Meet Our Team
Don is one of the founding members of the Royal Canadian Air Farce, which ran for 24 seasons on CBC Radio and spawned national concert tours, stage runs, home audio and video releases, a book, and several television specials.
Royal Canadian Air Farce became a weekly television series in 1993 and ran for 16 highly successful seasons, while the annual Air Farce New Year’s Eve Special continues to garner huge ratings.
Winner of the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award in 1998, and recipient of a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame in 2000, Don Ferguson and his fellow Air Farceurs became the first Canadian inductees into the International Humour Hall of Fame in 1992. Don Ferguson has received 15 ACTRA Awards for radio and television, and a Juno for best comedy album. At the 2000 Gemini Awards, Air Farce received both the Earle Grey Award for Air Farce’s body of work in Canadian television, and the viewer-voted People’s Choice Award for favourite television program. In April 2001, Air Farce was inducted into the Canadian Comedy Hall of Fame.
Lucy Stewart has produced hundreds of hours of highly successful, award winning television programs that have consistently ranked among Canadian TV's top 20. Recent credits include the Air Farce Canada 150 Special which aired live across the country on July 1, the hugely popular annual comedy special Air Farce New Year's Eve (CBC) the last show garnered 2 million viewers, My Kitchen Can Be Anything (CBC Comedy) and Second Jen (City). Also, Newborn Moms I (CBC, ABCd), and II (ABCd), and 16 seasons of Royal Canadian Air Farce (CBC). Recent documentary credits: the award winning Blind Spot (documentary channel), and Why Horror? (Super Channel, Showtime, the documentary channel). Lucy is in development on multiple projects for various networks, including more episodes of Second Jen (City).
Air Farce was one of the highest rated, award-winning TV series in Canada, it’s per-minute average audience over the 17 years topped 1,000,000 viewers. Its popularity continues to grow through the annual Air Farce New Year's Eve specials.
Head of Development/Producer
Kevin Wallis is a writer, executive producer and head of development at DFP (Don Ferguson Productions). Focusing on comedy content, Kevin oversees and develops DFP's slate of original properties. Recent credits include: Second Jen (City), Newborn Moms (ABCd, CBC Punchline), My Kitchen Can Be Anything (CBC Comedy), Why Horror? (Super Channel, Showtime, documentary channel), Comedy Bar Season 2 (BiteTv). In his spare time, Kevin acts as head writer for the highly successful Air Farce Specials (CBC).
Nora Cooper has been working with Don Ferguson for over 15 years as the office manager, accounting queen, and money maven; previously, she was a financial manager at CBC for 22 years. A marathon runner extraordinaire, this Moncton, NB native started her career with TD Bank and then worked with Pitney Bowes before making her way into show biz.
Heather Marshall's career spans many aspects and genres of the film, television and digital content business. Over the past thirty years, Heather's work has included ten years in banking and a nineteen-year stint at the CBC as a Deputy Director, Production Financing for Arts & Entertainment, then as a Director, Business & Rights for News, Documentary, documentary channel and Factual Entertainment.
In addition to executive producing the documentary Blind Spot Moments Unseen, her past documentary credits include Half the Kingdom, which was nominated in the Geminis’ Best Documentary Program, Shared Rhythm and Full Circle as well as drama series such as Danger Bay and Inside Stories and live telecasts of past Genies and Geminis awards shows.
Pim van der Toorn
Pim got his start in television at the CBC, in the days when there was still a Light Entertainment department, working on MOWs, specials and award shows. Many craft tables later he moved to CBC News & Current Affairs to help produce Canada: A People's History, which then led to years overseeing the manufacture of documentary, reality and scripted content, first at Barna-Alper Productions and later, Entertainment One Television. At DFP, he brings that broad experience to bear on all projects, from development to successful delivery.
Wayne Testori is a television writer with a proven track record of scripting ratings-winning programming. For sixteen seasons, Wayne was a writer for Royal Canadian Air Farce (335 episodes), which was Canada's top-rated comedy TV series. Since then, Wayne has written and produced the Air Farce New Year’s Eve Special which annually finishes as the highest rated comedy special on the CBC.
Wayne was the creator and head writer of the CBC Radio series National Pastime, wrote for the CBC's 50th All-Star Comedy Homecoming and the 12th and 13th annual Gemini Awards, and co-wrote and created the television, radio and print advertising campaigns for the Toronto Blue Jays. His credits also include writing for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, SCTV original cast member Joe Flaherty, and Whose Line Is It Anyway star Colin Mochrie. He has been nominated for two Canadian Comedy Awards - “Best Television Writing Episode or Special" in 2000 and “Best Writing on a Television Series" in 2004.
PJ Wilson has been lurking around the film and television industry since the nineties, primarily focusing on the comedy scene. He has performed many roles over the years including production management, production accounting, new media production and producing. He's just old enough to remember shooting short comedy videos in the pre-YouTube / Internet era. He can currently be found tapping budgets and contracts lovingly into Microsoft Office and fighting the company's ancient accounting software.
Meghan graduated from the University of Central Florida with a degree in Cinema Studies and Business. Upon graduating, she decided to move to Toronto to pursue a dream of working in the film & television industry. Meghan started out in factual television as a production assistant and eventual production coordinator and is now transitioning into more scripted content. She is currently an Associate Producer with Don Ferguson Productions working on such projects as My Kitchen Can Be Anything, Second Jen, and the Air Farce yearly specials. Past credits include Made by Destruction, Storage Wars Canada & Chopped Canada (basically shows with Canada in the title).
After graduating Sheridan College's Media Arts program Niall immediately started working in the post-production audio industry in Toronto. Working in audio post for years, he realized that he went to film school to work on sets, so he made the transition into television production. Niall's production experience ranges from location and casting producing, to production coordinating and assistant directing. Most of his experience resides in lifestyle and comedy television production.