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 forty years at the helm of Insight Productions 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.
Senior Vice-President, ShowRunner, Executive Producer
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Lindsay Cox is one of Canada’s preeminent and most respected showrunners, with an award-winning portfolio proficient in highly rated music specials, variety programming and internationally recognized award shows and live spectacles.
A passionately committed and celebrated leader, her multifaceted career highlights include; executive producing several scripted comedy endeavours and most recently, the pursuit of projects in documentary work. Additionally, Lindsay is highly recognized for her expert work in the production and creation of ambitious and technically inspiring live productions that showcase the world’s best and brightest Artists.
As a showrunner, she has overseen and produced 18 editions of Canada’s biggest night in music - The JUNO Awards as well as; The Tragically Hip: A National Celebration, an award-winning television event viewed by one in 3 Canadians nationally, and counts among her credits several philanthropic events including; Stronger Together, Canada’s highest rated Canadian produced program, Young Artists for Haiti and Music Without Borders.
In 2017, Lindsay became a vital member of the team who created The Launch for CTV, bringing to life an original new format that aimed to reinvent the music television series genre, documenting what it takes to break a new artist and successfully launch their hit single. She 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 among many others. Continuously adapting, her additional credits across various formats and genres include; Comedy (Never Ever Do This At Home, The Jon Dore Television Show), Game Shows (Deal or No Deal and Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader), Sports (Stars on Ice, Pumped!), and Documentary (100 Years of Canadian Sports).
As an integral member of Insight Productions Senior Executive team, Lindsay strives to guide and shape Insight’s long-term strategic planning including among her roles - international business development and sales. In addition to preparing for Season 6 of Battle of the Blades, set to air nationally October 15, 2020, Lindsay has just recently produced “Every Child Matters: Education through Reconciliation” – a documentary for the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation honouring Orange Shirt Day that aims to bring awareness to Canada’s devastating history of Residential Schools and their impact on Indigenous Peoples.
Senior Vice President, Executive Producer
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Current Programming: The Amazing Race Canada, Top Chef Canada, Insight Integrations and Overall Development
Over the past decade at Insight, Mark has worked on a number of award-winning productions including The Amazing Race Canada – the most-watched Canadian TV show on record – on which he serves as Executive Producer and showrunner. In addition to writing, producing, and developing new formats, Mark is a member of Insight’s executive team responsible for long term strategic planning and international business development which includes Insights work in the world of gaming related programming.
Before the race Mark was at the helm of all six seasons of the ratings juggernaut Canadian Idol and was instrumental in the adaptation of the worldwide Idol franchise for the Canadian marketplace. He also worked with Food Network Canada to bring NBC Universal’s Top Chef franchise to Canada and continues to oversee the series as Executive Producer.
In addition to the regular series work 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.
Select Credits: – The Amazing Race Canada (CTV); Top Chef Canada (Food Network); Canada’s Got Talent (Citytv); Canada Sings!(Global TV); Canadian Idol (CTV); World Idol (CTV); Instant Star: Backstage Pass (Noggin),Battle of the Blades (CBC); Deal or No Deal Canada (Global TV)
Selected Awards: - 11 x CSA Award Winner for his writing and producing work on The Amazing Race Canada, 7 x Golden Screen Award winner for The Amazing Race Canada, 3 x Golden Sheaf Award Winner for The Amazing Race Canada
Senior Vice President, Executive Producer
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Current Programming: Big Brother Canada, I Do Redo and overall development.
Erin Brock has embraced her passion for storytelling at Insight for over twenty years, helming some of Canada’s highest rated reality, lifestyle & documentary series. 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 and Showrunner on the Canadian version of Big Brother (#1 Canadian Show in 18-49 demo) now heading into its 9th season, Erin has spearheaded the multi-platform ground-breaking 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 also recently helmed the original series I Do, Redo (most watched new lifestyle show) as Executive Producer and Showrunner. She also acted as Executive Producer on the COVID-19 fundraising special Canada Stronger Together (most watched Canadian non-sports show on record) that raised over 8 million dollars for Food Banks Canada. Other recent credits include Co-Executive Producer for American Beauty Star, Insight’s original format Canada Sings! and Executive Producer on Battle of The Blades (highest rated original format in Canadian history).
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.
Selected Credits - Big Brother Canada (Global), Canada Stronger Together (CTV, CBC, Global 7 Rogers), I Do, Redo (CTV & Netflix), Battle of the Blades (CBC), American Beauty Star (Lifetime), Canada Sings (Global), Canadian Idol (CTV), The Juno Awards (multiple years CBC, CTV), Music without Borders (multi-network), Open Mic with Mike Bullard (The Comedy Network), Star Racer (Discovery).
Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel
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Rahmiel oversees the company’s corporate operations, production financing and business/legal affairs. He is also heavily involved in long-term strategic planning and analyzing revenue-generating opportunities for the company. Rahmiel reports directly to CEO John Brunton.
In 2013, Rahmiel joined Insight in the role of Manager, Business and Legal Affairs. 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.
Senior Vice-President, 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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As a writer, creator and Executive Producer, John is involved in the development and production of programming in all genres, from reality and documentary to scripted series and movies. His recent feature documentary, Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind, directed by Martha Kehoe and Joan Tosoni, premiered to critical acclaim at Hot Docs 2019 where it won the Top 20 Audience Award. In 2015, his feature documentary, How To Change The World (Sky, Bell Media, Netflix) 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.
On the scripted front, John co-created and co- produced Falcon Beach, a one-hour drama series for Global Television and ABC Family which sold into 115 countries worldwide. Recent productions include Damaged, a digital thriller directed by Richard Rotter and produced in partnership with Yellow Bear Studios (T+E, Escapade Media). On his current development slate are 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), Serial City a police procedural created by Kim Clements (CSI:NY, The Black Donellys, The Shield) 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 (T+E, A&E) now in its fifth 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.
Executive Producer & Showrunner
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Current Programming: Top Chef Canada; Wall of Chefs; Big Brother Canada; various projects in development.
For more than 20 years, Eric has used his creativity and passion for telling character-driven stories on Canada’s highest-rated reality shows and documentaries. As a bilingual Executive Producer at Insight Productions, Eric helped launch and produce hits The Amazing Race Canada (the most-watched Canadian series on record), Big Brother Canada (#1 Canadian show in 18-49), and Project Runway Canada. Eric is currently the EP and showrunner on Top Chef Canada (#2 Show on Food Network Canada) which this year received three Canadian Screen Award nominations including Best Reality / Competition and is now heading into its ninth season. Most recently, Eric was the Executive Producer and showrunner on a brand new series called Wall of Chefs where he helped develop and launch the brand new prime time flagship series for Food Network Canada. 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.
Past Programming: The Amazing Race Canada (CTV), Project Runway Canada (Global); Canada’s Got Talent (Citytv), So You Think You Can Dance Canada
Director of Production
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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.
Vice-President, Legal and 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.
Vice President 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 content 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 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.