot around Dugdale’s hometown in Enderby, Canada. Peace will be released in 2019.

For more information on Rick Dugdale and Enderby Entertainment please visit: www.enderbyentertainment.com

For more information, interviews and photos please contact: Lesley Diana | Lesley@thepromotionpeople.ca | 604-726-5575

Intrigo: Death of An Author is available on all major platforms including the following in Canada 

  • Apple CA
  • Rogers
  • Shaw
  • Cogeco
  • Microsoft
  • Vubiquity

Camille Mitchell January 2020


January is a Busy Month for Award-winning Actress Camille Mitchell

Watch her on the new dramedy The Healing Powers of Dude premiering January 13th on Netflix and on the CW’s new Arrow Spin Off, Green Arrow and the Canaries on January 21st.

No rest for award-winning actor Camille Mitchell who is busy making cappuccinos and dog treats in her recurring role as Rosie on Netflix’s new dramedy, The Healing Powers of Dude and sipping fine wines at the family manse as the Mafia boss’ wife, Maria Bertinelli, on the CW’s Arrow spin-off series pilot, Green Arrow and the Canaries.

 The Healing Powers of Dude, an eight-episode series will start streaming on Netflix on January 13, 2020. It is a new family-comedy series that centers on Rosie’s darling, an 11-year-old Noah Ferris (newcomer Jace Chapman), who is struggling with a social anxiety disorder when in comes a high-energy emotional support dog called Dude (voiced by Steve Zahn). As a dog-owner all her life, Camille recently adopted Ginger from the downtown Los Angeles Pound and is no stranger to the healing powers of canines. Richie Keen (It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, Fist Fight, Teachers) directs. 


For CW’s highly anticipated Arrow spinoff pilot, Camille plays Mafia boss wife Maria Bertinelli, joining Katherine McNamara who stars as Mia Smoak, on Green Arrow and the Canaries that will be airing on the CW on January 21.

Camille has garnered extraordinary acclaim for her versatility onstage and onscreen. She was nominated for the 2019 Leo Award for Best Guest Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series on Netflix’s hit series Van Helsing with Kelly Overton and was also nominated for a 2018 Leo Award for her role as Esperanza on ABC’s Somewhere Between with Paula Patton and portrayed tough-talking Sheriff Nancy Adams on the CW’s hit television show Smallville for five seasons. A leading lady at the Stratford and Shaw festivals, where she was hailed her as “a gift to the theatre” by the London Times, Camille won Canada’s Jessie Award for her portrayal of Ariel in Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” and was also nominated for Best Actress Awards for Blanche in “A Streetcar Named Desire,” opposite Kim Coates (star of Sons of Anarchy, Bad Blood), Madame Tourvel in “Les Liaisons Dangereuses,” and Elizabeth in “The Crucible.” 


Born in Los Angeles to Hollywood star Cameron Mitchell and Johanna Mendel Mitchell, and raised in Vancouver, Canada, Camille studied at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London, England. She divides her time between Vancouver, Toronto and Los Angeles.

Camille is available for interviews and photos upon request. 

Please contact: Lesley Diana | Lesley@thepromotionpeople.ca | 604-726-5575 

Camille Mitchell Demo Reel: https://www.imdb.com/video/vi3358702617?ref_=nm_rvd_vi_1

Camille Mitchell IMDb: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0593193/

Headshot: Kevin Clark

On set photos: The Healing Powers of Dude with lead and newcomer Jace Chapman

Left to Right: Green Arrow and the Canaries Camille Mitchell, director Tara Miele, Drummond MacDougall, and  (“Canaries” Star) Katherine McNamara 

Hunter Dillon

Teen Actor Hunter Dillon is back as Tyler Flaherty in the second season of the Hulu original television live-action series Holly Hobbie now airing in the USA and soon on Family Channel in Canada

Hunter guest stars on DisneyNOW Disney Channel’s Gabby Duran & The Unsittables

Teen Actor Hunter Dillon is back for the second season of the Hulu original live-action television series Holly Hobbie in theleading role of Tyler Flaherty, the middle son of Collinsville’s most powerful family. The 10-episode series shot in Toronto, Ontario debuts on Hulu in the US and will air on Family Channel in Canada in early 2020. The first season recently aired on CBBC, the leading children’s channel in the UK and has been picked up by a raft of international broadcasters, including French public broadcaster FranceTélévisions. The series has just been nominated for a Kidscreen award for The Best Live Action Series in the kids programming category.

The series follows Holly Hobbie (Ruby Jay) who has lived her whole life in the small town of Collinsville. Holly’s a 13-year-old singer-songwriter who’s got her best friends and close-knit family by her side, but she’s dreaming of ways to save the world – even if it’s starting in her own backyard. 

In season two of Holly Hobbie, Hunter’s character Tyler struggles to navigate relationships and new personal conflicts that have arisen. He might just need Holly and her friends to help him out. Hunter’s role as Tyler combines his love of acting and music, which is a perfect fit for the young actor.

Hunter guest stars on the current season of Disney NOW’s Sci-fi family comedy Gabby Duran & The Unsittables’ episode:Who is Joey Panther shot on location in Vancouver, BC.Gabby Duran lands an out-of-this-world job to babysit an unruly group of very important extra-terrestrial children who are hiding out on Earth with their families, disguised as everyday kids. Fearless and bold, Gabby steps up to the challenge to protect these youngsters and their secret identities, and prove she’s the best babysitter in the galaxy.

Acting since his early teens, Hunter landed his first acting role portraying a young Sam Winchester (Jared Padalecki) on The CW’s Supernatural. He is proud of his recurring roles on Fox TV’s The Exorcist as Caleb and young Arnold on AMC/Netflix’s television series Dirk Gently Holistic Detective. He has also appeared in Fox’s Wayward Pines.

Hunter roles in feature films include To All the Boys I’ve Loved Beforeplaying the role of young Peter Kavinksy in flashbacks of lead (Noah Centineo). In 20th Century Fox’s Deadpool 2 starring Ryan Reynolds, Hunter plays the role of Branding Boy, a young boy being branded at the orphanage. As a voice over actor Hunter is the voice of Alcazaba in the Animated Action series Beyblade Burst.

Born and raised in Vancouver BC, Hunter has been nominated for several awards including The Best Breakthrough Actor for his role in The Exorcist Season 2at the CineAwards and Best Ensemble in a Feature Film for To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before at the 2018 Joey Awards. Most recently Hunter was nominated for a 2019 Joey Award for Best Actor in a Recurring Role Television Family or Comedy Age 15+ and Best Ensemble in a Television Series for Holly Hobbie. 

Hunter started his acting training at Project Limelight when he was 11 and has remained involved in the community-based program. He has trained at LeBlanc School of Acting, Deb Podowski at Austin Tuck Studios as well as Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London England.

Hunter spends much of his time songwriting and singing while playing guitarwhen not acting or attending high school.

Hunter is available for interviews and photographs upon request.

Press please contact: Lesley Diana | Lesley@thepromotionpeople.ca| 604-726-5575

Talent Agent:Samantha Jewell | samantha@playmgmt.com | 604 677 7529

Management: Allan Grifka agrifka@alchemyco.com| (323) 937-6100

Hunter on IMDb: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm6073396/?ref_=nv_sr_1

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Holly Hobbie: Holly and Tyler scenes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GdOmW6qvRlE

Hunter’s headshot photo credit: Mandisa Photo

Goodlad Clothing x ‘A Christmas Story’

Cult Classic ‘A Christmas Story’ star Zack Ward (Scut Farkus the bully) will be the guest Barista at Goodlad clothing & coffee in North Vancouver on Saturday, December 21, 2019 to launch a Toy Drive for the North Shore Neighourhood House.

Chances are that most households in North America have watched one of the biggest cult-classic movies in 1983’s A Christmas Story during the holidays. In fact, the Christmas Day television screening at 8:00pm is watched by more households than the Superbowl. 

To celebrate the season North Vancouver’s Goodlad Clothing at 221 West Esplande is pleased to announce that Zack Ward who plays Scut Farkus ‘the bully’ in The Christmas Storywill be in store supporting his good friend Shane Meier on Saturday, December 21stas ‘barista for a day’. Shane, whose role as Clint Eastwood’s son in Unforgiven has known Zack since he played his younger brother 25 years ago in Harvest of the Heart

“In the process, Shane became like a younger brother to me. We have been life long friends ever since,” says Zack. “I’ve used my infamy as Scut as a lighting rod to raise money and awareness for bully prevention programs around the country.Scut Farkus has become the Darth Vader of Christmas, a character the fans love to hate. This year I’m coming to Goodlad to support my ‘little brother’ by raising money and toys with a Toy Drive to support the North Shore Neighourhood House.”

Goodlad is an independently owned barbershop, coffee bar, and men’s clothing store. Zack and Shane invite everyone to meet Zack and bring a toy or cash donation for theNorth Shore Neighourhood House, get an autograph and shop for dad’s Christmas gift. 

The man behind the Goodlad concept, Shane Meier, who was also a busy child actor with memorable roles in addition to his role in the Oscar-winning film ‘Unforgiven’, include young Macgyveron TV’s ‘MacGyver’, and roles in Steven King’s ‘Needful Things’, ‘Andre,’ ‘The MatthewShepard Story’, and countless moretv series and feature films.

Zack and Shane are available for on camera, phone and radio interviews upon request.

For press inquiries, more information, interviews, and photos, please contact:

Lesley Diana | Lesley@thepromotionpeople.ca| 604-726-5575

Goodlad is located at 221 Esplanade at Chesterfield in North Vancouver across the street from the Sea Bus Terminal by Lonsdale Quay. 

Hours: Saturday to Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 

Thursday and Friday: 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. | 604-770-3939  

Goodlad on social media:

North Shore Neighbourhood House: www.nsnh.bc.ca 

A Christmas Story Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cfjEZ88NHBw

Zack Ward IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0911933/

Grayson Gurnsey On Netflix

Catch Grayson Gurnsey as Ricky Sudder in Virgin River Now Streaming on Netflix

Up and coming actor Grayson Gurnsey is proud of his role as Ricky Sudder in the new series Virgin River, now screening on Netflix. Centering around Melinda Monroe, played by Alexandra Breckenridge (This Is Us, The Walking Dead), a nurse practitioner who answers an ad to work in the remote California town of Virgin River and soon discovers that small-town living isn’t quite as simple as she expected. Matters get complicated when Melinda meets local heartthrob Jack Sheridan, played by Martin Henderson (Grey’s Anatomy, Shortland Street). She must learn to heal herself before she can truly make Virgin River her home. In his recurring role, Grayson joins Tim Matheson (The West Wing, The Good Fight), Annette O’Toole (The Punisher, Smallville), Benjamin Hollingsworth (Code Black, Cold Pursuit), and fellow Vancouverite Colin Lawrence (Riverdale, The Killing). Virgin River started streaming on Netflix December 6th, 2019. 

“I hope people connect with Ricky as much as I have”, says Grayson. Ricky is a teen living with his Grandmother after the loss of his parents. Robyn Carr, author of the books, and Sue Tenney, Showrunner, have his character struggling between being a good kid and finding the confidence to make his own choices. 

Grayson got to work opposite Milo Ventimiglia (This Is Us, Gilmore Girls) in the feature film, The Art of Racing in The Rain released earlier this summer. His other film credits include Wonder, Godzilla, and he plays the young Davy in The Legend of Davy Crockett. Grayson’s recurring roles include Saints and Game On. He was nominated for Lead Actor in a TV Series for Game On, a Canadian YTV series. Other selected small screen appearances include Family Pictures, Garage Sale Mysteries, iZombie, Van Helsing, and Timeless.

At eight years old, Grayson was accepted to an adult-only, year-long acting-class after personally appealing to the coach by asking to be treated as a professional. Being born and raised in Calgary didn’t stop Grayson from auditioning in Vancouver, despite the 12-hour drive. As he became more established his parents bought a motorhome for when he was working in Vancouver.

Luckily, Grayson’s talents were recognized at a young age. He won a Joey Award for Lead Actor when he was thirteen for a short entitled, Lord of the Guys, that he also co-wrote. The short screened at the Action On Film Festival in California and won Outstanding Cast Performance – Short, and Best Children’s Film. His film also screened at the Reel 2 Real Film Festival where he won the Screenwriter’s Award (along with his co-writers) and the Audience Award. Grayson’s first lead role was in a short film, Bad Dad, which won Cameron Macgowan, writer/director, Best Screenwriter at the Rosie Awards.

An animal lover, Grayson has a dog, two cats and a fish to keep him company. He is now based in Vancouver and Calgary as he works on the big and small screen. When not booked, you can find him writing and directing to keep his creative juices flowing. 


Grayson is repped by Eric Skinner and Kimberly Kottwitz with Brave Artists Management in Los Angeles and Maureen Goodwill with MoGood Talent Management in Vancouver, Canada. Grayson is available for interviews and photos upon request.

Please contact: Lesley Diana | Lesley@thepromotionpeople.ca | 604-726-5575

Grayson’s Social Media Handles

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  • Twitter: https://twitter.com/Grayson_M_G
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Actor Patti Kim

Actor Patti Kim joins the cast of the popular sci-fi drama The Expanse

Patti Kim appears as the leader of a Belter settlement when season four of the series hits Amazon Prime Video December 13, 2019

Actress Patti Kim had set a goal of being cast in a sci-fi show because of the dynamic, inclusive stories but also for the dedicated, knowledgeable fan base. She couldn’t believe her luck when, on her birthday, she found out she landed the role of Carol Chiewewe in the Amazon Prime Video sci-fi series The Expanse, which begins airing its fourth season on December 13, 2019. 

The Expanse is an American science fiction television series developed by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, based on The Expanse novels by James S. A. Corey. The series is set in a future where humanity has colonized the solar system and follows a disparate band of antiheroes – United Nations Security Council member Chrisjen Avasarala (Shohreh Aghdashloo), police detective Josephus Miller (Thomas Jane), ship’s officer James Holden (Steven Strait) and his crew – as they unwittingly unravel and place themselves at the center of a conspiracy which threatens the system’s fragile state of Cold War-like peace, the class balance, and the survival of humanity.

Critics have praised the show for its visuals, character development, and political narrative. It received a Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation and three Saturn Award nominations for Best Science Fiction Television Series.

Alcon Entertainment produces and finances the series. It sold three seasons to Syfy, which canceled the series in May 2018. After a passionate fan campaign launched to save the show (which included a petition, crowdfunding, and a #SaveTheExpanse banner flown outside of Amazon’s HQ), it turned out Jeff Bezos was a fan and he announced that the show would be saved by Amazon for season four. Amazon Prime Video picked up the fourth season, with all ten episodes set to be released on December 13, 2019. On July 27, Amazon renewed The Expanse for a fifth season.

Patti plays character Carol Chiwewe, the leader of a Belter settlement beyond the ring gates who is doing her best to keep order amongst various groups that have landed on Ilus. She is strong-willed, fiercely loyal and wants to ensure that the colony her people have established is maintained, as they have nowhere else to go.

The Expanse is based on a popular series of books by two authors written under the pen name James S.A. Corey (Ty Franck & Daniel Abraham). Fun Fact: Ty Franck is a former assistant to George R.R. Martin (famed Game of Thrones author) and some people say that The Expanse is a space opera likened to a Game of Thrones in space.

Patti also cherishes her role as Sheriff Yolanda Harjo on season one of Sacred Lies streaming on Facebook Watch. With mysterious happenings in small-town Montana Sheriff Yolanda Harjo is on the case to figure out what’s going on.  There’s been a fire in the forest where a cult once lived, dead bodies have been found and a handless young girl who doesn’t have much to say. Season two comes out February 2020 with the story taking us on a new adventure based on a Brother’s Grimm fairytale.

Patti has appeared on several notable television series’ in the past, including as Roberta Drays on the first two seasons of the award-winning AMC series The Killing. In her career thus far, Patti is grateful for the opportunities she has had to work with talented, powerhouse women such as Veena Sud (The Killing, Seven Seconds), Nicole Kassel (The Killing, Claws, Watchmen), Raelle Tucker (Sacred Lies, True Blood), Mireille Enos (The Killing, Good Omens), Jenny Klein (Jessica Jones, The Witcher). She celebrates the shift to more women at the helm of projects and feels the industry is benefiting greatly because of it. 

Patti’s background is Caucasian and Korean and enjoys the challenge of bringing her diverse background to playing varied roles and bringing visibility to minority characters. Patti is active in the labour and social justice movement with a strong interest in women’s issues.

Patti grew up in Calgary, AB, Canada and now calls Vancouver, BC home. 

Patti Kim is available for interviews upon request. 

To schedule an interview, request photos or more information, please contact:

Jasmyn Rowley | jasmyn@thepromotionpeople.ca | 705-255-6887

Patti Kim’s social media links:

Agent: Jamie Levitt | jamie@llatalent.com | 604.739.8611

Agent: Michael White | michael@thecharacters.com | 416.964.8522

The Expanse on Amazon Prime Video:

Official Hashtag: #TheExpanse

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Nicole Oliver

Nicole Oliver joins a stellar cast in Hallmark Channel’s A Family Christmas Gift with Holly Robinson Peete & Patti Labelle premiering Sunday, December 22 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT

Her role on Man in the High Castle and behind the camera voice directing projects for YouTube, Netflix, CBC and PBS keep Nicole non-stop busy 

Nicole Oliver is one of the most respected talents in the film industry as an actor and steadily climbing as a go to voice director in animation. Nicole’s newest role is the supporting lead along side Holly Robinson Peete (Morning Show Mysteries: Murder Most Fair, Christmas in Evergreen: Tidings of Joy) and Dion Johnstone (Sweet Magnolias, Star Falls), along with Patti LaBelle (Star, Christmas Everlasting) star in Hallmark Movies & Mysteries “A Family Christmas Gift,” a new original premiering Sunday, December 22, (9 p.m. ET/PT), on Hallmark Channel as part of the network’s annual “Miracles of Christmas” programming event.

Nicole plays the role of Leah Andrews a cheerful stay-at-home mom who is Amber’s (Holly Robinson Peete) close friend who is delighted when Amber comes to town for the first time in years.  A parent volunteer for the big fundraiser, Leah is a natural organizer who is the wind beneath Amber’s wings when it comes to the heavy lifting for the “chemistry” developing between Amber and Alan.

Nicole is also thrilled to play Zina in two episodes of the hit series Man in the High Castle season 4 just released on Amazon Prime. Nicole’s character was a member of the resistance who survived the bombing of her hometown in this alternate reality take on history. Nicole is unrecognizable thanks to the talented make-up and prosthetics team. Her scenes with Alexa Davalos (Juliana Crain) and Louis Ferriera (Brad Bellows-leader of the D.C. Resistance) make for great TV watching.

Nicole is on the fast track to becoming one of animations go to voice directors. Nicole also steps behind the camera voice directing three projects for YouTube, Netflix, PBS/CBC including Molly of Denall as well as continuing to voice numerous characters. Nicole is one of the most sought after voice over actors in demand for her roles in cartoons both on the small screen (My Little Pony, LEGO Nexo Knights, Kate & Mim Mim) and big screen (Seth Rogen’s “Sausage Party”), Princess Celestia on “My Little Pony: The Movie”). She is the recipient of the UBCP/ACTRA award for Best Voice for her work in animation.

Nicole has worked alongside impressive A-list actors with a role in Wonder, starring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson and Jacob Tremblay. Other career highlights include a lead role in the acclaimed film festival circuit indie-gem Marrying the Family and expanded her diverse entertainment career in the role of Britney Spears’ mother Lynne Spears in the Lifetime Movie Britney Ever After. 

Nicole has guest starred on numerous television series including Supernatural, Rogue, and Somewhere Between. She has also starred in many MOW’s including Radio Hype starring Alison Sweeney, Lifetime’s Ungodly Acts, The Christmas Ornament starring Cameron Mathison and Kellie Martin, The Woodcarverwith John Ratzenberger; Taken Back – Finding Haley with Amanda Tapping and Innocent with Bill Pullman and Marcia Gay Harden. For four seasons, Nicolewas also the host on the hit Slice Network series Crash Test Mommy. Another highlight for Nicolewas acting alongside her young son, William Ainscough, who starred as Billy in City TV’s Seed for two seasons. Nicole Oliver is also part of an ensemble cast in the Sci-Fi Web Series “NarcoLeap” and CBC’s miniseries Unspeakable about the tainted blood scandal in the 80s and 90s in Canada.  

Well known throughout the world at Brony and Fan Conventions as Princess Celestia and Cheerilee on My Little Pony: Friendship is Magicand Zoe on the cartoon Littlest Pet Shop, her acclaimed voice-over work continues to thrive. In animation, she has popular roles on The Hollow, Bob The Builder, and The Dragon Prince, and will continue to appear in My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic which finishes it’s 9th and final season this year. She has provided her voice to over 100 companies including American Express, Starbucks, Salon Selectives, Club House, and IKEA.

Nicole Oliver has worked for over twenty-five years in the entertainment industry as an actor, producer, and director. This multi-talented, incredibly busy mother and professional has mastered the balance between family and work, and has furthered her education with a Masters of Arts in Communication from Royal Roads University (2011). She is the recipient of both the Founders Award for leadership and sustainability and the Chancellors Award for highest academic achievement.

https://www.hallmarkmoviesandmysteries.com/a-family-christmas-gift

Nicole Oliver is available for interviews upon request.

For interviews, photos and more information please contact:
Lesley Diana | Lesley@thepromotionpeople.ca| 604-726- 5575

Nicole Oliver’s headshot photo credit: Kristine Cofsky

Casting requests: Red Management – Murray Gibson murray.g.gibson@gmail.com

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Raf Roger Role in Hallmark

Raf Rogers joins Tricia Helfer and Eric Mabius in Hallmark Channel’s Christmas movie in It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas airing on December 22

Raf Rogers takes on a pivotal role as Yale in the upcoming Hallmark Channel Christmas movie entitled It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas airing on December 22st 2019.  Raf plays the role of Yale, the Mayor of East Riverton’s chief of staff. His character Yale who is fastidious, organized yet a little goofy. Raf joins Eric Mabius (Signed Sealed Delivered, Ugly Betty), Tricia Helfer (Lucifer, Battlestar Galactica), and Viv Leacock (Loudermilk, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency). 

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas is the story of the towns of East and West Riverton that split up a number of years ago. Long-time rivals Sarah Reed (Tricia Helfer) and Liam Clark (Eric Mabius) are Mayors of the respective communities. Hyper-competitive, the two are always jockeying to outsmart and outmaneuver one another. However, as they do battle to win a crucial Christmas competition that will determine which of their towns will get a desperately needed new factory, they begin to put their differences aside and find that there’s more at stake than just winning — namely, the true spirit of Christmas, and true love — emotions that will transform their lives and the lives of their townships.

Raf is no stranger to Hallmark movies with his recurring role as Ethan in the Hailey Dean Mystery series that star Kellie Martin, Giacomo Baessato and Viv Leacock. Ethan is a computer genius who uses his skills as a hacker to help Hailey in solving her mysteries. 

Raf is most proud of his role as Sean Alvaro in the television series Valley of the Boom starring Bradley Whitford, Lamorne Morris and Oliver Cooper. Although his character isn’t based on an historical person, he is a coder that seems to be in over his head at Netscape only to discover that he is the cause of many coding failures in the series. 

The TV movie Zodiac: Signs of Destruction was the first time a director gave Raf the room to improvise on set and the first time he was invited to the editing session. He was thrilled to receive accolades from the director, W.D. Hogan, on how funny he is in the role.

Other past productions include roles on fan favorite hits such as Arrow, Supernatural, iZombie and Once Upon A Time. He has also worked on Award Winning productions that include two time Leo Award winning Great Retro Chic Revival,Girlfriend Experience was nominated for Whistler FF best Canadian feature; Adventures In Babysitting nominated for DGA award and Imagen award; while Valley of the Boom wasnominated for 8 awards; The Terror12 nominations and 1 win. 

Raf realized that he wanted to be an actor when he was entertaining a busload of classmates and strangers on his way to Dorval Airport. He knew then and there that he wanted to spend his life entertaining for a living. Working with talented actors Tricia Helfer and Eric Mabius have inspired Raf to work on his craft.  He has trained with Matthew Harrison, Stella Adler in NYC, UCB in NYC, and Annoyance Theatre in Chicago. 

Raf was born in a small town in Brazil and was raised in Ottawa. He now resides in Vancouver, B.C.

Raf Rogers is available for interviews upon request.

For more information, interviews, and photographs please contact:

Lesley Diana | Lesley@thepromotionpeople.ca| 604-726-5575

Raf Rogers Social Media links:

Headshot credit: Karolina Turek

Photos courtesy of Hallmark Channel

Fall Back Down

The Punk Romantic Comedy Feature Film FALL BACK DOWN World Premiere at the Whistler International Film Festival on December 5th & 6th, 2019

A depressed ex-activist takes a job in a sweatshop where he and his co-worker make a grim discovery

Kiss Off Entertainment is pleased to announce that the Punk Romantic Comedy feature film FALL BACK DOWN will have the world premiere at the Whistler Film Festival www.whistlerfilmfestival.com on December 5th at 8:30 pm and December 6th at 3:00pm at Village 8 in Whistler Village. 

Fall Back Down is produced under the Kiss Off Entertainment shingle and written and directed by SB Edwards (Travelers). The feature film stars Andrew Dunbar (Dragged Across Concrete, Arrow) as Nick. Andrew has been selected as one of four Whistler Film Festival 6th annual ‘Stars to Watch’ program presented by UBCP/ACTRA. Andrew shares the screen with co-stars Aadila Dosani (The Crossing, Unspeakable) as Reena and Jacky Lai (Shadowhunters, V-Wars) as LizzieIt is production designed by Anamarija Josipovic, lensed by Collin Morrison, edited by Natalie Glubb with Sound Design by Ola Koster, and Dunbar also acts as Co-Producer on the picture. 

SYNOPSIS

Nick Colby (Andrew Dunbar), once a fearless and passionate activist, is now a shadow of his former self. Ever since the radical love of his life – Lizzie Reardon (Jacky Lai) – went on a humanitarian mission to Nigeria and never bothered to talk to him again, leaving Nick’s heart and idealism in ruins. A fact he masks by championing a slacker lifestyle and epic “Who gives a shit” attitude. It can’t hurt if you don’t care anyway.

Nick’s jaded antics and brutal sarcasm may be funny, but the misery behind his bravado is painfully transparent to his sister Althea and her girlfriend Seb – the only people still close to Nick. Nick’s long run of getting (himself) fired from tedious, dead-end jobs leads to employment in a sweatshop – raising fears about how much lower he’ll sink and what they can possibly do to restore him to the anarchist royalty he once was.

At the Everly garment factory, Nick meets Reena (Aadila Dosani) – an uptight, young South Asian woman who takes an immediate dislike to his presence. Retaliating against Reena’s on going hostility ignites a spark of engagement that slowly rekindles Nick’s blackened soul.

When Reena and Nick witness what she suspects is murder disguised as a workplace accident, Reena begs him not to tell anyone. They are both disposable in the eyes of their bosses and the textile mafia. Forced together through this shared secret, Nick and Reena embark on an odyssey of investigation and survival, ultimately realizing they are not so incompatible after all.

Their feelings for each other grow in step with the threat of being assassinated – and then Lizzie shows up. Now Nick doesn’t know who or what he wants. His indecisiveness lays the groundwork for a series of misunderstandings and misadventures that crush the fragile new romance with Reena. And to make matters worse, Lizzie is about to blow their cover to serve her own sense of justice. 

SOUNDTRACK ARTISTS 

Independent musicians featured in Fall Back Down include Safia Nolin, Actors, Palm Haze, Donzelle, Sam Tudor, Crack Cloud, Rae Spoon, Ashley Shadow, Ballast Douse, HEDKS, Pale Red, Rich Aucoin, Chris Peruka, Heron, Paul Stewart and Wolf Saga.

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS 

Chris Moore (Manchester by the Sea, Good Will Hunting), Ziad Touma (Ghost Town Anthology, The Sound of Tress)

SARA BETH EDWARDS – WRITER / DIRECTOR / PRODUCER 

Based in Vancouver and Los Angeles, Sara Beth (SB) is a dual New Zealand / Canadian citizen and speaks fluent French. With a background in the Fine Arts, she has spent the last decade creating scripted content for the disenfranchised and working in the Art Department of various films and television series.

Previously SB wrote on the Netflix original series Travelers. She recently completed her short film SALTY, which screened in the Cannes Short Film Corner. SB has received mentorship through the Geena Davis Institute, she is a past participant in the WGC Bell Media Diverse Screenwriters Program, the Reykjavik Talent Lab and in 2017 won the ‘High Scribe’ award at the 2017 Sun Valley Film Festival. The judge was Producer Chris Moore (Manchester by the Sea, Good Will Hunting) who is now spearheading SB’s serialized crime series NOWHERE. 

SB Edwards has been invited to join the Shortwork jury, which hands out three short work awards. SB and lead actors Andrew Dunbar, Aadila Dosani and Jacky Lai are all available for interviews and will be in attendance at the Whistler Film Festival world premiere. 

https://whistlerfilmfestival.com/films/film/?id=5dbc93cc46f5e4007dfa5ab0

FALL BACK DOWN SCREENING DATES AND TIMES:

DateTimeFilmLocation
5.12.201908:30 PMFALL BACK DOWNVillage 8 – Theatre 6
6.12.201903:00 PMFALL BACK DOWNVillage 8 – Theatre 5

For interviews, screeners and photographs Press please contact Lesley Diana | Lesley@thepromotionpeople.ca| 604-726-5575 

Photo credit: Scott Little www.scottlittle.net | Instagram: @ScottLittlePhoto

Social Media Handles

SB Edwards www.kissoffentertainment.com 

@SBEdwardsBaby

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1029219/

Andrew Dunbar @anddunbar https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2687006/

Aadila Dosani @aadiladosani  https://www.imdb.com/name/nm4602010

Jacky Lai @hijackylai  https://www.imdb.com/name/nm4527172/

Fall Back Down Productions pays respect to the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations on whose unceded traditional territories our organization and activities are based.