About

Amaze

AMAZE is an award-winning international film and television production company founded by producing partners Michael Souther and Teza Lawrence. Amaze has a strong commitment to storytelling and an ambitious slate of projects in a broad spectrum of genres. The most recent being EVERYTHING’S GOING TO BE GREAT starring Bryan Cranston and Allison Janney and directed by Jon Baird.  Amaze has also produced Amazon Prime Video’s first Canadian Scripted comedy THE LAKE, a half-hour comedy starring Julia Stiles and Jordan Gavaris.

The company’s mystery drama series CARTER, starring Jerry O’Connell, aired globally on Sony AXN for Sony International & Bell Media. Amaze’s portfolio also includes four seasons of the award-winning HBO comedy series CALL ME FITZ, starring Jason Priestley, the ½ hour comedy THE STANLEY DYNAMIC, the TIFF audience award winner FINN ON THE FLY, the multi-award-winning feature film SAINT RALPH, and BEING CANADIAN that premiered at HOT DOCS.

Amaze Team

Alex Lalonde
Chief Operating Officer

 

Alex Lalonde, Canadian producer in the film and television industry with over three decades of experience, currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer of Amaze Films. Renowned for her visionary leadership, Lalonde has produced notable works such as "EVERYTHING'S GOING TO BE GREAT," featuring Bryan Cranston, Allison Janney, and Chris Cooper, slated for release in 2024. Her tenure as COO of Stratagem RX saw her orchestrate productions like "THE DESPERATE HOUR" and oversee Canadian shoots for Marvel's "HAWKEYE" and "SECRET INVASION." With expertise in international co-productions, she's made significant contributions at New Metric Media and Digital Howard, and has executive produced acclaimed films for First Generation Films. Lalonde's philanthropic efforts include serving on the boards of Women in Film and Television Toronto (WIFT-T), Film Ontario, and Inside Out, the leading 2SLGBTQIA+ Film Festival, solidifying her legacy advocating for the inclusion of diverse voices within the industry.

Teza Lawrence
Executive Producer/Co-owner

Teza Lawrence is an award-winning producer and the co-founder of Amaze. She is a passionate storyteller and has a wide variety of interests that she hopes will positively impact the planet, specifically a deep love for trees. Over the past 20 years, Teza has co-built Amaze to be a creative incubator and producer of market-driven television and films. Past projects include CARTER for SONY and BELL MEDIA, THE STANLEY DYNAMIC for CORUS, and CALL ME FITZ for HBO CANADA. She also executive produced three feature films: FINN ON THE FLY and SAINT RALPH, which had their world premiere at TIFF, and BEING CANADIAN, which premiered at HotDocs.

Michael Souther
Executive Producer/Co-owner

Michael Souther is an award-winning producer. Michael began his career directing, writing, and producing the short film PATTI BURNS, which became a backdoor pilot for THE COMEDY NETWORK and the flagship show for Amaze. Michael has a strong commitment to telling LGBTQ stories and recently finished executive producing the first season of the half-hour comedy THE LAKE for AMAZON PRIME VIDEO. Past projects include CARTER for SONY and BELL MEDIA, THE STANLEY DYNAMIC for CORUS, and CALL ME FITZ for HBO CANADA. He also executive produced three feature films: FINN ON THE FLY and SAINT RALPH, which had their world premiere at TIFF, and BEING CANADIAN, which premiered at HotDocs.     

Headshot Irene Sudorgin

Irene Sudorgin
Production & Post Executive

Irene joined Amaze in 2019 in bringing with her a background in performing arts, a degree in Business, and almost 20 years of Business Affairs experience in Film, Television, and Animation. Irene has managed the BA side of Amaze’s projects in various stages of development, production, and distribution. She now serves as Production and Post Executive on Amaze’s various shows including the Amazon Prime ½ hour series The Lake and the Feature Film Everything is going to be Great. Prior to joining Amaze, Irene provided consulting services to independent producers, after spending 10 years as Director of Business Affairs at C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures, a busy computer animation and special effects studio.

Caroline Murphy
Accounting

Caroline joined Amaze in 2018 on the corporate accounting side. Caroline has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto and a CPA from California.  Caroline has held senior roles at content companies including Atlantis, Breakthrough; and White Pine where she was Associate Producer of the series CRACKED and Co-Executive Producer of the documentary FIGHT LIKE SOLDIERS.

Ryan St Peters
Development, Kids & Family

Bio to come.

Hugo van Essen
Associate Producer

Originally from The Netherlands, Hugo graduated from Humber College’s Writing & Producing for TV in 2019. Hugo used his experience in Dutch film production to become a Covid Compliance Officer for Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol (ViacomCBS). Now, Hugo uses his organizational skills to put the “prod” in Producer’s Assistant for Mike & Teza. Fueled by ravenous curiosity and adventure, Hugo enjoys climbing all sorts of things, ranging from corporate ladders to bouldering gyms!

AMAZE SCRAPBOOK

Amaze through the years