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Gerry Flahive

Writer/Producer at Modern Story

Gerry Flahive is a Toronto-based writer, producer and creative consultant at his media arts company, Modern Story. Until May 2014, Flahive was Senior Producer at the National Film Board of Canada, which he joined in 1981.

Recent clients have included the Toronto Maple Leafs, Telefilm Canada, MaRS, TVOntario, Humber College and Giants of Africa.

His productions have garnered many international awards including two Emmy Awards, a World Press Photo Award and a Peabody Award for HIGHRISE (, a global interactive documentary. He produced and co-produced more than 75 documentary films and interactive projects on a wide range of subjects. Major projects include the international co-production PARIS 1919, the ground-breaking Filmmaker-in-Residence multi-media project at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, the NFB-Canadian Film Centre Feature Documentary Program, and the production of dozens of short films for the Governor-General’s Performing Arts Awards. Flahive worked directly with such notable GG Award recipients as Bryan Adams, Rush, and THE LORD OF THE RINGS composer Howard Shore.

In the early 1990's, Flahive was Senior Communications Manager, managing the NFB’s involvement in the Oscars and the Sundance Film Festival, and handling key corporate communications, crisis management and corporate branding tasks.

Flahive is a frequent contributor to the Globe and Mail and has been published in Time, The New York Times and The Walrus, and many media industry publications. He is a member of the boards of the Pages Unbound literary festival, and the Toronto Irish Film Festival. He is the author of the forthcoming humour book, I OWN THIS TOWN: THE MAYOR BERT XANADU XANTHOLOGY, based on the twitter feed @moviemayor.

He has been a guest speaker, presenter and mentor at many Canadian and international events and institutions, including MIT, the I-Docs Lab in Switzerland, the MEDIMED Documentary conference in Barcelona, and the New York Film Festival.
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