Who we are

EXECUTIVE TEAM

G. PHILIP JACKSON

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Driving the creative and commercial fusion of new content, helping the digital team develop new platform implementation of content outreach and effective transmedia, particularly in relation to it’s TV and Film productions. 

 

Starfield Indie is a privately owned organization with a diversity of producing, finance and legal talent heading the management team. The company motto is “Imagination Works”, Philip and the Starfield Indie team are in an ongoing mission to keep that vision at the tip of both creative and commercial realms. This means investing in risk, as outstanding entertainment product has rarely, if ever, come from invention-adverse management. 

 

Philip embraces producing work with an imaginative and challenging edge. So far – audiences embrace us in return.

 

About 25 full time people work on and off-site for Starfield indie in Toronto Canada, directly or by contract, another 5 people overseas. Philip encourages creative experimentation and growth from everyone from CGI Artists, to writers, and designers. 

 

Properties headlining 2017-18 include the just completed sci-fi series Starhunter REDUX (44 eps) and heading into Season 3 Starhunter Transformation (22 eps) the features Captain Reggie, Rodax, Prison Moon IO and the first season of the sci-fi drama FATman at Lightspeed.

 

Philip is also co-president of the unrelated Privately owned IMFG2 Inc (International Media Finance Group2, Inc.)

MARK PICKERING

PRESIDENT

A graduate of Cambridge and Columbia Universities, Mark Pickering is a barrister and New York attorney. Mark has practiced in London and Paris in the international copyright and entertainment fields. Sometimes working out of Toronto (Canada), Mark is based in London, UK.

 

In the 1980’s Mark was at the BBC as the music copyright adviser (budget £16 million p.a.), and subsequently promoted to manage international co-productions including BBC TV’s first foray with a Hollywood studio, Twentieth Century Fox, of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Tender is the Night (Mary Steenburgen, John Heard) a BAFTA and Cable Ace nominated success which sold in 62 countries.

 

In the 1990s as an independent producer, he specialized in award winning music documentary series including The Art of Conducting (BBC/SFB/Teldec), Royal Philharmonic Society Prize; Gramophone Award (UK), Diapason d’Or (France) “…the most fascinating programme ever made about classical music…” (The Guardian); The Art of Singing (BBC/ARTE/Warner Music/Idéale Audience).

 

From 1999 as Head of Business Development for VIDEAL GmbH, a Hamburg based media investment fund, he was responsible for co-financing some 30 US independent films which included actors such as David Caruso, William Hurt, Ray Liotta, Malcolm McDowell, Natasha McElhone, James Spader and Kiefer Sutherland. From 2003 he acted independently for VIDEAL productions while continuing to advise producers in the film, television and music fields.

 

Mark was a producer of the critically acclaimed The Magic Flute, Mozart’s opera directed by Sir Kenneth Branagh with an English libretto by Stephen Fry, premiered at the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals. It had its US theatrical release in 2013 (Emerging Pictures) also on DVD, Amazon and iTunes. (“Branagh’s “Flute” is a joy. Visually, this “Flute” is exuberant…”) Los Angeles Times.

 

Mark is an Executive Producer of the Canada/Malta co-production Saul: The Journey to Damascus, first released Easter 2014 via eONE Entertainment. He is a member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA).

RICHARD SNIDERMAN

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Toronto-based Richard Sniderman CA CFA, is President of Opal Financial Group Inc. Opal has been in VC media management since the mid 1990’s. Richard is Starfield Indie’s CFO and a principal in the company. He’s brought funding to Starfield Indie projects such as Starhunter 2300, the award-winning feature film Drop Dead Roses, the feature fiction/documentary hybrid Meltdown on the Ice Planet and the feature documentary Alien Life.

DAN D’OR

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, STARHUNTER

Daniel is a prolific Producer/Director with over 25 Feature Film and Television shows in his roster including 44 Episodes of the Sci Fi series “Starhunter” currently airing worldwide.  He recently created and produced “Fraud Squad”, a continuing TV series depicting real life fraud cases. Daniel has now focused his efforts and expertise into 3DTV production with several shows currently in production. Daniel has an outstanding record of establishing long-term, profitable media companies in North America.

DEMERISE LAFLEUR

EVP, PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT

Demerise Lafleur has managed and administered business affairs on independent production companies for two decades, and is a producer on a dozen features.

 

Demerise began in the film industry in 1987, and by  1995 she was engaged by Starfield Indie precedent company Producers Network Associates Inc. to oversee the administration of international co-production closings including Dreambreaker, 2103 The Deadly Wake, and The Cusp.

 

When PNA evolved into The Danforth Studios, Demerise became their Business Affairs manager, working with the Producers on feature films and the tri-partite co-productions including the Canada-France-UK treaty Starhunter and Starhunter 2300 scripted dramas. Demerise has joined the Starfield Indie business affairs team to assist with its new slate of titles.

LYNDA COPE

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, EUROPE

Lynda Cope is an independent producer of high quality features and top level consultant to European television. She is a graduate from Bristol University with a degree in European Literature.

 

Lynda was recruited to head up the marketing for Sky Television when they launched in the UK in 1989. Subsequently, she moved to Paris as a consultant to long-established broadcast giant TF1 when they set up their pan-European channel, in order to spearhead their European development and marketing.

 

Upon relocating back to London, Lynda set up a consultancy, A&C Associates, specializing in the launch of television channels across Europe, as well as handling strategy, business development, distribution and negotiation for existing channels.

 

In 2001 Lynda founded Accolade Films, a production company specializing in the development and financing of feature films and television programs. Lynda has exemplary relationships with companies across Europe and in South Africa, Canada and the USA.

DRAGO HASNAS

EVP, FINANCE

Graduating in 1971 with an Electronics Technology degree, Drago went to work at Stelco for two years before purchasing a Lawn-A-Mat franchise, which later merged with the head office to sell and train franchisees. He used this priceless entrepreneurial insight to shepherd and finance  other small companies through the Ontario Small Business Development Corporation, becoming one of the largest implementers of this program.

 

When the program ended he – with the targeted businesses – moved on to partner with his father, creating the Emerald Lake RV Resort and Water Park, which they built over 25 years into one of the highest rated private parks… 5/5 by Woodalls.

 

He still assists with the development of  small businesses, often being the General Partner of funding partnerships. His experience and acumen make Starfield fortunate to have him aboard.

GAYE HARDIMAN

DIRECTOR OF MEDIA & COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Gaye is a business generalist and a people specialist, whose spark and drive empowers those around her. Known for her ability to connect art with commerce, she’s also personally famous for having the energy of a small sun.   

 

After 15 years of working as a business and HR consultant, Gaye Hardiman returns to the Film and Television industry with renewed passion and drive, fuelled by her lifelong dedication to culture. As an Entertainment Producer at Ontario Pavilion Expo ‘86 – learning everything about people, pianos and politicians –  the sweep of her career encompasses the high and low moments of a tumultuous industry, and she is at Starfield Indie to apply these lessons and strengthen our team from the foundation up.

 

Although Gaye loves film – Indie Films in particular – her incurable bone-deep all-motivating passion is Jazz. She started young, dancing on her dad’s feet to Sinatra and Duke Ellington… so if there’s a budding David Sanborn or Alain Caron out there who can afford her, she’s open to offers.

 

Her energy is infectious, and her drive propels those around her to do more, while bringing respectability and responsibility to this tribe of weirdo talents. Her resume is punctuated by legendary characters and events: The Just for Laughs Festival, Nick Park (Wallace & Gromit),  Bureau International des Expositions, and now she helps steer Starfield in that same direction.

Henry Lam photo

HENRY LAM

EXECUTIVE CONSULTANT, FINANCE

Henry Lam is based out of Hong Kong. His involvement in the finance sector began in 1995 when he joined Asia Securities Group. He cut his teeth under the personal mentorship of respected trader Peter Mou.

 

In late 1998, Henry Lam established his own Hong Kong-based private investment consultancy for select clientele.

 

This move meshed well with Henry’s personal knowledge of North America, and his long standing knowledge of international film and TV dealings.

 

Henry’s focus is on developing Western/Asian co-investment and co-production opportunities. He was in the past a consultant for diverse film companies including Toronto-based SpaceWorks Entertainment and FAST Motion Media.

 

Henry advised with respect to Pacific Rim equity finance in production and pre-buys for the Starhunter series. Henry represents Starfield on VC, co-production and brand placement opportunities in the region and represents Starfield’s broader interests in important regional markets such as the Hong Kong Film Market and MIP Asia.