Wendy has been in the film industry for over 30 years and is the CEO of SK Films, an award-winning and industry-leading production and distribution company for IMAX®/ Giant Screen films. She has produced, executive-produced and co-scripted several multiple award-winning films including Flight of the Butterflies, Amazon Adventure and Backyard Wilderness for which SK is the worldwide distributor.
The company was established in 1998 by IMAX Co-Founder and former Chairman, Robert Kerr and by IMAX’s former Head of Production and Distribution, Jonathan Barker. SK has also had the privilege of working closely with the most prestigious scientific organizations dedicated to science literacy such as the National Science Foundation and Tangled Bank Studios of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI/TBS).
Always fascinated by being in nature, Wendy is dedicated to its sustainability. She feels privileged to be a filmmaker and storyteller in the medium and able to explore remote parts of the planet while working with the world’s leading experts.
Wendy’s achievements include the only ever “clean sweep” of all Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) industry film awards by Flight of the Butterflies. She also led the script writing/research team behind Amazon Adventure – produced in partnership between SK and HHMI/TBS, which was praised in Variety as being “a large-screen triumph” with “such a high level of writing, acting and production polish”. Wendy was also Executive Producer and Co-Writer for Backyard Wilderness. Both films received five major GSCA Achievement Awards.
Most recently, Wendy was a script consultant for BBC Earth’s latest IMAX®/ Giant Screen film, Antarctica, for which SK Films is the distributor. Narrated by academy award nominee Benedict Cumberbatch, the film brings audiences to the remote continent and shows the effects climate change is having on the wildlife that calls it home.
Wendy was also an Executive Producer, Co-Writer, and led the distribution team for Volcanoes: The Fires of Creation, which was awarded the 2019 Advanced Imaging Society’s Lumiere Award for Best 3D Documentary. And she was the Producer on all 4 seasons of the award-winning eco-adventure TV series, The Water Brothers, which focused on the sustainable usage and conservation of fresh and ocean waters.
Prior to joining SK, Wendy spent 10 years as Chair/CEO of the feature film development/TV production investment arm of Astral Media (Bell Media). She was also a founding executive of Ontario Creates. Wendy has served on various committees of the GSCA and was Chair of Women in Film and Television. Other boards and committees include the Toronto International Film Festival, the Directors Guild of Canada, the Banff Television Festival, Cinematheque Ontario, the Canadian Film Centre and the Toronto Film Advisory Board.