Innovation. Inspiration. Insight. When television networks seek out production partners, they seek out Insight first. From comedy and variety, to factual, drama, music, documentaries and sports, for decades Insight Productions has demonstrated the acute ability to read the zeitgeist of the timeand respond with television programs that capture the current cultural climate. Even during difficult times in the industry, Insight continued on solid ground, firmly established as one of Canada’s foremost production companies at the forefront of international television programming. Recognized for working with some of the most talented personalities in the world, Insight’s most recent accolades include smash-hit Canadian versions of such successful formats as The Amazing Race, Big Brother, Never Ever Do This at Home, Top Chef, Got Talent, Idol, Project Runway, Deal or No Deal, Intervention, How To Look Good Naked, and Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? and original formats including The Launch, Battle of the Blades & Canada Sings.
Insight Productions has been recognized for its reputation for quality as the recipient of multiple Canadian Screen Awards, four Emmy nominations, two Cable Ace awards, six American Film Festival ribbons, an Academy Award nomination and numerous other film and television awards.
MEET THE TEAM
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Executive Producer
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John Brunton thinks TV. All the time. As the Globe and Mail writes, he “has airwaves between his ears.”
A natural-born storyteller, Brunton is now celebrating over thirty years at the helm of Insight Production Company Ltd. As Chairman & CEO, Brunton’s entrepreneurial ingenuity, creative vision and passion for television have enabled him to position Insight as an industry leader in the development, financing and production of world class television programs.
As the Executive Producer of compelling dramas and documentaries, ground-breaking award shows, record-breaking comedy and variety series, sports, music and other programs across all conventional and digital platforms, Brunton has worked with some of the most talented personalities in the world.
President & Chief Operating Officer, Executive Producer
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Barbara Bowlby joined Insight Productions in 1984 and has helped build the company into an industry leader in the creative development, financing, and production of high quality and popular programming. Barbara is a member of Insight’s executive team responsible for long term strategic planning and international business development. She has been nominated for dozens of awards and has won 30, including a Cable Ace. Most recently, Barbara was awarded the 2014 Women In Film and Television (WIFT-Toronto) Crystal Award for Outstanding Achievement in Business.
Barbara is the driving force behind Insight’s business affairs. The company has thousands of hours of programming to its credit – including this year’s smash hits The Amazing Race Canada and Big Brother Canada – and Barbara’s fingerprints are on every project. In addition to her role as President & COO, Barbara also serves as an Executive Producer on Insight’s extensive roster of productions. This dual function consists of handling the operations for both the production company and its programming and includes strategic planning, financing, and business/legal affairs. Bowlby’s strength lies in her ability to support the creative environment while managing financial and operational priorities to bring the company’s projects to the international marketplace.
Senior Vice-President, ShowRunner, Executive Producer
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Current Programming: The Launch; Canadian Screen Awards 2018; The JUNO Awards; Hatching, Matching & Dispatching: A Christmas Fury; New Year’s Eve Countdown to 2019, and several other projects in development.
Lindsay is Canada’s preeminent and most respected showrunner of highly rated and award-winning music specials, award shows, variety programming and live spectacles. She has also been credited as Executive Producer on made for television film Hatching, Matching & Dispatching: A Christmas Fury produced for the CBC. She has produced content for all of the major networks in North America.
Lindsay produces and creates ambitious and technically challenging live shows that showcase the world’s best musical talent. In addition to 17 editions of The JUNO Awards, she produced The Tragically Hip: A National Celebration watched by 1 in 3 Canadians and counts among her credits several philanthropic endeavours such as Young Artists for Haiti and Music Without Borders. Most recently, Lindsay was an integral part of the team who created The Launch for CTV, an original new format that aims to reinvent the music television series genre, and documents what it takes to break a new Artist and successfully launch their hit single. Lindsay has also produced multiple specials and variety series including; Canada Day 150! From Coast to Coast to Coast; Canada’s New Year’s Eve Countdown, Battle of the Blades and Canada’s Walk of Fame.
She is a member of the Senior Executive team that helps shape Insight’s long term strategic planning including international business development and sales.
Additional credits among various genres include: Comedy (Never Ever Do This At Home, The Jon Dore Television Show,), Scripted (Hatching, Matching & Dispatching), Game Shows (Deal or No Deal & Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader), Sports (Stars on Ice, Pumped!), and Documentary (100 Years of Canadian Sports).
Senior Vice President, Showrunner
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Current Programming: The Amazing Race Canada; various projects in development
Mark makes addictive TV. When he was 13, Mark decided he wanted to be a television producer – and he’s been actively engaged in the blood, sweat, and tears of the business for more than twenty years. Over the past decade at Insight, Mark has worked on countless award-winning productions including The Amazing Race Canada – the most-watched Canadian TV show on record – on which he serves as showrunner and Supervising Producer. In addition to writing, producing, and developing new reality programming, Mark is a member of Insight’s executive team responsible for long term strategic planning and international business development.
Mark left his inimitable creative mark on all 186 episodes of the ratings juggernaut Canadian Idol and was instrumental in the adaptation of the worldwide Idol franchise for the Canadian marketplace. More recently, Mark adapted NBC Universal’s Top Chef franchise for Canada and in doing so introduced Canadians to the next generation of culinary superstars.
Mark is known for his original and award-winning branded content. His ability to harmonize a client’s marketing strategy with the priorities of a show’s narrative results in dynamic, memorable opportunities for some of the world’s most recognizable brands.
Past Programming: As Supervising Producer – Top Chef Canada (Food Network Canada); Canada’s Got Talent (Citytv); Canada Sings! (Global TV); Canadian Idol (CTV); World Idol (CTV); Instant Star: Backstage Pass (Noggin)
As Producer – Battle of the Blades (CBC); Deal or No Deal Canada (Global TV)
Senior Vice President, Showrunner
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Erin has been embracing her passion for storytelling at Insight for over fifteen years. As a Senior Vice President and Showrunner, Erin makes sure riveting stories and compelling characters are at the heart of all her shows. In addition to both her development and production responsibilities, Erin is a member of Insight’s executive leadership team responsible for long term strategic planning and international business development.
Erin acts as the Executive Producer on the Canadian version of Big Brother. Heading into its sixth season, Erin has spearheaded the multi-platform groundbreaking hit series since its launch in 2012. Global’s Big Brother Canada continues to dominate in its timeslot on multiple platforms, broadcasting 3 nights a week as well as 24/7 on the live feeds. Before moving over to Global in season 3, Big Brother Canada launched on Slice and was the most-watched reality program of all-time across all specialty channels in Canada. Brock’s focus on creating unique and innovative cross-platform engagement and social media opportunities resulted in record-breaking page views for broadcaster Shaw Media.
Erin is also chief creative officer of Insight’s new media brand, Youngster. Youngster launches as a sister company to Insight and connects, informs and entertains a new generation of Moms and Dads across digital platforms. Erin oversees all editorial content, production, and all other aspects of the Youngster studio.
Her other hit series include Canadian Idol and Insight’s original formats, Battle of The Blades and Canada Sings! She has won many awards, including a CINE Golden Eagle for Big Brother Canada and a CSA for Battle of the Blades (Best Music/Variety program).
Past Programming: Battle of The Blades (CBC); Canada Sings! (Global TV); Canadian Idol (CTV); Battle of the Blades: Game On (CBC); Stars on Ice (CBC); Star Racer (Discovery)
Chief of International Business and Creative Development
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Jane Rimer is founder of independent Media Consultancy, NYLON LIFE LLC, based in New York. Her consultancy focuses on the areas of strategic business planning, brand development in the television and multimedia platform space, and executive production and distribution with active clients in the US, Canada and the UK.
Prior to launching her consulting business Jane was Senior Vice President, Development and Programming at FremantleMedia North America – one of the leaders in television production and distribution and part of a large network of production companies worldwide. Jane was responsible for the development and acquisition of non-scripted television shows for the North American market as well as their multi-media brand extension and international distribution. She has worked the US and Canadian markets since moving to New York from London in 1996 when she opened a drama and non-fiction development and distribution office for Pearson Television International. Major credits include Canadian Idol 1, 2 & 3, ranked No. 1 most watched TV series ever in Canadian television history, World Idol, Oliver's Twist starring Jamie Oliver, Sidney Lumet's 100 Centre Street and The Nero Wolfe Mysteries for A&E all three series now sold in over 40 international markets each, Date Patrol for TLC (Discovery) based on the hit UK format Would Like To Meet, and the primetime Court TV hit criminal profiling franchise: Body of Evidence – from the Case Files of Dayle Hinman, for which she co-created and executive produced the Series premier Special.
Jane's career began in the UK in fashion brand marketing for Italian haute couture labels Mimina and Spazio. She moved into television in the early 1990s working in international distribution with Reiner Moritz Associates, The TV Sales Company and SelecTV International.
General Counsel and Vice President, Legal & Business Affairs
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Rahmiel is Insight’s General Counsel and Vice President of Legal & Business Affairs. He is also a member of Insight’s executive team responsible for long term strategic planning and international business development.
He joined Insight in 2013 and is responsible for all legal and regulatory matters relating to the development, production, exploitation, and distribution of Insight’s productions. He also handles all corporate/commercial legal matters for the company. Prior to joining Insight, Rahmiel was Legal Counsel at Entertainment One and Astral Media.
Rahmiel holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Ryerson University and a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from Osgoode Hall Law School. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 2009. While attending law school, he published an article in the St. Thomas Law Review entitled “Sampling: Musical Authorship Out of Tune with the Purpose of the American Copyright Regime”. He is also a graduate of the Second City (Toronto) Improvisation Program.
Vice President of Finance
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As VP of Finance, Susy oversees all aspects of production finance; manages corporate financial reporting, tax compliance, and human resources; and is a member of Insight’s executive team responsible for long term strategic planning and international business development. Susy joined Insight in 2014.
Susy began her career in television in 2001 working at multiple broadcasters. Prior to joining Insight, Susy worked at Teletoon Canada for eight years as Director, Finance where she oversaw the day-to-day operations of Teletoon’s financial affairs. Prior to that, she worked at various small and medium market radio stations in southern Ontario and was a key member of the management teams. Susy received her Certified General Accountant designation in 2006.
VP & Executive Producer
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John Murray is a writer, creator and producer with Insight Productions. In early 2015, his feature documentary, How To Change The World, about the origin story of Greenpeace, directed by Jerry Rothwell and co-produced with Met Films in the U.K., was selected Day One World Documentary at Sundance 2015 where it sold to Netflix and won the Candescent Award and the Jury Award for Best Editing. Other accolades include Best Environmental Documentary at the 2015 Sheffield Film Festival, Best Feature Film, Sebastopol 2015, The Top Ten Audience Award at Hot Docs 2015, and the prestigious Pare Lorentz Award from the International Documentary Association.
As a member of the Insight development team, John is involved in the development and production of programming in all genres, from reality and documentary to scripted series and movies. Along with creative partner Shannon Farr, John created and co-produced Falcon Beach, a one-hour drama series for Global Television and ABC Family which sold into over 100 countries worldwide. Recent productions include Damaged, a psychological thriller for the web directed by Richard Rotter and produced in partnership with Yellow Bear Studios. On his current development slate are If You Could Read My Mind, a feature documentary on Canadian music legend Gordon Lightfoot (pre-production), We Remain, a scripted serialized procedural written by Jeff Barnaby (CBC), Untitled Greenpeace Series, a drama series based on the adventures of Greenpeace co-founder, Robert Hunter (developed in partnership with Participant Media), and Paddle To The Amazon, a scripted feature film based on the 1987 bestseller by Don Starkell about the author’s 12,000 mile canoe trip from Winnipeg to Belém, Brazil.
John also serves as Executive Producer of the one-hour documentary series Intervention Canada (the documentary Channel, A&E) now in its fourth season.
Vice President & Executive Producer
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Shannon Farr is Vice President & Executive Producer at Insight Productions. Farr heads up Insight’s Los Angeles office and helps plan and manage its U.S. creative and business development. With a focus on scripted content, Farr is responsible for the creation, development, financing and production of a slate of original projects for multiple platforms for the U.S., Canadian and International markets.
Farr co-created and produced the one-hour prime-time drama series Falcon Beach for ABC Family and Global Television which was distributed by FremantleMedia to over 110 countries worldwide. The project and its associated website earned Farr a Gemini nomination. Other credits include the comedy special A Russell Peters Christmas which was the highest rated original Christmas special on Canadian television in 16 years and CTV’s most-watched Canadian holiday special of all time; the one-hour drama pilot Sabbatical for CTV; the comedy series The Jon Dore Television Show for Comedy Network and IFC; and Bell Media’s first digital original Joke or Choke, a half-hour comedy competition show co-produced with Howie Mandel. Currently, Farr is the Executive Producer of CBC’s multi-award winning original comedy series But I’m Chris Jericho! now in its second season.
Farr earlier served as Insight’s Co-Director of Drama Development and Business Affairs working on numerous Insight shows including Canadian Idol and The JUNO Awards.
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For more than 15 years, Eric has used his creativity and passion for telling character-driven stories on many of Canada’s highest-rated reality shows and documentaries, including the smash hits The Amazing Race Canada (winner of the Golden Screen Award for TV Reality Show) and Big Brother Canada. His work on The Amazing Race Canada earned him a Canadian Screen Award and contributed to making TARC the most-watched Canadian series on record and Big Brother Canada the most-watched reality program across specialty channels in Canada.
Since joining Insight six years ago, Eric has emphasized unique and inspiring characters with engaging story lines to fuel the drama of hit shows like Top Chef Canada, Project Runway Canada, and Canada’s Got Talent. In addition to producing, Eric now counts series development among his responsibilities at Insight.
Eric began his career in television as a picture editor where his storytelling muscles were flexed on captivating documentaries as well as reality and lifestyle shows, including So You Think You Can Dance Canada, which earned him a Gemini nomination. In 2006, Eric made the transition from editing to producing.
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Jessica worked as a freelancer for Insight for many years before coming on board corporately in 2013. Over the past 15 years she's worked in a variety of positions on shows such as Canadian Idol, Are you Smarter Than a 5th Grader Canada, The JUNO Awards, Canada's Walk of Fame, Deal or No Deal Canada, Battle of the Blades, Canada's Got Talent and is currently operating as the Line Producer for both Top Chef Canada and Big Brother Canada. As the Manager of Production Jessica assists producers from the development stage of a project managing every facet of production from staff and budgets through to Post overseeing deliverables and managing production relations.
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This Gemini Award-winning producer is renowned for her work on high-profile productions with multiple major Canadian & US networks. Her talents have been procured for some of Canada's most popular variety and reality series, comedy shows, and specials including: The Juno Awards, CBC's Canada Day Specials, figure skating specials Kurt Browning: You Must Remember This and Scott Hamilton: Upside Down. Sue served as Supervising Producer on six seasons of Canadian Idol for CTV, CityTv’s Canada’s Got Talent, as well as two seasons of CBC's Battle of the Blades, and Shawmedia's Big Brother Canada.
Manager of Legal & Business Affairs
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Alex is responsible managing contractual relationships for Insight, ensuring compliance with broadcaster, funding agency, and tax credit requirements, and for negotiating broadcast licensing agreements. Alex also assists the scripted department with acquiring intellectual property rights. Alex trained at a national full-service firm and practiced commercial litigation at a mid-sized Toronto firm before joining Insight as legal counsel.
Alex holds a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Toronto Law School. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 2014 and has published articles on a wide variety of legal and regulatory issues.
Director of Development
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Tanya joined the Insight team in 2005. After graduating from The University of London in England it is Insight that gave Tanya her master's degree in all things TV. With her experience as an actor at The Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Tanya was able to find a home for both her creative intuition and hone her skills at the business of production. Starting as an Office Coordinator Tanya had the opportunity to learn from the range of specialties required to produce successful Television; whether in office, on set, in the editing room or supporting in Business Affairs she quickly found her passion lay in Development. Responsible for managing all Development at Insight from scripted, unscripted, comedy and variety, Tanya is excited to expand and further enrich on the already exceptional programming Insight offers.
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Greg has a varied Television production background, and has been part of the Insight team for over 10 years. As the Media Manager, he assists broadcasters, producers and developers with creating digital strategies that generate a unique digital experience. Greg is also a Challenge Producer on The Amazing Race Canada (Season 5 & 6) and assists with the social strategies of many productions including Big Brother Canada, Never Ever Do This At Home , Canada Sings and The Amazing Race Canada.
Associate Producer - Senior Manager, Branded Content & Partnerships
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The love of television and all things media is what led Anthony to join Insight Productions in 2007. His early experience working in production fostered his rise to his current role where he oversees Insight’s marketing, sales and branded content initiatives. Anthony has worked alongside hundreds of globally recognized brands, agencies and networks, providing compelling and unique opportunities for Insight’s brand partners.
Anthony understands the ever-evolving landscape of media, and the desire for marketers to integrate their brands into Insight’s digital and conventional programming. His nuanced understanding of what brands want allows him to help advertisers deliver results through Insight’s top-quality programming. His most recent work includes the award-winning branded content integrations in the Amazing Race Canada, Big Brother Canada, Top Chef Canada, The JUNO Awards and Battle of the Blades. He is also involved in a growing roster of productions currently in development.