Paul Pope, film and television producer, dies at 63


Paul Pope, veteran Canadian film and television producer, best known for his independent films like adult movie starfeaturing Tatiana Maslanyand rare birds, dominated by Guillaume Blessé and Molly Parker, passed away. He was 63 years old.

Pope died Thursday morning in St. John’s, Newfoundland, a representative for his production banner, Pope Productions, said. The Hollywood Reporter. No cause of death has been announced.

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Born November 7, 1958, Pope earned a BAA in film and photography from Ryerson Polytechnic in Toronto before cutting his teeth in television production. Over a four-decade career for Pope, his company Pope Productions grew to become one of Newfoundland’s leading film and television producers.

Her TV credits include crime drama Hudson and Rex, Life with Dereka comedy starring Michael Seater and Ashley Leggat, and Above and beyond, a miniseries from director Sturla Gunnarson and starring Richard E. Grant and Jason Priestley.

His film credits include Adult Movie Star, which earned Maslany a Special Jury Prize at sun dance for small group performance and TV movies Diverted, Screamers: The Hunting, The One Who Got Away, Behind the Wall and Extraordinary visitor.

Pope was a founding member of the Newfoundland Filmmakers Cooperative, of which he served as president for over twenty years. He was also a board member of the Canadian Media Producers Association, which represents independent producers.

“Paul was a giant in the Canadian media production community and a great advocate for the industry in Newfoundland. Through his tireless promotion of the province and the work of his company, Pope Productions, Paul can be credited with bringing hundreds, if not thousands, of film and television projects to Newfoundland over his four-decade career. the CMPA said in a statement. statement.

His many awards include ArtsNL’s Arts Achievement Award, the Douglas James Dales Industry Builder Award, and an honorary doctorate from Memorial University.

“We join the entire artistic community of Newfoundland and Labrador in mourning the loss of the legendary Paul Pope. Paul put our province’s screen industry on the map. He was a career launcher, a risk taker, a culture builder and a game changer for so many,” said the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival. on his Twitter account.

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