Steven N. Bray & Jessie Wallace

School of Animation, Arts & Design, Sheridan College, Ontario

School is very much about who you meet, as proven by the Gemini Award-winning series Departures, which features five Sheridan grads in key positions, led by producers Steven Bray, 31, and Jessie Wallace, 30. The two have launched their own distribution arm and sold the show around the world.

The one-hour program, the third season of which premieres on OLN March 6, features travelers Scott Wilson and Justin Lukach exploring remote global cultures. Wilson is also a Sheridan alum, as are cinematographer Andre Dupuis and editor Alvan Campana.

Bray is also known for festival favorite Amal, which he produced with David Miller. He continues to develop features with Richie Mehta and Shaun Mehta, Amal’s director/writer team, and is coproducing the short Lucious and Sumat with Campana. ‘I would also love to get back to the documentary genre,’ he says.

Wallace, meanwhile, is developing the dramatic dark comedy Shooting Stars, the short A Good Meal, TV series The Twin, and the fable House of Fireflies, which was conceived as a film, but, as she says, ‘I’d like to take the time that a TV series has to offer to further develop the ideas and stories these characters deserve.’

And she covers both herself and Bray when she says, ‘The future is wide open.’

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NFB75Anniversary - (Left to right) Kat Cizek (Filmmaker in residence, director of the NFB’s Highrise), Jerome Zwicker (former NFB board member), Michelle van Beusekom (‎Assistant director general, English program), Anita Lee (NFB Ontario executive producer), Luisa Frate (NFB director general - CFO, COO, CTO), Lieutenant Governor of Ontario David Onley, Anne-Marie Applin (former NFB board member), Claude Joli-Coeur (NFB Acting government film commissioner and chairperson), Deborah Drisdell (NFB director general, accessibility and digital enterprises), Kristine Collins (NFB director, education and institutional markets), Jérome Dufour (NFB director general of marketing and communications)