Over his 30-year career, Canadian Filmmaker Kirk Shaw has contributed his talents to many television series and feature films, including “Battle in Seattle,” “Drive Hard” and Oscar winning, “The Hurt Locker.” Shaw has worked with all the major studios, plus many notable stars such as Charlize Theron, Woody Harrelson, Kim Basinger, John Cusack, Ray Liotta and Cuba Gooding Jr.
Kirk founded Insight and built it into Canada’s largest production company with over C$140 million in production revenues. With Odyssey already in the top 10 in Canada, its progressing towards becoming one of the country’s largest production companies again. In 2015, Kirk will have produced his 200th movie. At 400, only Roger Corman has produced more movies than Kirk. Steven Spielberg is 3rd, with 149 films.
Prior to joining Odyssey, Suraj was Chief Financial Officer at Ivanhoe Pictures, Chaired and capitalized by mining entrepreneur Robert Friedland. While at Ivanhoe, Suraj was instrumental in helping shape the company’s global strategy as well as spearhead certain key initiatives, including Ivanhoe’s partnership with Blumhouse Productions and India’s Phantom Films. The collaboration called for the development and production of a slate of Hindi language genre (thriller) films aimed primarily at the Indian audience.
Prior to joining Ivanhoe, Suraj was a Sr. Vice President with CIT Group, heading its independent project film finance activities. Suraj, a 19 year banking executive, has been involved in over 85 individual film and corporate slate transactions totaling over $3 Billion.
During his career, Suraj has been involved with a myriad of film financing structures: from insurance backed film slates to single picture multiple country co-productions, from studio slate financings to gap and super gap film loans, and from tax shelter based financings to sale leaseback schemes. Suraj has led, structured, or participated in financings with every major US Studio and independent production companies such as Revolution Studios, Spyglass Entertainment, Castle Rock Pictures, and Gold Circle Films.
With 30 years experience as both a producer and a distributor of film and television content, over his career Rob has made films with Academy Award winning actors, F. Murray Abraham, (“By The Sword”) Louis Gosset Jr. (“Managua”).
Rob holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree (Marketing) from UBC.
Karen O’Hara is Odyssey Media’s Executive in charge of US East Coast Production & Development. Based in New York, Karen brings extensive experience in the entertainment industry and adds the necessary executive depth to further drive Odyssey Media’s expansion into the US film, television and online media market.
O’Hara brings 20 years of solid entertainment experience to Odyssey Media. From story analyst, documentary researcher, acquisitions consultant for Home Box Office (HBO), to creative producer and writer on the Cinemax After Dark series; followed by seven years as Vice President, Original Movies at Syfy Channel where she developed and supervised production on over 150 movies in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Bulgaria and Romania, including the cult classic Sharknado.