Saloon Media is a creative hub for compelling new television and digital productions. Our founding partners have an amazing wealth of experience in broadcasting and factual production, with an international track record for delivering successful, award-winning programs.
Our original productions have broadcast on History, National Geographic, Smithsonian, Investigation Discovery, CMT, SBS, ZDF, Yesterday, More4 and Netflix. Saloon is a specialist in international co-production, working with like-minded partners around the world to produce top-quality returning series and high-impact specials.
Saloon Media is a Blue Ant Studios company.
HEAD OF PRODUCTION
Betty Orr, Head of Production, has over 20 years of television and film production experience, ranging from producing award-winning television series such as Kids in the Hall to her critically acclaimed feature film, CUBE.
Melissa Williamson joined Saloon Media, a Blue Ant Media company, in early 2020 to establish the scripted division in Toronto.
Melissa has 15 years of experience creating, developing, financing and producing scripted and factual content for broadcasters and streaming services around the globe.
Steve Gamester is a founding partner of Saloon Media and has worked as a Development Executive, Broadcaster, Executive Producer, Producer and Series Show Runner for clients in Canada, the United States, and the UK.
Paul Kilback is a multi-award-winning Series Producer/Director/Editor with over 20 years’ experience filming and editing documentaries — shot in almost every corner of the globe.
Nick joins Saloon with a focus on developing new series and specials for the global market in factual entertainment and is responsible for forging relationships and partnerships with domestic and international partners and broadcasters.
Matt studied English Literature at McMaster University and Media Arts at Sheridan College before becoming a television producer. He has worked in a variety of formats and genres: news, arts, factual, documentary, science, current affairs, and sports. Highlights include working on both the Sochi and PyeongChang Olympic Games, Dragons’ Den, and Saloon’s true-crime documentary series Cold Valley.
Harriet studied journalism before joining the TV world. As a development producer Harriet’s focus is on creating factual series and developing international formats. She has created and developed shows for networks including CBC, T+E and Discovery ID. Prior to working in development, Harriet honed her skills in production as a story producer on a variety of factual and reality series including Undercover Boss Canada, The People’s Couch and current affairs show Canada in Perspective.
Originally from the feature world on Canada’s east coast, Tara moved to Toronto in 2000 and entered the global market of Factual Television. Immediately, she began leading and delivering ratings hits such as Air Aces, Zero Hour, Final 24, See No Evil, Trapped, and Mayday.
Anna works as an Executive, Producer, Writer and consultant in both production and broadcasting. She’s responsible for the editorial content of over 150+ hours of original HD, 4K and HDR programming for linear, SVOD and short form digital formats.
Rebecca is an award-winning director, writer and producer specializing in history and social issue documentaries. She won the 2018 Canadian Screen Award for best direction in a documentary program.
Trish Wood is an investigative journalist, interviewer and producer specializing in true crime and justice issues. For 10 years she has been involved with some of the most successful shows in that genre, including Murder in Paradise and Cold Blood.
Mick Grogan is a writer/director from Yorkshire. Born and raised in God’s Own County he used to boast that he lived 200 yards from the house he was born in, till he fell in love with a Canadian and ended up 3,000 miles away in Ontario with three kids.
He’s written and directed for all the main UK channels – BBC, ITV, Channel 4, five, SkyOne – and many of the North American – including History & Discovery. His passion is making telly. He’s not really bothered what it’s about – just give him a subject and let him get on with it.
James loves television. He spends hours watching, but even more hours creating TV shows. As a student of the medium, James edits with an emphasis on substance and style. He appreciates television in all its forms, from in-depth docs to insult-slinging reality.
His credits include Hunting Nazi Treasure (History/AHC/More4), Kenny Vs Spenny (CBC/Showcase), The Amazing Race Canada (CTV), Undercover Boss (W Network), NHL Revealed (NBC/CBC) and many others.
Greg West is an award-winning documentary and television editor. Credits include Life With Murder which won an Emmy for best international documentary. He has edited over 100 Canadian and international productions for Netflix, CBC, CTV, History, Channel 4, BBC, PBS, Discovery Channel and many others.
GRAPHIC DESIGNER/SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER
Tracy studied journalism before becoming a children’s television producer.
She worked for broadcasters such as TVOntario and CBC before becoming an animation producer at Nelvana for features and series including Little Bear, Seven Little Monsters, Max & Ruby and Braceface.
Tracy now works at Saloon as a graphic designer, social media manager and writer.