January 31, 2019 (OTTAWA)— Sim Lighting & Grip today announced that the late Kevin Tierney, the pioneering Montreal film producer, is the recipient of the 2019 Douglas James Dales Industry Builder Award, named for the late Doug Dales, the founder of PS Production Services, now called Sim Lighting & Grip. Presented at the annual Dinner on the Hill, held during the Canadian Media Production Association Prime Time Conference in Ottawa, the award honours a producer’s sustained contributions and commitment to strengthening the Canadian film and television industry.
A division of Sim, which delivers end-to-end solutions for content creation, Sim Lighting & Grip delivers over 45 years of experience fueling the Canadian film industry with motion picture and television production equipment service, providing a robust offering of lighting & grip, generators, trucks, cranes, dollies and more. With expert technicians, Sim Lighting & Grip’s reputation for service and support is unequalled.
“The annual Dinner on the Hill is an opportunity to celebrate the Canadian production community,” said Eleanor O’Connor, President, Lighting and Grip Division, Sim, “And it is truly an honour to recognize Kevin Tierney, and acknowledge his lasting contributions and commitment to the growth and success of filmmaking in Canada.”
Over the course of his career, Kevin was a major cultural force in both the anglophone and francophone communities in Canada and Quebec as a filmmaker and a writer. He is well-known for bridging the divide between English and French Canadian speakers with his 2006 bilingual hit Bon Cop Bad Cop, the top-grossing Canadian movie of all time. The film, which Tierney both produced and co-wrote, won the 2006 Genie Award for Best Picture.
His long list of credits also includes serving as executive producer for the Gemini-nominated Choice: The Henry Morgentaler Story (2003), about the doctor whose advocacy led to a Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in Canada, and One Dead Indian (2006), about the fatal shooting of an Indigenous man during a land-claims confrontation, which received a Gemini Award for best TV movie. In 2009, Tierney produced The Trotsky, directed by his son, Jacob Tierney. A coming of age story about a revolutionary high school student, the film received the Canadian Film and Television Production Association’s Producer of the Year Award for Tierney at the Toronto International Film Festival. In 2011, Kevin made his directorial debut with French Immersion, a comedy that he also co-wrote and co-produced.
“It is a pleasure and an honour to honour Kevin Tierney as the 2019 recipient of the Douglas James Dales Industry Builder Award.” Said Tom Cox, Managing Partner and Executive Producer of SEVEN24 Films and the recipient of the 2018 Industry Builder Award, “Kevin’s remarkable career as a producer and advocate for Canada’s film and television industries is both humbling and inspiring.”
Throughout his vibrant career, he remained active in the local film community, serving as vice-chair of cinema for the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television as well as the head of the Cinémathèque Québécoise’s board of directors. In 2013, he was honoured with a Sheila and Victor Goldbloom Distinguished Community Service Award, celebrating his dedication to ensuring that the English-speaking Quebec community remains vibrant within Quebec and Canada.
Kevin Tierney passed away in May 2018, at the age of 67 following a three-year battle with cancer.
“Sim takes great pride in honouring Kevin as this year’s recipient of the Douglas James Dales Industry Builder Award,” said James Haggarty, President and CEO, Sim. “He truly embodied the spirit of Canadian filmmaking and was a major cultural force within Quebec and Canada. His Industry Builder Award mirrors just that – outfitted with two cinematic lenses representing the anglophone and francophone creative communities.”
About the Award
The award was established in 2006 and was initially called the PS Industry Builder Award. Following the passing of PS Founder Douglas James Dales in 2010, the award was renamed in his honour in 2011. It is presented annually by Sim Lighting & Grip, formerly 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 Tom Cox, Scott Garvie, Sari Friedland, 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.