Andrew Williamson, Executive Producer
Andrew Williamson is a seasoned producer and director who started Off Island in 1999 to create content with purpose. He produced GASTOWN GAMBLE for OWN Canada, and executive produced the critically acclaimed docu-series EMERGENCY ROOM: LIFE AND DEATH AT VGH for Knowledge Network/Discovery. Williamson’s previous projects include HIGH MOON, a pilot co-venture with Universal Cable Productions and Executive Producer Bryan Fuller, SK8 LIFE which premiered at the Sundance International Film Festival and his thirteen-part webseries YUKONIC which launched in New York’s Times Square.
Karen McClellan, Executive Producer
Karen McClellan is Co-Showrunner and Executive Producer on THE NEXT STEP, Family Channel’s number one-rated series and International hit. Prior to joining The Next Step, Karen was the Supervising Producer and writer on THE OTHER KINGDOM, an enchanting fairy series on Family and Nickelodeon. Her other credits cover an array of drama and comedy, including award-winning series CRACKED, BEING ERICA, and ROBSON ARMS. She has developed several one-hour and half-hour shows for CTV, Shaw Media, and Family Channel. Karen has been nominated for a Writers Guild of Canada award for her work on TOTALLY AMP’D, a cross-platform series for Smokebomb Entertainment that launched on YTV.com. She holds a MFA from The American Film Institute and is an alumna of the Canadian Film Centre.
Lisa Purdy, Co-Producer
A media professional experienced in creative development, funding, production, broadcast, digital, business development, marketing and content distribution, Lisa has played a leadership role over her 25+ years in media in Canada. She founded Notio Media in 2017 to produce and consult on digital media projects. Formerly Director of Knowledge Kids, part of British Columbia’s Knowledge Network, and the Director of BBC Kids, a national specialty channel, Lisa has also worked for CBC Television and the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
Lisa holds a BA in English and Film Studies and has completed Marketing Management through the UBC Sauder School of Business.
Jill Carter, Director
Jill Carter was born in Saint John, New Brunswick, and has an extensive background as a script supervisor along with a keen interest in all forms of the arts. She is interested in uniting people of all ages through thoughtful universal experiences. Carter’s first short film as director, MOMENT (2006), screened at festivals around the world. Following two more successful short films, NINETY-ONE (2010) and LITTLE LARRY (2011), which was nominated for a Directors Guild of Canada Award, she has gone on to direct episodes of such television shows as the CW’s BEAUTY & THE BEAST and CBC’s MURDOCH MYSTERIES and Global’s PRIVATE EYES. Jill recently completed directing a 7 episode dramatic web-series SPIRAL for Telus, which will be released in September.
Jill participated in the incubator program run by the Toronto International Film Festival TIFF STUDIO 2016 and has a number of film and television projects in various stages of development.
Simon Schneider, Cinematographer
Simon Schneider is an award winning Director and Cinematographer with over 13 years of experience in television production and documentary. Working beside some of the most prominent names in the business, like Academy-award winning director, Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth) and VP of Documentaries for Discovery Network (formerly HBO executive), John Hoffman, Simon has earned a reputation as a visually, creative leader that connects well with both his documentary subjects and crew alike. He has recently wrapped production on SPIRAL as Director of Photography.
Simon’s work has been featured on major networks and at festivals around the world. Last year, Simon won a Leo Award for Best Cinematography in a Documentary for his work on the feature documentary HADWIN’s JUDGEMENT (NFB, Passion Pictures, True West Films). He has two nominations for Best Photography at the Canadian Screen Awards (2016, 2014) and was recipient of the Astral Media Emerging Filmmaker DocU Scholarship in 2008. Presently, Simon is DP on NBCUniversal’s new serialized, true-crime docu-series, REASONABLE DOUBT. Previously, he was DP/Producer/Camera Operator on Discovery’s new flagship, medical docu-series (3 x 120min) FIRST IN HUMAN:THE TRIALS OF BUILDING 10, narrated by Jim Parsons and Series Director and DP for History Channel Canada’s hit documentary series, YUKON GOLD.
Simon has a BSc in Biology from the University of Victoria and a MFA in Science and Natural History Filmmaking from Montana State University.
Alec MacNeill Richardson, Editor
Alec MacNeill Richardson has worked as an editor and director in unscripted TV for the past 10 years. Highlights include editing 4 seasons of EAT ST, 2 season of the Canadian version of FIRST DATES and directing the unpredictable but always entertaining Jeff Schwartz in the LIQUIDATOR. He is happy to back in the scripted world having just recently finished editing this awesome web series.
While he waits for the green light on season 2 of SPIRAL, he is currently developing his own web series and co-writing the quintessential Canadian horror feature script.
Annelise Larson, Transmedia Producer
Annelise comes from a background as an independent producer, with training at UBC, the Canadian Film Centre and Banff Centre for the Arts. Since 1995 she has been working in the field of digital marketing and works extensively with government organizations and production companies in the media sector. She sits on juries like the CMF Experimental Stream, teaches across the country on behalf of such organizations as Telefilm, the Canadian Film Centre, Women in Film and the National Screen Institute, and is a highly sought-after speaker for media festivals and conferences. She has developed, implemented and analyzed digital strategies for TV and web series, feature films, documentaries and more, including working for five years as the Digital Production Manager for APTN’s hit documentary series THE OTHER SIDE.