February 1, 2018 (TORONTO)— Yesterday evening, Sim Lighting & Grip hosted its annual Dinner on the Hill to celebrate the Canadian production community, awarding a producer whose sustained, voluntary, selfless service, contribution, and commitment has benefited the Canadian film and television production industry. Held in conjunction with the Canadian Media Producers Association’s Prime Time Conference, this year’s event honoured Tom Cox, Managing Partner and Executive Producer of SEVEN24 Films as the recipient of the 2018 Douglas James Dales Industry Builder Award, named for the late Doug Dales, the founder of PS Production Services, now called Sim Lighting & Grip.
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.
As Managing Partner of Calgary-based SEVEN24 Films, Cox’s productions span 30 years and include award-winning feature films, dramatic series, mini-series and television movies. Cox is committed to ensuring that every region of Canada supports a vibrant and sustainable environment for content development and production through strong independent companies creating projects for domestic and international markets.
“It is an honour to celebrate Tom Cox’s talents as a producer and his deep commitment to the Canadian production industry,” said James Haggarty, President and CEO, Sim. “Tom’s outstanding contributions to SEVEN24 and to the creative community as a whole make him a truly worthy recipient.”
Cox’s programs have garnered dozens of Canadian and international awards. Recent executive producer credits include CBC’s Wild Roses and Heartland, CTV’s Mayerthorpe and Global / BBC’s Burn Up, with recent co-producing credits including television movies for ABC, Family, Lifetime, Hallmark, TNT and CBS. Feature film co-productions include Brokeback Mountain, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and Resurrecting the Champ. In addition to his role at SEVEN24 Films, Cox is an executive board member of the Alberta Motion Picture Industries Association and Chair of the AMPIA Producers Committee. He is also a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his contribution to the arts.
“Receiving this award from Sim for my contribution to the community that I love and have gained so much from is a tremendous honour,” Cox said. The Canadian television and film industry is truly inspiring and I am excited to be part of its continued growth.”
“The annual Dinner on the Hill is an opportunity to acknowledge significant contributors that enhance Canada’s production community, and this year we are delighted to be honouring Tom Cox, a truly worthy recipient,” said Eleanor O’Connor, President, Lighting and Grip Division, Sim. “We are very grateful for all of Tom’s contributions to the industry, and look forward to continuing the tradition of this very important award.”
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, Alex Raffé, Sandra Cunningham, Linda Schuyler, Stephen Stohn, Wayne Grigsby, David MacLeod, Doug MacLeod, Ira Levy, Stephen Ellis, Phyllis Laing, Robin Cass, Paul Pope, Sari Friedland and Scott Garvie.