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Founders sell Temple Street

Fortier, Schneeberg nab Canuck shingle

A correction was made to this article on July 10, 2006.

David Fortier and Ivan Schneeberg are acquiring Toronto-based film and TV production company Temple Street Entertainment from founders Patrick Whitley and Sheila Hockin.

Financial terms were not available.

Former entertainment lawyers Fortier and Schneeberg joined Temple Street three years ago as co-prexies of the dramatic production arm.

The 11-year-old company’s credits include “Queer as Folk,” “Canada’s Next Top Model” and “Billable Hours.”

Whitley, who also founded Dufferin Gate, one of Canada’s largest service production companies, has been withdrawing from the film and TV industry for months, quietly selling his controlling interest in Dufferin Gate some months ago to fellow exec John Weber. Whitley remains chair of the company.

“The time has come for me to focus on other business and personal interests,” said Whitley, who has been in the industry for 36 years.

Hockin, who will continue to produce independently, said: “This is actually a building of both companies. They are being reinvested-in by their new owners. It’s a strength story.”

Hockin is Canadian producer of “The Tudors,” starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers, airing on Showtime in 2007.