Location: Toronto, Ontario
Sector: Media and Telecommunications
- First-mover advantage – Broadband delivery is where the industry is headed. Even Twitter will now disseminate NFL Thursday night games, a sea-change that symbolizes new delivery methods to committed publics. We are riding that wave of change with what works: specialty, theme-driven content
- Deep knowledge of “how to do this” – Seasoned content creation and delivery executives with a long and successful history
- Beta-tested concept – Simple website design has generated tens of thousands of “sampling” visitors; we know there is a market out there and the reason for the fundraise is to reach that market on multiple platforms
- Hundreds of content pieces under contract; more sourced – Firm base library locked-in for re-launch and various marketing initiatives
John S. Panikkar , Co-Founder
A corner-suite leader and entrepreneur with a highly-successful history of boardroom and hands-on experience. In 2005 he and his business partner formed High Fidelity HDTV Inc., through which they conceived and launched a wholly-owned, premium suite of four all-HD television channels on the themes of Nature, Adventure, Culture and the Arts. Prominent among them is the all-Nature channel OasisHD, recently rebranded as Love Nature.
Gregory Sheppard, Co-Founder
Executive Producer and co-owner of Lamport-Sheppard Entertainment, the producer of the flagship series Rescue Mediums, which generated approximately three million dollars worldwide over seven seasons, 89 episodes and sales to more than two dozen countries. The production company has nearly 100 hours of produced television and film. Gregory is also a multi award winning commercial TV director, with 400 national and international productions to his credit.
Michael Lamport, Co-Founder
Executive Producer and co-owner of Lamport-Sheppard Entertainment. In addition to Rescue Mediums, company credits also include In Your Wildest Dreams, a dream analysis series in Canada and the USA; and Curious and Unusual Deaths for Discovery Canada and the History Channel in the UK. In addition to producing, Michael is an actor on stage and screen, and is the voice of the kids and tweens shows Life’s A Zoo, The Wombles, Ace Lightening, Maggie and the Ferocious Beast and many more. His documentary experience has garnered many awards (Canadian Gemini, Gold Hugo) for Offstage, The Disciples and The Right To Play. He is also the co-host and producer of the travel series Suite and Simple for Fine Living in the USA and CTV in Canada.
Roland Nimmo, CFO
An enthusiastic business leader who has been a trusted advisor to decision-makers in some of Canada’s largest and most successful global organizations. He brings practical, structured, and creative solutions to organizations across all disciplines, from operations, finance and marketing to strategic planning, restructuring, capital advisory, transaction support, succession planning and corporate governance. His 30 years of business experience includes positions as Financial Advisory Partner at Deloitte, Vice President Internal Audit at Magna International, and Head of the Real Estate Advisory Services practice at Arthur Andersen. Roland currently operates his own management consulting firm, Nimmo Financial Corporation.