is a fully integrated 100% Canadian entertainment and production company, specializing in variety, comedy, music and dance.
Sandra Faire, acclaimed as Canada's leading variety producer, is President and CEO. Trisa Dayot, Senior Vice-President & Chief Operating Officer, and Bronwyn Warren, Vice-President of Post Production, are experienced producers with impressive credits to their names. All the principals are Canadian citizens and residents.
SFA Productions was incorporated in February 1997. Since its inception, it has produced an impressive array of Canadian award-winning programs, almost all with the participation of the Canadian Television Fund, CAVCO and the OFTTC, winning dozens of awards in the United States and Canada.
SFA Productions' slate of programs includes:
In 2008 SFA Productions produced the first season of "So You Think You Can Dance Canada", a series chronicling the discovery of Canada's next international dance superstar. In its remarkable first season on CTV, "So You Think You Can Dance Canada" became the most-watched new program of the year, attracting more viewers than all other new Canadian and American series. It also won the Gemini Award for Best Variety Program or Series and it's host, Leah Miller, won the Gemini for Best Performance or Host in a Variety Program or Series.
Season 2's ratings surpassed those of Season 1, averaging 1.76 Million viewers. The series gained its second Gemini nomination for Best Variety Program or Series.
In Season 3, the series had continued viewer success as the show's popularity grew. Once again, it received a Gemini nomination for the third consecutive year for Best Variety Program or Series. In addition, Lee Kinoshita-Bevington was also nominated for Best Costume Design.
Season 4 completed production on September 11, 2011, consistently winning its time slot with weekly ratings averaging over one million viwers.
"Comedy Now!" for CTV and the Comedy Network is a series of solo performances starring comedy writer/performers from across Canada. Having just completed shooting season 15, and over 195 episodes, this award-winning series is The Comedy Network's longest running and highest rated original Canadian series.
"Comedy Inc." [65 episodes], a sketch comedy series for the CTV Television Network, The Comedy Network and Spike TV in the U.S. The series stars Roman Danylo with co-stars Jennifer Goodhue, Terry McGurrin, Jenn Robertson, Winston Spear, Gavin Stephens, Albert Howell, Ian Sirota, Sarah Cornell, Bob Kerr, Renee Percy and Leslie Seiler. The series won the prestigious New York Festival's Gold World Medal three years in a row (2005-2007). The second season also picked up the New York Festivals' prestigious 2006 Grand Award.
SFA Productions has produced 16 original comedy specials for CTV and The Comedy Network, winning a Gemini award for Best performance: Brigitte Gall's "Joan of Montreal", which also won a Gold statue in Houston. Together, the series and specials have won a total of 26 awards in Canada and the United States. SFA Productions has sold some of these shows to Comedy Central in the U.S. and is currently negotiating more sales.
SFA Productions produced "Amanda Marshall" for SONY in 1997 and "Rita MacNeil's Celtic Celebration" for Lupins Productions and CTV. Both specials won awards in the U.S. and "Amanda Marshall" won a Gemini for Best Performance. "Rita MacNeil's Celtic Celebration" was CTV's highest rated Canadian special in 1998 (over 1.6 million viewers) and was sold to PBS. "Amanda Marshall" sold world-wide.
SFA Productions also produced "Rita MacNeil's Christmas" for Lupins Productions and CTV, and was CTV's highest rated Canadian special for the year 2000 (1.75 million viewers), outdrawing all other music specials that year on all Canadian networks. The special also outdrew Ricky Martin's CBS special.
SFA Productions' distribution company, Leopard Productions, sold "Rita MacNeil's Christmas" to PBS in 2002.
"Rita MacNeil's Cape Breton", Ms. MacNeil's latest television special shot in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, aired on CTV in April 2007. A second special with Ms. MacNeil and North America's only coal mining choir, "Men of the Deeps", aired on CTV in July, 2009.
"The Rankin Family Reunion" marked the group's first television special since the death of the group's leader, John Morris Rankin. With almost one million viewers, it was the highest rated entertainment program in its timeslot when it aired on CTV in December of 2008.
SFA Productions Produced the award-winning, critically acclaimed and controversial documentary for CTV, "Rita MacNeil: On a Personal Note".
SFA Productions released its first feature film "MY OWN PRIVATE OSHAWA" in March 2003, a gay coming-of-age comedy based on the stage play by Jonathan Wilson.
In 2000, SFA incorporated its own distribution company, Leopard Distribution Inc., which initiated the "Comedy Now!" sales to Comedy Central and the "Comedy Inc" sales to Spike TV.