Reunion Pacific Team

MATTHEW O’CONNOR
Managing Director

Matthew O’Connor has been a Producer, Industry builder and entrepreneur in the entertainment business for over four decades. The entertainment companies he has founded have produced over two billion dollars in feature films, long-form and series television; garnering numerous awards and nominations including Emmy, Peabody, People’s Choice, Saturn, Humanitus, Canadian Screen Award and the Golden Globe. 2nd unit directing has also been a passion of Matthew’s, with a focus on VFX, action and splinter units.

 

Matthew has also partnered in several other companies focusing on VFX, Post Production, Agency, Studio and Distribution. Having served as Chairman of the Board of Sextant Entertainment and as a shareholder and three term board member of Thunderbird Entertainment, Matthew has experience in public markets and the operation of larger companies. He has been active with industry associations, founding the BC producers Branch of the CMPA, where he worked the establishment of the federal and provincial tax credits. Matthew is currently on the advisory board for the Capilano University BMPA.

PADDY BICKERTON
President

Paddy Bickerton is a lawyer with over twenty years of experience working exclusively in the entertainment industry, providing strategic advice with respect to the structuring and financing of productions. Paddy’s history includes her position at Telefilm Canada as a Business Analyst where she worked on many different productions (including the critically acclaimed Hard Core Logo), as well as extensive experience working in the private sector for production companies exclusively, including Reunion Pictures and Thunderbird Films. Working with the rest of the RPE team, Paddy will utilize her extensive business & legal affairs acumen implementing the overall corporate strategy, advising on all aspects of the company’s development and production slate, as well as acting as executive producer.

When she’s not working, Paddy loves to hike with her Golden Retriever, Frankie, and spend time at her family cabin on the Sunshine Coast, paddle boarding and swimming (as the weather permits!).

HOLLY REDFORD
Senior Vice President Production and Creative

Holly is a Producer and Filmmaker who has worked in the industry for over 25 yrs. She brings a love of scripted entertainment and innovative production partnerships to the team. Committed to producing and creating compelling stories for RPE and its partners, she’s produced a wide range of diverse content including, the award-winning series Continuum, Genre Miniseries, MOWs and independent features. Holly also has a passion for creative projects including Writing, Directing, Halloween Costumes, Gardening, and teaching her children how to lose gracefully while playing board games with her.

MICHAEL O’CONNOR
Vice-President Production and Post

Michael O’Connor in a previous life spent a decade working as a Set Decorator on numerous television movies and award winning series his first producing credit came on the Tri-Star action picture “Masterminds”. Since then Mr. O’Connor is well known for his expertise in producing complex effects and action driven pictures and shepherding the projects through to delivery. From 35mm to Digital deliveries he has seen it all and equally comfortable on set as well as a finishing suite.

ROSS REDHEAD
Vice President Operations

HEATHER KAISLER
Director of Business Affairs

Heather’s career in film and television began by accident in Saskatchewan in 1995 when her post-university graduation job as a PA on a series of commercials launched her down a path to the entertainment industry.  Although she had planned to make more use of her BA Honours Psychology degree, Heather worked both on set and in a production office, eventually producing four seasons of episodic lifestyle and documentary television programming for Life Network and History Television.  She moved to Vancouver in 2006 where she decided to try her hand at business affairs in an animation environment for several years.  She returned briefly to production, in research and story producing roles for a variety of lifestyle television programs, as well as series producing a doc crime series for Investigation Discovery US and Canada.  Heather’s greatest achievement in production, however, was the birth of her son in 2013, and she resumed working in business affairs the following year.  Heather lives with her son and dog in Vancouver where she enjoys family time, being outside, and trying to keep her patio plants alive.

CASSIDY COOPER
Executive Assistant

Cassidy Cooper is a Capilano University graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Motion Picture Arts and a Certificate in Business with a focus on Media and Marketing. Cassidy has worked in the film industry since she was 15 in various roles both on and off screen. Throughout University she produced many short films as well as worked in supporting roles to help create projects throughout her four years at university. Cooper is detail oriented, a quick thinker and likes to work in fast-paced environments in group settings.