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Industry pays tribute to the late Peter Lukas, President of Showline Studios

Peter Lukas, President and Founder of Showline Studios, and an important figure in the Toronto Film Industry passed away on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at the age of 85.

Those who knew him share some words in remembrance:

“Peter Lukas was quite simply Toronto’s film studio pioneer, his substantial investments and personal attention showing both his confidence in the potential of our industry and his prophetic foreknowledge of our future growth and success. He also fought for the betterment of our industry, even though those opinions were sometimes unpopular, they often proved to be true. His strong and thoughtful voice will be missed, and those currently enjoying the industry’s current success owe Peter Lukas a debt of gratitude.”

– Jim Mirkopoulos, Cinespace Film Studios

“Peter was really the original studio owner. His trademark cowboy hat and warm welcoming banter was always a welcome sight and pleasure to connect with. I first met Peter when I was a PA and we continued to stay in touch as the years passed. He and I would still catch up regularly to discuss the state of the commercial business and how it’s changed or where we think it might be heading. I enjoyed those chats, he was like the loveable friendly uncle we all know. He was also one of very few people who still call me Daniel. I liked that.

This business is full of characters and Peter was certainly one of them. I will miss our chats, I will miss his mentorship, his encouragement and his humour.I will think of him every time a I see an older cowboy wearing a well worn cowboy hat. He will be remembered by all of us as a champion of film issues in this city. He is a legend.”

– Dan Ford, Skin and Bones Film

“‘Hi Pete – How did you get the black eye!’ ‘I chased down two fellows who snuck in to steal stuff!’ That was how Peter operated. He was on top of everything. He ran the studio like a restaurant, opening and closing it everyday. People like Peter are what draw us into this business and keep us here. He was unique and always ready to help production in any way he could. He was a true trailblazer that helped to put this city on the map with state of the art studio space in the early 90’s. Thank you Pete for making us all look so good!”

– Scott Mackenzie – Radke Films

“I had the pleasure of installing a grid at Peter and Murray’s Sherman and Law studio on Jarvis Street in the early 70’s. I watched him (and Murray) develop Showline Limited and the studios at Oxford, Milton, Trinity and finally Harbourside. He was always looking ahead. I can’t count the number of times I have sat down and caught up on industry news in Peter’s office at Harbourside. As late as a month ago I took my regular spot in in his office…and while Peter was telling me as story that I may have heard before I was thinking of the Russian Cowboy putting on his ‘good ole boy” southern accent for the Wilmington stories, the “WormUp” stories, the dill pickles, Fred’s (his father) Cadillac, pouring the floor at Trinity stage, the battles at City Hall , the fact that he still worked with pencil and paper (no computers in his office) and a hundred other stories. I’m certainly going to miss you Peter like so many of your many friends. RIP.

– Rae Thurston, Production Infrastructure Executive & Consultant

“Oh Peter Lukas, he took such good care of us all. I met him as a PA and spoke to him just 6 months ago , I knew him a very long time . He rented me my very first office at Shoreline . Always had a great story & always wore that darn cowboy hat! He was funny , kind-hearted and was 1000% fully supportive of the commercial sector. He always honoured your hold at the studios and when we looked to change policy on anything he was right beside us. I never forgot nor did he let me forget shooting an Alka Seltzer commercial at Showline with real wolves and wolf pups , we housed them at the studio for a week. It took over a year for him to get the smell out of 14 k. Peter was always accommodating, a great man. a lovely spirit. We will miss his voice and his stories.”

– Karen Silver, Sequoia EP

“Peter Lukas was an important fixture in the film community for Toronto for the 20 years I have been production managing. I had the pleasure of working with Peter on several shows and he was always willing to support a project whether they were a “Hollywood major” (as he loved to call them) or an indie feature that needed that extra consideration to make one of his spaces work. Walking into his office at 7K was always a fun experience as even though we were talking business it inevitably led to a story that provided me some history into the formation of the Toronto industry we enjoy today. I am saddened to know that I will no longer have those conversations or enjoy a jar of his home made pickles that he would bring to the production kitchen — which in my view were reason enough to setup shop at Showline. I will keep Peter and his loved ones in my thoughts/prayers.”

D.J. Carson, UPM

“I knew Peter well and met him regularly over the past 30 years while at TO411Daily and through past publications he was represented in. He took a sincere and active interest in those around him and always had a kind word and a story ready for colleagues, clients and suppliers like us.”

– Tom Reid, TO411Daily Publisher/CEO; Partner SB.SMA Business Brokerage

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Front Page, Headline, Industry News

Industry pays tribute to the late Peter Lukas, President of Showline Studios

Peter Lukas, President and Founder of Showline Studios, and an important figure in the Toronto Film Industry passed away on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at the age of 85.

Those who knew him share some words in remembrance:

“Peter Lukas was quite simply Toronto’s film studio pioneer, his substantial investments and personal attention showing both his confidence in the potential of our industry and his prophetic foreknowledge of our future growth and success. He also fought for the betterment of our industry, even though those opinions were sometimes unpopular, they often proved to be true. His strong and thoughtful voice will be missed, and those currently enjoying the industry’s current success owe Peter Lukas a debt of gratitude.”

– Jim Mirkopoulos, Cinespace Film Studios

“Peter was really the original studio owner. His trademark cowboy hat and warm welcoming banter was always a welcome sight and pleasure to connect with. I first met Peter when I was a PA and we continued to stay in touch as the years passed. He and I would still catch up regularly to discuss the state of the commercial business and how it’s changed or where we think it might be heading. I enjoyed those chats, he was like the loveable friendly uncle we all know. He was also one of very few people who still call me Daniel. I liked that.

This business is full of characters and Peter was certainly one of them. I will miss our chats, I will miss his mentorship, his encouragement and his humour.I will think of him every time a I see an older cowboy wearing a well worn cowboy hat. He will be remembered by all of us as a champion of film issues in this city. He is a legend.”

– Dan Ford, Skin and Bones Film

“‘Hi Pete – How did you get the black eye!’ ‘I chased down two fellows who snuck in to steal stuff!’ That was how Peter operated. He was on top of everything. He ran the studio like a restaurant, opening and closing it everyday. People like Peter are what draw us into this business and keep us here. He was unique and always ready to help production in any way he could. He was a true trailblazer that helped to put this city on the map with state of the art studio space in the early 90’s. Thank you Pete for making us all look so good!”

– Scott Mackenzie – Radke Films

“I had the pleasure of installing a grid at Peter and Murray’s Sherman and Law studio on Jarvis Street in the early 70’s. I watched him (and Murray) develop Showline Limited and the studios at Oxford, Milton, Trinity and finally Harbourside. He was always looking ahead. I can’t count the number of times I have sat down and caught up on industry news in Peter’s office at Harbourside. As late as a month ago I took my regular spot in in his office…and while Peter was telling me as story that I may have heard before I was thinking of the Russian Cowboy putting on his ‘good ole boy” southern accent for the Wilmington stories, the “WormUp” stories, the dill pickles, Fred’s (his father) Cadillac, pouring the floor at Trinity stage, the battles at City Hall , the fact that he still worked with pencil and paper (no computers in his office) and a hundred other stories. I’m certainly going to miss you Peter like so many of your many friends. RIP.

– Rae Thurston, Production Infrastructure Executive & Consultant

“Oh Peter Lukas, he took such good care of us all. I met him as a PA and spoke to him just 6 months ago , I knew him a very long time . He rented me my very first office at Shoreline . Always had a great story & always wore that darn cowboy hat! He was funny , kind-hearted and was 1000% fully supportive of the commercial sector. He always honoured your hold at the studios and when we looked to change policy on anything he was right beside us. I never forgot nor did he let me forget shooting an Alka Seltzer commercial at Showline with real wolves and wolf pups , we housed them at the studio for a week. It took over a year for him to get the smell out of 14 k. Peter was always accommodating, a great man. a lovely spirit. We will miss his voice and his stories.”

– Karen Silver, Sequoia EP

“Peter Lukas was an important fixture in the film community for Toronto for the 20 years I have been production managing. I had the pleasure of working with Peter on several shows and he was always willing to support a project whether they were a “Hollywood major” (as he loved to call them) or an indie feature that needed that extra consideration to make one of his spaces work. Walking into his office at 7K was always a fun experience as even though we were talking business it inevitably led to a story that provided me some history into the formation of the Toronto industry we enjoy today. I am saddened to know that I will no longer have those conversations or enjoy a jar of his home made pickles that he would bring to the production kitchen — which in my view were reason enough to setup shop at Showline. I will keep Peter and his loved ones in my thoughts/prayers.”

D.J. Carson, UPM

“I knew Peter well and met him regularly over the past 30 years while at TO411Daily and through past publications he was represented in. He took a sincere and active interest in those around him and always had a kind word and a story ready for colleagues, clients and suppliers like us.”

– Tom Reid, TO411Daily Publisher/CEO; Partner SB.SMA Business Brokerage

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Front Page, Headline, Industry News

Industry pays tribute to the late Peter Lukas, President of Showline Studios

Peter Lukas, President and Founder of Showline Studios, and an important figure in the Toronto Film Industry passed away on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at the age of 85.

Those who knew him share some words in remembrance:

“Peter Lukas was quite simply Toronto’s film studio pioneer, his substantial investments and personal attention showing both his confidence in the potential of our industry and his prophetic foreknowledge of our future growth and success. He also fought for the betterment of our industry, even though those opinions were sometimes unpopular, they often proved to be true. His strong and thoughtful voice will be missed, and those currently enjoying the industry’s current success owe Peter Lukas a debt of gratitude.”

– Jim Mirkopoulos, Cinespace Film Studios

“Peter was really the original studio owner. His trademark cowboy hat and warm welcoming banter was always a welcome sight and pleasure to connect with. I first met Peter when I was a PA and we continued to stay in touch as the years passed. He and I would still catch up regularly to discuss the state of the commercial business and how it’s changed or where we think it might be heading. I enjoyed those chats, he was like the loveable friendly uncle we all know. He was also one of very few people who still call me Daniel. I liked that.

This business is full of characters and Peter was certainly one of them. I will miss our chats, I will miss his mentorship, his encouragement and his humour.I will think of him every time a I see an older cowboy wearing a well worn cowboy hat. He will be remembered by all of us as a champion of film issues in this city. He is a legend.”

– Dan Ford, Skin and Bones Film

“‘Hi Pete – How did you get the black eye!’ ‘I chased down two fellows who snuck in to steal stuff!’ That was how Peter operated. He was on top of everything. He ran the studio like a restaurant, opening and closing it everyday. People like Peter are what draw us into this business and keep us here. He was unique and always ready to help production in any way he could. He was a true trailblazer that helped to put this city on the map with state of the art studio space in the early 90’s. Thank you Pete for making us all look so good!”

– Scott Mackenzie – Radke Films

“I had the pleasure of installing a grid at Peter and Murray’s Sherman and Law studio on Jarvis Street in the early 70’s. I watched him (and Murray) develop Showline Limited and the studios at Oxford, Milton, Trinity and finally Harbourside. He was always looking ahead. I can’t count the number of times I have sat down and caught up on industry news in Peter’s office at Harbourside. As late as a month ago I took my regular spot in in his office…and while Peter was telling me as story that I may have heard before I was thinking of the Russian Cowboy putting on his ‘good ole boy” southern accent for the Wilmington stories, the “WormUp” stories, the dill pickles, Fred’s (his father) Cadillac, pouring the floor at Trinity stage, the battles at City Hall , the fact that he still worked with pencil and paper (no computers in his office) and a hundred other stories. I’m certainly going to miss you Peter like so many of your many friends. RIP.

– Rae Thurston, Production Infrastructure Executive & Consultant

“Oh Peter Lukas, he took such good care of us all. I met him as a PA and spoke to him just 6 months ago , I knew him a very long time . He rented me my very first office at Shoreline . Always had a great story & always wore that darn cowboy hat! He was funny , kind-hearted and was 1000% fully supportive of the commercial sector. He always honoured your hold at the studios and when we looked to change policy on anything he was right beside us. I never forgot nor did he let me forget shooting an Alka Seltzer commercial at Showline with real wolves and wolf pups , we housed them at the studio for a week. It took over a year for him to get the smell out of 14 k. Peter was always accommodating, a great man. a lovely spirit. We will miss his voice and his stories.”

– Karen Silver, Sequoia EP

“Peter Lukas was an important fixture in the film community for Toronto for the 20 years I have been production managing. I had the pleasure of working with Peter on several shows and he was always willing to support a project whether they were a “Hollywood major” (as he loved to call them) or an indie feature that needed that extra consideration to make one of his spaces work. Walking into his office at 7K was always a fun experience as even though we were talking business it inevitably led to a story that provided me some history into the formation of the Toronto industry we enjoy today. I am saddened to know that I will no longer have those conversations or enjoy a jar of his home made pickles that he would bring to the production kitchen — which in my view were reason enough to setup shop at Showline. I will keep Peter and his loved ones in my thoughts/prayers.”

D.J. Carson, UPM

“I knew Peter well and met him regularly over the past 30 years while at TO411Daily and through past publications he was represented in. He took a sincere and active interest in those around him and always had a kind word and a story ready for colleagues, clients and suppliers like us.”

– Tom Reid, TO411Daily Publisher/CEO; Partner SB.SMA Business Brokerage

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