Mike is the President of Topsail Entertainment based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He executive produced and co-created the CBC comedy series Mr. D, which ran for eight seasons, with its star Gerry Dee. For many years, along with Mike Clattenburg and Barrie Dunn, Mike executive produced the iconic television series Trailer Park Boys – and its three spin-off movies. Recently, Mike served as Co-Producer on the Oscar-nominated The Lighthouse, a period horror feature film co-written and directed by Robert Eggers; and as a Producer on The Healer, a heartwarming feature film written and directed by Paco Arango and produced by Enrique Posner. In addition to his duties as executive producer, Mike has also written and directed a number of episodes on Mr. D.
Mike’s earlier producing projects include the award-winning drama series Black Harbour (with Wayne Grigsby and Barbara Samuels), the feature films Afghan Luke and Moving Day (with Dunn and Clattenburg), and the CBC mini-series Canada Russia ’72, (with Dunn, Rick Leguerrier and Tim Hogan) based on the 1972 Canada-Russia Summit Series.
Educated in Halifax, Mike received an honours degree in Political Science from Saint Mary’s University, where he was Valedictorian of his graduating class. He went on to earn his L.L.B. from Dalhousie University. In his younger days, Michael was a hockey goalie. He played Major Junior ‘A’ for the Kitchener Rangers and Toronto Marlies and was drafted by the NHL’s New York Islanders.
Topsail Entertainment is a film and television production company based in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
For over 20 years Topsail has produced unique, critically acclaimed and award-winning content including Mr. D, Trailer Park Boys, and the Oscar-nominated The Lighthouse.
Memberships / Certifications
- The Lighthouse (2019) - Co-Producer
- Mr. D (Seasons 1 - 8) (2011 - 2018) - Executive Producer
- The Healer (2017) - Producer
- Trailer Park Boys: Don't Legalize It (2014) - Producer
- Gerry Dee: The Substitute (2014) - Executive Producer
- Moving Day (2012) - Executive Producer
- Afghan Luke (2011) - Producer
- Trailer Park Boys: Countdown to Liquor Day (2009) - Producer
- Trailer Park Boys: Say Goodnight to The Bad Guys (2008) - Producer
- Gerry Dee: No Reading Ahead (2007 ) - Executive Producer
- Canada-Russia '72 (2006) - Producer
- Trailer Park Boys (Seasons 1 - 7) (2001 - 2007) - Producer
- Tall Ship Chronicles (2002) - Producer
- Scotland, PA (2001) - Producer