Meet the Team: Bios
The March Entertainment team consists of a vibrant blend of technical, creative and business talent that has helped us evolve from our beginnings on the Internet, to become an acclaimed producer of multimedia for worldwide audiences.
Here are just some of the people who help make March Entertainment what it is.
As CEO, founder and board member at March Entertainment, Dan and his team produce animated series, movies and games for TV, Internet and mobile platforms. Dan holds an Honours Management Information Systems degree from the University of Ottawa, Canada. He began his career as a software engineer at Nortel before moving on to become a serial Internet entrepreneur by day and struggling creative soul by night. In 2002, Dan founded March Entertainment and since then has created and/or produced a vast slate of TV series, movies and interactive properties. Highlights include Chilly Beach, Yam Roll, Dex Hamilton, Pet Squad and Mia and Me.
A native of Ottawa, Ontario, Doug is March Entertainment's head writer and also oversees the animation/production process of many of its shows. Doug has a BFA in film from York University and has been creating leading-edge online apps and content since the early days of the Internet. Doug's love of new technology and his background in film and television have enabled him to apply the same high-quality standards of storytelling used on TV to the web. Doug is the co-creator and head writer of Chilly Beach and numerous other series.
Jim brings almost 20 years' experience in the media and entertainment industry to his role as Chief Financial Officer. Jim started his career in KPMG's media and entertainment division, followed by senior financial positions at Norstar Filmed Entertainment, Protocol Entertainment and Live Nation. He has been a production executive on over $80M of both domestic and international projects and was involved in over $100M of financing in the media industry. Jim is a CA and recently completed the advanced stage of CICA's Corporate Finance Qualification.
As General Manager, Northern Operations, Barry oversees all business activities in our Sudbury studio. After joining March Entertainment in 2007 as "Chief Web Dude," Barry soon established himself as a people-oriented leader, well-versed in the business, technical, and creative sides of March Entertainment's various new media projects. A Sudbury, Ontario native, Barry has more than 18 years of experience in technology engineering, analysis and development. He holds honours degrees in both Commerce and Computer Science from Laurentian University, as well as a diploma in Computing and Information Systems from Cambrian College.
As CMO and board member, Peter offers 25 years of experience as an executive in the Canadian technology, telecom and media industries, specializing in defining and launching major new technology-based market initiatives. In a consulting capacity, Peter has helped several digital content-oriented technology firms define their go-to-market strategies and operating processes, including Claystone, Polar Mobile and Canada Post for their launch of ePost. He was most recently Vice President of Professional Services at Sigma Systems Inc., a leader in enterprise software solutions for cable companies worldwide. Peter has also worked at AT&T, Nortel Networks and Alcatel in a variety of senior management roles. He holds an M.B.A. specializing in Marketing and Information Systems, and a Bachelor Science degree, both from McGill University.
After her first projects in the animation industry with Sullivan Animation and Nelvana Inc., Laura moved to Berlin, Germany, to work with Hahn Film on the 2D animated feature Happily N’ever After. After a short break at Berliner Film Companie, co-ordinating on the TV series Boom Crew and Sherm and later on the 3D feature film of Happily N’ever After, she returned to Hahn Film as Production Manager for the TV series School for Vampires. Laura currently works at March Entertainment as the head line producer for the live action/3D animated hybrid series Mia and Me.
Mike Drach is a talented writer and developer originally from North York, Ontario. He has worked closely with the March Entertainment team for more than seven years, eventually joining as an in-house creative writer, editor and script consultant. He has written scripts for several productions including Yam Roll, Chilly Beach, Uncle Joe's Cartoon Playhouse, Maple Shorts!, G2G, Mia and Me, as well as various online and new media productions. Since joining, he has taken the role of Marketing and Development Manager, supporting the day-to-day functions of March Entertainment's branding and marketing initiatives while helping to develop new assets.
With over 15 years of professional experience, Mahsa combines an artistic vision and knowledge of pipeline efficiencies to keep things moving. As CG Supervisor with an emphasis on art direction and lighting and compositing, she has worked at a number of renowned animation studios on feature films and award-winning television projects. Mahsa graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Tehran University after placing third in Iran's highly competitive Concours university entrance exam, ahead of more than a million applicants. From there, she went on to receive a diploma in Technical Direction from Sheridan College.
Born in Nairobi, Kenya and a resident of Toronto, Canada, Anushie Mahavitane attends to every detail of March Entertainment's varied slate of animated productions. Anushie has been at March for almost five years, where she began as a Production Coordinator before graduating to her current position of Production Manager. Anushie is a graduate of Ryerson University's Radio and Television Arts program, Anushie earned her stripes as a Production Assistant and Production Coordinator at Deveaux Babin Productions and White Hat Productions before joining March Entertainment.
Chris formed Hawes Partners in 2006 after more than six years at Ray & Berndtson Executive Search. While there, Chris assisted in building senior management teams in the public, technology, manufacturing and energy sectors. An entrepreneur and creative talent, Chris became sole owner and operator of a film and television production company with full ownership of a Yuk Yuk's Comedy Club, as well as a concert promotion company. Chris is a provincially recognized Mediator, accredited from University of Windsor Law School in civil litigation. He has been a board member of several companies and is a strong community contributor, donating his time to numerous charitable causes. Chris is also a frequent lecturer at Carleton University.
Sir Terence Matthews
Sir Terence Matthews is Chairman of Mitel Networks and March Networks, two companies active in developing Internet Protocol systems for enterprise applications. Prior to joining March Networks, he served as CEO and Chairman of Newbridge Networks Corporation, a company he founded in 1986. Providing leadership and vision for 14 years, Terry helped Newbridge become a leader in the worldwide data networking industry. Terry is also the founder of Celtic House Venture Partners, an early stage technology venture capital firm. In addition, Terry serves on the board of directors for a number of high technology companies and is Chairman of Convedia Corporation, Bridgewater Systems and DragonWave. Terry holds an honours degree in electronics from the University of Wales, Swansea and is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical Engineers and of the Royal Academy of Engineering. In 1994, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire, and in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2001, he was awarded a Knighthood.
Over his 40-year career in corporate finance, George’s experience includes starting up merchant banking organizations, investment banking boutique firms, private equity and mezzanine debt funds. A high-tech visionary and angel investor, George helped to build Westwind Partners Inc., a Canadian investment banking firm, which was acquired in 2008 by Thomas Weisel Partners Group, Inc. Previously George has served as Managing Director at National Bank Financial and First Marathon for eight years, during which he was responsible for equity underwriting, debt and equity private placements, M&A and corporate finance advisory work. Prior to National Bank Financial his career encompassed merchant banking at First City Capital, mid-market and mezzanine financing as a Partner at Commercial Capital and corporate banking at Mercantile Bank of Canada.
Catherine’s career in the film and television business spans more than 25 years and includes leadership in the independent film industry as well as in film and television financing and public company management. She serves as President and Founding Partner of Duopoly Inc. Catherine also co-founded iThentic USA, Inc. in 2006 and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. At Duopoly, she has executive produced a number of television programs including March Entertainment’s Chilly Beach and Yam Roll.
As an Executive Vice President at Wesley Clover, Andrew currently manages a portfolio of ICT and Digital Media companies globally. In addition, he also acts as a business prime for the Wesley Clover affiliate program. Andrew connects teams of new graduates with tier one Network Operator, Service Provider and Communications Equipment Manufactures globally. Andrew serves on the Board of Directors for March Entertainment, Benbria and Teldio Corporations. He is also a member of the Advisory board for the Canadian Digital Media Network and the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Information and Communications Technologies.
After studying Anthropology at Carleton University in Ottawa, Trevor attended the New York Film Academy where he graduated in 2002. It wasn't long before his passion for film enticed Trevor to team up with Jon Knautz and Patrick White to form Brookstreet Pictures Corp., where he serves as CEO. Trevor is the son of technology magnate Sir Terence Matthews. Trevor's business acumen was, in part, seasoned through his involvement with various "Matthews" business holdings including March Networks and the venture capital firm Wesley Clover Corporation.