Johnny Kalangis (he/him/his) is currently the VP of Digital at Cream Productions. He is a multi-award-winning digital media creative executive, a prompt engineer, a film director, and an installation artist, from Toronto/T'karonto, Canada.
He is a first-generation white settler of Greek descent.
He executive produced Cream and CNN's Behind The Desk, The Story of Late Night (WINNER! 2022 Webby Award) podcast, and the A Ghost Ruined My Life with Eli Roth (Discovery) podcasts. He also currently creates interactive digital media projects using augmented and virtual reality. He has designed games and game narratives and multi-awarding winning digital media projects and campaigns over the last two decades. Before Cream, Johnny was a producer and executive at CBC Digital/TV and VP, Creative Director, Digital, and the multi-award-winning company, marblemedia.
As a filmmaker, his first feature film, the anti-romantic micro-budget comedy Jack & Jill premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival (1998) and was executive produced by Atom Egoyan. His second film, Love Is Work, won the People’s Choice Award at the Whistler International Film Festival (2005) and was the closing night gala at the Canadian Film Festival in Toronto. His horror-comedy, The Mad (2007), starring Billy Zane opened the Canadian Film Festival (Toronto) and enjoys cult classic status.
7 7 (2022) is Johnny’s fourth feature film. The film has been honored at festivals in Italy, France, Greece, Sweden, USA, Japan, Singapore, Indonesia, India, and Canada and has won Best Film awards in Venezuela, France, and Indonesia, with Johnny winning best director at AltFF (Alternative Film Festival, Toronto) and being nominated for the Jean-Luc Godard Award in India.
Johnny has done interactive, narrative film art installations at Toronto’s Nuit Blanche on three occasions. The pieces, Road Trips, Road Trips (1984) and, Airwaves allowed visitors to interact with their physical space to create and collaborate on their narrative experiences.
He studied English, film theory and criticism, filmmaking, and interactive digital media at Western University, New York University, and the Canadian Film Centre.