Dennis Heaton

Dennis Heaton

Year

2017

Program

Telefilm Canada Feature Comedy Exchange

Biography

Dennis Heaton is an award-winning writer and producer based in Vancouver, Canada. His work spans multiple genres and formats, from animation to live action, webseries to feature film, and half-hour comedy to hour-long drama.

Heaton recently completed showrunning the internationally renowned police procedural Motive (CTV/ABC (seasons 1 and 2) and USA (seasons 3 and 4)/NBCU). Other live-action television 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). Both Motive and Call Me Fitz have been nominated for several Canadian Screen Awards, including Best Drama Series and Best Comedy Series respectively; Call Me Fitz won Best Comedy Series in 2014. Heaton has also been nominated for four Gemini), four Writers Guild of Canada Canadian Screenwriting Awards (winning for his Yvon of the Yukkon animation script, “The Trouble With Mammoths”) and nine Leo Award nominations, of which he won five).

When not working on live action projects, Heaton sneaks off to write episodes for animated shows, create webseries, and write and direct short films. His 2009 webseries, My Pal Satan, won Best Web Series and Best 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 worldwide.