Speaker Damon D'Oliveira
Conquering Lion Pictures
Damon is a veteran producer responsible for bringing to screen some of Canada’s most critically and commercially successful films and television (BROTHER, RUDE, THE GRIZZLIES, THE BOOK OF NEGROES and WILDHOOD). An early champion of diversity, equity and inclusion both in front and behind the camera, Damon transitioned early in his career from an actor/writer into producing content that centered underrepresented, racialized and LGBTQIA2S+ voices. His latest film, BROTHER, world premiered at TIFF 2022 to rapturous critical acclaim and is headed to a number of festivals this fall including the Busan Film Festival, Sao Paulo FF and is selected for Competition at the BFI London Film Festival.
Damon’s miniseries adaptation of THE BOOK OF NEGROES, the best-selling novel by Lawrence Hill (Canada Reads Prizewinner) had its world premiere as the Opening Night Selection at MIPCOM in 2014. The series debuted to historic ratings on the Canadian Broadcasting Network in January 2015, marking a twenty-five year high for a one-hour drama premiere. Its US premiere also drew landmark ratings for BET Networks. The Book of Negroes stars Oscar-winner© Louis Gossett Jr., along with Oscar © Nominee, Aunjanue Ellis (King Richard, The Help), Ben Chaplin and 3-time Oscar© nominee – Jane Alexander. To date, the miniseries has won 12 Canadian Screen Awards, earned two nominations for U.S. Critic’s Choice Television Awards, an NAACP Image Award and was a finalist for the prestigious 2016 Peabody Award.
Speaking on: Financing film