Team

Michael Prupas
Michael Prupas, Founder, President and CEO

 

Michael Prupas is an Emmy Award nominated and Canadian Screen Award winning executive producer whose strong business sense and negotiation savvy has enabled Muse to carve out a niche as a leading international television co-producer and Canadian producer serving the U.S. market. Michael is an industry veteran and a leading executive in Canada’s film and television industry. He founded Muse Entertainment in 1998 and Muse Distribution International in 2000 but his career in the media industry began 20 years earlier, when, after graduating with two law degrees from McGill University, he was accepted as a junior lawyer by a prominent national law firm. Within a few months of Michael joining, he became the leading attorney in the firm’s emergent entertainment law practice. He then joined Heenan Blaikie LLP, and worked as Senior Partner of the firm’s Film and Entertainment Law Group for 16 years which he left to launch Muse.

Michael oversees all elements of Muse’s development, production and distribution divisions. 

Irene Litinsky
Irene Litinsky, President of Production, Quebec

 

Irene Litinsky joined Muse in 2000 as President of Production, Quebec. She has more than 30 years of experience producing high quality film and television for international networks and major American studios, such as Warner Brothers, MGM, Disney, Sony Pictures, Fox and Dreamworks. Irene is an Emmy Award nominated and DGC and Canadian Screen Award winning producer.

Throughout her career, Irene has collaborated with some of the media industry’s top producers and directors, including Jodi Foster, Ivan Reitman, Robert Altman, Darren Aronofsky, Steven Spielberg and Roger Birnbaum. She has forged long term relationships with major studios as well as industry executives, which, coupled with her reputation for delivering top quality projects on time and within budgetary parameters, drives Muse’s production service business.

Irene holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Concordia University.

Joel S. Rice
Joel S. Rice, President, Muse Entertainment USA

 

Joel Rice joined Muse in 2007 with more than a decade of experience in film and television production. Joel oversees Muse’s Los Angeles office and its development team. As an executive producer, he is charged with developing and producing TV series, miniseries, television movies and family programming for American television and cable networks. He has deeply rooted industry connections in the creative and broadcast communities which help drive Muse’s growth and reputation.

A passionate humanitarian who began his working career in social work, Joel has developed a reputation for the production of meaningful television. His projects have been nominated for and won awards, including Humanitas, Christopher, Crystal, Media Access Angel, Epiphany and SAG awards.

Joel holds a Master’s degree from UCLA and a B.A. from Wesleyan University.

Jesse Prupas
Jesse Prupas, Sr. Vice President Development & Distribution

 

Jesse Prupas joined Muse Entertainment in 2001 as its Director of Development. He was promoted to Vice-President in 2008 and in addition to developing international co-productions he took charge of the company’s domestic and international sales. Jesse works as a producer and executive producer, primarily on Muse’s animation and children’s’ projects while overseeing the company’s Canadian scripted development team, managing its international co-production development slates and supervising Muse’s sales arm, Muse Distribution International. He is also responsible for Muse’s New Media and web-based projects

Jesse holds an IB degree from the United World College of the Atlantic in Cardiff, Wales and a BA from Columbia University, NYC.

Jeremy Spry
Jeremy Spry, Sr. Vice-President, Business and Legal Affairs

 

Jeremy Spry joined Muse Entertainment in 2012 and oversees all legal and business affairs aspects of its operations and productions, including the supervision of all tax credit and subsidy applications. With a profound working knowledge of industry guild agreements (WGA, DGA, SAG-AFTRA, WGC, DGC, ACTRA, etc.) and seasoned business instincts, he is a key driver in the development, production and exploitation of Muse content. A strong advocate of the Canadian production community, he currently serves on the board of directors of the Canadian Media Producer’s Association and co-chairs its public affairs committee.

Jeremy’s career in the media industry began as child actor and then continued at Telescene Film Group, where he held various different roles. After working as an associate for a few years at a prestigious national Canadian law firm, he became legal counsel for CBC/Radio-Canada, then Director of Business and Legal Affairs for Just for Laughs and followed by joining the National Bank Canada as a banker in its specialized film and TV financing group.

Jeremy holds a political science degree from McGill and law degrees from Université de Montréal and Oxford University.

 

Betty Palik
Betty Palik, Vice-President, Communications and Factual

 

Betty Palik has been working at Muse since its founding in 1998 which she joined after a 20-year career in journalism and broadcasting.

Betty is in charge of Muse’s communications, which includes the creation of  press kits, EPK’s, Behind-the Scenes documentaries, key-art, posters, sell sheets and catalogues for networks, cable, distributors, festivals and international television markets. She helps plan Muse’s marketing strategies and takes charge of the company’s advertising.  She works as an EPK Producer on Muse productions and as Unit Publicist.

Betty is also involved in Muse’s Factual Division, helping to research, develop, story-edit and executive produce productions.

Before joining Muse, she had been a staff reporter at Montreal’s daily newspaper, The Gazette, a staff researcher and reporter at Time Magazine, a broadcast journalist at CBC Radio and also a feature writer for many top-rated Canadian magazines.

Betty holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from McGill University and a French language certificate from Université de Montpelier.

Evan Tussman
Evan Tussman, Vice-President, Post-Production

 

Evan Tussman joined Muse Entertainment in 2001 after a career in the media industry which began in 1996. Before Muse, Evan worked as Director of post-production for Film Finances Canada. Evan oversees all post-production elements of Muse's projects, including the budgeting, negotiation and engagement of personnel, and the delivery of rough, fine and final cuts to studios and networks throughout the world.

Evan’s fine eye for detail and involvement from A to Z ensures that Muse's clients receive content that exceeds their expectations, all in a timely and consistent manner. His affable personality strongly compliments the vagaries and challenges of post-production in the modern age, helping to ensure that all of Muse's projects remain on budget and that delivery deadlines and expectations are met. 

Shawn Rosengarten
Shawn Rosengarten, Vice-President, Distribution

 

Shawn Rosengarten joined Muse Entertainment in 2014 and takes charge of selling the company’s television productions across secondary domestic platforms as well as international territories. He travels to meet television executives across the globe and also attends all major TV markets (MIPCOM, MIPTV, NATPE, DISCOP, ATF, etc.). Knowledgeable and well connected, Shawn develops new sales and business opportunities by targeting new clients across all media platforms.

Throughout his 15 year career in the media industry, Shawn has licensed over 100,000 hours of content in over 140 countries. He was a member of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences from 2004 to 2014. He was also selected for the 2001 Canadian Media Production Association’s (CMPA) National Mentorship Program (NMP), a program which serves as a launching pad for young Canadian film, television, and digital media executives.

Shawn holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from McGill University and a Certificate in Marketing and Sales from the John Molson School of Business of Concordia University.

Aren Prupas
Aren Prupas, Vice-President, Business and Legal Affairs

 

Aren Prupas joined Muse in April 2013 after practicing law for four years at the leading national law firm, Heenan Blaikie LLP where he worked in Entertainment Law, Corporate and Commercial Law, Corporate Finance and Mergers & Acquisitions.

Aren provides legal, financial, business and operational support to the development, production and distribution teams in Muse`s scripted and non-scripted divisions

Aren holds a BA Honours from Tufts University, a BCL law degree from Université de Montréal, and an LLM from Fordham University. He is a member of the Quebec and New York State bars.

Jonas Prupas
Jonas Prupas, Vice-President, Non-Scripted Programming, Muse Entertainment Factual

 

Jonas Prupas joined Muse Entertainment in 2008 as a Business Affairs analyst and now heads Muse Entertainment Factual and the company’s Toronto division. He oversees a team of producers, editors and development executives and works on the development and production of non-scripted series and documentary specials for both Canadian and American cable networks. Jonas is involved in the research and attachment of on-screen talent, the preparation and production of development materials, including one-pagers, series treatments and sizzle reels, and, during production, the engagement and oversight of production personnel, liaising with network executives, completion of post-production and delivery of Muse content.

Jonas holds a Bachelor of Economics from McGill University and a MBA in Arts and Media Management from the Schulich School of Business, York University.

Danny Gravel
Danny Gravel, Controller

 

Danny Gravel joined Muse in 2010 as Controller of Muse’s companies after years of experience in the television and radio broadcasting industries. He had worked at Power Broadcasting and RNC Media before coming to Muse.

Danny is in charge of Muse’s corporate accounting team and is responsible for the production of quarterly financial statements for Muse and its subsidiaries, for financial reports, audit files, payroll and bank transactions. He manages the billing of Muse USA’s and Muse Distribution’s clients around the world. He is in charge of making minimum guarantee payments from Muse Distribution to Muse’s production companies and reconciling the payments with Post Production Accounting on a quarterly basis.

Danny is a Chartered Accountant (CA) and Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and holds a Bachelor in Business Administration degree in Finance and Accounting from Université du Québec à Montréal 

Diane Kornaros
Diane Kornaros, Director of Production Accounting

 

Diane Kornaros joined Muse Entertainment in 2012 and oversees all Muse production companies from start to dissolution. She helps setup new production accounting teams, assuring that Muse production accounting procedures are implemented. She provides assistance when needed and manages production cash flow. Diane is responsible for providing reports of all production companies to Muse’s auditors and also handles the review and audit of the companies’ consolidated financial statements.

Diane also manages Muse’s post-production accounting department, including the preparation of year-end files for audit and tax credit calculations. She handles accounting and government audits, ensuring maximized tax credits in an expedited manner. She also dissolves production companies after collection of tax credits.

Diane’s long career in the entertainment industry handling theatrical feature films, TV series, movies and international co-productions, has enabled her to foster trusted relationships with officials in both the Quebec and Canadian governments resulting in the quick turnaround of assessments and collection of tax credits.

Lydia Storie
Lydia Storie, Vice President, Development, Muse Entertainment USA

 

Lydia Storie joined Muse Entertainment USA in 2015 as the Vice President of Development.  Based in Los Angeles, she oversees the company’s US development slate and manages wide range of television series and limited series projects for the American market. She is also the point person for the company’s international co-productions in the US.  Lydia’s primary focus is expanding Muse’s creative business stateside while also supervising the LA-based development team. 

Before joining Muse, Lydia worked as Director of Development for Additional Dialogue at Endemol Studios and was previously the Director of Scripted Development for Original Media.

 She holds an M.A. in Cinema Studies from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and a B.A. in English Literature and History from Ball State University.

EVELYNE FORGET
EVELYNE FORGET, Director, Business and Legal Affairs

 

Evelyne Forget joined Muse Entertainment in 2006 . Over the years, she has developed a strong expertise in Canadian production tax credits and funding and her main duties consist of maximizing Muse’s tax credits for all productions and to oversee all financing through various funding agencies (CMF, Cavco, Sodec, OMDC, Creative BC, etc…).

Before joining the television industry, Evelyne was a specialist in global compensation, including benefits and working conditions. She wrote Employment Benefits and Conditions of Employment in Canada, published by the federal government and sold to universities and libraries all over the world.

While working in Human Resources, she pursued her interest in theatre and was a member of the board of directors of the Association Québécoise du Jeune Theatre and member of various committees related to arts and culture. In 1987 she became General Manager of the Association Québécoise du Théatre Amateur.

Over 10 years at Radio-Centre-Ville, Evelyne was host and producer of two radio shows, Theatre-Loisirs on theatre and Sous le Chapiteau about circuses.

Evelyne holds a degree in French Studies from University of Montreal and studied administration at UQAM.

Manuela Hunger
Manuela Hunger, Director of Operations

 

Manuela Hunger joined Muse Distribution International in January 2005, with responsibilities for selling, marketing and managing Muse’s library of television titles worldwide. In 2009, she was promoted to Director of Operations and today she oversees Muse Entertainment’s corporate operations.

Manuela began her career in the film and television industry in 1990 at Allegro Films and went on to Whalley-Abbey Media, a lifestyle production company where she had many responsibilities including overseeing productions, video distribution and post-production.

Manuela holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from Concordia University. 

CHRISTINE TANNOUS
CHRISTINE TANNOUS, Associate, Business and Legal Affairs

 

Christine Tannous joined Muse Entertainment in the summer of 2016. She is involved in all the stages of business and legal affairs involving the development, production and exploitation of Muse’s projects. In addition to her broad knowledge of entertainment industry specific matters, Christine also has prior experience in civil and commercial litigation as well as corporate law.

Christine holds law degrees from the University of Montreal and Osgoode Hall Law School as well as a Master of Laws in entertainment, media and intellectual property law from UCLA. While in Los Angeles, she completed professional internships in the business and legal affairs departments of various production companies.  Christine is a member of the Quebec and California bars. 

Emma Hartley
Emma Hartley, Director of Development

 

Emma Hartley has been developing dramatic scripted content for over 15 years. Starting her career in London, England, Emma held the position of Head of Development for Vertigo Films, where she worked across a large slate of independent, genre-led feature films. Early on, she found her passion for working with distinctive new voices and worked on the debut features from Tom Shankland, Gareth Edwards and Nicolas Winding Refn.

Currently the Director of Development for Muse Entertainment Canada, Emma works across talent tracking, project selection, development and packaging for a slate of TV projects aimed at a global audience.

Emma studied at Stirling University and University of California, Santa Barbara and holds a BA in Film & Media.

Meghan Mathes
Meghan Mathes, Director of Development, Muse Entertainment USA

 

Meghan Mathes joined Muse Entertainment USA in 2015 as Director of Development. She has worked in development for five years and has a passion for telling stories. 

Based in Los Angeles, she is responsible for finding writers, projects and intellectual properties for television.  She shepherds these projects until they are ready to take to market.  She gathers intel from all sides of the US marketplace and continues to build strong relationships with broadcast, cable and streaming networks.  She supports the President and Vice President of Muse USA.

Before joining Muse, Meghan was Manager of Development for Evolution Entertainment.  Meghan holds a BA from Columbia College Chicago.

COURTNEY DOBBINS
COURTNEY DOBBINS , Development Producer, Non-Scripted Programming, Muse Entertainment Factual

 

Courtney is responsible for developing non-scripted television projects from concept to network order. She spearheads creative development of series pitches, including treatment writing, sizzle production, format development, research, casting and access proposals/negotiations. Courtney manages both existing and new relationships with network executives in the U.S and Canadian markets.

As a graduate of Ryerson University’s RTA School of Media, Courtney prides herself on bringing a positive, creative energy to every project she tackles. Her experience includes producing digital content at Media One Creative and Blue Ant Media as well as directing junkets with A-list talent for TIFF.

ALSU LATYPOVA
ALSU LATYPOVA, Assistant Controller

 

Alsu Latypova joined Muse Entertainment as Accounting Clerk in 2010 and was soon promoted to Assistant Controller. She helps manage the accounting of Muse companies which requires her to ensure the accuracy and consistency of data for accounts payable and accounts receivable. She oversees the preparation and timely delivery of financial reports, the recording of journal entries and intercompany entries. She manages Daily Cash flow reconciliation and bank accounts reconciliation in different currencies. She prepares GST/QST reports and negotiates with government officials regarding GST/QST matters. She assists Muse’s Controller in producing accurate and timely financial statements, preparing Quarterly and Year closing audit files, preparing Cost Reports for projects funded by CMF and also supervises the accounting clerk  in the verification and invoicing of cash expense reports, WGC and WGA remittance forms and accounts payable.

Alsu graduated from the Collège Supérieur de Montréal and also studied Financial Management at HEC Montréal. Before arriving in Canada, Alsu obtained a Bachelor degree in Law at the Ural State Law Academy, Russia.

Lenka Blundell
Lenka Blundell, Post Production Accountant

 

Lenka Blundell joined Muse in 2007 and is responsible for the day-to-day post production accounting including accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll and bank reconciliations. She manages the monthly GST/QST filing, coordinates the audits and assists the government officials to resolve the issues. Once a show is delivered she reviews and corrects the accounting records to ensure the eligibility of the expenses for tax credit refunds, prepares the audit files and assists the internal and government audits with a focus on maximizing the amounts collected and minimizing the turnaround. She also prepares the audit files for the quarterly and annual consolidation.

Lenka holds a Master’s Degree in Business Economics and Management from the University of Economics in Bratislava.

Carey West
Carey West, Post Production Supervisor

 

As Post Production Supervisor Carey streamlines Muse’s Distribution department to ensure all projects are delivered to distributors and broadcaster through a multitude of platforms on a global level.

As part of our Post-Production department, she maintains a strong channel of communication between all facets of the post-production process while ensuring projects are executed on schedule and within budget. 

With a BA Specialization in Communications Studies from Concordia University, Carey joined the Muse team in 2016 with a strong background of working in reality television and documentary story telling for several years. Her experience has helped coordinate the post production and execution of deliveries for Muse’s Toronto branch of reality television projects.

MISHA SOLOMON
MISHA SOLOMON, Development Executive

 

Misha Solomon joined Muse Entertainment 2014 and has rapidly risen the ranks from Intern to Executive Assistant and now to Development Executive. In his current role, Misha oversees the development process for scripted projects originating from Muse’s Montreal office, following projects from concept to pre-production. Misha has developed projects in a variety of genres, including drama, comedy, youth and animation.

Misha has previously worked in Toronto and New York with the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, Disney-ABC Television, and TVLine.

Misha has a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University.

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