With over twenty-five years experience, Jay Firestone is one of film and television’s most prolific and successful Producers.
Firestone heads Prodigy Pictures Inc., a leader in the production of quality film, television, and cross-platform media. Prodigy is responsible for the critically acclaimed television series Lost Girl, which has electrified viewers around the world and has wrapped its fourth season. Lost Girl airs on SyFy in the U.S. and on Showcase in Canada. Also, the second season of the Franco-Canadian co-production XIII-The Series has just finished airing in Canada. XIII-The Series is based off of the television mini-series XIII, which aired on NBC and was also produced by Prodigy.
Prodigy has several projects in development, including the sci-fi series Dark Matter. Features in development include the adaptation of William Gibson’s groundbreaking and award winning sci-fi novel, Neuromancer, as well as Monkey's Paw, a riveting horror thriller.
Previously, Jay Firestone established Fireworks Entertainment in 1996 to produce, distribute and finance television programs and feature films. After a successful initial public offering in 1997, Fireworks Entertainment was acquired by CanWest Global Communications Corp. in May 1998, and as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, he oversaw the company's Los Angeles and London based television operations, as well as its Los Angeles feature film division, Fireworks Pictures. This entity was responsible for such films as “Rules of Engagement,” “Rat Race,” “Hardball,” “I-60,” “American Rhapsody” and “The Believer.”, winner of Best Film at the Moscow International Film Festival, 2001, and awarded the Grand Jury Award at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival.
Firestone also oversaw the company's interest in New York-based IDP Distribution, an independent distribution and marketing company formed by Fireworks in 2000 as a joint venture with Samuel Goldwyn Films of Los Angeles and Carl Icahn's Stratosphere Entertainment of New York.
Prior to forming Fireworks, Firestone was a founder and Vice Chairman of Alliance Communications Corporation, and is widely regarded as a key contributor to the company's impressive growth.
Over the course of his career, Firestone has served as producer for numerous television series; including, “Mutant X,” “Relic Hunter,” “La Femme Nikita,” “Queen of Swords,” “Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda,” “Highlander: The Raven,” “FX: The Series,” “18 Wheels of Justice,” “Caitlin's Way” and “Pacific Blue,” as well as the made-for-television movies, “The Girl Next Door,” “A Wrinkle In Time,” “Robocop: Prime Directives,” “Poison and Blonde,” and the feature films, “Black Top,” “Shattered Image,” “Onegin,” “Cletis Tout,” and “Trinity.”
Firestone's work has garnered a number of industry awards, including a Gemini Award for “Reboot,” ABC's first CGI animated series, and Chrysler Canada's People's Choice Award for “La Femme Nikita.” Mr. Firestone was also nominated for Entrepreneur of the Year in 1998.
Firestone has served on the Board of Directors for both the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television and the Board of Directors of the ATAS (Academy of Television Arts and Sciences) International Council in Los Angeles. He currently sits on the board of Voltari Operating Corp.