Paul Gross to exit Whizbang Films

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Whizbang Films founding partner Paul Gross is leaving the company at the end of the month, company head and producer Frank Siracusa announced Tuesday.

“Paul has played a major role in shaping the values of the company and we will miss his intelligence and incredible work ethic,” said Frank Siracusa in a statement, adding, “His depth of understanding the art of storytelling helped set the bar in deciding the projects Whizbang participates in. We will continue to support Paul in his commitment to follow his passion projects.”

“We created some wonderful projects during my time with Whizbang and I am very proud of the contributions our company has made to our industry. But I feel the time has come to concentrate my energies on a few select projects. While I will miss Whizbang enormously, I will watch their progress with enthusiastic pride,” Gross said in his own statement.

Gross and Siracusa created the Canadian indie in 1999, during which time they produced Men with Brooms, Passchendaele (both of which starred Gross), Hobo with a Shotgun starring Rutger Hauer and Breakaway, starring Rob Lowe and Russell Peters.

On the TV side, their slate includes H20, The Trojan Horse, Cra$h & Burn and The Yard.

Whizbang’s latest feature film is Cottage Country, directed by Peter Wellington and starring Malin Ackerman, Lucy Punch and Tyler Labine. Also upcoming are The Horses of McBride for CTV and CBS’ Beauty and the Beast series.

Gross will being production his next feature film, Hyena Road, for which he is writer, director, producer and star, in January 2013.