David Vainola

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David J. Vainola

David J. Vainola (born 5 October 1961) is a Canadian television and film writer and producer.

Early life[edit]

Vainola was born in Leicester, United Kingdom, and became a Canadian citizen in 1967.

Career[edit]

For the National Film Board of Canada, Vainola directed the short dramatic film "The Drive Away" in 1989.[1] He directed the short film "The Other Prison" (1990),[2][3] which won a Silver Plaque at the Chicago Film Festival and a Reel Award (Ottawa).[4]

Vainola directed the short film "Curiosities" in 1995.[5][6] "Curiosities" was nominated for two Gemini Awards, including best short program,[7] and won the Best Canadian Film award at the Toronto Worldwide Film Short Festival in 1996.[8]

Vainola wrote and directed the one-hour documentary 30 Second Democracy in 1997.[9][10] The film has been nationally broadcast in more than a dozen countries, including Canada.[11][12][13][14][15][16]

In 2008, Vainola wrote the TV mini-series Diamonds (aired May 2009).[17][18][19][20] Diamonds aired around the world, including a prime-time broadcast on ABC Television in 2008,[21][22] and received 12 Gemini Award nominations.[23] Vainola was nominated for a Gemini Award in 2009 for Best Writing in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series for his work on Diamonds.[24]

Vainola was a story consultant on Season 1 of the award-winning Cardinal (first aired January 2017),[25] and was a consulting producer for Combat Hospital.[26]

Vainola created, with Frank Spotnitz, the television show Ransom.[27][28] He is an executive producer on the show,[29][30] which is inspired by the real-life negotiators Laurent Combalbert (fr) and Marwan Mery (fr).[31][32][33] Combalbert and Mery have also provided commentary on episodes of Season 1 of Ransom, available on YouTube. Season 1 of Ransom aired December 2016; Season 2[34][35] aired April 7, 2018.[36] On July 16, 2018, CBS and Global announced that the series has been renewed for a 13-episode third season.[37]

Selected filmography[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Without Work: The Drive Away". National Film Board of Canada. Retrieved March 31, 2018. 
  2. ^ "The Other Prison". TIFF Library. Retrieved March 31, 2018. 
  3. ^ "The Other Prison". Martin Neufeld. Retrieved March 31, 2018. 
  4. ^ "Alumni Spotlight on David Vainola". NSI. Retrieved March 31, 2018. 
  5. ^ "Curiosities". Retrieved March 16, 2018. 
  6. ^ "Curiosities". Alternative Screen Archive. Retrieved March 31, 2018. 
  7. ^ "Gemini Awards". PlayBack. Retrieved March 31, 2018. 
  8. ^ "Short Filmmakers long on Talent". PlayBack. Retrieved March 31, 2018. 
  9. ^ "30 Second Democracy". Icarus Films. Retrieved April 2, 2018. 
  10. ^ "David Vainola". Maisha. Retrieved April 2, 2018. 
  11. ^ "30 Second Democracy". Icarus Films. Retrieved April 2, 2018. 
  12. ^ "Spotlight on David Vainola". NSI. Retrieved April 2, 2018. 
  13. ^ "Videos on Politics: U.S. Politics and Government". Rutgers University Library. Retrieved March 31, 2018. 
  14. ^ Chow, Clement H. M. "30 Second Democracy". Journalism History. Retrieved March 31, 2018. 
  15. ^ "Economics / Business". The Chinese University of Hong Kong Library. Retrieved March 31, 2018. 
  16. ^ "Journalism & Media Studies". Berkeley University Library. Retrieved March 31, 2018. 
  17. ^ "The Greed Behind the Glitter". Globe & Mail. Retrieved March 31, 2018. 
  18. ^ "Alchemy mines diamond trade for drama". C21. Retrieved April 2, 2018. 
  19. ^ "Diamonds". Variety. Retrieved March 31, 2018. 
  20. ^ "Will Synthetic Stones Undermine Natural Diamonds?". Investment Executive. Retrieved March 31, 2018. 
  21. ^ "ABC and ABC News Announce Summer Specials & Limited Series". ABC News. Retrieved March 31, 2018. 
  22. ^ "ABC picks up "Diamonds"". Variety. Retrieved March 31, 2018. 
  23. ^ "Gemini Nominations" (PDF). Globe&Mail. Retrieved March 31, 2018. 
  24. ^ "Gemini Awards" (PDF). Globe & Mail. Retrieved March 31, 2018. 
  25. ^ "Cardinal 1". Retrieved 30 January 2018. 
  26. ^ "David Vainola". IMDb. Retrieved March 31, 2018. 
  27. ^ "New Original Suspense Drama Ransom". Globe and Mail. 
  28. ^ "eOne Delivers Ransom Around the World". C21. Retrieved April 2, 2018. 
  29. ^ "Ransom Renews". CBS. Retrieved April 2, 2018. 
  30. ^ "Frank Spotnitz". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 2, 2018. 
  31. ^ "ADN Group". ADN Group. Retrieved March 31, 2018. 
  32. ^ "About Ransom". CBS. Retrieved March 31, 2018. 
  33. ^ "Dans la peau de deux négociateurs d'élite". Amazon. Retrieved March 31, 2018. 
  34. ^ "Ransom Renewed". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 31, 2018. 
  35. ^ "Ransom - Season 2". Retrieved March 16, 2018. 
  36. ^ "Shows: Ransom". Global TV. Retrieved March 31, 2018. 
  37. ^ Petsky, Denise (July 16, 2018). "'Ransom' Renewed for Third Season". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 27 July 2018.