Laszlo has 30 years experience in the film and television industry. The dramatic and documentary programs that bear his imprint are well-known for their creative excellence, exceptional craft and dedication to gripping storytelling. Laszlo’s productions have been recognized worldwide and have received numerous national and international awards.
Following the acquisition of his company, Barna-Alper Productions, in 2008, Laszlo became President of Entertainment One’s (eOne) Television Division. As President of eOne’s television group, he was involved in an extensive slate of projects, including Call Me Fitz, starring Jason Priestley, for HBO Canada; the primetime drama Rookie Blue for ABC and Shaw Media; Hell on Wheels for AMC; the North American adaptation of the UK smash hit, Skins (MTV/The Movie Network/Movie Central); The Bridge produced for CBS and CTV; the supernatural drama Haven for SyFy and Canwest; and the award-winning mini-series, Keep Your Head Up Kid: The Don Cherry Story, for CBC. Laszlo’s success extends to many award-winning documentary series and films, including, most recently, Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie, which won the audience favourite award at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival.
Firmly committed to the Canadian production industry, Laszlo has served as Chair of the Canadian Media Production Association. He has also served on the boards of the Banff Television Festival, the Canadian Television Fund and Film Ontario.
Melissa joins Pier 21 Films with over 7 years of industry experience. As a successful applicant of the Canadian Film and Television Production Association’s International Mentorship Program, Melissa began her career in Los Angeles with Blueprint Entertainment where she worked in development and production. Melissa moved to Entertainment One during the corporate acquisition of Blueprint in 2008. During her time at eOne, Melissa served as Manager, Office of the President & COO and was actively involved in projects such as Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie and Keep Your Head Up Kid: The Don Cherry Story and has most recently assumed the role of production executive on Pier 21's scripted production slate.
Janice has been involved in the conception, creation and production of scores of television programs. She has worked as both a producer and broadcaster, commissioning for the CBC, History Television, The Food Network and HGTV. She was the series producer of the celebrity show “Who Do You Think You Are” (CBC), “To Build A Nation” (History Television) and “D Day to Victory (C4, History Television). She produced the theatrical feature documentary “Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie”, winner of the People’s Choice Award for Best Documentary, Toronto International Film Festival, 2010. Prior to this, Janice was VP of Documentary Development and Production for Barna-Alper Productionsand a programmer for Hot Docs.