Janis Lundman is one of the principal owners and Executive Producer at Back Alley Film Productions. She has been producing quality, critically acclaimed film and television for over twenty-five years. A graduate of York University’s highly regarded film department, she began her career as both producer and director of several award-winning short dramatic and documentary films. Since forming Back Alley Films, Lundman has been responsible for producing and financing numerous television drama series, documentary features and one-offs.
These include the recent one hour mystery thriller Bellevue for CBC starring Oscar® winner Anna Paquin, which premiered February 2017. She also produced the one-hour dramatic police series Played, which premiered on CTV in the fall of 2013 and Bomb Girls a one hour drama series for Global TV that focused on the remarkable stories of the women who risked their lives in a World War II munitions factory. The series stars Oscar® nominated actress Meg Tilly. For her performance, Meg Tilly won the inaugural Canadian Screen Award for Lead Actress in a Series. Bomb Girls won Outstanding Drama at the 2013 Gracie Awards, which are presented by the Alliance for Women in Media in Los Angeles and was nominated for a Rockie Award at the Banff Television Festival. Season Two premiered to great excitement in January 2013 and was followed up by the successful MOW Bomb Girls: Facing The Enemy, which won the Canadian Screen Award in 2014 for Best Dramatic Mini-Series or Movie.
Lundman has also co-created, executive produced and financed the drama series Straight Up, Drop the Beat and Bliss as well as three seasons of the critically acclaimed one-hour drama series Durham County, which won eight Geminis and was nominated for twenty-four awards. The series has been sold to 100 international broadcasters.
In 2001 Lundman received the prestigious Excellence in Production Award from Women in Film and Television.
Lundman currently serves as a member of the Canadian Media Production Association’s (CMPA) Board of Directors and is active on the CMPA’s Regional Task Force and Canada Media Fund committees and is on the board of the Quebec English Language Production Council (QEPC) and the Cultural Human Resources Council (CHRC).
Adrienne Mitchell is one of the principal owners and Executive Producer at Back Alley Film Productions, and an award-winning and proven dramatic director. Over her 20 year career, Mitchell has directed numerous dramas including episodes of the critically acclaimed CBC series, Drop The Beat, and Straight Up, and Showcase/Oxygen Gemini winning erotic anthology series Bliss, all of which Mitchell co-created and executive produced.
Most recently Mitchell co-created the mystery thriller Bellevue starring Oscar winner Anna Paquin for CBC. Mitchell directed half of the series episodes including the first and final episode of the season setting the visual style, as well as co-showrunning and executive producing the drama. Back Alley Film Productions’ dramatic crime series, Durham County, aired on HBO Canada and Global Television and sold to over 110 countries internationally. In addition to co-creating, co-showrunning and executive producing Durham County, Mitchell directed numerous episodes of the series, and won a 2010 Directors Guild of Canada award for her work. The series was also nominated for 24 Geminis, winning 8, including Best Direction and Best Writing, and was billed by the New York Times as “entirely addictive.”
Mitchell directed the pilot for the WW2 series Bomb Girls, starring Oscar nominated actress Meg Tilly, which was nominated for the competitive Rockie award at the Banff International Television festival. Mitchell was also nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for Best Direction for her work on the pilot, and won Best Directing at the International TV Festival Bar Montenegro for Bomb Girls’ first season. The series, which aired on Global TV and ReelzChannel, won the Gracie Allen Award for Outstanding Drama series and was nominated for a further 11 Canadian Screen Awards, winning 3. Mitchell co-created and executive produced the series in addition to acting as co-showrunner and directing the first two episodes of each season. Mitchell set the visual tone and directed the pilot for Played, a CTV drama set in the world of undercover police that aired Fall 2013. She also served as co-showrunner and executive producer on the series. Mitchell continues to develop dramatic series with Back Alley Films and She has optioned the novel “The Evening Chorus” a WW2 drama by Helen Humphreys, for her feature film directorial debut.
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