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MIPTV 2012: Force Four hires heads of production, creative

(by Adam Benzine,


Force Four Entertainment has appointed Dana Johl as its head of production and Deborah Wainwright as its head of creative, overseeing the Vancouver-based indie’s slate of factual entertainment titles.


The news comes after the company last week received a greenlight from Corus Entertainment for a second season of Million Dollar Neighbourhood, which airs on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network in Canada, and was yesterday picked up by the U.S. OWN network.


“Both Deb and Dana have been integral to our ongoing success for several years,” said Force Four executive producer and partner John Ritchie. “They are both talented multi-taskers and this is a recognition of those facts. In addition to working with our broadcasters, their mandate is to continue to build our relationships with key creatives and help develop new talent.”


Beginning with the second season of Million Dollar Neighbourhood, Johl will manage start-up, hiring and production, and Wainwright will oversee the creative vision and story teams on all Force Four projects. They will work closely with the company’s head of development Nicole Lawson and head of post production Jackie Sidoni.


Johl joined the company three years ago as producer of the Gemini Award-winning series The Cupcake Girls.  She is also a producer on Urban Suburban for HGTV, now in production on its second season; and Murder She Solved: True Crime, in production on its third season for OWN Canada.


Wainwright, meanwhile, joined the company two years ago, and has worked on many of its series, including the first season of Million Dollar NeighbourhoodFamily Cook Off for Food Network, The Cupcake Girls, Urban Suburban, and the upcoming Border Security for Shaw Media.


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