Raised on Vancouver Island and a proud member of the Penelakut Tribe near Chemainus BC, Steve Sxwithul’txw has a very diverse background. Steve is a former tribal police officer and Liquor inspector with over 15 years of enforcement experience, With a desire for change, Steve went back to school in 2005 -2007 to attain a diploma in Broadcast Journalism from BCIT. The two-year proved its worth when he received several paid internships with Global. CTV and CBC. He worked for both CTV News at 6pm and CTV's First Story in Vancouver as a producer and reporter. It was at this point he left journalism to forge his own path as an independent producer and started Kwassen Productions in 2009. This of course led to the series development of Warrior Games.
Aside from production, Steve works full time for the Vancouver Island Health Authority as an Aboriginal Employment Coordinator, which promotes health careers on Vancouver Island. He also worked for the First Nations Health authority as an Aboriginal Recruitment Officer providing Aboriginal youth and adults the tools to achieve their health career goals.
Steve enjoys conducting charitable works for causes that fight cancer. He recently rode his bike to Seattle for the Ride to Conquer Cancer. He thoroughly enjoys committing his time for causes such as this and continues to train for next year!
Steve resides on Vancouver Island in Victoria with his wife and two children.
With over 25 years of television experience, Patti brings to independent producers the security of complete financing for their projects. Producer at Second Son Productions Inc., Patti and production accountant Darlene Lofgren oversee development and production through to delivery of the final project . Patti’s role focuses on the financial supervision of production for the participating broadcaster and stakeholders as well as the overseeing of all business affairs and bank financing, while Darlene manages the budget, cost reporting for production, bank for film tax credit purposes.
See www.secondson.tv for complete resumes on Darlene and Patti as well as the company profile.
Award-winning producer Patti Poskitt has extensive experience in all aspects of production. A graduate of Capilano College's rigorous Media Program, she has worked her way through the ranks in production coordination, management and all forms of producer titles. Stints in daytime television have provided Patti with strong connections to countless resources. She has numerous credits in all genres of programming, but prefers to focus on one off documentaries and doc series. In addition to this, she is proudly a part of the veteran production team that produce Variety – The Children’s Charity annual telethon “the Show of Hearts” for Shaw Media on Global TV.
Patti is the president of Second Son Productions Inc. and under this banner she devotes her expertise to collaboratively developing and creatively financing television productions as an executive producer.
Barry Gray is an award winning producer, director and writer of countless hours of documentary/lifestyle television for many of the major broadcasters in the world. He was series Producer for “Animal Miracles” and produced, directed and wrote “Raven in the Sun” a one-hour documentary on the life and art of Bill Reid for APTN and CBC. It was honored with two Leo Awards for best documentary and best cinematography. It was also broadcast as a CBC Life & Times. He directed the four-part mini-series “Girl Racers” as well as producing and directing 52 episodes of “Vanity Insanity” for Global Television, CH, and Tvtropolis. It was nominated by the Canadian Film and Television Producers Association for “Best Lifestyle” series. He produced a pilot “Get Dirty with Evan” starring Evan Marriott of “Joe Millionaire” fame and “produced the series “Keeping It Real” for W Network.
He also produced and directed “Bloodsucking Cinema” – a history of vampire films for Starz and Global Television . He then produced “Karl May & the Wild West” for APTN and international distribution. He produced the pilot for “Murder She Solved” for Viva Television and was the story editor for TLC’s fifth season of “Untold Stories of the ER.” He was series producer for “Consumed” – a new series for HGTV – which has just begun airing its second season. Currently, he is series producer for “Warrior Games” for APTN which has been just been renewed for its second season.
Jean Paetkau is the writer and key creative for Warrior Games. She has been writing for the stage and radio for many years. An associate producer with CBC radio in Victoria, she has also worked as a reporter. She contributed to The Main Ingredient, an award winning national radio program. Her writing credits include Windspeaker and Raven's Eye.
Thomas chose the ancestral name of "SEWIT" meaning "magic whale"! He is a member of the Snuneymuxw First Nation in Nanaimo, one of the many Coast Salish nations on Vancouver Island.Thomas inherited his right to carry on as speaker of the Hul qu’mi ‘num language and is asked to speak at many ceremonial and cultural events. This is something that Thomas is very proud to do. Thomas works with the Simon Fraser University linguistic department in securing the preservation of Hul qu’mi’num language now and into the future.