Presentation

Syon Media is an entertainment company specializing in creation, development, production and distribution of animation and live-action brands for a wide audience. Based in Canada and founded in 2002 by Danny Bergeron and Allan Joli-Coeur, Syon Media has been involved in an impressive amount of films and television series in the last eighteen years, ranging from Hollywood major blockbusters to exciting independent projects with partners from all over the world.

Our Expertise

DEVELOPMENT

Syon Media develops animated and live-action content for all audiences from the original concept to the pitching material. We work with independent content creators from all over the world to create high-quality entertainment content that everyone will love. We also act as co-development partner for international projects and independent producers.

CO-PRODUCTION

With nearly 60 countries that have an audiovisual co-production treaty with Canada, Syon Media is the perfect partner to bring Canadian talent and production expertise to your project and turn it into an inspiring brand. We can establish and manage treaty co-production or joint venture production and financing on a project by project basis.

DISTRIBUTION

Syon Media’s distribution team manages linear and non-linear rights on a territory-by-territory basis. Our team will work with you at each stage to ensure maximum visibility and sales for your content. We have privileged connections and attend all major International TV Markets and Festivals. If you are a brand owner seeking international distribution for your content please contact our team.

SERVICES

Syon Media provides production services in Canada for shooting, digital visual effects (VFX), animation and postproduction. We also manage and finance the Canadian tax credits in a very efficient way for eligible projects. If you are a producer looking for production services in Canada… feel free to contact us.

Our team

Danny Bergeron

President & Producer

Danny is considered to be one of the true pioneers in the production of animation and visual effects in Canada. He began exploring this facet of animation over thirty years ago. He was head animator, director and producer or VFX Producer on several films and animated series. Numerous Hollywood studios and independent film, TV, and advertising markets have sought his creative talent and expertise on countless projects.

Throughout his career, Danny has directed several animated films, primarily in the advertising medium. Danny has also created, produced or co-produced numerous animated projects, including Inuk, the first Quebec 3D animated TV Series (T-Q, CBC, APTN), Fred the Caveman (Teletoon), Fridge Magnets, The Podcats (Okidoki-Morgane-France Television), the animated feature Quackerz (Canada-Russia-Italy) and is currently in production on the Indonesia-Canada TV Series The Beachbuds. Danny is a member of the Youth Media Alliance (YMA), Alliance Quebec Animation (AQA), the Visual Effects Society (VES, Los Angeles) and The Quebec Film and Television Council (QFTC). Danny has a bachelor’s degree in film and communication from McGill University and a Master in computer animation from Concordia University.

Allan Joli-Coeur

VP & Executive producer

A lawyer by training, Allan has a strong background in the financial, legal and business side of media production and exploitation. Building on his beginnings in the legal and financial area of the industry, he has added hands on experience managing all aspects of live-action, animated and digital media productions. 

Allan has over 25 years of experience working with in all types of companies (from large public companies to producing out of smaller production entities) and all kinds productions.  In his early years in the industry, working at the law firm Heenan Blaikie and the production and distribution company, Allegro/Motion International, Allan was involved in over 200 international productions. Since then, Allan has been directly involved as a producer or an executive producer on more than 20 seasons of television series, a dozen interactive productions, a half dozen documentaries and two feature films; including winning Gemini, YMA, Numix, Canada Screen as well as a Peabody award.

Heading up the Vancouver operations of Syon Media, Allan is deeply committed to the creation of strong and intelligent media for children and family audiences as well as to a strong independent Canadian content industry.

Xiaoyi (Shirley) Gu

VP & Market development – Asia

Born and raised in Shanghai, China, Shirley moved to Canada in 2009 and received her Bachelor Degree from Concordia University in Commerce and Operational Management in 2013. 

Shirley started her career as a Business Development professional for a renowned Canadian real estate development corporation. She was in charge of Asian market development and investors relationship. In 2016 Shirley joined Studio Digital District Canada, a branch of Paris based Digital District and a well-established VFX and Postproduction corporation, to act as Director of Market Development Asia. Shirley was in charge of market development and client relation with China.  Shirley was mainly responsible of the client supervision on the Chinese movie “Three Body Problem”.

In 2018 Shirley joined Syon Media Inc. as Director of Market Development Asia and later become associate and Vice-President Market Development. Shirley is now based in Shanghai to represent Syon Media on the Asian territory.

Johanna Veysset

Marketing & Sales Consultant

Johanna started her career at Millimages, one of the leading animation companies in Europe, where she worked on a lot of successful animated series such as Louie, Mouk, Pirata & Capitano, Molang… Over the years, she developed a valuable expertise in marketing and international distribution as well as an extensive network of international buyers.

In 2018, she became an independent consultant specializing in children’s content. Since then, she has been offering a wide range of consultancy services including marketing strategy, international distribution, market planning, brand building and creative development to many clients including Syon Media.