A Vancouver native with a passion for the arts, Laurie McLay has been working in the Film and Television industry since 1988 on a multitude of projects including Feature Films, TV Series, Movies of the Week, Animation, Music Videos and Commercials for the likes of Viacom, MTV, Showtime and HBO.
Laurie began on the sets of “Wiseguy”, “21 Jump Street” and “MacGyver” then assisted producers in Series TV including Wes Craven’s “Nightmare Cafe”. This led to coordinating MOWs such as “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch” and production managing the cult hit “The Ren & Stimpy Show” as well as music videos for the likes of Sting, Harry Connick Jr. and Our Lady Peace.
Forming her own production company, SISTAR FILMS, in 1998 allowed Laurie to expand creatively and originate her own projects while continuing to work as a freelance producer for local and foreign companies from Toronto, London, Hong Kong, New York and Los Angeles.
Her first project in 2002 with Vancouver based Bear Studios led to a succession of producing projects and a relationship that culminated in her taking the helm as Executive Producer, growing the Director roster and overseeing the Film and Television department. “The Pencil Case”, a short film for BravoFACT screened at the Whistler Film Festival in 2004. In 2005 Laurie was tapped to produce “Local Flavor with Joan Cusack” for the Discovery Travel Channel which took her on an amazing shooting spree in Spain, Portugal and France and oversee production in Italy, Austria and Greece.
In 2007 SISTAR FILMS acquired a slate of Feature Films including “The Praying Mantis” that was developed with the participation of Telefilm Canada and 2010 saw a venture into Lifestyle Television with “The Four Coursemen”, a pilot for the Cooking Channel that was nominationed for a 2011 James Beard Foundation Award in the category of Broadcast Media (Television Special/Documentary).
With her unique experience in varied genres, Laurie became a Creative Consultant in 2014 working with investment companies to develop Film & TV projects. Curretnly, she’s focusing on feature films, delving into writing with her screenplay “The Law of First Night” and has just wrapped the independent psychological thriller “Amber’s Descent”.