André Picards 1996 appointment as President of the Canadian Drama Unit (formerly SDA Productions) and the Large Format Film Unit for Motion International puts him at the helm of one of Quebecs most dynamic production companies.
André Picards distinguished career in the film and television industry began 18 years ago. A graduate of Harvard University with a degree in Economics and Pure Mathematics, he worked at Télé-Québec (then Radio-Québec) from 1979 to 1983, demonstrating outstanding acumen in management and strategic planning. He actively participated in the financial, human and technical reorganization of the corporation at the programming and production levels.
Mr. Picard first acquired his knowledge of international markets while at Téléfilm Canada, from 1983 to 1986. As Director of the Broadcast Fund, he was in charge of the financing of independent television production. As Vice President and Director of Operations, he was in charge of all production, distribution and marketing investment programs and international co-production agreements.
From 1986 to 1988, he was VP of programming for Télévision Quatre Saisons. With his revamping of their schedule, he successfully launched the network into the ranks of the major players in Québec by tripling its market share.
IMAX® Corporation in Toronto called on him in 1988 with a view to revitalizing its film operations. As Vice-President, Film and Executive Producer, he was in charge of financing, production, distribution and marketing for all IMAX® films, developing co-productions and strategic alliances, notably with the Asian market (Japan, Korea) and the National Geographic Society. He also produced eight ground-breaking films including: Fires of Kuwait, nominated for an Academy Award; Rolling Stones at the Max and Titanica, the first feature length IMAX® films; Mountain Gorilla and Asteroid Adventure, the first IMAX® HD simulation ride film.
From 1992 until recently, André Picard served as CEO and Vice-President, International for the Paris office of the Groupe Rozon (Just for Laughs). Always on the lookout for new concepts, he produced Cinéma Avenue, a large-scale multimedia exhibition in Tokyo.
André Picard served as President of the Quebec Film and Television Producers Association for two mandates (1997-1999). He is a Governor of the Banff Television Festival and Secretary General of the International Center of Films for Children and Young People.
Following a background in the advertising and the music industries in the UK, and a ten year spell as a writer/producer in Los Angeles, Peter Wagg joined Cirque du Soleil in the spring of 1997, and as Managing Director launched Cirque du Soleil Images, the audiovisual/multimedia division of the company.
Since then, Peter has executive produced the film and soundtrack album for the motion picture, Alegria; produced and co-wrote, with Steve Roberts, Cirque du Soleil Journey of Man, and delivered a prime time television special of Quidam .
Before joining Cirque, Mr. Wagg was responsible for over 200 hours of network, cable and syndicated television in America, including the widely acclaimed media hero, Max Headroom.
Peter Wagg has received over 50 international awards and is a member of the Writers Guild of America and British Academy of Film and Television Art.
Antoine Compin and Charis Horton have worked as a team in various capacities for over twenty years. Compins and Hortons collective experience has produced some of the most popular and eye-catching large format and special venue films in exhibition today. Together, they have faced the challenges of producing unique films in unusual settings on location around the world.
Compin and Horton produced one of the first narrative large format 3D films, Wings of Courage for Columbia-Tristar. Directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud and starring Craig Sheffer, Tom Hulce, Elisabeth McGovern and Val Kilmer, the film was shot on location in the Canadian Rockies. They also produced the popular IMAX® 3D film T-Rex: Back to Cretaceous, which was shot in Alberta, Canada.
Compin and Horton have produced several projects for the Disney theme parks. For Disneyland Paris, they produced the Circlevision-360 film From Time to Time. Shot on location in France, Austria, Scotland, Wales, Moscow, the Bahamas and in Los Angeles, the film stars Gérard Depardieu, Jeremy Irons, and Franco Nero. For Disneyland and Walt Disney World, they produced American Journeys, shot throughout the U.S.A. For Tokyo Disneyland, Compin and Horton produced Magic Carpet Around the World, filmed on location in England, Scotland, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Switzerland and Greece.
Benoit Jutras is to Cirque du Soleil s music what notes are to a keyboard. Winner of two top prizes from the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal, Jutras is by no means a newcomer to Cirque du Soleil . He started his career with the organization in 1987 as musical director on the three year We Reinvent the Circus tour and went on to become musical director and co-composer for the Cirque du Soleil 1990 European Tour. In collaboration with René Dupéré, he composed the musical scores for Mystère and Fascination . He also composed some of the music and was musical director for the show presented by Cirque du Soleil at the G7 Summit in Halifax in 1995. He plunged into the ninth Cirque du Soleil production, writing the music for Quidam , quickly followed by the musical score to "O" and to the feature film Alegria. La Nouba is Jutras latest accomplishment. A highly skilled musician, whose work has been honored throughout the world, Jutras was nominated Best Circus Composer at the Monte Carlo Circus Festival in 1996.
Reed Smoot has served as Director of Photography on more than forty theatrical, television and large format films over the past twenty-five years. Smoots credits include the Academy Award®-winning Documentary Feature The Great American Cowboy, the Academy Award®-nominated large format film Special Effects, and the Academy Award®-nominated short subject films The Rainbow War and Ballet Robotique. Other notable credits include Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey for Walt Disney Pictures, The Windwalker, Russkies, and the critically acclaimed NBC Miniseries The Long Hot Summer.
In addition to Cirque du Soleil Journey of Man, Smoot recently completed additional photography for the Smithsonian/Mandalay/IMAX® 3D production Galapagos. He has made a career specializing in the production and photography of large format films including Grand Canyon: The Hidden Secrets, To Be an Astronaut, Yellowstone. He directed and photographed and co-produced the IMAX® film The Great American West and was Director of Photography on the National Geographic release Mysteries of Egypt.
Widely respected in large format film circles, Smoot was one of five large format Cinematographers selected by producer Frank Marshall to film the Nagano Winter Olympics documentary Olympic Glory.
CHRIS VAN WAGENEN
Character Statue Act (Mephisto Stilt Demon)
JILL SABRINA SUDDUTH
MICHAEL JOHN ROSENBERGER
Character Bungee Act (Moha-Samedi Puppet)
Character Bungee Act (Palmier)
Character Bungee Act (Palmier)
Character Bungee Act (Citrouille)
Character Bungee Act (Double Face)