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AJAs 2020 Finalists

Michael Donovan's Epic Odyssey


Date Aired or Published July 2020
Media outlet where first aired or published: Atlantic Business Magazine
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Location: St. John's, NL
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How did Atlantic Canada’s vital film and television industry begin and why has it become so important to Canadian culture? One answer to both those questions is Michael Donovan, the lawyer-turned-producer whose artistic and commercial successes led to his appointment last year to the Order of Canada. In this profile of an initially reluctant-to-be-interviewed Donovan, Stephen Kimber traces the accidental roots of Donovan’s career, his up-and-down early years of trying to build a business and an industry, and shows how Donovan’s personal passions and determination created a global success still rooted in Atlantic Canada. The profile also explains why, at 67, Donovan still isn’t ready to retire gently into his well-earned good night.

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Researched and written by Stephen Kimber

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