Prospero Pictures is a Toronto-based film and television production company with expertise in the structuring, financing and production of international co-productions.
Led by Martin Katz, Prospero has more than 30 years of experience optimizing and financing soft money and pre-sale projects. Prospero has initiated or financed co-productions that span the globe, with partners in the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, South Africa and the US.
Martin Katz is Founder and President of Prospero Pictures. One of the most prolific feature film producers in Canada, Katz’s credits include Hotel Rwanda, which was nominated for three Academy Awards and three Golden Globe Awards, and Bronwen Hughes’ Stander, which the London Observer called “the greatest heist film since Reservoir Dogs.”
Maps to the Stars starring Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, John Cusack and Robert Pattinson, represents Katz’s fourth collaboration with celebrated director David Cronenberg, following A Dangerous Method, starring Keira Knightley, Viggo Mortensen and Michael Fassbender, Cosmopolis, starring Robert Pattinson, Paul Giamatti and Juliette Binoche, and Spider, starring Ralph Fiennes.
Katz’s television project Spectacle: Elvis Costello With… is an Award-winning series co-produced with Rocket Pictures. It features some of the most renowned musicians in the world in conversation and performance with Costello, including Bruce Springsteen, Bono, Elton John, Norah Jones, James Taylor, Herbie Hancock, Lou Reed and Sting, among others.
Katz holds degrees in law from the University of Toronto and the Université de Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne), and has served as Professor of Law at the French-language Université de Moncton and as Special Lecturer in Intellectual Property Law at the University of Toronto. Katz is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, a Director of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship and Chair of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television.
Karen Wookey is an industry veteran, having produced feature films and over five hundred hours of series television, both scripted and unscripted. As Supervising Producer at Fireworks International, Wookey was responsible for three action-adventure series, Gene Rodenberry’s Andromeda, (5 seasons), Mutant X (4 seasons), and Adventure Inc. (2 seasons). In 2009, in partnership with Original Productions, she produced the first dramatic movie for Discovery Channel, Deadliest Sea, based on the tragic true story of a fishing vessel, which disappeared in a storm on the Bering Sea.
As a Showrunner, Wookey has created and produced a number of shows for television including Crimes of Passion, a doc series exploring intimate partner homicide, Intervention Canada, and Vegas Rat Rods, for Discovery Channel and AETN.
Since 2011 Karen has been partnered with Prospero Pictures’ Martin Katz and together they have produced the feature films, Man on the Train (Tribeca) starring Donald Sutherland and Larry Mullen Jr., as well as Our House (XYZ International), in partnership with Resolute Films & Entertainment’s Lee Kim, directed by Anthony Scott Burns and starring Thomas Mann and Nicola Peltz. They are also currently finishing Season 11 of History Channel’s long-running hit series, Ice Road Truckers.
Nikki Yee graduated from Ryerson University with an honors degree in Radio and Television Arts where she worked on her first feature length script, 7 Deadly Virtues, a western grindhouse extravaganza which went on to place as a finalist in the Script Pipeline Student Screenwriting Contest in 2014. Nikki Yee has since gone on to work on several film and television productions in Los Angeles and Toronto including After The Dark, The Art of the Steal, and the Golden Globe nominated Maps To The Stars. She served as an associate producer on Ice Road Truckers which will be airing its 11th season on History Channel as well as on upcoming feature, The Journey is the Destination. In her spare time, Nikki stays busy with performing standup comedy, playing ukulele, karaoke singing, and practicing Krav Maga.