Virginia Thompson is an award-winning executive producer, TV series creator and audience engagement strategist. She’s co-founder of Vérité Films, a production company in Toronto she runs with her partner, writer-director Robert de Lint.
Virginia’s most recent production is the smash hit feature film, Corner Gas: The Movie that reached 7 million Canadians across multiple platforms in December 2014. Working with Bell Media, Telefilm and Cineplex, Virginia championed a new “event based” release model for Canadian features to maximize viewership. Corner Gas: The Movie launched to sold-out shows in over 100 theatres nation-wide, debuted on television, then on DVD over a 3 week time frame. Virginia also Executive Produced Corner Gas the TV series (107 episodes CTV). The #1 rated smash-hit comedy changed the comedy landscape in Canada and has become an indelible part of Canadian culture.
Prior to Corner Gas, Virginia was Executive Producer/Co-Creator of the comedy series InSecurity (23 episodes CBC), the award winning youth series renegadepress.com (53 episodes, Shaw, APTN) and the internationally acclaimed children’s series Incredible Story Studio (Disney, YTV). Incredible Story Studio was a highly interactive series that took short stories written by school children from across Canada, the UK, France and Germany and made them into “movies” for television.
Virginia’s productions have won or been nominated for over 114 Awards. In 2012, she was inducted onto Ryerson’s School of Media Wall of Fame. In 2008, Virginia won the WIFT Award for Creative Excellence in screen-based media. She is enjoys mentoring emerging creators and regularly lectures at the National Screen Institute and Ryerson School of Media.