David Storey, an award winning executive producer, director and show developer, is president of Aslan Entertainment.
Best known for his work on Corner Gas David began a varied and colourful career in the 70’s and 80’s that included stints as teen actor, musician and Assistant Director. In the early 90’s David set his sights on a career as a Music Video Director. Right out of the gate he Directed Tom Cochrane’s “Life Is A Highway” which garnered him major international attention, a Juno nomination plus a number of Canadian Music Video Awards. Included among the 60 or so videos David directed are Stompin Tom’s classic “Margo’s Got the Cargo” and Charlie Majors Nashville hit “Drive You Out Of My Mind” both of which won Canadian Music Video Awards. Soon his unique visual style had him directing commercials for clients as varied as McDonalds and General Motors as well as hour long music specials for the major Canadian networks where he collaborated with artists such as Corey Hart, Anne Murray, Shania Twain, Buffy St Marie, the Rankin Family and Amanda Marshal.
These endeavours brought him to the attention of the CBC brass who invited him to direct a new series called Comics. Here he worked with some of Canada’s best and brightest funny men, among them Brent Butt, Ron James and Mark Farrell. From these relationships David helped develop, pitch and create many successful shows for a number of networks. He directed and with Ron James created the pilot for Blackfly a single camera, film style comedy for the Global network. He directed the multi camera laugh track driven Sean Cullen Show for the CBC. But the granddaddy of them all was the family friendly, film style, hit comedy Corner Gas which he Executive Produced and Directed.
David and Brent Butt pitched Corner Gas to the CTV network thinking that if they were lucky they would get one summers work and a few good laughs. Six groundbreaking seasons, 107 episodes and many rave reviews later Corner Gas could be the defining Canadian comedy of a generation. Along with an average audience share of 1.52 million, the series was nominated for an International Emmy in 2004, and has won 7 Gemini, 12 Leo, 9 Canadian Comedy, 3 Directors Guild and 4 Writers Guild Awards to-date. The show has been sold to markets across Europe, Australia, the Middle East and the USA. The Storey Directed final episode garnered a 3.02 million audience share setting a record for a Canadian scripted show.
Recently David has been busy as Co-Executive Producer on Keep Your Head Up Kid: The Don Cherry Story a miniseries for the CBC as well as developing, Exec Producing and Directing the first two seasons of Hiccups a Brent Butt created series for CTV.
David is in development as Exec Producer on two features. The first is the comedy Thunderstick based on the play by Ken Williams the second is the adaption of Paul Quarrington’s comedic novel King Leary and is a co-production with Virginia Thompson of Verite films.