Thomas Wallner, founder and owner of DEEP Inc. is a producer, writer, director and game designer working in feature film, television, games and interactive media. In addition to producing innovative cross-media properties for television, he has written and directed eight award-winning feature documentaries that have been broadcast in more than 30 countries.
Thomas Wallner is a rare example of a creative filmmaker who is truly at home in the interactive media world. His work earned him international recognition as one of the world’s leading cross platform TV pioneers. Over the past ten years Thomas has consistently applied his award winning vision as a storyteller to push the limits of interactive narrative. A leading figure in the creation of participatory narratives he brought the underground genre of Alternate Reality Gaming into the Television mainstream, culminating in the Emmy Award winning genre-benders Fallen and Regenesis. In 2007 Thomas Wallner pushed the boundaries of nonlinear story telling even further by developing the story concept for Late Fragment, Canada’s first interactive feature drama produced by the National Film Board.
His project Inside Hana’s Suitcase, a feature documentary, interactive world and video web series adaptation of the bestselling children’s book, Hana’s Suitcase was nominated for a 2010 digital Emmy.
Additional credits include interactive adaptations of the CBS/CTV police drama Flashpoint, the CTV Space / SyFy Network drama Sanctuary, TVO’s Empire of the Word and the M.I. High Game for BBC while ongoing distribution of Total Drama Island – Totally Interactive! (Teletoon, Cartoon Network) now includes over ten million registered players.
Thomas is a recipient of numerous international honours including two Emmy Awards and three additional nominations, a Rose d’Or, SXSW Interactive Award, and two Webbys. More recently he was nominated for Interactive Producer of the Year at the Canada New Media Awards.
At DEEP Thomas is currently focusing on developing a cinematic language that utilizes 360 video technologies to tell stories in innovative ways.