Peter O'Brian is an accomplished independent filmmaker whose movies have won 19 Genie Awards.
In 1969, Peter graduated from Boston's Emerson College, having also attended the University of Toronto. His producing career began in the 1970s with the low-budget comedies Me, Love at First Sight and the international cult classic Outrageous! In 1977, he founded Independent Pictures Inc and produced The Grey Fox and My American Cousin, with both films winning Best Motion Picture Genies (in 1983 and 1986, respectively.) In 1984, The Grey Fox was nominated for a Golden Globe Award as best foreign film. In 2003, Peter made his directorial debut with the film, Hollywood North.
Peter is a founding board member of the Canadian Film Centre, where he also served as Executive Director, Producer-in-Residence and Executive Producer of the Feature Film Program.
In 2014, Peter was reappointed as the Chair of TVO’s Board of Directors for a fifth term. He has also served on the board of the Toronto International Film Festival and the Academy of Canadian Film and Television.
In 2012 Peter was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and in 2013, he was honoured with the Directors Guild of Canada’s Honourary Life Member Award.