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TORONTO — Former Brightlight Pictures partner Stephen Hegyes has pacted with Continuum creator and showrunner Simon Barry to launch a genre film and TV producer, Reality Distortion Field. The Vancouver-based production shingle will develop original content for a global fanboy audience.
Barry lived and worked in Los Angeles for 15 years before finding success with Continuum, his first foray into the Canadian TV market, which also landed on Syfy stateside. Now he will work with Hegyes to tap Canadian and American creative talents to generate genre fare for the North American and international markets.
“The goal is to move forward on projects I’ve developed but also find creative talent in the sci-fi and horror genres, and fantasy, and become a brand that’s associated with quality entertainment,” Barry told The Hollywood Reporter.
While working in Los Angeles before moving to his current base in Vancouver, Barry sold a slew of feature film and TV projects to major studios and networks, including the action thriller The Art of War and the micro-budgeted independent Hamlet.
Reality Distortion Field is looking to build on momentum in the scripted drama field with Continuum, the Rachel Nichols time-travel cop drama now in its third season, including on Showcase in Canada.
“Simon is someone who knows how to deliver smart, commercial TV. Everything he had put together on the slate, it has the potential to travel internationally,” Hegyes said.
The new venture is eyeing film and TV series with layered mysteries, mythologies, expansive worlds and sociopolitical themes.
As Barry steers the creative, Hegyes will head up production and financing, bringing his expertise in producing more than 30 features and more than 100 hours of scripted TV for the international market.
While at Brightlight Pictures, which he left last year, Hegyes carved out a track record structuring movie and TV projects as international co-productions or co-ventures. His movie credits include White Noise, starring Michael Keaton, and Kari Skogland‘s Fifty Dead Men Walking, which starred Jim Sturgess and Ben Kingsley.
Hegyes most recently completed Mr. Hockey, a movie for the CBC about hockey legend Gordie Howe.
Reality Distortion Field will be a pure genre content player, based out of Vancouver and Los Angeles, with projects shot overseas or in Toronto and Montreal to tap Canadian tax credits.
Barry is represented by Resolution and Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer.
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