Jesse started his career with Alliance Atlantis, following which he took a position with Blueprint Entertainment Corporation (currently Entertainment One), as their VP Business Development & Co-production.
Since starting Sudden Storm Entertainment, he has produced the feature film Killing Zelda Sparks, starring Sarah Carter (Shark, Skinwalkers), Vincent Kartheiser (Angel, Mad Men), Geoffrey Arend (Garden State, The Devil) and Colm Feore (The Sum of All Fears, The Chronicles of Riddick).
Jesse was as an Executive Producer of George A. Romero’s Survival of the Dead which premiered in 2009 at the Venice International Film Festival and had its North American Premier at the Toronto International Film Festival. He also Executive Produced the feature Running Mates starring Henry Winkler and DJ Qualls.
On television, Jesse is an Executive Producer of the hit series How to be Indie which is presently in its second season with YTV. He also Executive Produced the reality series ReVamped for Slice Network.
He has spoken on film and financing panels at the Cannes Film Festival, the Toronto Film Festival, and Berlin.
Jeff began his directing and producing career while attending University and majoring in film theory. Productions included Barstool Words by Josh Friedman, The Birthday Party by Harold Pinter, Fool for Love by Sam Shepard, and Waiting for Godot by Samuel Becket.
In the summer of 2000 Jeff remounted Barstool Words off-Broadway in New York, to rave reviews and had an extended run for winning the Off-off-Broadway Theatre Festival. The following year, Jeff began directing and producing for film and television, his first project being the TV-half-hour version of Canadian Playwright Mavor Moore's one-act, The Store, which aired on CBC, IFC Canada, and W Network. The project marked the start of producing partnership with Jesse Ikeman, and formation of Sudden Storm Entertainment.
In 2005 Jeff produced and directed the feature film Killing Zelda Sparks which won top honours at the 2007 San Diego Film Festival and has since been distributed in several territories around the world. Since that time Jeff has been involved as a producer and executive producer on George A. Romero's Survival of the Dead, and most recently Thomas Michael's, Running Mates.
In 2009 Jeff created and executive produced the reality TV series ReVamped which airs on Slice Network Canada. Jeff is the creative director for Sudden Storm entertainment, which has multiple feature films and television series in active development.
Alexis travelled extensively in her early education, graduated high school following a year on a school ship circumnavigating the globe and was a political science major at Carleton University. Her work experience has included everything from barista to a principal in a soap and lotions startup business. Most recently Alexis spent three years as household manager/personal assistant to a music industry celebrity. Though new to the film and television industry, Alexis is an avid film buff anxious to increase her understanding of the technical and creative aspects of the business. Here at Sudden Storm she handles a variety of tasks from both the creative and business end.
Ira Wells fell in love with the awe-inspiring power of film and television at the tender age of four, when he first witnessed William Shatner prevail over a lumbering green lizard on the original Star Trek—a truly formative moment in his childhood. He graduated from the University of Calgary in 2003, and is currently completing a doctoral dissertation on twentieth-century American literature at the University of Toronto. He’s published essays and articles on a wide range of literary and political matters in the Toronto Star, the National Post, and the Calgary Herald, as well as academic articles in Popular Music and Society, University of Toronto Quarterly, and elsewhere. Since winning Sudden Storm Entertainment’s Adapt to Film Competition in 2009, he’s been working as an in-house development associate, contributing to a wide variety of projects and working to develop several feature film scripts with the company.