REELWORLD'S 2021 VISIONARY AWARD RECIPIENT
An award wining producer with over 25 years of experience, Amos Adetuyi’s notable television credits include the ground breaking drama DIGGSTOWN (CBC/BET) currently in production on it’s third season, JOZI H (CBC/SABC), nominated for a Gemini for Best Series, the serial EKHAYA: A FAMILY CHRONICLE (CBC/SABC) and NORTH/SOUTH (CBC)
His film credits include: Director X’s ACROSS THE LINE (A71/eOne), Stella Meghie’s critically acclaimed comedy debut JEAN OF THE JONESES (premiered at SXSW and TIFF), Shelly Niro’s THE INCREDIBLE 25TH YEAR OF MITZI BEARCLAW, ANGELIQUE’S ISLE (Level Film/CBC), BEAT THE WORLD (Sony Pictures/ Wild Bunch/eOne), and HIGH CHICAGO (eOne) .
MEET AMOS ADETUYI
In Sudbury years ago, my older brother Alfons decided to switch high schools and attend a school where he could get into photography as well as make short films and shoot video projects. It all looked like a lot of fun, so when he suggested to me and two of my other brothers (Tom and Rob) that we should switch schools, we did, and all of us are in film and television production till today.
I try to remember that rolling with the punches is an essential part of this business. Enjoying the time I spend with the people I work with every day, and from project to project.
Being too shy to “schmooze” was certainly a challenge which I overcame by going out to events, whether I wanted to or not, and making a point to introduce myself to lots of folks, and eventually, I came to enjoy meeting new people.
In general, observe, ask questions and declare my position up front. Specifically, as a producer, I think it’s good practice to know all facets of the industry, from financing, budgets and deals, to scripts, being on the floor and the post process, to marketing and promotion.
I was on a RW panel about 15 years ago I recall having this young guy with a huge afro approach me afterwards to say he thought we should do an inter-provincial Co-Pro together, which I thought was odd since I didn’t know him…it was Floyd Kane, a producing partner I’ve enjoyed working with over the years on many projects (including the Co-Pro North/South!)