President & Founder Alan Aylward has been an Independent Producer and Event Coordinator for over 25 years creating, writing, directing, financing and Executive Producing award-winning TV Documentaries, Series, Film, Corporate & Educational video and national promotional campaigns. He has secured and managed well over 25 million dollars for over 100 hours of original and commissioned private and public sector communications content, national marketing campaigns and projects secured in response to Federal & Provincial RFP’s.
His first award-winning TV series as Independent Producer was a trilogy of one-hour Documentary specials – ‘The Disability Myth’ (CTV – 1981/82– Hosted by John Hurt/Elephant Man), - a controversial milestone series underlining the struggle of disabled Canadians.
From 1995 to 2000 he Produced, Directed and Wrote 130 x ½ hr. episodes of the ‘New World Wine Tour’ shot on location in Ontario, British Columbia, California and France with Host and producing partner, the late Jonathan Welsh. The series finished its 12th year of broadcast (CH nationally, Global, WIC syndication nationally, TVO, CBC Windsor, SUN TV) in 2007 and the project spawned the writing of a best selling book, ‘TV Wine Guy in Ontario’.
In 1990 Alan created and produced the award winning ‘Flight For Freedom’, a one year national bilingual literacy integrated media campaign and pre-internet viral marketing platform which included 2 x 1 Hr. TV Documentaries, 6 x PSA’s, a Music video, & 7 community/educational videos. Sponsored by the Canada Post Corporation, the project won the Gold “Lone Star” award at Houston International Film Festival; the Humanist Institute’s “Best Project” award and Strategy Magazines Best “National Cause” event marketing award. The video materials from the project were used in communities across Canada for 15 years at no further cost to Canada Post.
In celebration of Canada’s 125th Year of Confederation Alan developed a national bilingual year long grass-roots video competition event (Canadian Video Challenge) and a 2 Hr. live Television Awards and Entertainment Special, ‘Let’s Celebrate’ (National syndication, CBC National) featuring the Governor General, major Canadian entertainers, Sports and Olympic personalities and the awarding of major prizes to amateur video producers and community groups from across Canada.
His first motion picture screenplay ‘Chaindance’ was produced and released in 1991 by R&R Motion Pictures of Vancouver. It received four Genie nominations and Vancouver International Film Festival’s “public’s most popular film” award.
His production Company, Forevergreen TV & Film Productions founded in 1989 has also won several international awards from film and video Festivals including the New York Film Festival, Columbus International, American Film, National Education and Houston International.
Alan’s most recent TV series ‘Pressure Cooker’ (2008/09 - 9 x 1 Hr. Episodes) & ‘X-tremeGolf’, (2007/08 - 6 x 1 Hr. Episodes) have both been broadcast and re-run across Canada on several occasions. Both series incorporated a companion website campaign that included dynamic trivia contest elements that engaged and excited viewers from across Canada.
His current production ‘Senior Star – Unforgettable’ is a 90 minute documentary special featuring 10 talented senior finalists (65 – 91 years of age) selected from over 1,000 applicants in a national talent search aired in Canada on February 27, 2010. Forevergreen has now been commissioned by PBS to produce a one hour Documentary on Canada’s love of Hockey.