From network television to feature film, 775 Media specializes in finding projects with a strong vision and taking them from concept to completion.
We make films that we would like to see, with an inclination toward genre offerings that focus on great scripts and storytelling.
Founded in June 2016, 775 is a collaboration between award-winning producers Michael Peterson and Julian Black Antelope with the corporate leadership of entrepreneur Laurie Venning.
Currently expanding with multiple new features surging from pre-production through post, and the recent launch of a Production Services division and VFX wing, we are building an international reputation in the genre world from our production facilities in Calgary, Alberta.
Laurie Venning is an accomplished businessman with over 25 years of senior executive experience and business leadership. He is the original founder of Regent Energy Group Ltd. and its technology. Mr. Venning has vast experience in the fabrication and manufacture of oilfield drilling equipment and sand control manufacturing equipment.
Mr. Venning is currently the Founder, Chairman and CEO of the VennWest group of companies, which include VennWest Global Technologies Inc., VennTertainment Corp. and EnerTrade International Ltd. The VennWest group has a number of interests in the movie, television and music entertainment businesses. Mr. Venning is the Chairman of 775 Media Corp. Through its investment in Distraction Wear Inc., the VennWest group is uniquely positioned in the fashion industry. In addition, VennWest’s subsidiary, EnerTrade, provides international oil and gas and energy trading solutions to various customers, clients and counterparties primarily based in the Middle East, Asia and Europe.
In an effort to fund and support medical and scientific research into the causes, treatment and cure of autoimmune diseases, Mr. Venning established the Vista Peak and Praespero Foundations.
A CSA nominated actor who works consistently both nationally and internationally (Blackstone, Hell on Wheels, Penny Dreadful, Hold the Dark, Dominion Creek), Julian-also nicknamed JBA; brings a constantly growing body of work behind the camera writing and producing on several feature films, documentary’s and shorts.
After a 10-year career in the Canadian music business, JBA’s transition to film and television seemed an obvious choice and was initiated on Stephen Spielberg’s 6-part miniseries Into the West (2005). In addition to Acting and stunt work, he began working in a variety of production capacities to round out a complete working knowledge of all aspects of the film and television industry.
In 2007, JBA wrote and successfully developed his first television concept for Canadian broadcast and has since used his acting profile to leverage, build and maintain positive relationships with broadcasters and producers throughout the world.
His behind the camera work has also won him many accolades including nominations for AMPIA Best Screen Writer (2017) (Drama under 30 Minutes), Best Dramatic Feature (2016) and a Governor Generals Award nomination for Canadian History (2016).
JBA’s industry relationships, skills, experience and “hands-on” approach, make him a strong and valuable asset to film and television production and creative development.
Michael is an award-winning producer and director whose body of work includes shorts, commercials, reality tv, music videos, documentaries, scripted series (Tiny Plastic Men, Wilmore Boys) and the feature comedy, Lloyd the Conquerer (2012). His films have been featured in over 75 film festivals worldwide. He completed the 2013 Canadian Film Centre’s Directors Lab, in which he was one of only six directors chosen from across Canada.
He holds a BA with Honours from York University in Communications Studies and Humanities. His Masters of Arts from The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill concentrated in documentary film theory and practice and also consisted of working with many local independent and PBS documentary producers and directors. Using the skills he learned from mentoring with these various filmmakers he applied them to his own 52-minute documentary about the first combat active US soldiers to enter WWII, “Robinson’s Red Raiders: The Story of the 22nd.” As a result of his quality work and stellar grades Michael won an internship in Hollywood, California with legendary director Ridley Scott’s development company, Scott Free Productions.
Michael can be easily spotted by his trademark plaid shirts.
Alone and targeted on an isolated farm, 12 year old Henry finds himself at the center of a maelstrom of terror and a dark family legacy after his secretive grandfather dies suddenly in the night.
Rob Grant and Mike Kovac receive a disturbing fan video inspired by their previous horror movie, Mon Ami, motivating them to investigate the responsibility of filmmakers in portraying violence in movies. In their pursuit of the truth they are unwittingly introduced to the real world of violent criminals and their victims.
Bored with responsibility an immortal shape-shifting being sets out for some long overdue self-indulgent adventure among the four races of man.
A timid writer's assistant takes matters into her own hands when she suspects her boss is a serial killer using her to inspire his next novel.
Three friends discover they all have secrets from one another when they find themselves marooned on a yacht in the middle of the ocean.
A severely injured man and woman awake in an abandoned sanitarium only to discover that a sadistic caretaker holds the keys to their freedom and the horrific answers as to their real identity.
Award winning Canadian Actor John Cassini to appear alongside Sara Garcia (Reign, X CompanyTrue Fiction.
Director's second feature film to hold Canadian Premiere at the Calgary Underground Film Festival.
It’s quite possible that Mike Peterson has given more serious thought to the movie Home Alone than anyone on earth.
Frontières announces Knuckleball as one of five in this year’s Buyers Showcase, featuring projects currently in post-production, or recently completed.
Longtime Canadian actor Michael Ironside is shooting a new full-length Hollywood film in the Edmonton region, a project that grew out of a chance meeting 12 years ago during a traffic jam in Los Angeles.