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Daniel Iron | Canadian Media Producers Association


Daniel Iron


Award-winning film and television producer, Daniel Iron, recently added another honour to his impressive career by taking the title of “best Canadian feature” for Cairo Time at the Toronto Film Festival.  Cairo Time is a romantic dramawritten and directed by Ruba Nadda and stars Patricia Clarkson and Alexander Siddig. Cairo Timehas been picked up by IFC Films and will hit U.S. theatres and IFC’s on-demand television service in 2010.

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Daniel graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1987 and was legal counsel at Telefilm Canada for five years.  He joined and eventually became a partner at Rhombus Media where he produced the acclaimed feature film, Long Day's Journey Into Night, directed by David Wellington, as well as co-producing the Oscar-winning The Red Violin from Francois Girard, and producing the award-winning Last Night, directed by Don McKellar as well as McKellar’s Childstar.

“I was always interested in the creative side of filmmaking,” says Daniel.  “After honing my legal and business skills for a time, I decided to take what I had learned and apply it to creative producing, to be involved in the entire process of filmmaking.”

Daniel also executive produced Guy Maddin’s Saddest Music in the World, and Jennifer Baichwal’s acclaimed documentary, Let It Come Down: The Life of Paul Bowles and Peter Wellington’s Luck. At Rhombus, Iron was also producer on numerous television production, including The Four Seasons and Don Giovanni Unmasked, the Gemini-nominated series Foreign Objects, written and directed by Ken Finkleman, Stormy Weather: The Music of Harold Arlen, a performance/documentary directed by Larry Weinstein, Elizabeth Rex, a television film based on Timothy Findley’s play, the acclaimed Slings and Arrows, a six part comedic television series, and Beethoven’s Hair, a documentary directed by Larry Weinstein.

In January 2004, Daniel left Rhombus to create his own production company, Foundry Films Inc. Foundry has produced Northern Town, a CBC series set and shot in the Yukon, It's Me Gerald, a sixhalf-hour series for Showcase and in 2005 Last Exit, a TV movie with CTV directed by John Fawcett). In 2006 he produced Manufactured Landscapes,the theatrical documentary about acclaimed photographer, Edward Burtynsky, directed by Jennifer Baichwal. It won best Canadian film at Toronto International Film Festival, the Toronto Film Critics Association Awards for Best Canadian Film and Best Documentary of 2006 as well a Genie for Best Documentary. 

The team has also now completed a third documentary, entitled Act of God, which is in current theatrical release. Daniel also produced Sarah Polley’s debut feature Away From Her starring Julie Christie and Olympia Dukakis. It was released in the US by Lionsgate in 2007 and garnered six Gemini awards and two Academy Award nominations.

Daniel acted as executive producer of Fido, a large budget feature by Anagram Pictures in Vancouver.  He also has just wrapped production on The Bang Bang Club, a South African co-production starring Ryan Phillippe, Taylor Kitsch and Malin Akerman and written and directed by Steven Silver and Act of Dishonour, shot on location in Tajikistan. As well, Daniel is developing numerous other feature and television productions.

“While there is an increasing paucity of financing available to producers, says Daniel.  “I believe that there is still a large and strong audience for long-form audio-visual entertainment of all stripes. We are fortunate in Canada to have a organization such as the CFTPA to strongly represent the interests of Canadian Producers, to have such a strong voice and lobby to help the industry thrive. “