MICHAEL PRUPAS, Executive ProducerMichael Prupas, President and Director of Muse Entertainment Enterprises, is a 25-year veteran of the Canadian and international film and television industries. He practiced entertainment law for 20 years, including 15 years as a senior partner at the law firm Heenan Blaikie. Prupas was the head of the firm’s entertainment law practice, which is the largest in Canada. As a lawyer, Prupas was involved in the initial public offerings (IPO’s) of several Canadian entertainment companies. With his extensive experience in international production financing as well as legal and business affairs, Prupas launched Muse Entertainment Enterprises in June 1998, an independent production company that produces features films, TV movies and TV series. Many of Muse’s projects are international co-productions. In 2000 Prupas set up Muse Distribution International, which represents Muse Entertainment and other independent Canadian producers at major markets, festivals and conferences and brings Canadian programs to audiences worldwide.
Most recently, Prupas executive produced Ice Bound (CBS 2003) starring Susan Sarandon, as well as The Clinic (Animal Planet) starring Ione Skye and Mike Farrell. He is executive producing This is Wonderland, a series for CBC that shoots in the fall and winter of 2003. Prupas was executive producer of the television series Twice in a Lifetime, Largo Winch, Doc (Season 1) and Tales From the Neverending Story. He executive produced a collection of Sherlock Holmes TV movies including The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Sign of Four, The Royal Scandal and The Case of the Whitechapel Vampire, starring Matt Frewer and Kenneth Welsh. In addition, Prupas was executive producer of many movies for television, including The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, The Stork Derby, The Investigation, The Many Trials of One Jane Doe, Chasing Cain II: Face and Silent Night, starring Linda Hamilton. He also executive produced three feature films; The Guilty, starring Bill Pullman and Joanne Whalley, Tracker, starring Casper Van Dien and Russell Wong and Savage Messiah, starring Polly Walker and Luc Picard. Prupas is a lecturer in entertainment law at McGill University Law School. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Banff Televising Festival and is a present member of the Advisory Board of the Just For Laughs Festival – Montreal. He is a frequent speaker at film and television industry seminars in Canada, the United States, Europe and Australia.