Ilana C Frank Films Inc. (ICF Films) is a production company founded by award-winning executive producer, Ilana Frank. ICF Films is focused on creating entertaining and powerful long-form drama for millions of people worldwide.
ICF Films has a number of series and features in development and a very active production roster including the hospital drama SAVING HOPE, which has just completed its fourth season of production. SAVING HOPE currently airs Thursday at 9:00ET on CTV and stars Erica Durance (SMALLVILLE) and Michael Shanks (MR. HOCKEY: THE GORDIE HOWE STORY, STARGATE). Production for SAVING HOPE Season 5 will commence in early 2016. Executive Producers are Ilana Frank, David Wellington, Morwyn Brebner, Adam Pettle, Lesley Harrison and John Morayniss.
While ICF Films is the latest production company under Ilana Frank’s leadership, her impact on the Canadian film industry spans a number of other highly successful ventures.
Thump Inc., the production company she started in 1998, produced the highly successful award-winning series, ROOKIE BLUE, which began filming in 2009 and has completed its sixth season of production under ICF Films. Distributed by Entertainment One worldwide, ROOKIE BLUE is a huge ratings hit for Global in Canada and the best launch of a scripted drama for ABC in the last six years. Speaking about Rookie Blue, ABC’s President of Entertainment, Paul Lee, says “audiences love it and it is very on brand for us.”
The first feature film produced by Thump was THE LIFE BEFORE THIS (1998). Starring in the film were Stephen Rea, Sarah Polley, Joe Pantoliano and Catherine O’Hara (who won a Genie Award for her performance).
In 2006-2007, Ilana Frank teamed up with THE ELEVENTH HOUR alumnus director David Wellington on a four-hour original mini-series for CTV entitled WOULD BE KINGS. Currie Graham, Ben Bass and Natasha Henstridge starred in the mini-series that was written by Tassie Cameron and Esta Spalding, two other THE ELEVENTH HOUR alumni. Natasha Henstridge won a Gemini Award for her performance in WOULD BE KINGS.
In 2007-2008, Thump produced the television movie for CTV in Canada and Lifetime in the U.S. called OF MEMORY AND MURDER, (or MURDER ON HER MIND in the US and internationally). It was written by Semi Chellas and inspired by the memoir WHO NAMED THE KNIFE by Linda Spalding. David Wellington directed the movie-of-the-week starring Annabeth Gish, Chandra West, Hugh Dillon and Callum Keith Rennie.
In 2008, Thump produced a pilot for CLEAN, a one-hour drama series for Canwest Showcase. It starred Ben Bass, was written by Adam Pettle, and directed by David Wellington.
In late 2008, a series that Thump had in development with Canwest Global was picked up for an initial 13 episodes. Ilana Frank again teamed up with Tassie Cameron and David Wellington to executive produce the show, which was picked up in development by ABC for the U.S. The show evolved into the current hit series ROOKIE BLUE.