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David Devine was born and raised in Toronto. After earning an Honours BA in English from Victoria College at the University of Toronto and his Masters of Fine Arts in film production from the prestigious UCLA Film School, David established his own company, Devine Videoworks, in 1982. Since that time David has worked in collaboration with his partner, producer/director, Richard Mozer. David is the creative head of the company and has directed 11 if the company's 21 major films. These 21 films have won over 110 International awards including 5 EMMY Awards and 5 Gemini Awards. Devine's commitment to family-oriented musical entertainment began in 1985 with A Young Children's Concert with Raffi, which he produced and directed. Video sales are certified multi-platinum in the U.S. and Canada. In 1989, Devine produced and directed a second video, Raffi in Concert with the Rise and Shine Band. This special was an even bigger success. It won Devine a Gemini Award and received Grammy and CableACE nominations in the United States. Devine's next project was to produce and direct his first dramatic film entitled _Beethoven Lives Upstairs (1989) (TV)_. The HBO Special won the 1993 Primetime Emmy Award for Best Children's Program. It was also selected for the Permanent Collection of the Museum of Radio and Television Arts in New York, and the film won its category at numerous film festivals. Devine himself won the International Monitor Award for Best Director of a Children's Program. In 1994, Devine Entertainment Corporation launched the CableACE Award-winning series The Composers' Specials. Devine co-created the concept and produced the series while directing two of the six: Rossini's Ghost (1996) and Bizet's Dream (1994). Bizet's Dream won David his first of 3 Alliance for Children's Television Awards of Excellence. David also produced five of the series' accompanying CD soundtracks with the Slovak Philharmonic. Devine next produced The Inventors' Specials and directed the Einstein, Galileo and Edison episodes. In 1999, David's films were nominated for 9 Emmy Awards; 5 for Edison: The Wizard of Light (1998) and 4 for Galileo: On the Shoulders of Giants (2011). Happily, Devine Entertainment won 3 Emmy Awards. David has since completed producing The Artists' Specials, six new HBO original films for families. He directed three of the films, Degas, Rembrandt and Monet. Degas won the prestigious HUMANITAS Award and _Mary Cassatt: American Impressionist (1999) (TV)_ received 2 Emmy nominations, winning 1 EMMY, the fifth Emmy for the company.
In 2007, 2008, David was Executive Producer of the Canadian made mini-series entitled Across the River to Motor City which was subsequently nominated for 7 GEMINI awards for excellence. In 2010, David started the private company known as Educated Pictures with the aim of making digital interactive content modules for educational use. In 2011, David plans to direct and go into production with his 21st film entitled The Northern Star - a feature to be filmed in Canada and Greece about the first (and only) Canadian to win the 1906 Olympic Marathon in Athens, Greece.
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