Executive Producer, Producer, Director, Writer
Drew has been the President of Mighty Motion Pictures for the past 10 years, prior to that he was founder and President of The Idea Factory! for 13 years. He began work in television as a Writer, Producer and Director at CFRN Television in Edmonton (CTV) and then he acted as the Head of the Commercial Production Department at CBC Television. His commercials have won several national and regional awards. (TVB, AMPIA and CAN PRO)
Over the past 25 years Drew has Executive Produced and Produced hundreds of hours of TV programming that has aired nationally in Canada. Drew has Produced for all of the major television networks and station groups in Canada, namely, CBC, Global, CTV, CHUM, and A Channels and has provided programming for several of the Specialty and Cable networks such as HGTV, YTV, Bravo, Much Music, Life Network, Prime, Star, Movie Central, W, CBC Documentary Channel, and CBC Newsworld. He has also created programs for PBS and Discovery Channels in the United States and many of his productions have been distributed internationally. He has worked with several educational broadcasters such as ACCESS, CLT (Canadian Learning Television), SCN (Saskatchewan Communications Network), and The Knowledge Network as well as the NFB (National Film Board of Canada) and the Christian Broadcasting networks; Crossroads Television (CTS), The Miracle Channel, i-Life TV, NRB Network, CBN, The Worship Channel, Kids & Teens Television, Faith TV, Cornerstone TV, Trinity Broadcasting Network, Total Living Network, Inspiration Network, New Life Channel (Russia) and Angel TV (Singapore).
In 2016 Drew Executive Produced and Produced, the internationally acclaimed documentary feature, HUSH on the untold health risks of abortion, which won Best Documentary at Life Fest in Los Angeles a Silver Remy at Worldfest in Houston and a Golden Award at the World Documentary Awards in Jakarta. In 2015, He Executive Produced and Produced the live Children's Concert Water For Life for CTV2 and PBS. In 2014 he acted as Unit Production Manager on the Feature Film, Cas and Dylan with Richard Dreyfuss. In 2013 he Wrote, Directed and Produced the one hour documentary Journey of Hope for PBS. His Executive Producer and Producer credits also include 52 episodes of Sew Much Fun (HGTV and PBS) 230 episodes of Top Story, a daily current affairs program, the children’s series, Maralee Dawn and Friends (13 X 30 mins), 26 half hours of Linda McPhee’s Workshop, 26 hours of the documentary series, A Priest, A Monk and A Rabbi (also aired on CBC Documentary Channel) and 26 hours of Close Up a biography series, and the 1 hour international award winning music special, Steve Bell with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. He wrote, produced and directed the 1 hr doc, Who Is Stan Reynolds? for PBS
He recently acted as a consultant on behalf of Crossroads Television System (CTS/YES) in the application for over-the–air stations in Edmonton and Calgary, Alberta. He was then hired on contract to act as the Regional Director of Production, managing all aspects of operations for the new stations including programming development and scheduling.
Drew regularly attends NATPE, The Banff Television Festival, MIPCOM, NRB and ICVM to arrange co-productions, to secure pre-sales, and to distribute completed programs worldwide to broadcast and non-broadcast markets.
Drew has served as the Chair of DOC Alberta and on the Board of DOC National. He is the former Vice President of the Alberta Motion Picture Industry Association (AMPIA) and a member of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television and the Edmonton Ministerial Association. Drew holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Alberta and an Honours Diploma in Radio and Television Arts from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) and a Diploma from The Word of Faith Leadership and Bible Institute, Dallas, Texas.
Executive Producer, Producer, Director, Writer, Editor
Joses is a multi-talented Producer, Director, Writer, Researcher and Editor with a wealth of creative experience. From film to reality TV to music video to stop-frame animation, his creative vision is evident through a wide range of outlets.
In television his work includes 13 one hours of the docu/reality series A Priest, A Monk and a Rabbi where he acted as Director, and Production Manager (CTS, CBC Documentary Channel ), He was Producer on 26 hours of the documentary series Close-Up (CTS). Joses acted as Producer on the entertaining, how-to sewing series on 26 half hours of Linda MacPhee’s Workshop (HGTV, PBS, CTV2, Knowledge Network), and as Music Supervisor on the sitcom Mixed Blessings (APTN).
He has worked as a Producer, Director, Writer and Editor on various corporate and commercial projects of differing lengths and scope for a number of corporate and promotional applications, including Mammoet, Astech, Supreme Group, WCB, Canadian Linen, City Ford, West Edmonton Mall, CISC, Royal Glenora Club, and Salute to Excellence. In addition, he has lead and managed a number of promotional and educatonal projects for people like Alberta Education, Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium, The Alberta Library, The University of Alberta, Parkland Wellness, Reynolds Alberta Museum, and Alberta Learning Information Systems (ALIS).
Joses is proud of his creative works in Producing, Directing and Editing music videos for the Edmonton band Rend, and the Dubstep Producer for Knight Riderz, as well as a short film for semi-pro skateboarder Ben Loates which was featured on the world’s largest skateboarding website, theberrics.com.
In 2015 Joses completed his first feature film; the documentary HUSH, a controversial look at the subject of abortion's long-term effect on women's health where he acted as Producer, Editor, Co-Wroter, and Co-Director with Punam Kumar Gill. The film screened at 9 International Film Festivals and earned 3 awards including Best Documentary at Life Fest in Los Angeles, a Silver at Worldfest in Houston and a Gold Award at The World Documentary Awards in Jakarta.
He is now Producing a one hour documentary for television called My Arranged Marriage on the ancient cultural tradition from the perspective of a young modern Hindu girl who is a wedding planner and a young man who is a Social worker and a devoted Pentecostal Christian for YES TV. Joses is Producing a one hour documentary entitled Forgotten Fathers on the connection between men and abortion, also for YES TV and The Miracle Channel.
He is currently Co-Producing, Writing, Directing and Editing a feature length documentary called, Afghanastan: From the Inside Out.
When Joses is not working in production he is feeding his passion for music by spinning vinyl as “Free the DJ” at local clubs or Producing a once a month dance party called, SWEAT.
Executive Producer, Producer, Production Manager
Over the last twenty-five years, Byron Martin has had a very successful career in film and television in various capacities as an Executive Producer, Producer, Unit Production Manager, Unit Manager and Location Manager.His extensive list of film credits include the features Simon Birch, Prancer, Prancer Returns, X-MEN, Driven and The Mighty. He also Produced the largest international grossing movie in Canadian history, Resident Evil IV: Afterlife.
Byron worked as the Line Producer on American Pie presents: The Naked Mile, the fifth instalment in Universal’s American Pie franchise followed by American Pie presents: Beta House serving as Co-Producer. Byron Executive Produced Phantom Punch, the Sonny Liston story, starring Ving Rhames as the famous boxer. He worked on the feature film November Gale, the tragic story of the Edmund Fitzgerald. The film was directed by Ted Kotcheff.
Other feature film credits as Production Manager include: Wild Cherry, Death Race, American Pie presents: The Naked Mile/American Pie presents: Beta House, The Chronicles of Riddick, Driven, In Too Deep, Darkman II and III, The Ref and Land of the Dead for Universal Pictures, the fourth instalment of George A. Romero’s classic zombie films.
Byron has also worked on numerous television productions including the hugely successful My Babysitter's A Vampire and Backstage, both for Disney and Family Channel as well as two seasons of Panic Button for both Bell Media and Turner Broadcasting while at the same time Co-producing pilots, Tactical Jokers and The Carbonaro Effect, a series that currently airs on truTV. He acted as PM for other TV Series including Total Recall 2070, Robocop: the Series, Street Legal and Top Cops. He has worked as a Unit Manager on such productions as Get Over It, Boulevard and Iron Eagle IV.
Byron Martin has produced almost thirty hours of national documentary television, including the award winning SIDS: A Special Report (CTV, W, PBS, Discovery Channels) , television specials, The Great Run of China (CTV, PBS) , No Time to Wave: The Life and Times of Ben Wicks (CBC) and two seasons of the television series Hit the Spot (Global, Prime)
Byron has been working as an Executive Producer and Producer of some very successful feature length documentaries including The Carbon Rush on the evils of carbon trading which was shot in 5 countries and has screened in over 80 Film Festivals. Recently he completed Tomorrow's Power which addresses the concerns for power in third world and war torn counntries that has been honoured with a number of international awards.
Byron has managed production on numerous major motion pictures, working with acclaimed Hollywood Producers such as Jerry Bruckheimer, Sam Raimi, Mark Canton, Lauren Shuler Donner, Raffaellla De Laurentis, Dick Wolf, Laurence Mark, John Singleton, Ralph Winter and Don Carmody.
From 1995 to 2001, Byron was the DGC Ontario District Council Location Manager Caucus Representative, and has served the DGC membership on the National Executive Board since 1997 as Location Managers Representative. Since 1995, Byron has served on the Film Liaison Industry Committee (FLIC), an advisory committee that acts on City Council’s policy regarding support and encouragement for the film and television industry in Toronto. Currently Byron serves on the DGC Ontario Executive Board as the 2nd Vice Chair, a position he has held since 2006.
Byron has twice received the coveted Norman Jewison Filmmaker Award and in 2016 at the TMT Entertainment Awards he was voted Best Independent Producer in Canada.
A mission statement?
The short answer:
We're on a mission alright. And it begins with a heart for people. And a hope for our world. It's a firm foundation and conviction that we have a responsibility as communicators (in the most influential mediums of our time) to present content that not only looks and sounds good but does good.
The longer, more involved answer:
(Doing things that matter sometimes takes longer and requires being more involved.)
If you're looking for a large bag of chips or a chocolate bar and a soda we're not your guys. We're not a sugar fix. And we don't want you to feel bad or guilty after working with us or watching what we made. We're more like a good breakfast, a little exercise and a sound sleep. We create content that is genuinely inspiring and helpful and enriching; that meets the needs that people have where they live. It might cause you to think, reflect, act with character or to be more positive. Hug a bully, thank your husband, grow a plant, quit complaining, start painting, volunteer, read a book, listen to music you said you hate, learn about something you don't understand, be a little less afraid and a little more courageous, understanding, forgiving, compassionate, wise or fair. So be warned, watching one of our shows may cause you to give a little more and to care a lot.
Sure, we can make stuff that looks awesome, but you are awesome and without you there would be no need for TV, or film or the Internet. All of which were great ideas and they are making a difference in the world, but the question is, what difference? Is it for the better? We believe it can be better. And we can make a difference by making Mighty Motion Pictures that are powerful, that are different than most; then you can make a difference and do the extraordinary.
Life is amazing and so are you and you need to see and hear that on your big screen and on your little screen everyday. Well, enough said. (Sorry, you got me going on the whole purpose thing.)
We take what we do seriously and we have a lot of fun doing it!