Paul Pope, a veteran Canadian film and television producer known for his upcoming film " Grown Up Movie Star" and "Real Birds," which was toplined by and Molly Parker, has died.
A prominent member of Pope Productions' production banner told The Hollywood Reporter that on Thursday's death, no cause of death was announced.
Pope Productions became a leading producer of film and television in Newfoundland after graduating from Ryerson Polytechnic in Toronto on November 7, 1958.
The crime drama Hudson & Rex, Life With Derek, a comedy starring Michael Seater and Ashley Leggat, and Above And Beyond, a mini-series by director Sturla Gunnarson, which features Richard E. Grant and Jason Priestley, are among his television credits.
His movies include Grown Up Movie Star, which earned Maslany a special jury prize for a breakout performance, and Diverted, Screamers: The Hunting, The One That Got Away, and A Extraordinary Visitor.
Pope was a founding member of the Newfoundland Filmmakers Cooperative, which he served as president for over twenty years. He also served as a board member on the Canadian Media Producers Association, which represents indie producers.
"Paul was a big part of Canadian media production industry and a strong advocate for Newfoundland," the CMPA said in a statement.
One of his many awards was ArtsNL, the Douglas James Dales Industry Builder Award, and an honorary doctorate from Memorial University.
"We join Newfoundland and Labrador's entire arts community in mourning Paul Pope's death. Paul was the city's screen industry on the map. He was a career launcher, risk taker, culture builder, and game changer for so many," said the St. John's International Women's Film Festival.