We're different! We're all Business!
We want your attention, time, of course some $$$, but not so much that will break the bank.
So, no big fancy buildings or state-of-the-art this and that but what we do have is a whole lot of passion and commitment to sharing what we know and who we know with you.
We were once newbies in the industry making all the wrong choices and our experience is now your gain. We want to lessen your pain and shorten your learning curve. Think Holden Caufield rescuing the kids (Read the book — Catcher in the Rye). But our rescue is from the waters teeming with sharks.
So come get your business on at MBI where we provide real-life knowledge and hands-on training that equips you (yes equip, think shield and sword)
you with the information and training needed to set your creation/story on a
We want you to imagine and create your production reality based on a sound and solid understanding of the business you are in… Show Business. If you have had enough of the show … now it’s time to get down to business.
So while everyone continues to guess at and seek out the new business models, we know that 2 + 2 is still four and …
YOUR SUCCESS IS OUR SUCCESS!
OUR INSTRUCTORS & BOARD
A Team of Working Industry Professionals
As MBI’s training and education is career-focused and industry/market-driven, our instructors are industry professionals who are working in their respective areas of specialization. Meet some of our instructors and special international guest lecturers.
Patricia Scarlett - Founder & Chief Academic Officer
Diane De La Haye - Instructor & Board Member
For the last decade, Diane has contributed her talents exclusively to Film Festival Operations with a strong track record of driving innovation and growth. Over the years she has worked consistently with Caribbean Tales (Toronto), Gatffest and Portie Film Festival (Jamaica) and provided consultancy services for Step by Step Productions (Barbados).
Diane holds an Executive Masters of Business Administration in Finance from the Mona School of Business/University of the West Indies as well as a Diploma in “Writing for Film and TV” from the Vancouver Film School. She has held positions in Script Development and Web Series Productions, Juried scripts on several panels, continues to Executive Produce various projects and freelance as a Script Doctor for a range of clients.
When time allows, Diane occasionally dabbles in Blogging to share her Short Stories, Poetry and musings on Film. Two of her Sketch Comedies have been staged in Vancouver and Chicago, and her MOW/Rom-coms are currently being reviewed by reputable networks.
Diane lives in Toronto and is the proud mother of Anya, another Creative of Color making waves in Music and Film.
Mark Prasuhn - Chief Operating Officer
Mark is an experienced negotiator and business manager with a vast knowledge of the Canadian and international media sectors. He has a strong track record of leadership, fostering diversity, training and mentoring, customer relations, and driving profits, innovation and growth. Over the course of a decade as COO at Zoomer Media (TV division)/S-Vox/Vision TV, he drove a 150% increase in sales revenues and oversaw the successful launch of two digital national networks: ONE: the Body, Mind & Spirit channel in 2001 and Grace TV in 2005. He also served as SVP, Programming, and in the period 2007-2010 doubled Vision TV ratings and tripled the network's prime time ratings.
As COO at Mind's Eye Pictures, one of Western Canada's largest production and program sales companies, he oversaw legal/business affairs and corporate development during a period of dramatic growth. He also spent five years as General Manager of government funding agency SaskFilm, where he oversaw a six-fold increase in production activity and the introduction of new programs including a production tax credit and Canada's first provincial digital media fund. Mark also spent eight years in management at public broadcaster TVOntario, where he served as Manager, Business Affairs overseeing program acquisition, co-production, scheduling of internal technical facilities, licensing and rights management for the network.
Mark holds a Masters of Business Administration from the Rotman School of Business at the University of Toronto, and is also a graduate of the Film and Television production program at York University. He also serves on various advisory committees and is a member of numerous industry organizations. Mark has served as a guest lecturer at numerous schools and training institutes and spokesperson for the industry on many occasions.
Robin Welch - Instructor & Board Member
Jeff Ulin - Instructor & Board Member
Donisha Prendergast - Advisory Board Member
Donisha Prendergast was born in Jamaica, but she considers herself a citizen of the world. Her vibrant talent spans many disciplines – acting, film directing and producing, writing, alternative curriculum building, motivational speaking, social organizing and public advocacy amongst an evolution of other creative practices.
Her love affair with acting started on the Theatrical stage in 2001 with roles as a Jamaican Cinderella in Cindy-Relisha & the DJ Prince, a teenage seductress in Puppy Love and an emotionally distressed psychopath seeking revenge on a former lover in Woody's Last Stand. She soon entered the world of television, hosting Star Search at Traxx, a very popular local talent search show, appeared in a number of commercials, and modeled for fashion brands that led to billboards, centerfolds in magazines and much more.
In 2008, she got her first real taste of feature-length documentary filmmaking as lead subject in RasTa: A Soul’s Journey, a Canadian production which took her to 8 countries around the world to seek out the roots and evolution of RasTafari. This experience led to a decade of international travel and global activism including marching and defending the rights indigenous peoples, challenging governments, building schools in Africa, co-founding youth organizations, visiting with survivors of radiation spills, building alternative curriculums to sustain social movements and more.
Her first screenplay Savannah was shot and produced into a pilot for television. Savannah is a Jamaican Love story exposing the underbelly and turmoil of living in paradise where she also played the lead character. After a highly publicized encounter with police and racial discrimination in the USA in early 2018, she and two other creatives responded by producing and starring in Marathon and Black Bodies, a 2-part short film with one intention; to incite conversation about the kinds of injustices marginalized people face in the 21st century. That same year, on the invitation of the Chale Wote Street Arts Festival, Donisha was a part of a team that spent a month immersed in research and active observation in Ghana, West Africa, leading to the co-creation of an Afro-futurist short film which was partially shot in the slave castles on the coast of Ghana, entitled Awaking Sankofa.
Most recently, she produced Beat Nation, a documentary series exploring the history of Jamaican music as a struggle for liberation, and how it has emerged globally to be the one consistent voice beckoning for more positive, anti-colonial action in the world.
Her formal education includes Theatre Arts at Howard University, TV & Film Production at Miami International University and Ryerson University. Donisha continues to pursue all aspects of her artistic self.
Maurie Alioff - Advisory Board Member
Maurie Alioff is a Canadian Film, TV and Music Journalist, Screenwriting Instructor, Contributing Editor for Take One, Programmer for the Montreal World Film Festival and Just for Laughs Comedy Festival and has written for The New York Times, POV Magazine, Canadian Cinematographer, National Film Board, northernstars.ca and is affiliated with the Quebec media industry publication: CTVM.Info.
Maurie travels frequently to Jamaica, is familiar with the culture and ‘Yardie’ life and is working on his Patois but has a long way to go. He recently filmed a concert by Protoje, (a top reggae musician), and interviewed him along with international superstars Macka Diamond, Elephant Man, Caribbean Canadians Diva (Alicia Anderson) and Sielle, as well as Alpha Blondy and Cocoa Tea. Maurie is currently collaborating on Reaching for Zion, a documentary featuring Bob Marley’s granddaughter while also researching and developing two scripts: about magical-realist outlaw drawing on stories he hears on the island, and one that focuses on the contemporary music world.
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