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VIDEO: Running an Award-Winning Film Company in Winnipeg

Jamie Brown is the CEO of one of the most successful film production companies in Canada, and it’s located right in the heart of downtown Winnipeg.

Frantic Films has now been around the industry for over two decades and has expanded their operations to a second office in Toronto, which keeps them even further connected to the international industry. With film and television credits like Faces in the Crowd, Pitchin’ In, Still Standing, Men With Brooms, Til Debt Do Us Part and The Last Chance for Romance, the business has had unquestionable success.

How do you lead a local production company through a ‘fight or flight’ industry and stiff competition to come out on the other end as an award-winning and respected business?

“Work ethic,” says Jamie, who also attributes a dose of luck to the equation. He also stays on top of innovative trends in his industry, highlighting advances in camera technology and more recently the addition of drones to the tech line-up in camera operations.

   See related: 3 Keys to Managing Multiple Offices, featuring Jeff Peeler from Frantic Films    

On how to stay innovative in business, Jamie gives some key advice.

“Get somebody from outside your industry to come in and look at what you do—and challenge the conventions you have.”

See the full video below for more on Jamie’s take on business and his ever-evolving industry.

Don’t miss the other Manitoba Mentoring Moments, featuring business leaders Stefano Grande of the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ, Jay Forbes of MTS, Wab Kinew of Indigenous Affairs at the University of WinnipegConnie Walker of United Way Winnipeg, Chris Johnson of Permission Click and Priti Mehta-Shah from the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce. 

Mark Glucki

Mark has been developing digital blog communities for 10+ years that connect business and tech pros with their inspirational stories. He developed a North American best practice for creating positive experiences on social media networks and spends as much time learning about entrepreneur success stories as he does producing content for others to enjoy. Mark is also a commercial photographer focusing on product and location images. His work can be seen at Wonderlab Photo.

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