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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

‘3 Days In Havana’ starring Gil Bellows and Greg Wise opening in Cineplex Theatres across Canada on March 28th, 2014

The Promotion People - 3 Days in Havana


3 Days in Havana is the testament of a life-long collaboration between two friends and the directorial debut for both Gil Bellows and Tony Pantages 

Gil Bellows and Tony Pantages are pleased to announce that the feature film ‘3 Days in Havana’ will open in Cineplex Theatres across Canada on March 28th, 2014 via leading Canadian distributor Entertainment One (eOne). 3 Days in Havana is the directorial debut of filmmakers, Gil Bellows & Tony Pantages and is the testament of a life-long collaboration between two friends with a shared vision and the talented family of artists and technicians that joined them on the ride.  The film stars Gil Bellows (Ally McBeal, Shawshank Redemption), Greg Wise (Sense and Sensibility), Robin Dunne (Sanctuary), Michael Eklund (The Call, True Justice), Christopher Heyerdahl (Hell on Wheels, True Blood) and John Cassini (Continuum, Blackstone)

About The Film
Jack Petty (Gil Bellows) gets more than he bargained for when he travels to Havana on business and gets caught up in an assassination conspiracy with his new friend Harry Smith (Greg Wise).

Jack Petty sits in an airport bar, nursing a drink. He’s on a stopover halfway to Havana, and so is the sexy lady who chats him up, giving him travel tips and whispering something scary in his ear. He’ll meet her again, in the midst of a conspiracy that includes assassination, kidnapping and more.

This a film with a lot of tradition behind it: some major Hitchcock (particularly Strangers on a Train and The 39 Steps); the wised-up dialogue of old film noir; and the gritty detail and sharp plot twists of contemporary thrillers. It’s all put across with high spirits, and the cast is stellar—highlights include Christopher Heyerdahl as a slick member of the Canadian Consulate, John Cassini as a ruthless mob boss, and Phyllida Law as… well, you’ll see. And there are many other colourful characters, none of them trustworthy, most of them with their sights set on poor Jack. He’ll have to outwit, outrun or outfight them all—a tall order for a mere businessman on a conference trip. But he’s surprisingly cool under pressure. The fun here comes not just from the close shaves and slick repartee but from the knowledge, quickly acquired, that nothing is what it seems. (Courtesy Vancouver International Film Festival)

The Promotion People - 3 Days in Havana

About The Directors
Gil Bellows is an Emmy & Peabody winning and Golden Globe nominated producer for the HBO film, “Temple Grandin”. Gil also steered Ali Selim’s “Sweet Land” to win the Best First Feature trophy at the Independent Spirit Awards. Best known for creating the role of ‘Billy Thomas’ in the Emmy and Golden Globe Award winning FOX series “Ally McBeal,” Gil first gained international attention among filmgoers and critics for his portrayal of an inmate with a penchant for knowledge in the critically lauded “Shawshank Redemption,” opposite Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman. In recent years, Bellows has found himself starring in several Canadian Independents including Paul Gross and Niv Fichman’s Canadian War-time Drama “Passchendaele” and “Toronto Stories”.

Tony Pantages is an award-winning director of music videos, commercials, documentaries and short films with trophies and nominations for MTV, MuchMusic, Clio & Juno awards. Pantages studied acting at the Loft Studio in LA under Peggy Feury where his classmates included Sean Penn, Matthew Broderick, Krispin Glover and Meg Ryan. After ten years of working with some of the top directors in the business, Tony switched to the other side of the lens, assisting the Oscar winning director John Schlesinger (Midnight Cowboy, Marathon Man) for two years before launching his own successful career directing number one music videos for INXS, Sarah McLachlan and Our Lady Peace and commercials for Lee Jeans & Canadian Airlines. His Behind The Scenes documentary “Beyond the Yellow Brick Road” about the Syfy Channel’s miniseries “Tin Man” broke their viewership record and aired 14 times. Mr. Pantages’ short film Passages was an official selection at the Vancouver International film Festival.

Social Media Handles

Twitter: @3DaysInHavana@realgilbellows, @tonypantages, @eOnefilms
Facebook: facebook.com/3daysinhavana, facebook.com/eOnefilms
Movie Trailer: vimeo.com/86457182
IMDb: imdb.com/title/tt1842371/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Contact The Promotion People

Lesley Diana – Founder, President and Publicist

Danica Cox – Press Blogger and Publicist

Website: thepromotionpeople.ca
Twitter: @PromotionPeople
Facebook: The Promotion People

Look who is walking the Leo Award Red Carpet and what they are wearing this Saturday, June 8th at the Westin Bayshore Hotel in Vancouver

The Promotion People are pleased to announce that the following Leo Award Nominees and Presenter will be walking the Red Carpet this Saturday at the Westin Bayshore Hotel in Vancouver.

The excitement of the Leo Awards 2013 continues at the Gala Awards Ceremony at the Largest Red Carpet in Western Canada!

Leo Awards 2013 Red Carpet Saturday, June 8 — 4:30-6:30pm at the Westin Bayshore Vancouver.


The Promotion People Jesse James Miller


Website: jessejamesmill
Twitter: @Jesse_J_Miller

Award Winning Vancouver Writer/Director Jesse James Miller releases two Award-Winning films internationally. ‘Becoming Redwood’ is nominated for 16 Leo Awards and ‘The Good Son’ is nominated for 3 Leo Awards. Jesse is nominated for Best Direction in a Documentary or Series. Best Documentary or Series. Best Screenplay for Feature Film. Best direction in a feature film.

Jesse James Miller wrote and directed Becoming Redwood and directed The Good Son. His wife is Jennifer Copping and stars and is nominated for a Leo for a Lead in a Motion Picture. His films have 19 nominations, (16 for Becoming Redwood and 3 for The Good Son) the most for the Leo nominations for his two productions.

Jesse and Jennifer Copping will be walking as a couple and wearing vintage from Burcu’s Angels.

His movie and documentary have over 15 nominations – theprovince.com

The Nominees for Best Direction in a Motion Picture are
Jesse James Miller – Becoming Redwood

The Good Son – The Life of Ray ‘Boom Boom’ Mancini ‘Boom Boom’ Mancini

Jesse James Miller, Adam Scorgie – Producers

Best Direction in a Documentary Program or Series are Jesse James Miller – The Good Son – The Life of Ray ‘Boom Boom’ Mancini

The Promotion People Jennifer Copping


Twitter: @jennifercopping

Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Motion Picture
Jennifer Copping – Becoming Redwood




The Promotion People John Cassini


Website: johncassini.com
Twitter: @CassiniJohn

Award Winning actor John Cassini is nominated for a Leo Award for his role in the feature film “The Resurrection of Tony Gitone“. John also has recurring roles on “Continuum” and “Blackstone”.

John will be walking the Red Carpet with Jenn MacLean-Angus who has a recurring role on “The Killing’.


The Promotion People Agam Darshi


Website: agamdarshi.com
Twitter: @AgamDarshi
Facebook: Agam Darshi

Agam Darshi is nominated for a Leo Award for her starring role in “Crimes of Mike Reckert” and stars in the new CTV series “Played”, premiering this fall. She recently wrote and directed her first short film, titled “Fade Out”.

Agam will be wearing a Jason Matlo design.

Leo Award: Best Supporting Performance by a Female in a Motion Picture – leoawards.com


The Promotion People Juan Riedinger


Website: juanriedinger.com
Twitter: @JuanRiedinger

Multi-award winning actor Juan Riedinger has been nominated for three Leo Awards: ‘Best Lead Performance by a Male in a Feature Length Drama’ for “Havana 57”, ‘Best Performance in a Youth or Children’s Program or Series’ for “R. L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour” – Coat Rack Cowboy, and ‘Best Performance in a Web Series’ for “Pavement” – Wake Up.

Juan will be wearing Le Chateau.



The Promotion People Jennifer Spence


Twitter: @SpenceJen
Facebook: Jennifer Spence

Jennifer Spence nominated a Leo Award for her popular role on the hit TV series “Continuum”. Jennifer is also starring in the upcoming feature film ‘Down River’.

Jennifer will be wearing BCBGMAXAZRIA.



The Promotion People Ben Ratner


Twitter: @Haven_Studio

Ben is presenting a Leo Award this year. He has won 3 Leos (one last year for guest starring on Flashpoint) and has been nominated for many more. He recently guest starred on Hell on Wheels and Arctic Air. He wrote and directed the feature film Down River, which will premiere this coming fall. It stars Helen Shaver, Gabrielle Miller, Colleen Rennison, and this year’s Leo Nominees Jennifer Spence and Ali Leibert. (Jennifer Spence is also Ben’s wife and nominated for a Leo Award!)




The Promotion People Aubrey and Sarah


Twitter: @Groundyh20, @AubreyArnason, @theproposalshaw
Website: aubreyarnason.blogspot.co.uk, shaw.ca/theproposal, shaw.ca

Sarah Groundwater Law and Aubrey Arnason host tv series ‘The Proposal’ and ‘Wedding Belles’, and will host the Leo Award’s Celebration Night on June 7th at the Westin Bayshore in Vancouver.

Sarah and Aubrey will be wearing Jenny Packham dresses from Bisou Bridal.


Nicole Oliver The Promotion People


Website: nicoleoliver.com
Twitter: @mouthnoize
Facebook: Seed, Taken Back: Finding Haley

Actor Nicole Oliver is one of Canada’s top voice over/animation actors and has guest starring roles on “Rogue” and “Seed”.

Nicole will be wearing BCBGMAXAZRIA.



The Promotion People - William Ainscough


Website: citytv.com
Facebook: Seed
Twitter: @Seed_tv

Young Vancouver actor William Ainscough stars on City’s new original series “Seed”, guest starred on ABC’s “Once Upon A Time”, and soon to be seen in the feature film “Hidden”, starring Alexander Skarsgard.

William Ainscough will be wearing a Minecraft t-shirt under his suit.



Contact The Promotion People

Lesley Diana – Founder, President and Publicist

Jasmyn Pozzo – Publicist

Danica Cox – Press Blogger

Award Winning Actor John Cassini in Feature Film “The Resurrection of Tony Gitone“

The Promotion People John Cassini

Coming right off a theatrical release for the award-winning feature film “Hit ‘N Strum” which he produced, John Cassini is back in front of the camera in the upcoming theatrical release of “The Resurrection Of Tony Gitone”. Directed by the multiple award-winning Jerry Ciccoritti (The John A Macdonald Story, Lives of the Saints, Trudeau), “The Resurrection of Tony Gitone” is a drama of Italian immigrant friends at a welcome home party gone wrong which sees their lives intersect via the weavings of their joys and sorrows, successes and failures. John plays the role of Leo who arrives at the party having just discovered that his wife has been having an affair. The evening carries on from there as the friends and family come together with love, scandal, all-out brawls and redeeming loyalty.

Alongside John, The Resurrection of Tony Gitone also stars Fab Filippo and Nick Mancuso. The film will be premiering on March 29 in Toronto at the Royal Cinema, 608 College Street.

John currently plays a recurring role (which is top secret!) on SyFy’s “Continuum” and has also just joined the cast of the critically acclaimed TV drama “Blackstone” for their third season airing on Showcase and APTN.

The Promotion People John Cassini

John has produced a number of other projects including the original feature “Break A Leg” which he wrote and went on to win several awards. In 2010, John took on the role of producer as well as lead actor in the feature film “Guido Superstar – The Rise of Guido”. He also produced a new film version of William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet”. In the theatre world, John most recently appeared on stage in the spring of 2012 in the play “God Of Carnage” at the Manitoba Theatre Centre and the Vancouver Playhouse.

John is most recognized for his award-winning portrayals of Ronnie Delmonico on the CBC series “Intelligence” and as Yuri Kukoc on CTV’s “Robson Arms”. John is a lifetime member of the Actors’ Studio in New York and Los Angeles and is co-artistic director of The Railtown Actors Studio in Vancouver, BC.

Social Media Handles

Website: johncassini.com
Twitter: @CassiniJohn

Contact The Promotion People

Website: thepromotionpeople.ca
Twitter: @PromotionPeople
Facebook: The Promotion People
Email: danica@thepromotionpeople.ca

World Premiere – Toronto International Film Festival “Crimes of Mike Recket”

The Promotion People, Crimes of Mike Recket

Writer/Director Bruce Sweeney’s newest feature film “Crimes of Mike Recket” will be screening its world premiere at the Contemporary World Cinema at TIFF. The film will can be seen on September 11th & 13th.

“Crimes of Mike Recket” is a neo-noir detective story that subverts the conventions of the genre with humor and subtlety. Mike Recket, played by Nicolas Lea, (V, Continuum, The X-Files) is an unemployed realtor who seduces and defrauds writer Leslie Klemper (played by Gabrielle Rose–Robson Arms, Sisters & Brothers, The Sweet Hereafter). He steals her heart and the only thing of value she has: her house. “Crimes Of Mike Recket” is a behaviorally – based police procedural about family fallout, Police methodology, and sociopathic tendencies. Agam Darshi plays Mike’s wife.

The Promotion People, Crimes of Mike Recket


NICHOLAS LEA as Mike Recket.
“Crimes of Mike Reckert” is the third movie that Nicholas and director Bruce Sweeney have worked on together. Nicholas is also known for his roles in “The X-Files”, “V”, and “Continuum”.

GABRIELLE ROSE plays the role of Leslie Klemper, a writer who is widowed who is seduced by Mike. Gabrielle starred in “Sisters & Brothers”, “The Sweet Hereafter”, “Once Upon a Time”, and “Anything But Christmas”.

AGAM DARSHI plays Jasleen Recket, Mike’s wife in the film.
Agam has also starred in “Final Destination 2″, “Snakes on a Plane”, “Sanctuary”, “Excited”, “2012″, and “Dan for Mayor”.

JOHN CASSINI plays the character of Terry, a business partner to Mike. John is also known for his roles in: “Intelligence”, “Robson Arms”, and upcoming “Resurrection of Tony Gitone”, “3 Days in Havana”, and “Leap 4 Your Life”.

The Promotion People TIFF

Film Dates:

Tuesday September 11
Cineplex Yonge & Dundas 7
9:45 PM

Thursday September 13
Cineplex Yonge & Dundas 10
9:00 PM

Social Media Handles

Website: tiff.net
Facebook: facebook.com/CrimesofMike
Twitter: @CrimesofMike

Contact The Promotion People

Website: thepromotionpeople.ca
Twitter: @PromotionPeople
Facebook: The Promotion People
Email: danica@thepromotionpeople.ca