Into the Inferno

Leslie Caron: The Reluctant Star

The Woman Who Joined The Taliban

The Mystery of San Nicandro

Fixing My Brain

The Musical Brain

Made in Canada: The Italian Way

Exotic Lives

In Production

Undercover Jihadi

Countering Violent Extremism

Undercover Jihadi is the remarkable true story of Mubin Shaikh and his journey from extremist militant to one of the only people in the world to have gone undercover to expose homegrown terror cell.

Now an international consultant in countering violent extremism, Shaikh will give viewers an insider look into the minds of terrorists. He will also guide us through the present efforts in the United States, France, Germany, Canada, and the United Kingdom to counter violent extremism.

Undercover Jihadi will be a real-life thriller — blending danger and drama, religious passion, and betrayal.

Producer: Vanessa Dylyn

Director & Writer: Barry Stevens

Broadcaster: TVO

The Divided Brain

A two-part series based on the work of Dr. Iain McGilchrist, author of The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World

The Divided Brain introduces viewers to this highly original and subversive way of looking at how our minds function, based on the ideas of Dr. Iain McGilchrist, an eminent neuroscientist and clinical psychiatrist. The significance of our divided brains was explored in his universally acclaimed book, The Master and the Emissary, which is based on twenty years of neurological studies and clinical practice. He has found evidence that for two thousand years, the left hemisphere has been gaining ascendency over the right - changing the way we think about ourselves, and the world. The Divided Brain is a story of conflict, deception and the mysteries of the human mind.

Producer: Vanessa Dylyn

Director: Manfred Becker

Consultant: Dr. Iain McGilchristt

In Development

Extinction Stinks

Series - First Episode "The Curse of the Labrador Duck"

Bird expert Glen Chilton is obsessed with a species of North American duck that went extinct in 1875. Part road movie; part forensic investigation, and part natural history, an incredibly humorous journey with a most engaging and zany detective, the obsessed scientist himself. We join Glen on his epic journey to see all the stuffed Labrador Ducks in the world, including the one that is said to be cursed.

It’s an epic quest that will get him into all sorts of mischief en route as he circumnavigates the globe, hobnobing with eccentric artists, bird collectors and multimillionaire murderers. Every bird is a rare treasure and Glen will do almost anything to personally examine and measure every last one. Why? Corpses may be all that remain, but the dead tell tales. They reveal a lot to a scientist about the birds’ behavior and habits.

Producers: Vanessa Dylyn and Vijay Mavjee

Consultant: Dr. Glen Chilton

West Point ’41: The Men Who Led America

Docudrama series

West Point ‘41 is the astounding true story of the last class to graduate from America’s elite West Point Military Academy before the US entered World War II and the vital role they played in the Allied victory.

This series tells how the Class of ’41 was tested in war, of the courage of the men, of the elite training they received, and how they overcame the enormous burden of command to lead the Allies to victory. This series offers a unique insight into the art of leadership, and how these heroes of World War II took their place and helped define America’s military future.

Producer: Vanessa Dylyn

Director: Alex McIntosh

Did Marco Polo Reach America?

A modern detective story, with ancient clues

In 2014, historian Benjamin Olshin released his book The Mysteries of the Marco Polo Maps, which some experts believe could change history, as we know it. The book is the culmination of 20 years of study of a remarkable collection of maps and letters, which appear to have been compiled by the daughters of Marco Polo.

The maps show a landmass which looks remarkably similar to the Bering Strait and Alaska, suggesting Polo may have reached America centuries before Christopher Columbus. Did Marco Polo Reach America? will reveal the mysteries behind these maps and present strong evidense that could re-write history.

Producer: Vanessa Dylyn

Writer: Stephen Milton

Consultant: Dr. Benjamin Olshin, Ph.D.

The Science of Sainthood

How the Vatican uses medical science to determine who will become a Saint

The Science of Sainthood presents astounding stories of the science behind the saint-making process in current campaigns for Sainthood - campaigns that include candidates such as first aboriginal saint Kateri Tekakwitha and Archbishop Fulton Sheen.

The series also reveals the medical science behind recent canonizations such as the newly canonized Brother André, Montreal’s miracle man, and Marguerite d’Youville, of Quebec.

Inspired by Dr. Jacalyn Duffin’s recent book, Medical Miracles: Doctors, Saints and Healing in the Modern World, we bring to life intimate accounts of spontaneous healings, and how skeptical clergy and medical professionals have worked together to separate the miraculous recoveries from the merely fortunate.

With unusual access to the Vatican’s Congregation for the Causes of Saints and its top medical investigators, this series opens a window into a fascinating process that has remained largely secretive for hundreds of years...until now.

Developed with VisionTV Canada

Producer: Vanessa Dylyn

Writer/Director: Harvey Crossland


A mini-series based on the book Charles Dickens and the House of Fallen Women

At the height of his fame, Charles Dickens masterminded a radical social experiment lasting twelve years – one of the greatest preoccupations of his life and yet virtually unknown until now. Based on the recent book, Charles Dickens and the House of Fallen Women, our film will reveal a vital but unknown chapter in the life of one of the world’s most beloved authors. This feature will delve deeply into the dramatic and moving relationship between women who wanted to escape their miserable lives and Dickens, the famous author who knew their secrets.

In development with Muse Entertainment and Back Alley Films

Producers: Janis Lundman and Adrienne Mitchell

Consultants: Vanessa Dylyn and Anna Stratton

Beast Hunters of Rome

The Original Deadliest Catch

Much is known about what happened in the amphitheatres of the Roman Empire but very little is known about the Beast Hunters who risked their lives to bring back the original deadliest catch.

Exotic beasts from the far reaches of the Roman Empire were brought to the capital to be part of a grizzly spectacle of slaughter. Thousands of animals were killed in a day in the great Colosseum before 50,000 cheering spectators. It was a bloodthirsty, spectacular event.

But who captured the world’s most dangerous beasts to feed the insatiable need of the crowds of the great Colosseum? And how did they keep the animals alive while transporting them thousands of miles?

For the first time on camera, we’ll mount an extensive investigation to find the evidence and reveal how this cruel industry of the ancient Roman Empire flourished for hundreds of years.

Executive Producer: Vanessa Dylyn

Director: John Larose

Who Killed Arafat?

A forensic science mystery and tale of political intrigue

Yasser Arafat, a polarizing figure and the former chairman of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, was pronounced dead in November 2004. The French military hospital announced the cause as a "massive haemorrhagic cerebrovascular accident." Senior Palestinian officials withheld Arafat’s medical records and buried him without an autopsy. Many theories about Arafat's death have arisen, spurred by the secrecy surrounding it and the many assassination attempts he had survived. But eight years later, traces of the deadly poison Polonium 210 was discovered on Arafat’s belongings, leading to a full-blown murder investigation.

Who Killed Arafat? is an exploration into the emerging evidence surrounding what may become one of the most infamous poisonings of all time.

Producer: Vanessa Dylyn

Director: Nadine Pequeneza

Bloody Masterpieces

The untold stories of how wars, conspiracies and rivalries shaped masterpieces

We all know the paintings in question. They have been interpreted and reinterpreted numerous times on everything from posters and tapestries to cartoons and tattoos. Andy Warhol silk screens, episodes of The Simpsons and novels such as The Da Vinci Code.

Author and world-renowned art historian Ross King reveals two perfect examples of turbulent times giving birth to works of greatness: the ceiling of the Vatican's Cappella Sistina and a wall within the refectory of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan, The Last Supper. Though these masterpieces are predominantly the works of two great men - Michelangelo Buonarroti and Leonardo da Vinci - those involved in shaping the works in a wider sense include fascinating casts of heroes and villains, statesmen and warriors... sinners and saints.

But the stories behind these famous images are much less well-known, and they reveal that before the paintings became icons of Western art and mainstays of popular culture, they were produced against the odds by disgruntled artists in violent, uncertain times. Bloody Masterpieces (Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling and Leonardo and The Last Supper) reveals the real stories behind the making of two of the world's most exquisite and dissected masterpieces including new revelations about their creation, from the world's most renowned experts and even the artists themselves.

Producer: Vanessa Dylyn