Dennis Heaton

Dennis Heaton

Program Completed at the CFC

Professional Screenwriting Program Bootcamp, Bell Media Showrunner Bootcamp, Telefilm Canada Feature Comedy Exchange

Completion Year

1998, 2012, 2017

Current Information

Current Company

Planet X Pictures

Current Title



Dennis Heaton is an award-winning writer and producer whose work spans multiple genres and formats, from animation to live action, web series to feature film, half hour comedy to hour drama. Heaton is currently executive producing and co-showrunning GHOST WARS, a new horror series for SyFy and Netflix.

Heaton recently completed showrunning the internationally renowned police procedural MOTIVE (CTV/NBCU/ABC [seasons 1 and 2]/USA [seasons 3 and 4]). His other live action credits include CALL ME FITZ (HBO Canada/Audience Network), THE LISTENER (CTV/NBC), JPOD (CBC), BLOOD TIES (LIFETIME/SPACE) and the feature film FIDO (LIONSGATE). When not working on live action projects, Heaton sneaks off to write episodes of animated shows, create web series and write and direct short film projects.

Both Motive and Call Me Fitz have both received multiple Canadian Screen Awards nominations, including best drama series and best comedy series, respectively. Call Me Fitz won the category in 2014. Heaton has also been nominated for four Geminis (the precursor to the CSA’s), four WGC Canadian Screenwriting Awards (winning for his YVON OF THE YUKON animation script “The Trouble With Mammoths”) and nine Leo Award nominations (of which he won five). His 2009 web series, MY PAL SATAN, won best web series and theme song at the New York Television Festival. His 2006 short film, HEAD SHOT, premiered in competition at the Berlin International Film Festival, won best Canadian short film at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal, and went on to play in film festivals around the world.

Heaton has multiple projects in development, including DAMAGE CONTROL, a new police procedural with Lark, NBCU and Corus Entertainment, and the feature comedy LARRY’S AWESOME KEGGER, which he hopes will be his directorial debut.

Heaton lives in Vancouver, BC with a dog who loves him all of the time and a wife who loves him most of the time.