Producer, Vanessa Dylyn: MATTER of FACT MEDIA

A successful producer of award-winning high-concept films, Vanessa’s credits include The Musical Brain 1 x 60 for CTV and National Geographic International. Featuring Sting and other stars like Feist, Michael Buble and Wyclef Jean, this Gemini-winning film was a thrilling revolutionary investigation into how the brain reveals why music is so important to us.

Her new projects includes international co-productions: The Woman Who Joined the Taliban, for the CBC; Into the Inferno, a Werner Herzog documentary about man’s relationship with volcanoes developed with documentary channel, for Netflix; The Divided Brain for Super Channel, a project with the renowned psychiatrist Dr. Iain McGilchrist, author of The Master and His Emissary; and I’ll Love You When You’re a Star – a feature arts documentary on the career of Leslie Caron, star of An American in Paris, for ARTE and TVO. New films in pre-production include Undercover Jihadi, the true story of Mubin Shaikh, a reformed Jihadi whose court testimony sent eleven Jihadists to prison, for TVO.

Also, she is developing Did Marco Polo Reach America? An international co-pro with France.

She is developing a dramatic mini-series, Charles Dickens and the House of Fallen Women, exec-produced by Muse Entertainment.

Among her recent projects is The Mystery of San Nicandro, an HD feature-length film for CBC’s Documentary channel about a story of mass conversion to Judaism in Italy. Vanessa’s documentary Fixing My Brain, the story of Barbara Arrowsmith who re-wired her own brain, was one of the highest-rated films in the history of CBC’s strand The Lens. Other credits include development producer on the ARTE documentary Prokofiev: The Unfinished Diary, winner of the prestigious Czech Crystal Award at the Golden Prague Festival in 2009.

Other producing credits include: the documentary, Made in Canada: the Italian Way on the Italo-Canadian entrepreneurial spirit for OMNI Television.

Previous to her television career, Vanessa was an actor and theatre producer who adapted works for the stage, including several novels of the Booker Prize winner, Julian Barnes.

Vanessa holds graduate degrees from the University of Toronto and is fluent in Italian and French.

Michael Ghent: Head of Development

Michael has nearly twenty years of experience in the film and television industry, including five years as a Production Executive for CanWest Global Broadcasting (now Shaw Media). During his career, he has been part of over 500 hours of factual, digital, scripted, general entertainment, true crime, current affairs, documentary and lifestyle content for a variety of Canadian and international networks. His credits include Executive In Charge of Production, Producer, Story Producer, Writer, Researcher and Development Consultant. He won a Gemini in 2007 for Best Documentary Series Global Currents.

Long active in the media community, Michael was the Creative Director of the Vancouver International Film Festival’s Film and TV Forum for the 2009 season, a Canadian Images programmer for the VIFF, Festival Director for Moving Pictures; Canadian Films on Tour and a publicist for the NFB/ONF.

He has served on the board of directors for the Whistler Film Festival Society, represented Executives on the board of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television and continues to advise The Forum. Michael is a programming consultant for international films at the VIFF.

He is currently on the Board of Directors for the Compassionate Eye Foundation.

Andrew Edmonds: Production Coordinator

Andrew Edmonds joined Matter of Fact Media Inc. in 2014. He studied at the University of Edinburgh, receiving a MSc in Film Studies in 2010. He also holds a degree in Film & Media from Queen’s University.

Andrew has worked at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival (2014), DHX Media (2012-13), and at the Canadian Film Centre’s Worldwide Short Film Festival (2010-2012).