Emmy and Gemini Award winning producer Cheryl Wagner, with her successful track record in children’s television, joins forces with long-time writing partner Harmony Wagner, to create projects with humour and heart, for all platforms. They are complimented by filmmaker Jason Rogerson, who, with his skills as a producer, director, and editor, helps to bring Periscope’s unique stories to life.
• creator and show runner of the highly successful 100 episode preschool series THE BIG COMFY COUCH with Toronto’s Radical Sheep Productions. She is happy to crow that BCC has seen a total recoupment for investors and was awarded two Emmys, a Gemini and an ACT Award of Excellence.
• creative producer on the preschool series and Gemini winner POKO [stop motion] with Halifax Film for CBC-Kids.
• co-creator of BO on the GO [CG] with Halifax Film for CBC-Kids.
Before television beckoned, her career in children’s entertainment began in theatre as a puppeteer and clown. Cheryl is very proud of and grateful for her years working closely with Jim Henson on Fraggle Rock and Ernie Coombs on Mr. Dressup. Her film experience includes the role of Ms. Finch in the Sesame Street film Follow That Bird. Ms Wagner has also been involved in the writing and creation of adult dramatic series with Moncton’s Dream Street Pictures.
Cheryl resides in Charlottetown and as member of the Island Film Factory is working on developing and supporting the community of creators of screen stories – whether film, television, or other platforms. A member of the Writer’s Guild of Canada, she was the Prince Edward Island Creative Development Representative for Super Channel. She also sits on the Board of Directors of WIFT-Atlantic.
Cheryl was honored with a WIFT Wave Award at the 2011 Women Making Waves Conference in Halifax.
Born into a family of clowns, Harmony Wagner has always had a penchant for making people laugh, making people cry and wearing many different hats.
She was head writer for on-line social-networking massive multi-player game, City of Sinners and Saints and has written for children’s television/web: The Big Comfy Couch, Panda Bear Daycare, Bunny Bop!, Amazing Traveling Friendship Fair; for adult sketch comedy troupe, Sketch-22 and humorous Horoscopes for The Coast.
Her feature film screenplay Honeynuts was selected for the 2009 PEI Screenwriter’s Bootcamp and is in development with Telefilm. Her Big Comfy Couch screen story, You’re Not the Boss of Me, was short-listed for the 1999 Writer’s Guild of Canada Awards.
Harmony has performed as an actor and puppeteer for television and web: Bunny Bop!, Big Teeth, Bad Breath (YTV), Anne Murray CBC Special, Juno Awards, Kidney Foundation commercial, and theatre: Sketch-22, Jacob Two-Two and the Hooded Fang, D.O Eh?, Fools Rush In, and The Miracle Worker.
Harmony wrote, directed and produced the short film VAST, which was voted Viewer’s Choice at the 2011 Island Media Arts Festival. VAST was selected for the Atlantic Shorts Gala at the 2011 Atlantic Film Festival and the Silver Wave Film Festival.
She produced 15 episodes of the preschool web series Bunny Bop! and Lucky 7, a comedic short film by Jason Rogerson that won the 2010 CBC 321 Award for PEI. With Jason Rogerson, she also produced the music video The Way We Do’er for Boxcar Dan and the Vagabond Strangers which garnered nomination for the Best Music Video Award at the 2011 Music PEI Awards.
Recently, her CBC PEI 3-2-1 Award winning short, Queen of the Crows, premiered at the Island Media Arts Festival. It was one of nine films selected to screen at the CBC Atlantic Shorts Gala at this year’s Atlantic Film Festival, and plays September 15 at Park Lane Cinemas, Halifax, with an encore screening on September 19.
Harmony is a member of the Island Film Factory, WIFT-Atlantic, the Island Media Arts Coop and the Writer’s Guild of Canada.
Holding a Film & Video degree in screenwriting from York University, Jason has been involved in the theatre and film & video scene on PEI for many years. His video short, Picking Lucy’s Brain, was nominated for five Reel Island Film Festival awards and played at the Atlantic Film Festival. Notable theatre productions include Players, Hood Ornaments, The Point!, Enemies, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. One of the writers responsible for rewriting the Fathers of Confederation walking tour scripts for Tourism Charlottetown, he has served as secretary and president of the Island Media Arts Co-op.
Jason is the producer of PEI comedy troupe, Sketch-22, for which he writes, as well as directs and edits, many of the group’s short videos. He wrote, directed, and edited five episodes of Sketch-22‘s comedy sci-fi web series, Bunkerdown.
In 2011, Jason was the editor for Periscope Pictures’ pre-school web series, Bunny Bop!
His short, Lucky 7, premiered at the Island Media Arts Festival in May, 2011. Produced by Periscope Pictures and winner of CBC PEI’s 2010 3-2-1 Award, it recently played on CBC Maritimes Download (Season 2, Episode 10). Lucky 7 screened at the 2011 Atlantic Film Festival in Halifax, as well as the Silver Wave Film Festival.
The Way We Do’er, a music video Jason directed for Boxcar Dan and the Vagabond Strangers, was nominated for Best Music Video of the Year at the 2012 Music PEI Awards. Jason also directed a short comedy video starring the band, and is currently working on a feature length screenplay about the group. The treatment for this script was workshopped at the 2012 PEI Screenwriter’s Bootcamp.
Most recently, Jason produced Harmony Wagner’s Queen of the Crows, winner of the 2012 CBC 3-2-1 Award. The short premiered at the 2013 IMAF Film Festival and screens at the Atlantic Film Festival Shorts Gala this September.
A writer/director/video editor at Moses Media in Charlottetown since 2003, Jason is a founding member and Secretary of the Island Film Factory.