Famed producer and promoter of the Newfoundland and Labrador film industry, Paul Pope, has died.
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Paul Pope has produced or participated in hundreds of films and shows.
Paul Pope, a renowned producer and driving force in the Newfoundland and Labrador film industry for over 40 years, owns .
Pope, who has worked on hundreds of films and shows, owns Pope Productions, which produces Hudson & Rex, Grow Up Movie Star, Rare Birds and Life with Derek, among others.
According to a post on the Pope’s Facebook page, he was quietly surrounded by his family on Thursday morning.
“His kindness and dedication will be missed,” the post said.
An advocate for independent Canadian media, he is a founding member of the Newfoundland Film Producers Cooperative, a board member of the Canadian Media Producers Association and Vice-Chairman of the Canadian Media Foundation.
Pope has received numerous awards, including ArtsNL’s Artistic Achievement Award, the 2020 St. John’s Travel Award, and an honorary doctorate from Memorial University.
“The City of St. John’s Council is deeply saddened to learn of the sudden passing of Paul Pope, a life force in Newfoundland’s film and television industry,” the city of St. John said in a statement Thursday.
“Paul’s impact on the national entertainment world is immeasurable.”
When news of the Pope broke on Thursday, prominent figures in the Newfoundland and Labrador film industry took to social media to express their condolences and share memories.
Paul Pop’s Secret Country was my first job as a film extra. His Anchor Zone was my first starring role in a movie. Many got their first jobs in the film and television industry from Paul. And then her 2nd, 3rd and even 100th. Through his work at CNA, there will now be many more people learning the craft. Rest in peace Pope Paul. – Mark Kridge
Less than a week ago, Pope was campaigning for the film industry in Newfoundland and Labrador; on Friday, he spoke to CBC News about the importance of North Atlantic College’s new film and television campus for local productions.
“We need such professional training support to remain competitive in the domestic and international markets,” he said.
The Pope was instrumental in developing Newfoundland and Labrador’s film and television sector.
The Pope was unable to attend an event to announce the campus on Wednesday, but the speaker noted that he was instrumental in its establishment. Governor Andrew Fury described the Pope as “the poster child” for the industry.
“You’re really one of the main drivers of this new campus, you’re really