Janis Lundman is a principal owner and Executive Producer at Back Alley Film Productions Ltd. A visionary producer with a track record for delivering award-winning dramatic content Lundman co-created, executive produced and financed the feature documentary Talk 16 and the drama series Straight Up, Drop the Beat, Bliss, and three seasons of the critically acclaimed HBO Canada drama series Durham County. Nominated for twenty-four Canadian Screen Awards and winning eight, the series has been sold to over 100 international broadcasters.
Lundman was the Executive Producer of the WWII series Bomb Girls starring Oscar-nominated actress Meg Tilly as well as for the spin-off MOW, Bomb Girls: Facing the Enemy, which won the 2015 Canadian Screen Award for Best Dramatic Mini-Series or TV Movie. Lundman recently served as Executive Producer on the mystery-thriller series Bellevue (CBC/WGN America), starring Oscar-winning actress Anna Paquin.
Lundman is currently Consulting Executive on the third season of the drama series Coroner (CBC/The CW/NBC-U), which is presently airing on CBC. The series premiered in January 2019 as the highest-rated new drama on CBC in four years and was nominated for five Canadian Screen Awards, including Best Drama Series. Season three will also air in the US on The CW and in the UK on Channel 4 in 2021.
Lundman has received the prestigious Excellence in Production Award from Women in Film and Television-Toronto and currently serves as a member of the board of the Quebec English Language Production Council (QEPC) and the Cultural Human Resources Council (CHRC). Previously she served on the board of the Canada Media Production Council.
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Adrienne Mitchell is a principal owner and Executive Producer at Back Alley Films and BentFrame Film & TV, and an award-winning film and television Director and Showrunner who has been creating her own auteur-driven drama series for over the last 25 years. She received the 2017 Nell Shipman Award for directorial achievement and for advancing gender equity in the entertainment industry.
In her more than 25-year career, Mitchell’s highlights include: the critically acclaimed HBO Canada series Durham County (Co-Showrunner/Lead Director, received the 2010 DGC Craft Award for Best Director for a Drama Series); Global TV/ReelzChannel’s WWII series Bomb Girls (Co-Creator/Co-Showrunner/Director, received Canadian Screen Award nomination for Best Director in a Dramatic Series and Best Direction Award at the International TV Festival Bar Montenegro); MOW Bomb Girls: Facing the Enemy (Executive Producer, received Canadian Screen Award for Best Dramatic Mini-Series or TV Movie); and CBC/WGN America’s mystery-thriller series Bellevue (Co-Creator/Executive Producer/Lead Director) starring Oscar-winning actress Anna Paquin.
Mitchell was most recently the Executive Producer and Lead Director on four seasons of the drama series Coroner (CBC/The CW/NBC-U). Coroner launched as the highest-rated drama premiere for CBC in four years, and the highest-rated launch ever for Universal TV in the UK. The first season was nominated for five Canadian Screen Awards, including Best Drama Series. Mitchell received a Canadian Screen Award nomination for Best Direction in a Drama Series for season two, as well as a Directors Guild of Canada Award nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Dramatic Series for season three.
Mitchell continues to develop dramatic series with Back Alley and through her individual production shingle, BentFrame. She is currently developing Helen Humphreys’ Governor General’s Award-nominated novel “The Evening Chorus” for her feature film directorial debut.