Storytellers

 

About Us

Infinity Films covers the spectrum from features and documentaries to television comedy, drama and variety. But whatever form a production may take, we are first and foremost storytellers. We are a writers’ company, always beginning with a singular dedication to compelling scripts then following through with the vision of outstanding directors, cinematographers, designers, and editors to produce the high-quality entertainment for which we have become renowned.

Since 1996 Infinity Films has been an award-winning producer of documentary, dramatic and variety television for Canadian broadcasters including CBC, CTV, Global, History Television, Bravo!, W Network, Discovery as well as international broadcasters such as BBC in Britain; ZDF in Germany; ABC in Australia and many, many more.  Infinity Films also produces non-broadcast film and video work for corporate and industrial clients, government and charities.

Driven by its partners Shel Piercy, Dan Carriere and Cynthia Chapman, Infinity Films is dedicated to the quality presentation of compelling stories. This dynamic company has shaped its own destiny for more than 20 years by combining passion and practicality with a keen sense of story, budget and international appeal.

SHEL PIERCY PARTNER

  • For over 30 years, Shel has been writing, directing, and producing in a wide variety of formats: theatrical plays and musicals, television series and specials, documentaries and features. He has directed over 50 theatrical or musical theatre projects, including acclaimed Canadian productions of Oliver! Oklahoma! Grease, Jesus Christ Superstar, Annie Get Your Gun and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. In 2011 he directed the acclaimed production of Bye Bye Birdie for Theatre Under the Stars. He was a Production Supervisor for the ceremonies at EXPO 86 which included two Royal Visits, the Opening Ceremonies and over 90 National and Special Day Ceremonies in the Plaza of Nations. He was also the Production Stage Manager of the Closing Ceremonies.Recently he was part of the creative team for the Ceremonies at BC Place Stadium for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games including the Opening and Closing Ceremonies as an Associate Director and Broadcast Liaison. This past November he wrote and directed the 2011 Grey Cup Gala in the Vancouver Convention Centre and the Gibson’s Finest CFL Player Awards for TSN.Shel has produced, directed or written over 300 hours of television beginning with over 360 episodes of the daytime drama series Secret Lives (CTV/Fox Television) and 26 episodes of the youth drama series Tough to Be Young (YTV). Shel wrote, produced, and directed Global Television’s annual Show of Hearts Telethon from 1993-1999 which starred (among others) Ray Charles, Bob McGrath, David Foster, Sarah McLachlan and Blondie.As his reputation for delivering strong, emotional material grew he moved into the documentary world, writing and directing the historical documentaries Leo’s Journey: The Story of the Mengele Twins (narrated by Christopher Plummer) Guinea Pig Club and Love & Duty: Canadian Red Cross Women in WWII (narrated by Catherine O’Hara). His investigative documentary Ben Johnson, Drugs & the Quest for Gold (narrated by Kiefer Sutherland) received a Gemini Award for excellence in Canadian television as well as a New York Festivals Gold Medal Award. His work in televised performing arts includes The Swinging Nutcracker starring Jeff Hyslop, World Christmas featuring Jon Washburn’s Vancouver Chamber Choir, Tell It On the Mountain starring Marcus Mosely and Chasing the Tango High, shot in Argentina for Bravo Television. Shel also wrote and directed 46 episodes of the variety arts series The Jim Byrnes Show (CTV, Bravo) and directed 6 episodes of the Improv Comedy Games (CBC) in which “…live performance was captured with an energy rarely found on television (Globe and Mail)”.He created and directed the international television Dawn Wells Reel Adventures and wrote and directed the critically acclaimed television special A Christmas Wish starring Lindsay Wagner and Sara’s Story documenting the last two years of the life of a young actress diagnosed with cancer. This past year he was a production consultant for CBC’s reality show Village on a Diet for Force Four Productions Ltd, History Television’s Dust Up for Paperny Films Ltd and OLN/Discovery International’s Saw Dogs for Buck Productions Ltd in Toronto. He also produced and directed a 13 episode first season of the magazine show Shifting Gears for The Cave in Canadaand international distribution.In 2007 he wrote and directed the feature film Almost Heaven for which he was nominated for Writers’ Guild of Canada Screenwriting Award.He is a partner with Infinity Filmed Entertainment Group Ltd which has been producing for film, television and live events since 1994. Shel was the showrunner on three seasons of W Network’s  hit series Love It or List It Vancouver a spin-off of the hit series Love It or List It. The show airs on HGTV in the U.S. as Love It or List It, Too.
  • DAN CARRIERE PARTNER

    • For the past two decades, Dan Carriere, has made his mark financing, developing and selling small- and medium-capitalized companies, both public and private, in the United States and Canada. Carriere has built his career by recognizing and developing high-potential companies in need of a sensible growth strategy and capable management. He was a founding partner and Senior Vice President of Corriente Resources, a natural-resources and commodities exploration firm that sold for $700 million, and a founder and director of ID Biomedical, a vaccine manufacturer that he helped transform from a tiny concern (its market capitalization was just $3 million when it went public in 1991) to an industry leader acquired for $1.7 billion by GlaxoSmithKline in 2005.Dan’s most recent film projects as an Executive Producer include the feature length documentary exposing the truth behind violence in hockey, Unspoken Rules, the feature film Almost Heaven the passionate documentary Chasing the Tango High, the biographical documentary Comedic Genius: The Work of Bernard Slade, the historical documentaries Guinea Pig Club, Love & Duty: Canadian Red Cross Women in WWII and Leo’s Journey: The Story of the Mengele Twins. He was Executive Producer on the performing arts special The Swinging Nutcracker, the television documentary Sara’s Story and the comedy series Improv Comedy Games. Other projects include A Christmas Wish, the international lifestyle series Dawn Wells Reel Adventures, Sharing the Music, Dreamseekers and The Jim Byrnes Show.
  • CYNTHIA CHAPMAN VICE-PRESIDENT OF PRODUCTION

    • Cynthia is an award-winning producer who brings two decades of high-level production experience to the industry. She has produced feature films (Almost Heaven, Unnatural and Accidental, Pink Ludoos), television drama and comedy series (The Guard, About a Girl, Alienated, The Debators, Improv Comedy Games), documentary films (Guinea Pig Club, Chasing the Tango High) and multi-camera performance art specials (Swinging Nutcracker, World Christmas, Tell It on the Mountain).After graduating from the Television Production Program at the British Columbia Institute of Technology, Cynthia Chapman blazed a trail through many facets of the film and television industry. As well as her producing experience she has filled a variety of production roles including line producer, unit manager, production coordinator, script supervisor and talent coordinator.As the Vice President of Production at Infinity Films and then the Vice President of Physical Production at Brightlights Pictures, Cynthia produced over three hundred hours of Canadian content television and film production including two international co-productions and the films, Severed, Johnny Tootall, Marker and Cable Beach and the lifestyle series Dawn Wells Reel Adventures. She also line produced Gunless and They Wait and the documentaries Comedic Genius, Love & Duty, and Leo’s Journey.Other selected credits include producing the CBC comedy pilot Memory Lanes, production co-ordination of 44 episodes of The Outer Limits (Seasons 3 & 4), as well as Prince of Mirrors-The Rich Donato Story (Showtime), Five Desperate Hours (NBC), the television movie Halfback of Notre Dame (Showtime).Cynthia was recently the Chair of the Canadian Media Production Association (BC Branch) Industrial Relations Committee. She participated as a member of the bargaining committee negotiation of the ACFC, DGC, UBCP/SAG and the IATSE Joint Council. She is an expert on producing international co-productions after her work in over eight countries around the world.Cynthia was the line producer on three seasons of Love It or List It Vancouver, a spinoff of the hit series Love It or List It. She is currently line producing a documentary for CBC called “Life is a Highway” to be aired in 2018.
  • THERESA PIERCY DEVELOPMENT PRODUCER

    • Theresa Piercy was born in Vancouver, B.C. and spent many of her formative years tagging along with her Dad to rehearsals, cast parties and performances. Although she studied history at UBC, it became clear that her dreams were more cinematic than academic in nature. In 1996 she packed her bags for Montréal to pursue a degree in one of Canada’s top-ranked film programs at Concordia University.Upon graduation in 1998, Theresa went on to discuss film theory with Robert Altman, hang out in Hawaii with Lauren Bacall and share an elevator with William Hurt while making a lot of coffee and photocopies along the way.After completing a stint in postproduction at Vision Globale, Theresa teamed up with producer Francine Allaire at Galafilm. In their four years together they made no less than 3 TV movies, 5 documentaries and 3 features including Steel Toes starring David Strathairn, Theresa’s first producer credit.In 2006 she joined the team at Cirrus Communications and thanks to colleague Pierre Even (C.R.A.Z.Y.) she earned her second producer credit for the feature Hank and Mike. She was fortunate to also work alongside producers André Béraud and Josée Vallée in Cirrus’ active television department, where she received her first TV movie producer credit on the Quebec-New Brunswick co-production Sticks and Stones.In 2007 Theresa stepped away from Cirrus to work on a very important, long term project of her own: a baby! When it was time to go back to work in 2008, she jumped at an opportunity to work with feature producer Barbara Shrier (Mémoires affectives, Un été sans point ni coup sûr) at Palomar.Theresa took on postproduction supervision of the Belgium co-production Un ange à la mer (Angel at Sea) and in 2010 went on to earn her third producer credit on Tara Johns’ feature The Year Dolly Parton Was My Mom.After baby #2 was born in 2011, Theresa decided to take a chance on the freelance world and has been happily self-employed ever since.  Theresa is currently heads the Infinity Films Eastern Branch, located just outside of Montreal. She enjoys writing and directing Infinity’s corporate video projects for clients such as The Vancouver Resource Society and Coast Mental Health and working on projects in development. She recently wrote and directed the company’s first virtual reality project for Orlando’s Titanic: The Experience.

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