Duopoly is an independent film, television and multi-platform content company founded in 2002 by Catherine Tait and Liz Manne. Tait and Manne, both veterans of the independent film and television industries, established the company in order to develop and produce compelling new content properties, to forge productive relationships with talent and creators from Canada and the US, and to help create new businesses in the entertainment space.
Catherine Tait, President
To contact Catherine: 718-422-0119
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 in New York for 6 years, overseeing during her tenure, the creation of the Gotham Awards, the No Borders co-production market, Script to Screen and many other programs to promote American independent film talent. After the IFP, Catherine became President and Chief Operating Officer of Salter Street Films, a television production and distribution company that she took public on the Toronto Stock Exchange in 1997. She was responsible for Salter Street’s successful bid for digital broadcasting licenses including the Independent Film Channel Canada, and oversaw the sale of the company to Alliance Atlantis Communications in 2001. Programs produced during Catherine’s tenure at Salter include Michael Moore’s THE AWFUL TRUTH and BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE, LEXX (SciFi Channel), and THIS HOUR HAS 22 MINUTES (CBC).
In 2006, Catherine founded iThentic, an online and mobile video company, with partners Liz Manne and Al Cattabiani, former CEO/Founder of Wellspring. In 2007, Barna-Alper Productions made a strategic investment in iThentic forming iThentic Canada. The Company restructured and is now headquartered in Toronto and has entered into an operating agreement with Smiley Guy Studios. iThentic produces and distributes the best in web series and recently won the prestigious Rockie Award for Best Fiction Web Series for GUIDESTONES. See www.iThentic.com
Catherine also acts as a sales agent and distributor for feature films and television properties. Since 2010, Duopoly has released over 150 episodes of television and web content on Hulu through its channel partnership.
In 2011, Catherine joined partners Jay Switzer, Jeff Sackman and Michael McLaughlin in the launch of a new broadcasting venture in Canada, Hollywood Suite. Hollywood Suite operates 4 branded HD movie channels with partners Warner Brothers, MGM and recently announced, Sony Entertainment. See www.hollywoodsuite.ca.
Catherine also serves as a Board Advisor to Paperny Entertainment, a Vancouver-based film and television production company and March Entertainment, a Toronto-based animation and digital content company. She has served as a Director of the Board of Aliant, a leading telecom company (2000-2006) and as a Director of CHUM Ltd, a leading Canadian television and radio broadcasting company (2005-2007); and is former Chair of the Independent Feature Project in New York.
In 2011, Liz Manne joined FilmAid as Executive Director. She remains a friend of Duopoly, a shareholder of iThentic, and can be contacted at lmanne[at]filmaid[dot]org.