Team

Michael Prupas
Michael Prupas, Founder, President and CEO

 

Emmy Award-nominated Michael Prupas is a 40-year veteran of the Canadian and international film and television industries. A former entertainment attorney, Prupas launched Muse Entertainment Enterprises in 1998 and Muse Distribution International in 2000. Muse Entertainment has become a major production house with facilities in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver and Los Angeles and is known around the world for its high-quality, award-winning television programs.

Michael Prupas is best known for executive producing The Kennedys, starring Greg Kinnear, Barry Pepper, Katie Holmes and Tom Wilkinson, and The Pillars of the Earth, starring Ian McShane, Eddie Redmayne and Hayley Atwell, both multiple Emmy Award-winning, event miniseries. He has great expertise in international co-productions and executive produced such award-winning projects as Answered by Fire, Human Trafficking, Ben Hur and The Flood. He is recognized for executive producing the World War II dramatic series Bomb Girls, 4 seasons of the supernatural series Being Human and 3 seasons of the crime series Durham County

He has executive produced many other series, miniseries and movies; including Coroner,  starring Serinda Swan, Bellevue, starring Anna Paquin, The Kennedys: After Camelot, starring Katie Holmes and Matthew Perry, Tut starring Ben Kingsley, Good Sam for Netflix  and Hallmark Channel’s TV movie reels The  Aurora Teagarden Mysteries,  The Gourmet Detective Mysteries, and Signed, Sealed, Delivered (also called Lost Letter Mysteries).

His other credits include the Disney family comedies Bad Hair Day and Zapped, Northpole: Open for Christmas, the docu-drama JFK: The Smoking Gun, the series Family Biz, Crusoe, 3 seasons of This is Wonderland, 2 seasons of Twice in a Lifetime, and Tales from the Neverending Story, as well as the miniseries The Phantom, Impact and The Last Templar. His credits also include Muse Entertainment’s animated children’s’ series, The Mysteries of Alfred Hedgehog, Helen’s Little School and Gawayn.

His feature film credits include The Deal starring William H. Macy and Meg Ryan, which premiered at the Sundance Festival, Niagara Motel  starring Craig Ferguson and Anna Friel, The Guilty, starring Bill Pullman and Joanne Whalley, Savage Messiah (winner of 3 Genie Awards), starring Polly Walker, Luc Picard and Isabelle Blais and the documentary feature Rocksteady: The Roots of Reggae.

Prupas established the first entertainment law course at McGill University in Montreal, which he taught from 1997-2002. He coached a minor league baseball team, served on the Board of Trustees of the Banff Television Festival and is now a member of the Quebec English Production Council and the Board of Directors of a conservation charity, Conservation Manitou.

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 diploma from the United World College of the Atlantic in Cardiff, Wales and a BA from Columbia University, NYC.

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 & 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. 

Aren is also a member of the Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA) Board of Directors and has served in that capacity since 2019.

Jonas Prupas
Jonas Prupas, Vice President, 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.

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.

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, Director of Development, 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.

Carey West
Carey West, Director of Post Production

 

As Director of Post Production, 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.

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