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In Demand Douglas Vermeeren Speaking for Coronation Lecture Series

In Demand – Actor/Filmmaker Douglas Vermeeren has him in demand on the speaker’s circuit around the world.

 Douglas is honored to be chosen for his next upcoming speaking engagement for the Coronation Lecture Series

Douglas Vermeeren’s success as an actor and filmmaker has him in demand on the speaker’s circuit around the world. He is honored to be chosen for his next upcoming speaking engagement for the Coronation Lecture Series which is sponsored by the London Academy Business School to an audience of business and achievement students in the UK and abroad. 

Other notable speakers include the Prime Minister of Birland, HRM Queen Eden S. Trinidad. Prof. Chris Imafidon Chair to HM Queen Elizabeth Platinum Jubilee, and Dr. Larry Jones ESAN on Friday, April 15th via Zoom.  

Douglas will be sharing a behind-the-scenes look at how movies are made, following your dreams, and overcoming adversity.

Douglas is available for interviews and speaking engagements.

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Douglas Vermeeren Cast in Horror Feature Big Cats

Douglas Vermeeren has been cast in the role of Piers Rothschild in the horror feature film Big Cats set to start shooting in London, England this Spring 

Actor Douglas Vermeeren has a busy year ahead with leading roles in feature films shooting in England, the USA, Canada, and the Philippines. Douglas is one of the most determined talents in the entertainment business as a producer, writer, director, and stuntman.  On his premiere cover, Hollywood Weekly calls him “Cinemas New Bad Boy” It is hard to keep up with all the acting roles that Vermeeren has lined up for 2023.

First up, Douglas has booked the leading role as Piers Rothschild in the feature film Big Cats with producer Chris Sanders set to shoot in London, England this spring. Big Cats lead character Ichabod Price played by John-Paul Gates (The Howling, Haunted), a respected cryptozoologist, decides to shoot a documentary about alleged panther sightings in the English countryside, he soon discovers more than just big cats lurking in the woods. Other cast members include William Marshall and Amanda Himsworth.

Also filming in London over this summer Douglas takes on the role of one of the leads as an Eagle Squadron pilot Donald “Donny” for Royal Flush Productions in the feature film Paradox directed by Richard Colton in the feature film Paradox.  This sci-fi thriller is about a 1940 covert military operation ready to stop a secret Nazis weapon. The inexplicable happens when they find themselves arriving in a Nazi-occupied future in London. How will they survive this future and return to the past to set the events of history right?

Douglas also plays Samuel Finch, the Hitman in the feature film How to Be a Hitman 101 for Coin Laundry Films set to have a 2023 release worldwide.

As a producer and director, Douglas Vermeeren is behind five of the top personal development documentaries and several mainstream action, horror, and thriller films. He is considered one of the more diverse producers today.

As a stuntman, Douglas has performed some of the most remarkable stunts including hanging out of helicopters, jumping from high-speed motorcycles, falling and jumping from high buildings and bridges, running through the midst of fire and explosions, and incredible gunplay.

Douglas is a unique celebrity among the actors of today. He started as an actor at a young age appearing for the first time in a children’s show at the age of 5. this first TV appearance was his first introduction to media. “From the beginning,” Vermeeren shares, “I was always attracted to film and television. I knew that I would have a career in this industry.”

One could certainly say the same thing about the roles that Douglas Vermeeren has chosen to portray over the years. He has played a variety of genres and equally as diverse a number of roles. He has truly demonstrated his range as an actor portraying deeply emotional and profound characters to action heroes.

Most recently Douglas is the lead in an experimental film entitled Recreating 1912. The goal of this film was to recreate the look and feel of a vintage silent film from the early days of movies. “In those early days they had to be highly innovative and imaginative,” Douglas states, “They were very much inventing the film industry. Even still photography was new – motion picture was cutting edge.” One of the most intriguing elements to Douglas was the recreation of some of the stunt sequences in this project. “I have always been a fan of Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and Harold Lloyd. They did some incredible things without the safety equipment we have today. We had to be very clever in how we recreated some of these daring moments.”

Keep your eyes out for this rising star, Douglas is destined to become a celebrity to remember for this generation.

Doug Vermeeren is available for interviews and photos upon request.

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Actor Curtis Lum New Roles for 2023

Award Winning Actor Curtis Lum has a busy 2023 on screen with roles on 

The Night Agent, Creepshow, Hudson & Rex, and The Good Doctor.

As a Filmmaker, his production company SOON FILMS’ acclaimed short film, ‘The Stranger’ will screen at Film Festivals throughout North America.

Award-winning actor/filmmaker Curtis Lum has a number of roles in popular TV series to air this year. First up is his role as ‘Cisco Jenkins’ on ‘The Night Agent’ TV series to be released on Netflix on March 23, 2023. The Night Agent follows a low-level FBI agent, Peter Sutherland (Gabriel Basso), who works in the basement of the White House, manning a phone that never rings until the night it does, propelling him into a conspiracy that leads all the way to the Oval Office. Curtis plays ‘Cisco Jenkins’, the best friend of the lead Peter Sutherland. They were roommates at Quantico, and Cisco gets called for help when Peter is in the stickiest of situations. The Night Agent is an action-packed – drama/ thriller series that will be a sure fan favorite. Curtis joins an ensemble cast of Luciane Buchanan, Hong Chau, D.B. Woodside, Fola Evans Akingbola and Eve Harlow.

Curtis has a guest star role on the immensely popular TV series ‘The Good Doctor’ (ABC/CTV) in the episode entitled ‘Old Friends’ which airs March 6th, 2023. His character ‘Anthony’ is devastated to learn that his pregnant wife Sonja (Elyse Maloway) has a serious complication with her pregnancy that threatens her life unless the pregnancy is terminated. Anthony tries very hard to be supportive of his wife, for whom it took several rounds of IVF to get pregnant; like her, he already adores their unborn baby, Esther. Anthony is heartbroken when his wife decides that if it’s a choice between herself and the baby, she wants to save their baby – and she makes Anthony promise he’ll uphold her wishes.

Other roles to watch for include ‘Ryan’ on ‘Creepshow’ (Amazon/Shudder) and Curtis’ first lead on a TV Anthology show. Ryan is a groom-to-be, who marries into a surprisingly wealthy family that unbeknownst to him, harbors a very dangerous – generational secret. 

On ‘Hudson & Rex’ (Citytv), he was blessed to live out his childhood dream of creating a series of intense, high-octane fight scenes, and for the first time, doing all of his own stunts. Curtis plays “Kurt” in this action packed episode as the main culprit/suspect. This marks the first time that he does 100% all of his own stunts along with the choreography for the fights. Dates on both episodes TBD.

Curtis Lum is an award-winning actor and producer born in Vancouver, BC. He may be best known for his role as ‘Calvin’ on the long-running Freeform hit TV series ‘Siren’. He has established himself as one to watch, recurring in a variety of different roles on several major American networks. Named one of Canada’s Rising Stars by The Hollywood Reporter in 2018, he has earned his recognition for his work in Prison Break, Supergirl, and Dim Sum Funeral.

Curtis is also an award-winning filmmaker. His production company ‘SOON FILMS’ recently produced the short film ‘The Stranger’. Curtis takes on the leading role of ‘Ray’, the stranger. He stars opposite of Yvonne Chapman (star of Kung Fu and Avatar – Last Airbender). ‘The Stranger’ explores what life would look like if you were to wake up one day in someone else’s body and begin living in a world you no longer know. ‘The Stranger’ will soon be screening at film festivals throughout North America. Dates TBA.

Curtis is also proud of his roles in his award-winning short films ‘Grandma’s 80th Surprise’ and his action film, ‘Reverse’. Curtis’ role in Grandma’s 80th Surprise (2019) won awards at both Tri Force Film Festival in (London, UK) and Vancouver Asian Film Festival in 2019 and ‘Reverse’ (2021) took home “Best Action Film” at the Los Angeles Film Awards in 2021.

Curtis grew up in Vancouver, BC. He knew the moment when he was a little kid and accidentally walked onto a film set of Romeo Must Die that he wanted to be an actor. He is proud to say that he has done a lot in his life working in dozens of jobs in many different fields, He has traveled the world, met lots of incredible people, and all of that has contributed to helping him become a better actor and producer that he feels that he is today. 

He trained at Austin Tuck studios and at Deb Podowski Studios under Deb Podowski.

As an entrepreneur, Curtis has an initiative to help as many different groups in need as he can, while making people look good with his clothing line, Rare Spirit that he co-founded in 2020. The streetwear/fashion brand works with a number of different charities, non-profits, and good causes with every collection that they release.

Curtis now shares his time between Vancouver, Los Angeles, and London, England. 

Curtis is available for interviews and photos upon request.

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Predominant Studios’ CEO Jacqueline Best Recognized as Canada’s Most Influential Women Entrepreneurs

Independent record label Predominant Studios’ CEO Jacqueline Best is being recognized as one of Canada’s most influential Women Entrepreneurs 

Jacqueline Best, Founder, and CEO of Predominant Studios Inc. is recognized as one of Canada’s most influential Women Entrepreneurs.  Jacqueline has been announced as a nominee in the RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards Women of Influence with the winners being announced this September 2023. In 2022 Jacqueline was the recipient of North America’s Top 40 under 40 awarded in New York. Business Elite Awards’ officials named her “one of North America’s leaders and industry disruptors with the undoubted attitude, quality, potential, desire, determination, and ambition to shape the world of business over the coming decades.” Jacqueline has also written a book entitled “So they say you can’t. SCREW THEM,”

Partner Alister Brodie joined Jacqueline in 2022. Together Jacqueline and Alister offer expertise by assisting musicians in an industry where competition is stiff. Predominant Studio is redefining the next generation of music, signing pop artist Scotty Berg, country artist Jason Kirkness, and Hip Hop Artist Mr. ESQ, to name a few.

Jacqueline and Alister are joined by some of the best in the business that includes the multi-platinum producer and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Chris “The Glove” Taylor, who has collaborated with Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg. Other members of the team include Rick Noble, Music/Radio Promotion Manager, Lance Bolton, CFO, David Malysheff, Director of Film/Film Scores, and The Real Richie Rich – Producer/Consultant.

Predominant Studio’s new talent includes Pop artist and rising star 15-year-old Scotty Berg, who has left an indelible impression on the Canadian and US music scene. Scotty’s song “Dreams” is hitting charts across the country opening at #44 on the Top AC tracks in the US. With over 500,000 streams of his music and millions of views on TikTok, anticipation is growing for what comes next. Scotty was thrilled to play and walk the red carpet at the 90th Hollywood Christmas parade on a National US TV network. Scotty will be gracing the cover of POPSTAR! Magazine this March 2023.

Country music artist Jason Kirkness has raised the bar with the release of his single “Anywhere The Night Goes” which continues to top the billboard charts as well as his new release “Over My Head” garnering praise from consumers and critics across North America.

According to Jacqueline Best. “We not only provide services to our aligned musicians, but we also provide services to independent artists, assisting them in navigating the complicated music industry and its different processes. Services include US & Canadian, and UK radio promos, music testing & research, marketing, PR, Studio time, legal advice and so much more. As well as safeguarding their best interests, artists must also be protected from music business fraud.”

Predominant Studios has become a hub for many musicians by signing them and/or helping them handle their arrangements with other indie companies. Predominant Studio assists its growing roster of talented musicians by creating fair contracts, music business consultations, and career coaching. 

With so much excitement on the horizon for Predominant Studio to share, Jacqueline, her team, and artists are available for interviews upon request.

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Scotty Berg Impressive Rise in Music Industry

Scotty Berg continues impressive rise in the music industry with top 40 hit on Top AC Radio Chart

‘Dreams’ lands in the #35 spot on Top AC Radio Charts in U.S. this week

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To say young pop/country star Scotty Berg has had a record year would be an understatement. After years of building popularity through his TikTok and Instagram videos and performances, he signed with his first record label, Predominant Studios, in 2022.

Now, his first release since signing with the label has landed his single, Dreams, at #35 on Top AC Radio Charts.

The rising singer/songwriter has been performing since he was 10 years old and has progressed from busking for passing audiences to performing at SXSW, on national TV for the 90th Hollywood Christmas Parade and gracing the cover of POPSTAR! Magazine (hitting stands in March 2023).

His catalogue of previous releases includes the singles You Don’t Have to Be Alone, an uplifting anti-bullying anthem and No Time to Waste, a song about living life with passion.

Photo credit: Nicole Richard

Scotty has garnered fan and industry accolades alike, winning numerous singing contests and being honoured with nominations for the City of Kelowna’s Civic Award for Teen Honour in the Arts, acknowledging his donations to non-profit organizations through performing at fundraising events.

The natural talent has drawn comparisons to Shawn Mendes – and for good reason. The charismatic young performer has the voice, talent, stage presence, drive and personality to follow the ascent of the fellow Canadian singer.

When Scotty isn’t on stage he enjoys cooking, golf, and hanging with family and friends.

Scotty Berg is available for interviews upon request.

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A Tiny Island With Big Adventure: Why I Keep Returning to the Sheraton Kauai Resort

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There is something magical about Kauai, Hawaii. The air, the scenery, the mountains, the sea, the people and the stories. Your first step off the plane is reminiscent of stepping into a new world. One that is underdeveloped, with no skyscrapers blocking the view of the natural beauty of the island. Compared to the other islands, Kauai is smaller, less populated, more rural and more laid back. 

With so many destinations to choose from around the world, why do so many keep going back to Kauai, Hawaii? With Westjet offering direct flights from Vancouver, BC to Lihue between October to April, it’s an easy trip to this special piece of paradise. It has been said that you might not remember what someone says but you will always remember how they make you feel. That statement is true for getaways as well. Destinations that reliably create beautiful memories are hard to come by and worth holding onto.

If you want to tour the island (which you should!), the first thing on your to-do list is to rent a car.  After reading the five-star reviews for SIXT car rental and my association with Brian Jessel BMW magazine, we were delighted to drive a brand new BMW X5 to do our sightseeing. 

My son takes great pride in the cars he drives. The smile on his face driving to pick me up with our luggage was ear to ear as he reveled in the extraordinary performance and dynamics of the BMW X5. Immediately, we thought what a great way to test drive a car when you are on vacation. Donavan was more than impressed and continually said, “I just love this car.” 

Kauai is known as the Garden Island that has endless charms—from spectacular beaches, lush rainforests to world-class golf courses. You will want to take time to drive to some of the wonderful attractions and activities located all around the island.

What fascinated me most was how much land philanthropists have given back to the island to prevent Kauai from becoming over-commercialized like many other tropical islands. A strict cap on building heights (hotels can be no more than 40 feet high), prevents the development of the mega-resorts and towering skyscrapers found on the other islands. The local rule is that nothing can be built taller than a coconut tree.

We headed to the tunnel of trees, the gateway to Poipu, to stay at the Sheraton Kauai Resort –  a welcoming hotel oasis nestled on 20 acres on the shores of Hawaii’s world-famous Poipu Beach. With access to pristine white-sand beaches and crystal-clear waters, this was the perfect place to anchor our adventures. 

Their renovated guest rooms and suites face the sparkling oceanfront or lush garden views. A home away from home. One of the few hotels grandfathered in, the hotel is situated right on the beach, with two fresh-water pools and a hot tub. The resort offers everything from being able to pick up your morning coffee to catch the sunrise to dining at Rum Fire Restaurant to watch spectacular sunset views. Lava’s on Poipu Beach has views from every table or you can enjoy drinks and cuisine poolside. Everything we could want during a relaxing vacation was at our fingertips. When you have the opportunity to meet and chat with most of the same staff over the years that says a lot about the resort.

Executive Chef Gabe Balenzuela oversees all food and beverage operations for Sheraton Kauai Resort and the result is the level of hospitality is nothing short of outstanding. Dining at Rum Fire Poipu Beach at sunset is an awe-inspiring experience offering a modern Kauai dining experience with spectacular 180-degree ocean views. Rum Fire’s menu serves locally sourced cuisine with a global influence, featuring selections that will please even the most discriminating palates.

The resort is also an involved member of its community, with several charitable programs set up at the resort to give back to the island. When dining at Table 53 in Rum Fire or when you book Bungalow No. 5 poolside for full-day access to the amenities, the proceeds go directly to Charity Walk Kauai to benefit more than 60 non-profit organizations providing critical services on the island.

Whatever brings you to Hawaii, its golden-sand beaches and misty sea breezes ensure you will never want to leave. Daily resort activities include Lei making, arts and crafts, ukulele lessons, snorkeling, surfing, swimming, Luau and walking the seawall all available on site. With so many activities you can be as active as you like or just relax with a good book poolside or beachside. Showcasing an array of indoor and outdoor event venues, the hotel is also a brilliant location for a corporate retreat, wedding, or family reunion in Kauai.

Sheraton Kauai Resort is one of the few resorts to offer daily yoga classes to their guests included in the resort fee. I took part in yoga classes beachside rain or shine every morning at 8:00 am, joining all ages and levels. Every instructor brings something different to their class.  Yoga is a great way to start the day and meet people from around the world. By practicing yoga you can slow down from your busy world and connect to yourself. 

The elements on the island are conducive to yoga. The classes guide us to be grateful not only for our practice but our bodies and the beautiful location. You are encouraged to honor your body where it is today by not competing with anyone else, just gingo at your own pace.

I spoke to a number of guests staying at the Sheraton Kauai Resort to ask them why they keep returning to this precious property. Doug and Mandy from Yakima, Washington have been coming for six years with friends and co-workers. They love the ocean, the water is the perfect temperature, and they appreciate the great customer service at the resort. They love Kauai as it is quieter and has hundreds of acres of green space, which are wonderful to see from helicopter rides. Fishing and snorkeling is beautiful and the island and resort provide entertainment for all generations. You can do absolutely nothing but enjoy the view or do a lot. Your choice. Both are fabulous. 

One of our most special days was spent on the award-winning Poipu Bay Golf Course. This outstanding course is backed by lush emerald mountains and sculpted from a rolling plateau eight stories above the Pacific Ocean. Nestled among the gentle contours of Poipu Bay you’ll discover the remains of Hawaiian heiau (places of worship) and ancient stone walls. Mother Nature presents you with one distraction after another. Even the most focused golfer will be challenged by the breathtaking views. Poipu Bay features the latest technology in rental golf clubs. Play on the same course challenged by even the best of the best professional golfers in the PGA Grand Slam of Golf from 1994 to 2006. A unique and unforgettable golf experience awaits you—one that will bring every aspect of your game into fresh and thrilling focus. For more information, check out the Course Overview or take the Hole-by-Hole Tour.

If you aren’t an experienced golfer the Kukuiolono Park and Golf Course may be the course for you as they only charge $7 – $9 dollars a day for unlimited play. Walter McByde donated the course to the state of Hawaii so the locals have a golf course that they can afford to play on. Expect wind sweeping over the terrain, lots of trees, a few fairway hazards, and maybe a wild chicken pecking at the greens.

On previous trips, we have taken Sea Tours on a Deluxe Catamaran Snorkel Trip to experience the majestic Na Pali coast, on the spacious 60-foot, custom-designed catamaran. As we headed up north to NaPali along the southwest coast of Kauai we got to see playful spinner dolphins skimming and leaping out of the waters, sea turtles, sea birds, and Humpback Whale watching in season (December – April) and more. 

Our experienced captain was entertaining with the history and legends of Kauai, marine life ecology and tales of all the land that has been given to the island. He also points out where feature films and TV series were shot, the last battle place and where Jacqueline Kennedy went to recuperate after JFK’s assassination. We also stopped to swim and snorkel enjoying the underwater sights of a variety of fish and turtles swimming by. 

Another adventure was Kauai Backcountry Adventures’ Mountain Tubing experience. We learned about the island’s history, culture and natural environment, while we visited spectacular lands with breathtaking vistas and fantastic scenery as we jumped into the gently flowing waters through open canals and tunnels hand-dug a century ago by plantation workers. The waters originate near the top of Mount Waialeale, one of the wettest spots in the world.

One of our most memorable days was an afternoon trip on Blue Hawaiian Helicopters, a trip of a lifetime. As stated on their website: Six million years of powerful natural forces have sculpted Kauai into what it is today, a natural masterpiece. The incomparable Na Pali Coast, Waimea Valley (the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific”) and stunning Mount Waialeale (the second wettest place on earth), are among Kauai’s incredible wonders that are so remote, they are only accessible by helicopter.

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Many celebrities have homes on Kauai including Carlos Santana, Bette Midler, Ben Stiller and Pierce Bronson to name a few. World-renowned musician David Sancious, an original member of the E Street Band (named after his family home) who has toured with Bruce Springsteen, Sting and Peter Gabriel, also calls Kauai home. His radio show ” THE PLEASURE OF SOUND” airs on KKCR Kauai Community Radio 90.9 fm Hanalei / 91.9 fm Kauai / 92.7 Moloa’a / 88.9 FM Honolulu /  David plays music from around the world and different genres such as Classical, Jazz, Rock, Blues, Folk and more.

The show airs from 6 pm to 8 pm every other Tuesday. You can see his schedule at It’s a great show to listen to as you drive around the island. David is also back in the studio with Bruce Springsteen so watch for new music.

You will also find special shops on Kauai that you can’t find anywhere else. My dear friend Kiran Sancious (David’s wife) is from Vancouver and has been in fashion since her teens, modeling, designing and creating new and chic upcycled clothing. You can find her at Tropical Tantrum in Historic Hanalei Town and Old Kapaa Town. Tropical Tantrum designs and creates Hawaiian-style clothing that is colorful, fun and exciting, offering men’s and women’s fashions for all occasions. Their quality, hand-painted batik fabrics and fun, beautiful, comfortable styles make them a must-shop. Topical Tantrum manufactures all of its own clothing so you can custom order to your specifications.

The list is endless for things to do, see, enjoy and explore in Kauai. But I’m off to book my next vacation there so I will leave you this: If breathtaking scenery, extraordinary hospitality and limitless fun are on your list, you might want to consider Kauai as your next vacation destination.

Lesley Diana is an entertainment publicist based in Vancouver, BC. She loves to travel and write about her experiences.

Kat Sieniuc Signs with World’s Leading Talent and Entertainment Companies

Writer Kat Sieniuc Signs With United Talent Agency one of the world’s leading talent and entertainment companies

Kat Sieniuc has signed with United Talent Agency (UTA) for representation. UTA is one of the world’s leading talent and entertainment companies that helps the world’s most inspiring people make the world a more inspiring place.

Sieniuc was most recently in the writers room for Amazon Studio’s adaptation of The Left/Right Game podcast starring Tessa Thompson. Previously, she was a writer on the Netflix horror-drama The Order and is a celebrated alum of the Pacific Screenwriting Program, a highly-coveted fellowship for professional screenwriters that is sponsored by Netflix and the Canadian Media Producers Association.

Sieniuc is currently underway on writing a new pilot and is pitching a feature project to producers.

Sieniuc spent her childhood in Vancouver, Canada and began her writing career as a journalist in Toronto and New York City, writing for publications including Canada’s national newspaper, The Globe and Mail, and NYC-based Law360, where she covered local, national and legal news. She was also the senior producer of Ana Marie Cox’s Crooked Media podcast With Friends Like These. 

With this background, Sieniuc excels at telling stories ripped from the headlines and rooted in real-life experience. Her work explores female relationships from a darkly comedic and social-commentary lens, and she’s particularly passionate about writing women who dominate spaces traditionally occupied onscreen by men. 

Sieniuc was shortlisted for the Sundance Episodic Lab with her pilot, THE LIFT, a dark comedy about a Lyft driver who is drawn into a world of organized crime, and she was named an emerging writer to watch on The Tracking Board’s 2021 Next List. Her dramedy pilot, GUTS N’ GLORY, was a finalist in the Austin Film Festival and is on Coverfly’s Red List, in the Top 1% of more than 25,000 scripts. 

Sieniuc’s other accolades include a PAGE International Screenwriting Gold Prize and she is a winner of WeScreenplay’s TV Writing Contest.

She continues to be represented by Grandview and The Characters Talent Agency.

She is a member of the Writers Guild of Canada.

Kat is available for interviews upon request.

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Manager (US): Gabrielle Lewis, Jeremy Platt and Julien Smith, Grandview | 323-297-3440 

Agent (US): Matt Baldovsky, UTA | 310-273-6700

Agent (Canada): Brent Jordan Sherman, The Characters Talent Agency | 416-964-8522 

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Big Time Decent Production Announces Premium Documentary Featuring Derek Rabble

Big Time Decent Productions announces premium documentary featuring completely blind surfer Derek Rabelo.

Calgary post-production facilities are open to accommodate service work. 

Matt Shewchuk launches new production company Happy Heart Studios Inc. with Indigenous filmmaker Joy Haskell.

Matt Shewchuk, President & Executive Producer, is pleased to announce that Big Time Decent Productions has an exciting year ahead with growth in all areas of its business.

Big Time Decent is currently producing a premium feature documentary about Derek Rabelo on his quest to become the first completely blind surfer to ride the biggest waves in the world. The story takes viewers from small town Brazil to the “liquid mountains” of Nazaré, Portugal. The production company is producing this documentary with director/cinematographer Pablo Garcia, whose documentary work has been featured on HBO and Netflix. They are simultaneously producing an IMAX version with plans to bring the project to distributors at MIPTV in April 2023.

2022 opened the doors for Big Time Decent to take on more post-production service work at its Vancouver headquarters. They completed post-production on three MOWs including Key 2 Love and Dream Wedding for Super Channel and A Fabled Holiday for the Hallmark Channel. To keep up with demand, Big Time Decent has launched a new post-production facility in Calgary, Alberta. With a footprint in two major production hubs, this gives Big Time Decent the ability to service clients where they need to be, and the opportunity to leverage incentives in both BC and Alberta.

Shewchuk has teamed up with Indigenous filmmaker Joy Haskell to launch a new production company called Happy Heart Studios Inc. They plan to pool their resources to collaborate on unscripted and scripted projects that will entertain and inspire audiences. The new company is currently developing a slate of three docu-series featuring a wide range of characters and stories, from Southern Alberta to the Northwest Territories. “After meeting Joy, it was clear that we share the same love for storytelling and homegrown characters. It was a natural fit,” says Shewchuk.


Big Time Decent’s hit show, Rust Valley Restorers (Produced with Tyson Media), has received wide acclaim and accolades, including a nomination for a Canadian Screen Award. Seasons 1-4 are available on Netflix, MotorTrend, and History Canada, with Season 5 currently in production. Backroad Truckers’ second season has been green-lit by Corus and will air on History Canada and Hulu in the US.

Beyond their slate of scripted and unscripted projects, Big Time Decent also offers full production and post-productions services for feature films, MOWs, and TV series. Their post facilities in Vancouver and Calgary include edit suites, 5.1 sound mixing studios, and one of the most state-of-the-art colour grading suites in Western Canada.

The production company’s team includes Matt Shewchuk, President & Executive Producer, René Brar, Head of Development, Jeff Kinnon, VP of Factual, and Pricilla Hui, VP of Finance.

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Actor Charles Andrew Payne LEFT BEHIND: RISE OF THE ANTICHRIST Actor Charles Andrew Payne

Actor Charles Andrew Payne is Pastor Bruce Barnes in the feature film LEFT BEHIND: RISE OF THE ANTICHRIST coming to theatres nationwide beginning Thursday, January 26th, 2023.

Charles stars alongside Kevin Sorbo, Neal McDonough, and Corbin Bernsen

Actor Charles Andrew Payne has a vast resume. One of his proudest roles is Pastor Bruce Barnes in the feature film LEFT BEHIND: RISE OF THE ANTICHRIST. Pastor Barnes is the bedrock of the story, a man torn between the faith he professes and what he believes. His family is taken in the rapture, but he has been left behind. Charles also narrates the film as his character Pastor Barnes.

LEFT BEHIND: RISE OF THE ANTICHRIST is coming to theaters nationwide beginning Thursday, January 26. Charles joins a stellar cast. Starring Kevin Sorbo (GOD’S NOT DEAD, SOUL SURFER), Neal McDonough (MINORITY REPORT, “Arrow,” TIMELINE), Corbin Bernsen (“Psych,” MAJOR LEAGUE, “The Resident”), Bailey Chase (“Longmire,” “Saving Grace”), Greg Perrow (ACTOR FOR HIRE, THOSE WHO KILL), Sarah Fisher (“Degrassi: The Next Generation,” ROXY) and Sam Sorbo (LET THERE BE LIGHT, HOPE BRIDGE, MIRACLE IN EAST TEXAS), LEFT BEHIND: RISE OF THE ANTICHRIST is the next chapter of the mega-hit LEFT BEHIND film franchise, based on the 80 million-copy New York Times bestselling book series of the same name. 

LEFT BEHIND: RISE OF THE ANTICHRIST is directed by Kevin Sorbo and written by Paul Lalonde, John Patus and Jessica Parker. It is produced by Paul Lalonde, Michael Walker, Ed Clydesdale, James Quattrochi, Jason Wan Lim and John Duffy in association with AMCOMRI Entertainment Inc., Polyscope Pictures and Stonagal Pictures Inc. 

LEFT BEHIND: RISE OF THE ANTICHRIST delivers an updated storyline from the 2014 LEFT BEHIND movie starring Nicolas Cage, which earned more than 30 million worldwide at the box office. The sequel shows how today’s events set the stage for the return of Christ and the coming apocalypse.

Past television series and feature films include Miracle In East Texas where Charles played Reverend Reece. He had the role of Jock on the television series Wynona Earp and the role of Darryl in The Surrogate While living in Vancouver one of the roles he most enjoyed was playing Breeze on MacGyver with Richard Dean Anderson and worked with Richard again on Stargate. He had the pleasure of working with Johnny Depp on 21 Jump Street in one of his earlier TV roles. He also worked with Kevin Sorbo on Andromeda and Miracle in East Texas. He joined both Pam Grier and Snoop Dog on The L – Word. A fun fact is that Charles often gets mistaken for Samuel L Jackson. People get mad when he tells them “I’m not him”. Considering Samuel is 20-plus years older and taller, “I think it will be a great day when he gets mistaken for me, then I’ll know I’ve made it.” add Charles.

As a professional comedian, Charles has toured across Canada and the USA, appearing as a featured headliner at comedy clubs and festivals. He speaks at corporate events providing talks on various business topics, perseverance, and resiliency, weaving in comedy and storytelling styles. His writings have been featured in various publications and produced on the theatrical stage as well as on television. Payne was the head writer and starred in the Rosie-nominated (Best Web Series 2017), and The Parent Council (2018). He is the writer and co-producer of the short film Choice, which will be out in 2023.

Payne co-founded Vancouver’s The Fox & Hounds Theatre Company and has appeared in most of their productions, as well as producing and directing several shows. Charles was born in Grenada and moved to Canada when he was nine. He grew up in Richmond BC where he started acting as a child, intrigued by the art of storytelling after seeing Grease in the theatres, he knew that he wanted to be part of that world.  Charles trained with teachers Michael David Simms, and Alex Bruhanski as well as at the Gastown Actors Studio and Company of Rogues A fitness enthusiast who works out regularly and loves hot yoga and running. Pretty adept in the kitchen he loves to cook. Movies and books are his outlets and escape. Charles is married and resides in Calgary Alberta. 

Charles is available for interviews and photos upon request:  

Please contact: Lesley Diana | | 604-726-5575

Left Behind Production Publicist Nicole Crumbley 

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Headshot photo credit: Rebecca Roberts Studios 


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