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Native Son Returns to Ottawa to Head Up Film, TV Development

June 14, 2014



OTTAWA, Ontario, June 14 -- The Invest Ottawa (formerly the Ottawa Centre for Regional Innovation) issued the following news release:

An Ottawa native, who created and led an award winning film and TV production company in Calgary, is coming home to head up film and TV development in the capital.

Bruce Harvey has been named head of Invest Ottawa's Film Office. Effective June 23, he will be responsible for bringing new film and TV productions to the region and working with Ottawa's film and TV production community to expand business opportunities for local producers.

At the time of his appointment, Harvey was the owner and senior producer of Illusions Entertainment Corp., a Calgary-based production company he set up in 1990. He produced and co-produced more than 15 film and TV projects, working with partners in Italy, Spain, Germany, the United Kingdom, the United States and France. His film Almost America won a Genie Award in 2001 for Best Production Design.

"As an international film and television producer, Bruce Harvey has developed contacts and relationships with producers all around the world," said Invest Ottawa CEO Bruce Lazenby. "In his new post at Invest Ottawa, he'll be applying his wealth of expertise and using those valuable contacts to grow film and TV production opportunities here in the capital."

According to Lazenby, in 2013 the Ottawa region accounted for 990 filming days, representing budgets of some $21.5 million spent within the city and an additional $17.8 million outside of Ottawa.

"Mr. Harvey will be working with local industry leaders to expand film and TV production opportunities for business throughout the region," said Ken Stewart, Chair of Invest Ottawa's Film and TV Committee. "Given his achievements within the industry--in Canada and abroad--and the level of activity we're already seeing in this sector, we are confident that, through his leadership, we will continue to see strong growth and increased production activity in both television and film production."

"I'm delighted to be coming home to take up the challenge of growing Ottawa's film and TV production industry," said Harvey.

"As a location, Ottawa is hard to beat. It can be a big city like New York, a cozy town in New England, a cornfield in Kansas or a suburb of just about anywhere. It's clean, safe and affordable; easy to get to; and it has a talent base of experienced camera, sound and production crews who are comfortable with things like cultural diversity and working in more than one language. These are great qualities that we can take to the world, and that will bring the world to Ottawa."

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