Co-Founder, Vice-Chair, Director of Industry Liaison
Wayne Thompson, Graduated University of Toronto – Political Science and Economics
Managed many well known entertainers including Tanya Tucker, Harry Belafonte, Steven Seagal and many top Canadian artists.
Promoted world tours and concerts for Frank Sinatra, Liza Minnelli, George Burns, Whitney Houston, Natalie Cole, Beach Boys, Moody Blues, Julio Iglesias, The Temptations and more. Toured many arts and cultural events throughout Canada such as "Stars of the Kirov Ballet" partnering with major corporations for sponsorship.
Produced theatrical productions of "Forever Plaid", "A Clockwork Orange" and others. Created and toured "Unforgettable – the Music of Nat King Cole" with the Cole family as partner. Produced two shows at Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas including inaugural long running show that opened hotel in 1998.
Produced and managed events including the opening of the Sydney Opera House, the launch of Sanctuary Cove, Queensland, Australia featuring live finale by Frank Sinatra, Whitney Houston and Peter Allen.
Sat on Board of Mpeg Supersite, Mediaqube, and e-Channels. Thompson played a key role in the sale of each of these to larger companies.
Recently COO of iLoveTV Entertainment Inc., an enhanced television production company producing shows on the internet that synchronize in real-time with televised shows. Produced for iLoveTV synchronized live productions of "Lou Reed Rock 'n Roll Heart" , Toronto Maple Leafs hockey, and the Molson Indy Races in the summer of 2004.
Very active volunteer role in charities having raised several million dollars. Thompson was a lead fundraiser for the Dr. Jay Foundation, a charity that raises money for palliative care and children with life threatening diseases. He also assists fundraising and sits on the Advisory Board for Unity for Autism. Thompson was an integral part of the founding of Kid's Help Phone. He and his wife, Wendy, were founding members with Susan Bassett, following the passing of her husband John F. Bassett, in the creation and operation of the Bassett/Falk Cancer Research Foundation.
Wayne Thompson is a skilled communicator, an innovator, and a producer of live and non-live events of enormous magnitude. He is married and lives with his wife, and two sons.
He is the winner of 4 Juno Awards (Canada's Grammy Awards) and has received more than a dozen gold and platinum records worldwide.
He is the producer of the movie "Animal 2" starring Ving Rhames. In the fall of 2007, he finished production on the feature, "PhantomPunch" starring Ving Rhames, Nick Turturro, Bridgitte Wilson and Stacey Dash. He recently finished production on the Christian movie "Saving God" starring Ving Rhames, Dean McDermott and Ricardo Chavira. This film won several awards, including "Best Picture", at faith based festivals worldwide.
Last year he finished producing with Entertainment One, the CBC movie "Keep Your Head Up, Kid: The Don Cherry Story", a 2 part mini-series. This aired in Canada in late March 2010 to record audiences – the largest ever for a Movie of the Week in Canada. It won two Gemini Awards and two Director's Guild of Canada Awards including Best Picture.