THE 90TH PARALLEL TEAM

Telling Stories That Matter

GORDON HENDERSON,
CHAIRMAN

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Gordon Henderson began his career as parliamentary correspondent for Global TV. He produced documentaries for CBC’s The Journal and was the senior field producer at CTV’s W5 before starting 90th Parallel Productions in 1987. He was the senior series producer of the celebrated CBC/Radio-Canada series Canada: A People’s History.

Currently,  he sits on the board of Face the Future, a medical missions foundation.  He sat on the boards of Opera Atelier and Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Choir.  He is past Chair of Dixon Hall, a community service agency in Regent Park.

For more than a decade he was an instructor with the Journalism department at Toronto’s Ryerson University. His novel, Man in the Shadows, which takes place during Confederation, is published by HarperCollins.

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SUSANNE CUFFE,
PRODUCTION MANAGER

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As Production Manager, Susanne Cuffe oversees all business aspects of 90th Parallel Productions. She coordinates the documentary productions, manages the budgets and keeps the productions on track.

She is also the Post-Production Supervisor and Business Manager for 90th’s related company, ViewPost Productions.

Nothing would get done here at 90th if it weren’t for Susanne. Seriously. Nothing.

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STUART HENDERSON,
PRESIDENT

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Stuart Henderson is currently overseeing a slate of documentary films ranging from broadcast hours to anthology series to feature-length projects. Under his watch, 90th Parallel has expanded into dramatic projects, and is currently developing several feature films with industry veterans.

Henderson has worked for several years as a professor of history at several top research institutions. He has a PhD from Queen’s University in cultural history, and has held postdoctoral fellowships at York and McMaster Universities. He was the inaugural Lynton Wilson Teaching Fellow in McMaster’s Wilson Institute where he studied and taught extensively in Canadian identity and culture. His doctoral thesis was awarded the John Bullen prize from the Canadian Historical Association for best dissertation of the year, 2009. He is the author of the multiple award-winning book Making the Scene: Yorkville and Hip Toronto in the 1960s (University of Toronto Press, 2011).

A former creative consultant for actress Rachel McAdams, and a syndicated Pop Culture columnist with CBC Radio One, Henderson has experience on both the creative and the critical sides of the fence. A former editor with PopMatters and Exclaim! magazines, he is a juror for the Polaris Music Prize.

 

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GEOFF MATHESON,
EDITOR

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Geoff Matheson is an extremely busy documentary editor, working on more than 20 productions in the past five years alone. Pretty remarkable, for a guy who wandered in to 90th looking for the bathroom!

His recent credits include Mom & Me (TVO), Franklin’s Lost Ships (CBC) and Underground Railroad: The William Still Story (PBS). He’s currently working on The Tea Explorer, a feature length film for doc channel.

Geoff is our resident cyclist. Rain or shine, he braves those roads – and often has a good rant about it when he gets to the office.

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RITA KOTZIA,
PRODUCER/DIRECTOR

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Rita Kotzia is an award-winning documentary producer and director. For the last 20 years, Rita has written, directed and produced television series, documentaries and national news for broadcasters such as PBS, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), CTV, Shaw Media (CORUS), TVO, TSN and Rogers.

Her curiosity about the world, and love of documentary storytelling, has led her to some interesting places. For “Apocalypse 2012”, she travelled the globe meeting doomsday preppers and documented their fierce determination to protect themselves from perceived danger. Her film “Bipolarized” was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for “Best Editing” and won awards at several North American festivals. She is currently working on “The Inconvenient Indian” a documentary inspired by the best-selling book by Thomas King. She is also producing “Nahanni: River of Forgiveness” an epic journey of healing and renewal in a monumental landscape.

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