Condolences pour in for film, TV producer Paul Pope

Paul Pope on the set of Hudson and Rex in June 2021.

Messages of shock and grief are being shared globally over the death of film and TV producer Paul Pope.

Pope’s family says he died peacefully, surrounded by them, Thursday morning.

Prime Minister Andrew Furey called Pope a pioneering filmmaker who showcased the province on screens and attracted visitors who would then see it in person.

Roger Maunder, founder of the Nickel Film Festival and Upskydown Films, says Pope spoke and walked the tour.

A shocked Maunder called Pope a visionary who saw the potential of the industry here and acted on it, adding that he “breathed and lived” movies and television.

Pope was behind the newly announced film and media production center at the College of the North Atlantic.

He was also a member of the Come Home 2022 Host Committee, which produced many of the events planned over the next many months.

Pope helped reveal the province to the rest of the world through films such as Rare Birds and Extraordinary Visitor, the wildly popular Hudson and Rex TV series as well as the multi-award winning documentary My Left Breast.

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