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A trained lawyer, Vanessa also holds a degree in Cinema Studies, has studied History & South Asian Studies and is a graduate of the Canadian Film Centre. There, Vanessa co-produced Vincenzo Natale’s short film, Elevated, which garnered a Genie Award nomination. Vanessa wrote, directed and produced the documentary, Salaam Shalom: The Jews of India. Broadcast nationally, this critically acclaimed documentary has won several international awards and played at festivals around the world.  Vanessa worked as a producer at Alliance Atlantis where she created the HGTV series Toolbox Challenge and produced Spontaneous Combustion for Discovery and TLC. She also worked extensively in Business Affairs at Sleeping Giant Productions. Vanessa directed Blind Spot, which aired on TVOntario’s premier documentary strand, A View From Here.  She also co-produced and co-wrote various documentaries including Painted Nation and Mashala! Vanessa has developed numerous projects for multiple broadcasters including a 13 part dramatic comedy series for CTV.


Gemini Award-winning producer/director/writer, Cyrus has produced and/or developed numerous programs from the idea stage through to distribution in a variety of genres for various broadcasters including CTV, CBC, VisionTV, HiFi, Discovery Channel, MuchMusic and Bravo. He’s written, produced and directed in a range of genres including documentary, reality, and lifestyle. Recently, he was series-producer and director of Crazy For Love, a 13-part series airing nationally, and produced and financed the development of a dramatic comedy series for CTV. Cyrus’ directorial debut Film Club, is the winner of both a Gemini Award and the NFB’s Reel Diversity Award. His film productions have earned numerous awards and taken him around the world including to Haiti, Spain, Israel and India. He continues to develop new projects including The Globavore & The Conflicted Samaritan with Salaam Shalom Productions Inc., and other creative partners. Cyrus is also the composer of rich and evocative soundtracks for numerous award-winning programs – including Bollywood!