(August 31, 2012 – Toronto, Canada) Simone Urdl and Jennifer Weiss, founders of The Film Farm welcome Stephen Traynor as a partner in the company effective immediately. Traynor has line produced for some of the country’s finest directors including Atom Egoyan, Deepa Mehta and Denis Villeneuve. Along with Atom Egoyan, Urdl and Weiss, Traynor will produce the recently announced Queen of the Night starring Ryan Reynolds and directed by Egoyan.

“We have worked closely with Stephen on several projects,” comments Simone Urdl. “We value his expertise, his creativity and his keen eye for projects and talent.”

“Having Stephen as a core member of the team will allow The Film Farm to expand its production and development slates,” adds Jennifer Weiss. “He makes us better and stronger. That’s what you want in a partner.”

“I have enormous respect for Jennifer and Simone,” says the new partner in The Film Farm. “The company is in the vanguard of excellence on the current Canadian scene. I look forward to contributing to its growth.”

For Deepa Mehta, Traynor line produced two features: Midnight’s Children which was adapted by Salman Rushdie from his novel and filmed in Sri Lanka and Heaven on Earth which was shot in India and Toronto. For The Film Farm, he line produced the Atom Egoyan films Chloe starring Julianne Moore, Amanda Seyfried and Liam Neeson and Adoration as well as Brian De Palma’s Redacted (Silver Lion Venice 2007) which was filmed in Jordan. In Jordan, he line produced the Academy Award® nominee Incendies directed by Denis Villeneuve. the comedy If I were You directed by Joan Carr-Wiggin and starring Academy Award winner Marcia Gay Harden.

Since founding The Film Farm in 1997, Simone Urdl and Jennifer Weiss have built an impressive catalogue which includes Adoration, (2009 Sony Classics and eOne), which had its world premiere in Competition at the Cannes Film Festival where it won the Ecumenical prize; Redacted which won Brian De Palma the Silver Lion -Best Director at the 64th Venice Film Festival and was met with controversy and critical acclaim around the world; Away From Her, one of Canada’s top grossing films, captured the 2008 Best Actress Golden Globe for Julie Christie , received Academy Award® nominations for Christie and for Sarah Polley (Adapted Screenplay) and won six Genie Awards including Best Picture.


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