With over 25 years of experience, Shawn Williamson has risen to the forefront of the Canadian film and television industry as a leading independent film and television producer. A native to Vancouver, Shawn began his career as a stage manager at The Arts Club Theatre in 1983 and has since produced live events, live television and television series, as well as feature films. In 2001, Shawn started Brightlight Pictures and has since been developing, financing, and producing feature films and television series. He has filmed in a variety of international locations, including: Singapore, Croatia, Romania, France, England, Northern Ireland, South Africa, and Australia. FIFTY DEAD MEN WALKING (Ben Kingsley, Jim Sturgess) was produced as a Canada/UK co-production, filmed in Belfast, and opened with a Gala Premier spot at the Toronto International Film Festival. Shawn executive produced the feature film THE INTERVIEW (Seth Rogen, James Franco) for Columbia Pictures, and HORNS (Daniel Radcliffe), produced in conjunction with Mandalay Pictures and Red Granite Pictures. He also served as a producer on THE COMPANY YOU KEEP (Robert Redford, Shia LaBeouf) with Voltage pictures, 50/50 (Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen), THE POSSESSION (Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Kyra Sedgwick), WHITE NOISE (Michael Keaton), PASSENGERS (Anne Hathaway, Patrick Wilson), and WICKER MAN (Nicholas Cage). Shawn is currently producing the fourth season of the television series THE GOOD DOCTOR (Freddie Highmore, Antonia Thomas) for Sony Pictures Television.
SANDRA DESROSIERS KARR
Chief Operating Officer
As the COO of Brightlight Pictures, Sandra Karr assists the company with executing its strategic plan by directing and overseeing the day to day operations of the company. In addition to being a CPA, CGA, Ms. Karr holds a business degree in Finance. In her previous position as Director, National Business Affairs for Telefilm Canada, she led a bi-coastal team that was responsible for all business affairs aspects of Telefilm’s project financing and co-production certification. Prior to joining Telefilm, Ms. Karr held controllership positions in the entertainment industry’s distribution, production and finance sectors. Ms. Karr’s knowledge and experience makes her a valuable addition to the Brightlight team.
Vice President, Production
As VP of Production, Arielle brings over decade of production experience to her position at Brightlight Pictures, having worked with both independent and major studios like Fox, Disney, Sony, Voltage, ABC, Netflix, and Amazon. Arielle served as co-producer on the feature film COLOSSAL (Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis), producer on the biopic independent feature LITTLE PINK HOUSE (Catherine Keener, Jeanne Tripplehorn), and executive producer on the feature film STATUS UPDATE (Ross Lynch, Olivia Holt). She produced the limited series VALLEY OF THE BOOM (Steve Zahn, Bradley Whitford) for STX TV and National Geographic, and DESCENDANTS 3, a Disney Channel original. Most recently, Arielle produced the crime drama series THE MURDERS for Rogers and Muse Entertainment, and the Greg Daniels comedy/sci-fi series UPLOAD for Amazon.
Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs
Born and raised in Vancouver, David Oland attended McGill University before graduating UBC Law in 2003 and being called to the bar in British Columbia. He joined Brightlight as Director, Business and Legal Affairs in 2010, bringing with him experience in entertainment, contract and labour law. David`s recent feature film and television credits include: THE POSSESSION, THE PACKAGE, LOVE AT THE THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE, TWIST OF FAITH, THE COMPANY YOU KEEP, NEARLYWEDS, FINDING MRS. CLAUS, THE WISHING TREE, MR HOCKEY: THE GORDIE HOWE STORY, DELETE and THE TRAINER.
Vice President, Distribution, Post Production
Jonathan Shore is Vice-President of Distribution and Post Production for Brightlight Pictures. He has been involved in more than 250 film and TV projects. Recent credits include Co-Producer for Marc Forster’s I STILL SEE YOU, Associate Producer for PITCH PERFECT 1 & 2, MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING 2, and the animated feature MY LITTLE PONY. Shore has worked with many top directors such as Joel Schumacher and Robert Redford and actors, namely Sir Ben Kingsley, Anne Hathaway, and Blake Lively to name a few. As a leader in the field, Shore is a popular and knowledgeable speaker of the film industry. Shore is a founding Director of the Vancouver Post Alliance, as well as a supporter of the Whistler Film Festival and mentor to young filmmakers. Originally from Montreal, Shore graduated from McGill University with a degree in commerce. He is bilingual in both French and English. He now lives in Vancouver with his wife and two daughters.
Vice President, Development
Emily brings over 18 years of experience in development, financing, production and distribution to her role as VP of development, where she is manages the development acquisitions and original content for both film and television. Prior to her position at Brightlight, Emily most recently acted as Senior Vice President of Pacific Northwest Pictures, overseeing the company's development, financing, production and distribution activities. Actively involved in the Canadian film community, Emily currently sits on The First Weekend Club board of directors and has been a speaker and panelist for film festivals and forums across the country.
Director, Production & Development
Aaron Au started his film career in 1998 as a stunt performer and actor and has amassed over 80 feature films and television credits. In 2008 he moved into production with a string of short films, web series and indie features with the most notable being PREGGOLAND (Sonya Bennett, James Caan, Danny Trejo) which premiered at TIFF 2014. Shortly after, Aaron joined the Brightlight team and produced the features ELSEWHERE (Aden Young, Parker Posey, Ken Jeong) and 2 HEARTS (Jacob Elordi, Adan Canto, Radha Mitchell). More recent projects include the pilots WOKE (Lamorne Morris, Blake Anderson) for Sony/Hulu and NEXT (John Slattery, Fernanda Andrade) for FOX andthe Netflix dramatic series FIREFLY LANE starring Katherine Heigl, Sarah Chalke and Ben Lawson. Aaron is currently developing a comedy series titled BANANA BOYS based on the novel by Terry Woo.
Director, Production & Development
Jameson Parker is a producer and director who currently serves as the Director of Development & Production for Brightlight Pictures. Most recently he produced the Netflix series JULIE AND THE PHANTOMS with Kenny Ortega (HIGHSCHOOL MUSICAL, THE DESCENDANTS) serving as Executive Producer and Director. He also produced the feature film SUMMER OF ’84 starring Rich Sommer (MAD MEN), which was directed by the acclaimed directing trio RKSS (TURBO KID) and premiered in the Midnight Section of Sundance ’18. His first feature film PRODIGALS had it’s world premiere at the 2017 edition of the Whistler Film Festival and was released domestically by LevelFilm. He has directed numerous music videos for local and international artists and in 2014 directed THE PRICE IS PRECISE for internet comedy giant CollegeHumor. He was an Executive Producer and director on WHITE NINJA, the first narrative series developed for Vine, starring Paul Scheer. He also served as a producer and story editor on the half hour sketch pilot THE PETER N’ CHRIS SHOW with Bell Media and Paul F. Tompkins. Jameson graduated with honors from The University of British Columbia’s film and theatre department.
Director, Business & Legal Affairs
Kristen Bell is a graduate of Capilano University and has been with Brightlight Pictures since 2010. As Director of Business and Legal Affairs, Kristen brings several years of legal experience in various areas of law to her position at Brightlight. Kristen has worked on over 60 film and television projects and has experience in various aspects of the film industry, including development, financing, production and distribution.
Director, Production & Development
After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Motion Picture Arts from Capilano University in 2013, Ryan Silva joined Brightlight Pictures in 2014 where hehas worked in both development and production. Ryan is kicking off 2021 working on season 2 of UPLOAD (Robbie Amell, Andy Allo) for Amazon. Most recently, Ryan has completed season 1 of THE MIGHTY DUCKS: GAME CHANGERS (Lauren Graham, Emilio Estevez) for Disney+ and FIREFLY LANE (Katherine Heigl, Sarah Chalke) for Netlfix. Prior to that, Ryan worked on two pilots - NEXT (John Slattery, Fernanda Andrade) for 20th Century Fox and WOKE (Lamorne Morris, Blake Anderson) for Sony and Hulu. Ryan produced the second season of QUEST OUT WEST WILD FOOD for the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network and served as a line producer on a trio of independent feature films: ELSEWHERE (Aden Young, Parker Posey), SUMMER OF 84 (Graham Verchere, Rich Sommer) and 2 HEARTS (Jacob Elordi, Radha Mitchell).
David is a graduate of the University of British Columbia and started his film and television career in 1998. With over twenty years of production experience David has worked with studios such as Amazon, Netflix, Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox Television and Quibi. David has served as production manager on the series HATERS BACK OFF (Colleen Ballinger, Angela Kinsey), UPLOAD (Robbie Amell, Andy Allo), and on the feature film STATUS UPDATE (Ross Lynch, Olivia Holt). Most recently, David produced the series 50 STATES OF FRIGHT (Rachel Brosnahan, Travis Fimmel) for Quibi and THE BARBARIAN AND THE TROLL for Nickelodeon.
Ricardo has been with Brightlight Pictures since 2017. He began his film career in Santiago, Chile as a production executive for La Casa Films, working on commercials for Nestle, Eddie Bauer and Pepsi. Currently residing in Vancouver, BC, he has worked in production (HATERS BACK OFF, DESCENDANTS 3 & THE GOOD DOCTOR), clearances (SUMMER OF 84 & ELSEWHERE) and most recently as Unit Manager on the Netflix series JULIE AND THE PHANTOMS. Ricardo is fluent in both English and Spanish.
Andrea joined Brightlight Pictures in December 2016 as an Assistant Accountant. Her film experience started in 2012 when she enrolled at Capilano College to study costuming for theatre and film. After a brief period in costumes, she moved in the direction of production then corporate accounting. Andrea has always preferred the precision of numbers – to the infinite possibilities of letters - and continues to grow her skillsets as she advances her career in corporate accounting and payroll.