Les Tomlin has been a successful media entrepreneur and Executive Producer since 1996. But his passion for creating entertaining content began at the tender age of 10 when he produced his first animated short as a school project. Entitled Winter Wonderland, it was a romantic comedy cast in plasticine that was over budget and 2 years late in delivery. Luckily, Les learned the importance of budget and schedule before launching his media career in earnest!
Fast forward a couple of decades to 1996 when Les left the corporate worlds of Pepsi and Cott Corporation and began his television career in earnest as a creator of a project entitled Taste Television. Taste Television was one of the first projects to harness the convergent powers of the television and the then newly emerging technology called the World Wide Web. The project went on to 108 episodes with a companion e-commerce website where viewers could purchase items features in the television series.
In 2001, Les launched Peace Point Entertainment Group Inc. a company that has since become a Canadian media success story. In the last decade, Les has overseen the production of more than 30 television series, documentaries, webisodes, mobisodes and mobile device apps. Highlights include: a series of 24 CGI shorts entitled Super Bodies for CTV’s 2010 Winter Olympics, 40 episodes of the award-winning series Food Jammers, 65 episodes of Fresh with Anna Olson (both for Food Network Canada), 86 episodes of Bump!, the world’s first gay travel series (for OUTtv and Viacom/LOGO), 39 epsiodes of Ed’s Up with star Ed Robertson from the Barenaked Ladies (for OLN) and 26 episodes of Fanatical (for CanWest Global). Additionally he oversaw the production of two award winning documentaries for Global TV: DecAids, a 60 minute documentary reviewing the 20 years of Aids and Aids fundraisers and; Real Fight Club, a 60 minute doc delving into the world of Mixed Martial Arts.
In 2004, Peace Point was one of 5 partners that acquired PrideVision (now OUTtv Broadcasting Inc.) the world’s first television network targeting the gay and lesbian community from Headline Media Group. Les sits on the OUTtv’s corporate board of directors as well as the executive and programming committees with responsibility for the strategic direction of the network.
Prior to entering the media universe, Les spent 5 years as a Vice President of Cott Corporation with responsibilities in Canada, the United States and Australia. Before this assignment, Les spent 3 years as the Senior Marketing Director at PEPSI-COLA Canada Ltd. He earned a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Toronto and holds a Masters of Marketing Management from the University of Guelph. Les is also a member of NATPE and CFTPA.