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Unity Pictures Group Inc.


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Unity Pictures Group Inc.


Unity Pictures is a globally recognized Vancouver-based production, finance and distribution company whose main focus is to create high quality, engaging and entertaining film and television for the domestic and international market.

 

Ron French

President & CEO / Executive Producer

One of Canada's most prolific television producers, Ron French has worked with every major Hollywood studio - Fox, NBC Universal, Warner Bros., MGM and Disney. A graduate of the Wilfred Laurier University, Mr. French has spent his entire career in the film and television industry as a producer and before that as a production manager and assistant director. Ron has wrapped the first season of "Shut Eye" for Hulu, "Fear the Walking Dead" for AMC, a fourth season of “The Killing” for Netflix, "Wayward Pines" for FOX, and "The Whispers" for ABC. Founded by Mr. French in 2009, Unity Pictures develops, finances and produces TV series and MOW's such as Hallmark Channel's first scripted television series, the family-friendly “Cedar Cove” on which Ron serves as Executive Producer. Ron’s other notable credits include “Defying Gravity”, “Battlestar Galactica”, “Underfunded” and “Stargate SG1”. 

 

STEPHEN HARMATY

VICE PRESIDENT / EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Stephen Harmaty is responsible for all development and business affairs activities at Unity Pictures, which includes acquiring, developing, packaging and securing financing for the company's growing slate of feature film and television projects for Canadian, US and international partners. Over the last 11 years, he has applied his experience in development, production, business affairs, financing, and Canadian content to more than 35 completed TV and feature film projects for production and broadcast partners including ABC, Lifetime, Hallmark Channel, CTV, Space, ProSieben, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (US), CBC, OLN/Rogers Media, The Comedy Network, W Network/Corus Entertainment, HGTV, Movie Central/Corus Entertainment, ACI and PorchLight Entertainment. Stephen is Executive Producer of Hallmark Channel’s first scripted series, “Cedar Cove” which wrapped its third season. Stephen received a B.A. (Hons.) in English from McGill University.

 

Craig Forrest

Head of Production

Craig was Co-Producer of Defying Gravity as well as Joy Ride 2 and Mr Troop Mom. He has many credits as a Production Manager on a variety of shows including Dr. Dolittle 2 , 3 and 4, Slap Shot 2, Underfunded, and Wrong Turn 2. A graduate from the Trinity College in London, England in 1984 with an A.T.C.L. Teaching Diploma in Drama, he followed that up in 1988 with a B.F.A. in Film Production from York University Film School in Toronto, Ontario. Mr. Forrest began his career as a Location Manager for such companies as: Turner Entertainment, TNT, FOX, Paramount Studios, UPN, Lifetime, ABC, NBC, Cannell Films and CBS. His experience in locations lead to the creation of Location Inc., an online scouting and location management service for the commercial sector, that is now being used by the film and television industry. As an experienced Production Manager, Craig has worked with Universal Studios, USA Network, ABC Television, VH1, Warner Brothers, and 20th Century Fox Television.

 

Annie Storey

Production Finance

Annie is a chartered professional accountant with over 15 years of experience in the entertainment industry and as a result has acquired extensive knowledge of the various tax credit programs.  She works closely with the production team to ensure available tax credits are maximized and is involved in all aspects of production from the budgeting stage, to production financing, to monitoring cash flow and monitoring day to day production accounting, through to final tax credit claims and audit.

In her past life, Annie spent over 25 years in public practice, the most recent as an audit partner at a large national public accounting firm. She has also held teaching positions with BCIT and CPA Canada, and currently sits on the board of a large non-profit focused on providing emergency services to the disadvantaged.

 

Hannah Lenahan

Business Affairs & Development MANAGER

Hannah is responsible for coordinating all aspects of business affairs for current productions and managing the development of the company's growing slate of feature film and television projects for Canadian, US and international partners. She also heads up Unity Pictures social and new media projects.

 

Cedar Cove, Shut Eye, Imaginary Mary, Fear the Walking Dead, Wayward Pines, The Killing, Battlestar Galactica, The X-Files, Dark Angel, Stargate SG-1: just a few of the productions in which Ron French and the Unity Pictures Group team have held senior management positions. Our expertise is extensive and we offer talent in all areas of project development, production and distribution.