ABOUT PIER 21 FILMS
Pier 21 Films is an established television production company committed to bringing unique Canadian content to the international marketplace. We develop, produce, finance and package drama, comedy and factual programming for broadcasters in Canada and around the world. Our focus is creating unforgettable, entertaining and engaging storytelling for the world. At Pier 21 Films we move the plot forward.
Gemini award-winning producer Laszlo Barna has 30 years of 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. At eOne, he was involved in an extensive slate of projects for both Canadian and American television networks. After successful years at eOne, he left the company and returned to his roots, forming the independent production company Pier 21 Films Ltd.
Since forming Pier 21 Films, Laszlo has Executive Produced mini-series, MOWs, factual programming, and, most recently, The Beaverton, going into its second season on The Comedy Network. He continues to work with the company developing a healthy slate of feature films, hour-long dramas, and half-hour comedies. 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.
President of Pier 21 Films, Melissa Williamson teamed up with veteran TV and film producer Laszlo Barna in 2010 during the founding of the Toronto-based prodco. Named one of Playback’s ‘5 to Watch’ and The Hollywood Reporter’s ‘Next Gen: 20 Young Canadian Stars on the Rise in Hollywood,’ Williamson began her career in Los Angeles with leading independent Blueprint Entertainment before joining Entertainment One’s development team in 2008. Most recently serving as Executive Producer on Pier 21’s multi-season news satire, The Beaverton, her earlier producing work includes: Jack, a made-for-TV movie about the late Canadian politician Jack Layton, international co-production Treasures Decoded and CBC mini-series about Canadian sportscaster Don Cherry.
With more than 20 years of experience developing, producing and delivering television, Nicole Butler brings a skill set to PIER 21 FILMS encompassing both a creative and financial point of view.
Nicole headed Business Affairs at BARNA-ALPER PRODUCTIONS, moving on to the role of VP of Production in 2006. With a focus on drama, comedy and factual TV series, BARNA-ALPER allowed Nicole to work with co-producers and broadcasters in Canada and internationally, actively participating in the production of hit shows such as CELINE (CBC), GSPOT (Showcase/TMN/Movie Central), FRONTIERS OF CONSTRUCTION (Discovery), WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? (CBC), and ‘DA KINK IN MY HAIR (Global).
In 2009, Nicole moved to the role of VP of Production at ENTERTAINMENT ONE, where she oversaw set-up, production, and delivery of 4-5 television projects each year including CALL ME FITZ (TMN/Movie Central), MADE (MTV), MEN WITH BROOMS (CBC) and ALMOST HEROES (Showcase).
Deciding to take a plunge into the freelance world, in 2011, Nicole turned her mind to the production floorShe line and co-produced factual series for HGTV and SLICE at RTR MEDIA. And, followed this by writing/directing and series producing three lifestyle series for BLUE ANT, while still continuing to consult on the business end for various production companies.
In early 2016, Nicole re-connected with Laszlo Barna and Melissa Williamson to set-up the first season of THE BEAVERTON (Bell Media). She continues to be the day-to-day Producer of the satirical news show, now in its 3rd season. She is also a COO/Executive Producer for the company, involved in all new project development, business strategy, and financial oversight of PIER 21 FILMS.
Bill Lundy is Vice President of Development for Pier 21 Films, leading the company’s Comedy and Drama slates. Prior to joining Pier 21 in 2018, Lundy was Production Executive, Comedy at Bell Media, developing and producing shows such as LETTERKENNY, THE BEAVERTON, and JUST FOR LAUGHS: ALL ACCESS.
Lundy got his start in programming at Alliance Atlantis before moving over to CTV in 2007. Bill was named in The Hollywood Reporter’s Next Gen Canada: 15 Hottest Talents Under 35 in 2014.
Kristen De Filippis
Kristen spent the first six years of her career as a story coordinator, working on such shows as Little Men, Peter Benchley’s Amazon, The Zack Files, Radio Free Roscoe, 1-800-Missing and TheBlobheads. In 2004 Kristen joined the corporate side of the business as a Drama and Factual Coordinator for Barna-Alper Productions where she oversaw their various projects from development to completion. In 2008 she made the move over to documentaries, working seven years as an Operations Manager, handling distribution and publicity. After a brief stint in children’s programming at Radical Sheep Productions, Kristen is please to be back in scripted programming with Pier 21 Films.
Jen McLean graduated from the Humber Television Writing & Producing post-graduate program in 2015. Before that she studied Humanities & English at Carleton University, a degree she totally uses and definitely wasn’t a waste of money, mom.
Since then she has worked on a variety of productions, including features, and scripted & reality television. She worked as a production coordinator on several shorts for the Canadian Film Centre, and one time as an art department PA, even though she’s never even been able to colour inside the lines.
In 2016, Jen joined Pier 21 Films as an intern to assist in the development, prep and production of The Beaverton, and she never left. During her time at Pier 21 Films, as an intern, producer’s assistant and then production & development coordinator, she has worked extensively on the comedy show The Beaverton, as well as on Pier 21 Films’ development slate.