The Creative Team


John Pattison, Founding Creator/Writer/Executive Producer

John Pattison is a comedian, puppeteer and writer who began his career in television writing and puppeteering on the Fraggle Rock TV series with Jim Henson and The Muppets .

He has also worked on several Muppet specials, including The Fabulous Miss Piggy Special, Muppets: A Celebration of 30 Years, and A Very Muppet Christmas.

John has been involved in many television productions including, co-creating, writing and performing for five seasons on the series Eric’s World. He was also nominated for a Gemini Award (now called the Canadian Screen Awards) for his work as a lead on the series Groundling Marsh. John’s feature film work includes puppeteering on Bride of Chucky, Follow That Bird and Tim Allen’s The Santa Clause.

John has toured the world performing live comedy and puppetry – appearing everywhere from Caroline’s Comedy Club in New York, to entertaining United Nations Forces in the Middle East, to criss-crossing Taiwan on a theatre tour.

John originally wrote, produced and performed Puppets Who Kill as a one-man theatrical show at Fringe Festivals throughout Canada. John then became the key creative force in the Puppets Who Kill TV series – Showrunning and writing 43 episodes and story-editing the rest.

As a writer on Puppets Who Kill, John received three Canadian Comedy Award nominations with one win, and two Gemini Award nominations for ‘Best Writing in a Comedy Series’, winning once. He has also been nominated for a  Writer’s Guild Award.

He is currently writing several plays and feature films. His feature film version of Puppets Who Kill is currently in development.

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Shawn Alex Thompson, Director/Producer

Shawn Alex Thompson has had an eclectic career to say the least.

His acting credits range from a leading role on the CBS daytime serial The Guiding Light to a lead role in John Waters’ cult hit film Hairspray.

He also wrote, directed and starred in the sketch pilot One Minute To Air for CBC Television.

Shawn’s television directing credits include multiple episodes of Murdoch Mysteries, Less Than Kind, Billable Hours, Living in Your Car and Call Me Fitz (with Jason Priestley).

He is a multiple Gemini Award nominated director (now called the Canadian Screen Awards), winning once with Puppets Who Kill.

He also wrote and directed the feature film Dinner at Fred’s for Handmade/Paragon Films. It starred Gil Bellows, Parker Posey, Kevin McDonald and Christopher Lloyd.


Colin Brunton, Production Manager and Supervising Producer

Colin Brunton has played an important role in the film and television scene in Canada.

In the 1980’s Brunton teamed up with pal Bruce McDonald and produced the seminal feature films Roadkill and Highway 61 before becoming the original Executive Director of The Feature Film Project at the Canadian Film Centre in Toronto. While there he green-lit and executive-produced five feature films, including Clement Virgo’s Rude (Best Canadian Feature Film – Special Jury Citation; 1995 Toronto International Film Festival) and multi-award winning Cube (Best Canadian First Feature Film; 1997 Toronto International Film Festival) directed by Vincenzo Natali.

In the last decade Brunton has produced dozens of projects including the TV series An American in Canada, How to Be Indie, Little Mosque on the Prairie, Almost Heroes and The Frantics TV Special. Feature films include Hedwig and The Angry Inch, The Safety of Objects, Foolproof and How She Move.

Colin also been called in to serve as Production Manager on the TV series The Newsroom, Escape from the Newsroom, and the Golden Globe-nominated TV movie Harlan County War.

He directed the punk rock feature documentary, The Last Pogo Jumps Again, and directed and produced the Jandek concert DVD The Duality Of Nature.

Colin is currently a producer on the new Dave Foley comedy series Spun Out.


Caroline Christie, Editor

Caroline is one of Canada’s busiest editors, editing numerous TV series and documentaries. She edited the TV series The Awful Truth for Michael Moore, and is currently working on the CBC TV hit, Republic of Doyle.

Caroline’s episode of ‘The Awful Truth’ received a nomination for a 2000 Emmy Award and a Writer’s Guild of America Award.

Caroline also edited two critically acclaimed Genie Award-nominated documentaries, The Herd and Project Grizzly.


Carlos Lopes, Composer

Carlos Lopes scored several seasons of The Famous Jett Jackson for The Disney Channel, for which he was nominated for a Golden Reel Award.

Along with Puppets Who Kill, he scored several seasons of Naturally, Sadie and Connor Undercover.

Among countless other film and television projects, Carlos scored the music for Married Life, a four-part TV series by Ken Finkelman for Atlantis Film, and the feature film Saint Monica.


Daniel Pellerin, Sound Design

An Emmy Award-winning sound designer, Daniel Pellerin has mixed the sound for such films as Auto Focus, Halloween: Resurrection and The Guys.

Other music and overall sound mix credits include Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Istvan Szabo’s Sunshine (for which he won a Genie Award), Atom Egoyan’s Chloe, The Sweet Hereafter, Exotica and Ararat, Mary Harron’s American Psycho, and Agnieszka Holland’s In Darkness.

He also worked on the TV series, Nero Wolfe, starring Timothy Hutton for the A&E Channel.


Brendan Smith, Production Designer

Brendan Smith designed Seasons 2 to 4 of Puppets Who Kill, for which he received a 2004 Gemini Award nomination.

Following Puppets Who Kill, Brendan worked for five years on the CBC TV series, Little Mosque on the Prairie.

He is currently works on the multi-camera sitcom Spun Out which stars former Kids in the Hall Dave Foley and airs on CTV.

Brendan has numerous set decorating credits, including such feature films as Hoosiers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles I and II and Prom Night.