W. Paterson Ferns (Executive Producer)

Pat Ferns

Pat Ferns

W. PATERSON FERNS C.M. (Executive Producer), is President of Ferns Productions Inc. specializing in blue-chip documentary-drama mini-series, working with his son Andrew, President of Ferns Entertainment Inc. whose principal focus is drama. Major projects Pat and Andrew have produced together include the award-winning mini-series Captain Cook: Obsession and Discovery and Darwin’s Brave New World, both Australia-Canada co-productions.

Pat Ferns’ drama credits include Billy Bishop Goes to War (BBC-ACTRA TV Show of the Year), Countdown to Looking Glass (HBO-Ace Award), The First Circle (SRC-Gemini), Frontier (Global), Glory Enough for All (Thames TV-Gemini), Going Home (BBC), Heaven on Earth (first Canadian production screened on PBS’ Masterpiece Theatre), Labour of Love (CBC), Lifeline to Victory (BBC), Love on the Run (pilot for NBC), The Newcomers/Les Arrivants (CBC/SRC-Emmy nominated, CFTA Best of the Year), Northwood (CBC-4 seasons, ACT Award of Excellence), Passion and Paradise (ABC- first Canadian mini-series on US network television-Gemini), The Sea Wolf (Turner), Stage on Screen (Canadian syndication -Gemini), Waiting for the Parade (CBC) and Young Catherine (CTV-Gemini). Pat’s theatrical feature career includes movies such as The Wars (Genie), April One and The Burning Season.

Dubbed in his native land as “the father of independent production”, Ferns was awarded The Order of Canada in 2005 for his services to the industry.

Ferns lives in Victoria.