PRODUCER JONATHAN BARKER is the President and CEO of SK Films. He is one of Canada's most experienced film and television industry executives and a world leader in producing and distributing Giant Screen 3D and 2D films including the multiaward winning Bugs!, Straight Up: Helicopters in Action, Into the Deep, and David Attenborough's Survival Island, among others. His upcoming project is a 3D IMAX® film tracking the amazing and largest insect migration of the monarch butterflies from Canada through the US to the remote volcanic forests in Mexico.
For over 12 years, as President and Co-CEO of Shaftesbury Films Inc., he was jointly responsible for the company's phenomenal growth into one of Canada's leading and most successful film and television production companies. In 1997, while at Shaftesbury and together with Imax Corporation co-founder and CEO Robert Kerr, he founded SK Films, which is now wholly owned by Kerr and Barker.
Previously, Barker was the senior executive responsible for the film production and distribution business for Imax Corporation, developing some of its most successful films including T-Rex: Back to the Cretaceous and Mission to Mir. His senior executive experience also includes his role as Senior VP, Business and Legal Affairs for the Cinexus Group (Panavision Canada, C/FP) and CEO of the Ontario Film Development Corporation (now the OMDC).
Barker began his career first as an actor, then became an entertainment lawyer earning two law degrees from McGill University and remains a member of the Bars of Ontario and California. He has served on numerous Boards and Advisory Committees and is currently a founding Director of the Giant Screen Cinema Association, a Director of Film Ontario and serves as Co-Chair of the Ontario Producers Panel of the Canadian Film and Television Producers Association. He lives in Toronto.
Director/Co-Screenwriter: Bruce Neibaur