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Damian Kindler is a seasoned television writer and producer with over 17 years of experience in the entertainment industry. He brings his talent and experience to the helm of Sanctuary as Creator, Writer and Executive Producer.
Kindler originally created the pilot script for Sanctuary approximately ten years ago, but put it away for safe keeping when he started writing for the Stargate franchise. Sanctuary’s time came in 2006 when Kindler, along with fellow Stargate colleagues Amanda Tapping and Martin Wood, forged ahead to produce Sanctuary and lead the way into the forum of new media entertainment. Sanctuary was introduced to the public in 2007 as the first broadcast quality series to go direct to the Internet.
As a webisode series, Sanctuary received numerous awards, garnered attention from “TV Guide”, earned a place in the Guinness Book of World Records, and generated excitement from fans around the world who were quick to spread the word. Within the first six months of being on the web, Sanctuary received over 3.7 million views and downloads across the Internet.
Always looking ahead to where the series would go next, Kindler and his team captured the interest of broadcasters. Less than a year after the 8 short format webisodes premiered, Sanctuary was in full production again - this time with broadcast licenses for a full season of episodes that brought the series to television screens across North America and Europe. The first season of the groundbreaking series was so popular, it was quickly picked up for a second season and now a third, with an extended order of 20 episodes. And its worldwide appeal speaks for itself… Sanctuary can now be seen in over 180 countries around the world.
A leader in innovative television and forward thinking, Kindler sat on a panel at the prestigious Paley Centre for Media in New York to discuss the series’ original beginnings and cutting-edge technology.
Prior to Sanctuary, Kindler was Co-Executive Producer and Writer for Stargate SG-1 and Creative Consultant and Writer for Stargate Atlantis, two of the most popular science fiction TV series worldwide.
In addition to Stargate, Kindler has written for many television series including PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal, Relic Hunter, The Immortal, Earth: Final Conflict, F/X: The Series, and Kung Fu: The Legend Continues.
Kindler was nominated for a three Leos in 2004 and 2005 – all for excellence in TV writing and producing by the British Columbia Film and Television Association. The series picked up six Gemini nominations in 2009 (winning Best Visual Effects) and 17 Leo Award nominations in 2010 – more than any other series or film, including Best Screenwriting for Kindler.