Kirk has produced over 230 movies, becoming North America’s second most prolific film producer in history. Best known for his production packaging and financing prowess, over his 30-year career Kirk has contributed his talents to many U.S. television series and feature films, including the Oscar winning, “The Hurt Locker.” Kirk has worked with all major studios, plus notable stars such as Charlize Theron, John Travolta, Woody Harrelson, Kim Basinger, John Cusack, Ray Liotta, Nicolas Cage, Thomas Jane and Cuba Gooding Jr. As CEO of WONDERFILM, Kirk remains on the cutting edge of industry trends, actively shaping WONDERFILM’s financing and production-packaging model to meet the demands of a fast-changing industry.
Dennis Nerland, QC, LLB, ICD.D
Dennis is a lawyer and has been a partner with the law firm Shea Nerland LLP since 1990, specializing in the areas of tax and trust law. Mr. Nerland is a current and past director of a number of private investment companies, a number of private operating companies, and a number of public companies listed on the TSX Venture and the Toronto Stock Exchange. Mr. Nerland has a Juris Doctor from the University of Calgary, a Master of Arts (Economics) from Carleton University, and a Bachelor of Science (Economics and Mathematics) from the University of Calgary. Mr. Nerland is a member of the Law Society of Alberta. Mr. Nerland has completed the Rotman / Haskayne Directors Education Program and achieved the designation of Institute-certified Director (ICD.D) from the Institute of Corporate Directors in 2011.
Norm been financing, operating and investing in technology, media, biotechnology, and high-growth companies for over 25 years. He began his career at KPMG and has since been involved in divestitures, movie financing, structured financings, IPOs, RTOs, CPCs and restructuring. He has been involved with financings and transactions in excess of $4 billion. He has a BSc in Biology and MSc in Bio-resource Engineering from UBC andi is also a CPA/CA. Norm is also the Executive Vice President and Director for WONDERFILM.
Rob Straight is a highly reputed Senior Executive and Advisor with more than 41 years of success spanning entertainment, media, film, TV, and publishing. Leveraging extensive experience in strategic leadership for sales-focused organizations, Rob is a valuable asset for companies requiring expert assistance with growth and direction or exploring and expanding markets. His broad areas of expertise include sourcing and identifying demand, management, team building, international relations, maximizing returns and margins, achieving goals, and executing strategy.
Rob holds a BBA in Marketing from the University of British Columbia. As an experienced board member, Rob has held positions on the boards of Horizon Motion Pictures and the Save Desolation Sound Society.