Jay Firestone

Television Producer from Canada

Jay Firestone (born October 31) is a Gemini award-winning film and television producer. Growing up in a suburb of Toronto, Ontario, Firestone was the third child of six born to Jewish parents Esther and Paul. He attended Hamilton's McMaster University, graduating in 1979 with a degree in commerce and aspirations to springboard off of accounting into business. After wedding University of Toronto student Sherry Barad and earning his CA a few years later, Firestone joined accounting firm Peat, Marwick, Mitchell and Co. Firestone found himself disenchanted with the profession of accounting, and left the firm in 1985 to help found Alliance Communications with four of Canada's top producers. Firestone began as chief financial officer, but rose quickly, gaining a reputation as a talented dealmaker and creative businessman. In addition to his role as CFO, Firestone set up a tax-shelter lucrative financing arm. He rose to the position of Vice-Chairman, and was the principal dealmaker for the company, overseeing its worldwide operations. However, Firestone and Lantos (both known to be short-fused) had a serious and publicized falling out over the direction of the company, which lead to  ( Wikipedia article )


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Television Producer, Film Producer


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McMaster University

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