Our Team

WALLY START

President and Executive Producer

Wally is a hands-on producer, joining in the creative process of all his projects, including features Big Muddy (TIFF 2014) and Stained (The Indie Fest: Award of Merit - 2010), as well as the TV series Rabbit Fall (twice-nominated DGC Best Dramatic Series), The Other Side (in its 7th Season on APTN), and Dirt Farmers (in its 2nd Season on CityTV SK). His keen eye for original ideas means he always has several irons in the creative fire. Right now, they include a feature (Waiting for Columbus – in development) and TV series (One Square Mile, Bombing on Mainstreet, and Chasing Funny). He owns Bamboo Shoots Inc., a commercial and post- house with offices in Saskatoon, Regina and Calgary. Bamboo Shoots produces more than 20 hours of broadcast television every month, as well as high end commercials and cutting-edge corporate video. Wally has a BComm from the U of S, and over 30 years of experience in the film and TV industry. He is committed to growing the industry in Saskatchewan and has twice served on the board of SMPIA and currently serves on Creative Saskatchewan's board.

TYLER START

Producer

At Angel Entertainment, Tyler brings his fresh creative take and eye for detail to the series The Other Side as well shows in development: Chasing Funny (Standup Comedy series), Looking for Life (Starring Jeff Richards – companion series to TOS) and Searchers (Doc series). Through two seasons of the series Dirt Farmers (CityTV Saskatchewan) he's been tilling the documentary fields and reaping some memorable prairie stories. Having worked in the field in the Grip /Electric department on two seasons of Rabbit Fall and the feature film Stained, Tyler has a passion for every aspect of carrying a show from the spark of its original idea down the long and winding road to broadcast.

BRENT KAWCHUK

Producer

An industry veteran, Brent Kawchuk has written and produced award-winning television programming for networks across Canada including CBC, Bravo, YTV and Global. He produced the performance documentary Balletlujah which explores the life and music of k.d. lang; it won a 2016 Canadian Screen Award. He’s also kind-of into music and even played with Tom Hanks, once. He can also sort of make balloon animals.

ELL MCEACHERN

Director of Finance and Production

Ell McEachern is the Director of Production for Angel Entertainment Corp. and CFO for Angel Entertainment and Bamboo Shoots (Saskatchewan & Alberta). Her areas of expertise include raising project and corporate financing, strategic and project budget development, financial analysis, tax credit applications and filings, and project cost accounting and control. Ell became a CFA Charterholder in 2014 and earned a B.Comm. from the Edwards School of Business, University of Saskatchewan. She also has more than 20 years of experience in the film industry as crew, producer, business affairs and finance and in 2000 she became a full member of the Directors Guild of Canada (Accounting Caucus).

HANNAH HERMANSON

Head of Business Affairs

Hannah has a decade of experience in the film and television industry working on projects ranging from independent shorts to theatrical release feature films. Her areas of expertise include funding applications for development and production, tax credit applications, negotiating contracts, music supervision, day-to-day production activities and ensuring deliverables and timelines are met. Hannah graduated with honors from Middlesex University in London, UK with a bachelor's degree in music business. She also has served on the SMPIA board for 2 years.

CHANDRA SCHATZ

Business Affairs

Chandra Schatz is a business affairs and finance professional with over twenty years of experience in the Canadian film and television industry. Formerly a business analyst for the Shaw Rocket Fund, Chandra represents film and television producers in Canada and abroad providing guidance with production financing, tax credits, the Canadian television funding system, contract management, international treaty co-productions and connecting Producers with national and international broadcast and production partners.