Duopoly is an independent film, television and digital content company owned and operated by Catherine Tait. Established to develop and produce compelling new content properties, to forge productive relationships with creators from Canada and the US, and to help create new businesses in the entertainment space, Duopoly has been in business since 2002. Duopoly provides a range of corporate development services to public and private entities in the media sector.
Catherine Tait President
Catherine has worked in the Canadian and American independent film and television business for over 25 years. She began her career in cultural policy with the Canadian government, at Telefilm Canada and as Canada’s Cultural Attaché to France. She then ran the Independent Feature Project (IFP) in New York for six years, overseeing during her tenure, the creation of the Gotham Awards, the No Borders co-production market and many other initiatives to promote American independent film talent. After the IFP, Catherine became President and Chief Operating Officer of Salter Street Films, where she led the company’s public offering, successful bid for broadcasting licenses including the Independent Film Channel Canada and oversaw the sale of the company to Alliance Atlantis Communications in 2001. Salter Street Films’ slate of productions during Catherine’s tenure included Michael Moore’s THE AWFUL TRUTH and BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE, LEXX (SciFi Channel/Space) and THIS HOUR HAS 22 MINUTES (CBC).
iThentic. In 2006, Catherine founded iThentic, an online video content and distribution platform, with founding partners Liz Manne and Al Cattabiani. The company has since restructured and is now headquartered in Toronto with Smiley Guy Studios as an operating partner and eOne Entertainment as a shareholder. iThentic produces award-winning properties such as SAVE ME (CBC), EPIC STUDIOS (Maker Studios), SPACE RIDERS (Bell Media) and has rebranded its distribution platform as iFestivus. Please visit www.ithentic.com. Catherine is Executive Chair of iThentic.
Hollywood Suite. In 2011, Catherine joined partners Jay Switzer, Jeff Sackman, Michael McLaughlin and David Kines in the launch of Hollywood Suite, a new broadcasting venture in Canada. Hollywood Suite operates four movie channels, please visit www.hollywoodsuite.ca. Catherine serves as a Board Director and Chair of the Audit Committee of Hollywood Suite.
Boards. Catherine has served as a Director of the Board of Alliant (2000-2006) and CHUM Ltd (2005-2007). She is currently a Director of DHX Media (TSX and NASDAQ), a leading children’s content and brands company; the COMWEB Group, owner of William F. White, Canada’s largest supplier of equipment to the entertainment business and Hollywood Suite.