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The Lunch

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Then he shares a lighter personal story. As a producer on Bowling For Columbine, Mr. Donovan attended the Academy Awards ceremony on March 23, 2003. “We were at a hotel in Santa Monica, my wife and I, my children were there. My son was five, my daughter was three. And they’d come back from the beach, we were dressed in black. And my son, being very observant, said: ‘Why are you dressed like that in the middle of the afternoon?’ And I realized – ‘Oh, we forgot to tell you, we’re going to a party.’ ‘Well, what kind of party, in the middle of the afternoon?’ ‘A different kind of party.’ ‘Well, what happens at this different kind of party?’ ‘Well, I’ll tell you. If you make the best movie in the world, they give you a gold statue.’ ‘Oh! Okay.’

“So we come back about midnight or so – nine hours later. And he’s asleep, but we wake him up, because you have to tiptoe through a confined space. He comes back from the bathroom, and I had the statue, and we say: ‘Look! We made the best movie in the world. We have a statue!’ He looks at me and he says: ‘We watched it on TV. Everybody was getting those.’”


Curriculum vitae

  • CEO, DHX Media Ltd.
  • Co-founder, Halifax Film Group, 2004 (merged with Decode Entertainment in 2006 to form DHX)
  • Co-founder, chairman and CEO of Salter Street Films (sold to Alliance Atlantis 2001)
  • DHX Media television shows include Inspector Gadget, Arthur, Caillou, Franny’s Feet, George of the Jungle, Yo Gabba Gabba!

Born: March 17, 1953 in Antigonish, N.S.

Spouse: Jacqueline Donovan. (Married “probably 18 years this year … My wife and I don’t really pay much attention to it, actually. She’s not that precious about it.”)

Four children: three daughters, one son.

Education: Dalhousie University, BA (1974), LL.B (1977), LL.D (Hon) (2004)

TV and film credits include: Shake Hands With the Devil (2007), producer, writer; Bowling For Columbine (2002), producer; This Hour Has 22 Minutes, executive producer; Codco, executive producer; Life With Billy (1993), executive producer


On March 23, 2003, Mr. Donovan accepted an Academy Award as a producer on the documentary Bowling For Columbine. The film’s director, Michael Moore, used the occasion to excoriate the Bush administration’s decision to attack Iraq a few days earlier. The experience, “was very satisfying, because there was a standing ovation. At the same time, from the bleachers – boos. People were booing. As a person being in the business of trying to create a discussion, I had in front of me just that discussion, between the boos and the standing ovation. Very satisfying.”

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