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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

Rogue

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

Ice 

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
Program
Direction
Cinematography
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
Sound

Some Assembly Required

4 Nominations
Direction
Screenwriting (2)
Performance

Limina

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

Canadian Corey Large Executive Producer On The November Man In Theatres Now and Revenge Of The Green Dragons Premiering At TIFF

The Promotion People - Corey LargeCorey acts and produces in BC film Poker Night premiering December 5, 2014

The year 2014 is proving to be busier than ever for Canadian actor/writer/producer Corey Large. As an executive producer, the B.C. native has a handful of blockbusters screening at prestigious film festivals and in theaters worldwide. Earlier this year “It Follows” premiered at Cannes and more recently, “Revenge of the Green Dragons” was accepted into the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. “The November Man” opens this August and, later this year, “Poker Night” debuts in theatres across North America.

Starring Pierce Brosnan, “The November Man” is the first of Corey’s new slate of films to hit the big screen, debuting on August 27. Corey executive produces and Roger Donaldson (“The Bank Job”) directs. The spy thriller also stars Olga Kurylenko and Luke Bracey.

Alongside famed director Martin Scorsese, Corey executive produced “Revenge of the Green Dragons” starring Ray Liotta, Justin Chon, Kevin Wu, Harry Shum Jr, Shuya Chang, and Geoff Pierson. The film premieres at TIFF on Sept. 10 as part of the festival’s Special Presentations programme. This dizzying, decade-spanning crime saga from directors Andrew Lau and Andrew Loo follows two best friends as they rise through the ranks of New York’s Chinese underworld in the 1980s.

Corey not only produced, but also co-stars in “Poker Night,” a feature film shot in his hometown of Victoria, B.C., starring Beau Mirchoff, Ron Perlman, Giancarlo Esposito, and Titus Welliver. The thriller, which features twists and turns that will leave you guessing till the very end, opens in theaters nationwide on Dec. 5.

Earlier this year Corey produced and acted in the Canadian feature “Kid Cannabis,” which opened to rave reviews on April 20 and continues with strong DVD sales.

At the helm of Wingman Productions and Tunnel Post, Corey runs his own studio and post-production company controlling the direction of projects he chooses to work on. His Santa Monica-based companies specialize in creating high-end media content for film, television, live events, commercials and music videos including, “Killing them Softly” with Brad Pitt, “Broken City” starring Russell Crowe and Mark Wahlberg, and “The Tomb” with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone.

Along with his partners, Corey has written, produced, co-starred in and sold a number of full-length features to Hollywood studios, including:  “Loaded”, “Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever,” “Toxic, “The Penthouse,” “The Obama Effect,” “Welcome to the Jungle,” and “The Frozen Ground”. Corey executive produced “Fire with Fire” starring Josh Duhamel, “The Angriest Man in Brooklyn”starring Mila Kunis and the late Robin Williams, and “Broken City” starring Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe. Other features include “Lap Dance” “Zombeavers,” “Don Peyote,” “Unconscious” and “Empire State”. Recently, Corey had a role in the Oscar-nominated “Lone Survivor” starring Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch and Eric Bana.

Staying true to his Canadian roots, Corey will venture back to British Columbia to produce and act in “The Passenger” with Vancouver director Chad Krowchuk, Corey splits his time between Victoria and Los Angeles. He is available for interviews upon request.

Social Media Handles

Website: wingmanproductions.comtunnelpost.com
IMDb: Corey LargePoker Night
Trailers: Revenge Of The Green DragonsThe November Man

Contact The Promotion People

Lesley Diana – Founder, President and Publicist
lesley@thepromotionpeople.ca
604.726.5575

Danica Cox – Press Blogger and Publicist
danica@thepromotionpeople.ca

Website: thepromotionpeople.ca
Twitter: @PromotionPeople
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For Canadian actor/producer Corey Large, the drug drama ‘Kid Cannabis’ out April 18 is just the first of many feature films for one of the busiest movie producers in North America this year

Production in the works s with Martin Scorsese, Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe, Bruce Willis and Liam Neeson 

The Promotion People - Corey Large

Meet actor, writer and producer Corey Large, who’s emerging as one of the most sough-after producers in Hollywood and Canada – with nearly 15 projects slated for release in 2014/15. Born in Victoria, this B.C. boy who has been under the radar is now flying high working with a dream team of A-listers . We’re talking the likes of Martin Scorsese, Russell Crowe, Mark Wahlberg, John Cusack, Pierce Brosnan, Anne Hathaway, 50 Cent, Liam Neeson, Mila Kunis, and the list goes on!

Corey heads up Wingman Productions – the company behind John Stockwell’s “Kid Cannabis,” which hits theatres across North America on April 18. The Canadian talent also acts in Stockwell’s drug drama starring veteran actors Ron Perlman (“Sons of Anarchy”) and John C. McGinley (“Scrubs”). Based on Mark Binelli’s 2005 article in Rolling Stone, “Kid Cannabis” tells the true story of Nate Norman (Jonathan Daniel Brown), an Idaho teen dropout who builds a multimillion-dollar marijuana ring by trafficking drugs across the Canadian border. His pursuit of the high life – complete with girls, guns, and vicious rival drug lords – gets this ex-pizza boy and his delinquent pals in over their heads.

The year 2014 will prove to be Corey’s busiest yet. He’s producing and executive producing over 10 films, including Martin Scorsese’s period piece “Silence,” which features an all-star cast rounded out by Liam Neeson, “Spider-Man’s” Andrew Garfield, and Adam Driver (“Girls”). Other projects include “The Prince” starring Bruce Willis, John Cusack and Jessica Lowndes, “Any Day” featuring Sean Bean, Eva Longoria, and “Unconscious” starring Kate Bosworth and Wes Bentley.

Other feature films being released this year are ‘November Man’ starring Pierce Bronson, Lucey Bucey and Olga Kurylenko in the Roger Donaldson directed spy-thriller an adaptation of the Bill Granger novel There Are No Spies, in which a former CIA operative who is brought back in on a very personal mission finds himself pitted against his former protégé in a deadly game involving high-level CIA officials and the Russian President-elect. Also ‘Poker Night’ filmed in Victoria starring Ron Pearlman, Giancario Esposito, Lochlyn Munro and Michael Eklund will be released this November.

Corey took matters into his own hands early on in his career. In 2003, the Victoria-native established Wingman Productions to create his own noteworthy projects, enabling him to run his studio and control the direction of his movies. The goal was simple: produce mainstream features on a budget, without compromising quality. His recipe worked and by the time Corey turned 30 he had already raised more than $100 million dollars for film productions.

The Promotion People - Wingman Productions

Some of the vast talent Corey has worked with through his various Wingman projects include: Nicolas Cage, Liam Hemsworth, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Emma Roberts, Adam Brody, Jesse Metcalfe, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Kaley Cuoco, Tom Sizemore,

Corey continues to show audiences that he is a versatile producer. The actor-turned-movie-maker has multiple projects on the go, including the action packed comedy/horror film “Zombeavers,” Martin Scorcese’s “Revenge of the Green Dragons,” and “Empire State,” which is headlined by The Rock and Liam Hemsworth (“The Hunger Games”). Other features under his belt include “Don Peyote” featuring Josh Duhamel, Dan Fogler and Anne Hathaway, and the upcoming comedy ““The Angriest Man in Brooklyn” starring Mila Kunis and Oscar-winner Robin Williams.

Staying prevalent in the acting realm, Corey recently appeared in the critically acclaimed “Lone Survivor” starring Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch and Eric Bana.

Proving he’s not afraid of multitasking, the busy moviemaker wrote, produced and acted in the film “Chasing Ghost” starring Michael Madsen, Shannyn Sossamon and Meat Loaf, which he sold to Sony Pictures. Along with his partners, Corey has written, produced, co-starred in and sold a number of other full-length features to Hollywood studios, including:  “Loaded”,“ Toxic”, “The Penthouse”, “The Obama Effect”, “Welcome to the Jungle”, and “The Frozen Ground”.

In 2004 Corey founded Tunnel Post, an in-house post-production company based in Santa Monica that specializes in creating high-end content for film, television and live events. The company has provided digital intermediate and post production services to practically every major player in Hollywood, including 20th Century Fox, Sony Pictures, Universal Studios, Lionsgate, The Weinstein Company and MGM. Networks include: CBS, NBC, HBO, ESPN, The History Channel, The CW, and Syfy. Among Tunnel Post’s feature film projects are  “Killing them Softly” with Brad Pitt, “Broken City” with Russell Crowe and Mark Wahlberg, and “The Tomb” with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone.

The 38-year-old producer was born and raised in Victoria, BC. In his early twenties Corey moved to Vancouver to pursue film and television roles, and started booking projects immediately. In 2003 he wrote, produced and starred in his first film, “Window Theory.” While he began working his way up in the industry, Corey studied his craft at the Vancouver Film School and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, where he learned from top instructors, including “Seinfeld’s” Jason Alexander.

Corey splits his time between Los Angeles and Victoria, continuing to produce feature films in Canada. Staying true to his roots, the busy mogul will venture back to Vancouver/Victoria to produce, and also act, in “The Passenger” alongside Vancouver actor/set designer Chad Krowchuk who will be directing the film.

 

Social Media Handles

Website: trailers.apple.com/trailers/independent/kidcannabiswingmanproductions.com
Twitter: @kidcannabis
Facebook: facebook.com/KCTheMovie
IMDb: Corey Large

Contact The Promotion People

Lesley Diana – Founder, President and Publicist
lesley@thepromotionpeople.ca
604.726.5575

Danica Cox – Press Blogger and Publicist
danica@thepromotionpeople.ca

Website: thepromotionpeople.ca
Twitter: @PromotionPeople
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‘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

SOME PEOPLE WOULD KILL FOR THREE 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
lesley@thepromotionpeople.ca
604.726.5575

Danica Cox – Press Blogger and Publicist
danica@thepromotionpeople.ca

Website: thepromotionpeople.ca
Twitter: @PromotionPeople
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