Meet Our Team
Sarah Fodey
PRODUCER, DIRECTOR, WRITER
In Sarah Fodey’s twenty-year career as a film and television producer, she has produced multiple feature films and a variety of scripted and documentary series for broadcasters including TVO, TFO, Bell Media, APTN, CBC, and Corus Entertainment that have aired throughout globally.

She is well versed at all levels of creative and business affairs producing, with an emphasis on creative stewardship, budget management, and finance. Sarah recently co-executive produced two seasons of the documentary series Playing with Fire (26 half hours); co-produced season six of the series, Qanurli, for APTN; and produced season four of TVO’s Hard Rock Medical.

At present, Sarah is producing, writing, and directing The Fruit Machine, a feature documentary for TVO, as well as Noël en boîte, a Telefilm feature film.  Sarah attended Queen’s University on a writing scholarship and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature, followed by an Honours Diploma in Television Broadcasting from Algonquin College. She is a member of the Writers Guild of Canada and is the Vice-President of SandBay Entertainment Inc.

Han Nguyen
PRODUCER
Since entering the motion picture industry in 2002, Han Nguyen has produced, directed, and worked as a 1st assistant director in every screen-based medium. From feature films, shorts, and scripted series to documentaries and music videos, Han has worked with networks including the CBC, YTV, TFO, APTN, Amazon Studios and Lifetime.

Han is currently producing The Fruit Machine, a feature documentary for TVO, Noël en boîte, a Telefilm feature film, as well as the upcoming season 7 of Qanurli for APTN, an interprovincial/territorial coproduction between SandBay Entertainment and Qanukiaq Studios. Han is multilingual and produces and directs in both English and French.

She sat on the board for Algonquin College’s Scriptwriting Program, was a member of Women in Communications, and is an active member of WIFT-Toronto. Han is the President of SandBay Entertainment Inc.

Derek Diorio
STORY CONSULTANT & EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Derek Diorio has produced, directed and/or written well over 300 hours of dramatic, animated, and live-action television programming.

Fluently bilingual, he has directed dramas and comedies for Radio-Canada, TVO, and TFO, helming 42 episodes of Francoeur; 50 episodes of Météo+; 29 episodes of Les Bleus de Ramville; and most recently three-seasons of Hard Rock Medical.

In 2009, he wrote and produced The Quantum Tamers: Revealing our Weird and Wired Future, an innovative documentary on quantum physics featuring Stephen Hawking. The Quantum Tamers won the Prix Audace at the 2009 Pariscience International Science Film Festival in Paris, France and was nominated for two Gemini awards in 2010.

Amanda Barakat
PRODUCTION MANAGER
Amanda Barakat is a highly-respected Producer, Project Manager, and Director with nine years of video storytelling expertise. A master of organization, this fluently bilingual industry leader excels at shepherding projects from creative ideation through final delivery.

Assembling and leading creative and business teams on complex and challenging projects is where Amanda shines. From directing bilingual on-camera talent in some of Canada’s most remote and beautiful natural landscapes for the iconic Hinterland Who’s Who broadcast campaigns, to being the creative and business project lead for several national clients including The Bank of Canada, Canadian Blood Services, the Canadian Wildlife Federation, Aga Khan Foundation Canada, and WSIB.

Amanda excels in the art of variety and diversity. A honours graduate in Television Broadcasting from Algonquin College, Amanda currently calls Toronto, Ontario home where she manages SandBay’s slate of broadcast and branded communication projects.

Mary O’Shea
RESEARCHER
Mary has worked for film and television production companies as a production coordinator, researcher, writer, and assistant director. Mary holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies and History from Memorial University, and a Master of Arts degree in Film Studies from Carleton University.

She previously worked as Assistant Festival Director of the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival. In 2013, Mary was Lead Researcher for 40 documentary shorts that were produced for Sarah Fodey and Han Nguyen for the inaugural launch of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

Michael Tien
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY

Gemini-award winning Michael Tien has been working as a Director of Photography and Camera Operator for over twenty years.

His decades of experience and innate talent for beautifully capturing emotional moments have made Michael a highly sought-after Director of Photography.  

He has collaborated with Sarah Fodey since 1999, establishing a relationship of loyalty, trust, and excellence not often found in freelance arrangements.

Karl Roeder
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Karl Roeder, an accomplished bilingual cinematographer, has lensed documentary arts, scripted & factual television, commercials, and feature film.

Nominated for Gemini and Canadian Screen Awards, he has shot over 150 episodes of scripted television, drama and comedy, airing on TFO and CBC, of note with Cathy Jones and Colin Mochrie. He has shot over 200 episodes of lifestyle and reality television and feature-length documentaries airing on major networks including Fox USA, Food Network, Gusto, W, HGTV, and Discovery.  He loves his work, and brings enthusiasm and experience to a project, without ego or hesitation to collaboration.

Matt West
EDITOR
A creative and ambitious storyteller, Matt West always aims to do bigger and better. A graduate of the TV broadcasting program at Algonquin College in 1999, Matt has a fresh eye and for over fifteen years, he has worked with some of Canada’s most celebrated production houses, editing award-winning content for broadcasters including Discovery, Bravo!, W, The Outdoor Life Network, HGTV, and Gusto.

He has directed and edited more than 500 television episodes, which have aired in over 80 countries, including Gemini-nominated hits for Food Network Canada and HGTV. Matt has collaborated with Sarah Fodey since 1999, and he cut the 11-minute story trailer for The Fruit Machine and remains dedicated to the documentary.

Rich Nault

LOCATION SOUND RECORDIST

Richard Nault is a field sound recordist based out of Ottawa, Ontario who has traveled the country and the world with television productions – from the rainforests of Borneo to the high Arctic to the deserts of Baja – loving every adventure in every locale.

Comfortable in genres ranging from documentary and newsmagazine to reality and lifestyle to scripted, Rich also realizes that productions demand more than just sound from the sound recordist. Rich brings over a decade of production and travel experience to your set, and your production will benefit from his completion of the Hostile Environment & Climate Training Course with AKE Security Group.

Whether working together as part of a crew on the other side of the world, or just on the other side of town, Rich is committed to delivering great sound for your production.

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