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White Pine Pictures’ Andrew Munger is re-launching Ultramagnetic

Andrew Munger, managing director of White Pine Pictures, has relaunched his outfit Ultramagnetic Productions featuring a range of drama and documentary projects.

Munger initially ran Ultramagnetic Productions from 1997 to 2004, producing non-fiction books such as Walmart Nation, Campaign: The Making of a Candidate, Xanadu: In Search of Domestic Perfection, and Make Some Noise!. for networks like CBC, Discovery, History and Life/Slice. He left the company in 2005 to oversee television production at World Vision, Canada’s largest non-profit organization, before joining White Pine Pictures in Toronto in 2014.

After eight years, Munger is stepping down from his role as Director of Unscripted Development at White Pine to restart Ultramagnetic.

However, he will continue to executive produce several of White Pine’s key documentaries, including Buffy Sainte Marie: Carry It On (Bell/PBS) and The Con: Churchill and Roosevelt Secret American War (Super Channel/WNET/ARTE /Beyond Rights). The latter documentary was directed by John L’Ecuyer (ReGenesis) and co-produced with Quebec’s PMA and Germany’s Gebrüder Beetz Filmproduktion.

Munger is also involved with other ongoing projects in late-stage development at White Pine, including Encrypted: The Dark Side of Digital, Woodstock Dreaming, and an as yet unnamed Midwest crime project. CAA’s Hannah Epstein is leading these projects.

Titles on the Ultramagnetic Chalkboard include Michael’s Wars, a screenplay drama based on the life of British-Canadian foreign correspondent Michael Maclear; and Say It Loud: How A Black Music Mecca Grew in the Great White North, a documentary showing how Canada became a Jamaican music hub.

During the America-Vietnam War, Maclear became the first western television correspondent to be granted admission to North Vietnam. Munger optioned Maclear’s 2013 memoir Guerrilla Nation: My Wars In and Out of Vietnam in a deal brokered by Canadian attorney Michael Levine, working exclusively with Maclear’s daughter, author Kyo Maclear.

Meanwhile, Say It Loud is directed by Graeme Mathieson, with Clement Virgo (Billions, The Wire) as executive producer and musicologists Nicholas Jennings and Klive Walker as consultants. The project, which received development support from Ontario Creates, examines how pioneering musicians like Jay Douglas, Nana McLean, Leroy Sibbles and Jackie Mittoo laid the foundation for modern Canadian stars like Drake, Daniel Caesar, Kaytranada and Jessie Reyez.

Munger said, “This new agreement with White Pine gives me more flexibility to develop passion projects, both scripted and unscripted, under the relaunched and revived Ultramagnetic umbrella.

“I’ve had a great run with White Pine and would like to thank Peter Raymont and Steve Ord for their support and the opportunity to work at one of Canada’s most respected and successful production companies and to work with some of Canada’s most talented filmmakers such as Daniel Roher, Phyllis Ellis , Fred Peabody, John L’Ecuyer, Mike Sheehan and many others.”

Peter Raymont, President of White Pine added: “Andrew has worked tirelessly developing documentaries and documentary series at White Pine Pictures. We wish him all the best for his future opportunities.”

At White Pine, Munger was a driving force behind documentaries, including the Martin Scorsese-backed Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and the Band, which opened the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival, as well as Emmy and Canadian Screen Award-nominated films. Toxic Beauty” and “All Governments Lie”.

Munger also developed and co-produced Wild Pacific Rescue, a three-part wildlife series, and Arctic Secrets for Blue Ant Media’s Love Nature strand.

https://variety.com/2022/film/global/white-pine-pictures-andrew-munger-ultramagnetic-1235301415/ White Pine Pictures’ Andrew Munger is re-launching Ultramagnetic

Charles Jones

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