Johnny Kalangis is an acclaimed feature film writer/director and a digital and interactive entertainment creative lead who has worked professionally in Canada for nearly 20 years.
Johnny is currently V.P. Creative, Digital at marblemedia in Toronto where he was previously creative director (2009-2014). Under his creative leadership, marblemedia interactive has dramatically increased audience numbers and earned multiple national and international nominations and honours. In 2015, Open Heart, a co-production between Epitome Pictures and marblemedia interactive won the Digi-Award for its digital media component, an innovative narrative mobile app for YTV in Canada and TeenNick in the US. In 2015, Japanizi: Going Going Gone, a transmedia (TV & interactive) series made with YTV and Disney XD was nominated for the Canadian Screen Awards for Best Interactive Series. In 2011 Kalangis and marblemedia won the cross-platform Gemini for fiction, their second Gemini win in as many years.
In October 2011, marblemedia's TV and interactive project Splatalot won a Silver Atomic Award for Best Brand Integration. The same property boasts over 100 million online game play sessions worldwide.
Prior to his current post, Johnny worked as a producer and then as Executive in Charge of Interactive Entertainment at CBC. There, he worked on A-list properties such as The Nature of Things, Being Erica and The Rick Mercer Report as well as radio dramas and music programs.
As a filmmaker, his first film, Jack & Jill premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and was nominated for two Genie awards in 2000. His second, Love Is Work, premiered at the Whistler Film Festival in 2005 where it won the People’s Choice Award. It was also presented by multi Oscar-winner Paul Haggis at the U.S. premiere in Los Angeles.
The Mad, his third feature, stars Billy Zane and enjoys cult status as a zombie comedy in Canada and around the world.
His 2015 and 2016 Nuit Blanche interactive film installation series, Road Trips used microprocessors, RFID and analog input tools to tell interactive non-linear road trip stories. He is currently a member of the Toronto artist collective Group 4d2.
Johnny has lectured at University of Toronto, Vancouver Film School and Ryerson University on interactive narrative, transmedia storytelling and the convergences of conventional and emerging platforms.