Blue Ice Pictures is an independent film and television production company based in Toronto with an office in Cape Town.
The company’s highly skilled team develops and produces critically acclaimed and commercially viable films, television shows, documentaries, and reality series, with a longstanding involvement in international co-productions and studio production services.
With the purchase of South Africa’s production powerhouse, Out of Africa Entertainment, Neil Tabatznik and Steven Silver founded Blue Ice Pictures with Lance Samuels in 2011. Soon after its inception, Toronto based Blue Ice Pictures bought Foundry Films and Daniel Iron joined the team to become the Canadian President of the company. In 2014, veteran producer Mary Anne Waterhouse became Head of Production.
Lance Samuels is a seasoned producer of high-end films and television series with international appeal. In 2004, Lance founded Out of Africa Entertainment, which has service produced successful shows including HBO’s Generation Kill and Strike Back.
Lance has produced a number of acclaimed feature films including The Bang Bang Club, Inescapable and Lucky. In 2010, Blue Ice Pictures purchased Out of Africa Entertainment and Lance now runs Blue Ice Pictures out of the Toronto office as President of the company. Projects include The Book of Negroes, a six-part mini-series for BET and CBC based on the award-winning Lawrence Hill novel, as well as the films October Gale and The Night Before Halloween. Lance most recently produced the critically acclaimed BET mini-series Madiba, starring Laurence Fishburne as Nelson Mandela.
Daniel is president of Blue Ice Canada. He began his career as a legal counsel at Telefilm and then joined and eventually became a partner at Rhombus Media where he produced the television series Slings and Arrows and several acclaimed feature films including The Red Violin and Last Night.
In January 2004, Daniel left Rhombus to create his own production company, Foundry Films – behind Academy Award-nominated Away from Her, Manufactured Landscapes, Cairo Time, and numerous television series. Now at Blue Ice Pictures, he stands as one of the premier producers in Canada – attracting top writers and directors from around the world.
Mary Anne, Head of Production, is an award-winning producer, with a resume that spans over 50 film and television productions. Credits range from independent feature films such as the cult classic zombie comedy, Fido, to studio features including the Joss Whedon feature, Cabin in the Woods, and most recently, Neil Blomkamp’s Elysium.
Mary Anne’s background spans all aspects of both production and finance, having worked as production accountant, production manager, line producer, and producer on productions at all budget levels.
Priscilla Galvez is an associate producer at Blue Ice Pictures. With five years experience working in the media industry, she began her career in public relations working at the Toronto International Film Festival and advertising company George Briggs Media. A recent graduate of the Advanced Television and Film program at Sheridan College, Priscilla has also received production training at the New York Film Academy and completed a bachelor’s degree in Film Studies and Communications at Wilfrid Laurier University.
Stephen Raglow is the executive assistant to Lance Samuels and Daniel Iron. Stephen began his film career working on film sets, primarily in the camera and assistant director departments. He graduated from York University with an honors BFA in film.
Daniel Sacks joined the company as CFO in September, 2014. He has more than 40 years of financial experience in businesses ranging from sole proprietor owned companies to publicly traded entities, across many industries and sectors.
The Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema is an historic, century-old cinema located in Toronto’s vibrant Annex neighbourhood. Operated and programmed by Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, the venue is a year-round home for first-run Canadian and international documentaries, as well as special documentary presentations and showcases, including the popular Doc Soup screening series. It also hosts many of the city’s independent film festivals.
672 Dupont Street, Suite 400
15 Portswood Road
Cape Town, 8002
+27 (0) 21 535 5000