Ottawa – Independent
producer Sari Friedland is celebrated as the recipient of the 2016 Douglas
James Dales Industry Builder Award. Named for the late Doug Dales, founder of
PS Production Services, the annual award is presented to a producer whose sustained, voluntary,
selfless service, contribution and commitment has benefited the Canadian film
and television production industry. The award was presented last night at the PS
Dinner on the Hill, held in conjunction with the Canadian Media Production
Association’s Prime Time Conference in Ottawa.
Sari has produced scores of motion
pictures and television series over the course of a career spanning three
decades. She most recently served as supervising producer on the Afghanistan War
drama Hyena Road, currently nominated
for eight Canadian Screen Awards. Sari is also a long-standing member of the
Board of Directors of the Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA) and a
past recipient of the Kodak/CFTPA Lifetime Achievement Award.
(l to r) Eleanor O’Connor, Alex Raffé, Sari Friedland, Rob Sim

“Sari is both a gifted producer and a
tireless advocate for the Canadian production industry,” said SIM Group CEO Rob
Sim. “Her many years of work on behalf of the CMPA have resulted in a stronger
production industry and a better working environment for all. We are very
pleased to recognize her achievements with this years’ Douglas James Dales Industry
Builder Award.”
“It’s a great honour to
receive an award named for Doug Dales, who meant so much to me and to this
industry, and to be recognized for the labor relations volunteer work I do with
the CMPA,” Friedland said. “I’ve been fortunate to work on a lot of great
productions which have won acclaim and awards not only in Canada, but also worldwide.
I am very proud of that and feel lucky not only to have been able to work in my
hometown, but also internationally.”
Highlights among Friedland’s
other credits include Degrassi, Liberty Street and Riverdale
for Playing with Time Inc. and Epitome Pictures, and the series Slings & Arrows and Sensitive Skin for Rhombus Media. She
co-produced Director Pedro Morelli’s film Zoom
and Director Fernando Meirelles’ film Blindness,
both of which were a Canada/Brazil co-production for Rhombus Media. In
addition, she co-produced Director Denis Villeneuve’s film Enemy, which was a Canada/Spain co-production, also for Rhombus
Media. Sari is currently scouting
locations in Ottawa, for the return of the Rhombus Media/CBC TV series Michael: Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Producer Alex Raffé, last years’
recipient, presented the award to Sari. “Dinner on the Hill has become a
wonderful tradition that brings together old friends and colleagues to
celebrate all the things that make production in Canada great,” Raffé said.
“Each year, we
take great pride in hosting the Douglas James Dales Industry Builder Award honouree
along with other distinguished members of the Canadian production
community,” said PS Production Services President Eleanor O’Connor. “It’s
always a wonderful event that embodies the spirit of filmmaking in Canada.”
The award was established in 2006 and was initially called the PS
Industry Builder Award.  Following Doug
Dales’ passing in 2010, the award was renamed in his honour in 2011.  It is presented annually by PS in recognition
of a producer’s sustained contributions and commitment to strengthening the
Canadian film and television industry. Each year’s honouree is selected by a
jury composed of the previous recipients including, Alex Raffé, Sandra
Cunningham, Linda Schuyler, Stephen Stohn, Wayne Grigsby, David MacLeod, Doug MacLeod,
Ira Levy, Stephen Ellis, Phyllis Laing, Robin Cass and Paul Pope.
About SIM Group:
Backed
by Toronto-based investment firm Granite Partners, the SIM Group is a leading
supplier of production equipment, workflow and post-production solutions, with
offices across the US, Canada and China. Our diverse services can be utilized
on any production at any stage. In Canada, our offices in Toronto and Vancouver
service grip and lighting from PS Production Services and can be complemented
with SIM Digital cinematography and playback equipment for any production’s
needs.  Bling, Chainsaw, Pixel Underground, Tattersall Sound and Picture
and Post Factory NY provide an array of services from dailies, to online
and offline editing, to final color/DI and visual effects, to sound editorial
and mixing. Bling’s services, which include a comprehensive workflow solution,
are offered at all offices across the US and Canada, as well as off-site
service through POD (Post on Demand).  Chainsaw’s full-service facility in
Hollywood provides creative editorial and extensive finishing services with
some of the top colorists in the industry. Rounding out the family of
companies are Pixel Underground, a Toronto-based post-production
company, and its associated service, StationEX, which provides physical and
file-based media fulfillment and encoding/distribution
services, Tattersall Sound and Picture, a provider of sound editorial and
mixing for motion pictures and television and Post Factory NY, one of the East
Coast’s top independent post-production facilities. For more information,
visit simgroup.com
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