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OUTtv CEO James Shavick honoured with D.F.A.

Published On: May 23, 2015
Written By: Anthony


Influential Canadian producer and CEO of OUTtv, James Shavick, has been honoured with a Doctor of Fine Arts (honoris causa) from Capilano University’s School of Motion Picture Arts. The honorary doctorate degree is the highest form of recognition granted by Capilano University and is conferred upon those who have outstanding and sustained achievement in their area of expertise.

Mr. Shavick’s career began in 1976 with his first feature “Two Solitudes,” a landmark drama about the English-French conflict in his home province. It quickly earned a reputation as a Canadian classic.

Working for many years in California, Shavick handled many productions in Los Angeles, working with Jerry Offsay at RKO Pictures and with Academy Award(r) winner Arnold Kopelson.  Shavick has produced over 500 hours of television in Canada and the US with series and films commissioned by ABC Family Channel, NBC/PAX, Showtime and HBO. His credits include the Breaker High, The New Addams Family, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation, Christmas Caper, Finder’s Fee, and four Donald Strachey mystery movies. His television productions were among the top ten performers for their networks and he retains the singular distinction of being the only Canadian producer to ever have two number 1-rated shows in the United States.

Since moving his production company to Vancouver in 1993, he has mentored and employed a multitude of young producers – many of whom now form the backbone of film and TV production in Western Canada. The awarding of the D.F.A. recognizes his continuing contribution to young filmmakers.

“It is an honour for Capilano University to recognize his deep commitment to education and his exemplary record of leadership and voluntarism,” says Kris A. Bulcroft, President, Capilano University.  “Mr. Shavick has been a driving force of inspiration to our students as they embark on their careers and lives in the interestingly complex world of broadcast media.”

Mr. Shavick and his wife, former BC deputy premier and NDP leader, Joy MacPhail, became the majority owners in OUTtv Network in 2006.  The specialty channel is Canada’s only television network focusing on programming of interest to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) audience and its allies. The channel’s mission is to serve as a bridge between the LGBT community, its allies and the broader community, a cause close to Shavick’s heart.

Through their philanthropy, Mr. Shavick and Ms. MacPhail are proud to support QMUNITY, CANFAR, The Face the World Foundation, Goodwill, The Palm Springs Museum, Concordia University, Adler University (Vancouver/Chicago), and other worthy charities.