Production

Laurie Case

Senior Vice President

Laurie Case is a 25 year veteran of the television industry, and brings a diverse range of experience to her role at Force Four.  As Senior Vice President, Laurie focuses on access-related programming while also looking to support the development of key partnerships and creative strategies.  Laurie’s strong leadership and production skills are an asset to our growing production and development slate.

Laurie’s relationship with Force Four has developed over many years.  She has worked with the company since 2010, most recently as the Series Producer on fan-favourite Border Security: Canada’s Front Line and Border Security: America’s Front Line for Corus.

Prior to her career as a Series Producer, Laurie wore a number of production hats from editing and directing, to writing and producing.  Her work has primarily focused on factual programming for numerous broadcasters, including CBC, Discovery, and National Geographic.  Gaining experience across the industry, she played key roles on programs that have received multiple Gemini Awards and screened at TIFF, HotDocs and IDFA.

Alongside her production experience, Laurie has also volunteered her time for over 18 years to produce annual films for the Vancouver based non-profit organization HOPE International Development Agency.  She feels privileged to be able to put her skills to work in a way that has contributed to raising millions of dollars for the poor worldwide.  Force Four has since partnered with Laurie on this important initiative as part of our on-going commitment to giving back.

Dana Johl

Head of Production

Dana Johl is an experienced producer specializing in lifestyle, reality and factual television. As Force Four’s Head of Production, Dana manages start-up, hiring and production on all Force Four projects.

Dana has worked as Series Producer on W Network’s The Cupcake Girls, (winner of the 2010 Gemini Award for Best Reality Series) and Smart Cookies, OWN’s Murder She Solved: True Crime and HGTV’s Urban Suburban, Take it Outside and She’s Crafty. She also created and executive produced YTV’s Spy Academy, a multi-crew kid’s reality show, for its two-season run.

Dana has a degree in Broadcast Journalism from Ryerson University and worked researching, writing and reporting for BCTV News as well as in lifestyle programming at Alliance Atlantis Broadcasting.

Deb Wainwright

Head of Creative

Deb Wainwright is an award-winning director and Gemini and Canadian Screen Award-nominated producer whose experience spans the genres from children’s shows and music specials to reality and documentary series and one-offs. Before coming to Force Four, Deb series produced the documentary series Word Travels, and was the west coast producer for Sesame Street (Canada). Her ability to tell stories that entertain and inform make her a natural fit as Force Four’s Head of Creative where she oversees the creative treatment on all of our productions including Border Security, Canada’s first fixed-rig series First Dates, and the ground-breaking Keeping Canada Alive.

Deb has a PhD in Communications from the Annenberg School at the University of Pennsylvania and a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology, Human Learning and Development from the University of British Columbia. Her academic and media careers combine in her persistent and passionate examination of media, children, and parenting.

Trevor Hodgson

Vice President of Business Affairs

Trevor Hodgson is the Vice President of Business Affairs at Force Four Entertainment, where he is involved in the financial and legal aspects of the company’s many projects. Prior to joining Force Four, he was the COO of Lark Productions.  Before that, for over thirteen years Trevor was VP Business Affairs and an executive producer at Paperny Entertainment, where he was instrumental in the production of series such as EAT ST., YUKON GOLD, TIMBER KINGS, COLD WATER COWBOYS, and CHOPPED CANADA. Early in his career, Trevor was the senior production business analyst for the provincial funding agency, Creative BC.  He has also produced and executive produced dramatic theatrical feature films.

Maresa McLaren

Business Affairs Coordinator

Maresa joined Force Four in 2012 and has since honed her skills in many areas of production, including digital media and development, before landing in Business Affairs. Favourite past projects include coordinating the second screen microsite experience for W Network’s The Audience, exclusive web videos for City’s Seed, and social media management on W Network’s Shannon & Sophie.

She has a degree in Psychology from the University of Victoria.

Dawn MacKenzie

Office Manager

Dawn joined Force Four in January 2016, with over 8 years prior experience in office and operations work, as well as marketing and special events. Intrigued by the creativity and excitement of the entertainment world, she jumped at the chance to join Force Four as the Office Manager, and to be involved with a successful and creative team.

In her spare time, Dawn enjoys staying active and learning about all things real estate.