Chad Oakes and Mike Frislev founded Nomadic Pictures in 1995. As Co-Chairmen of Nomadic, they have produced, financed, and/or co-financed over Ninety-Three (93) film and television projects. Their feature film debut, “Hugo Pool” (Sean Penn, Robert Downey Jr.), was the audience’s favourites at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival. Since then, Nomadic has produced over $1.1 billion in movies-of-the-week, miniseries, TV series, and feature film projects in Canada, U.S., and Europe.
In addition to their Seventy-One (71) Emmy nominations and countless awards, Oakes and Frislev won Three Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Children’s/Youth/Family Special for “The Incredible Mrs. Ritche” (Gena Rowlands, James Caan, Kevin Zegers) (Showtime 2004). In 2005 Nomadic Co-Produced AMC’s first Scripted Original mini-series, “Broken Trail” (Robert Duvall, Thomas Haden Church), which went on to win four Primetime Emmy Awards, including Best Mini-Series for Nomadic. In 2014 & 2015, Nomadic took home an Emmy®, a Golden Globe®, a Television Critic’s Award, and a Producers Guild Award for Best Mini-series for FARGO (Billy Bob Thorton, Martin Freeman, Colin Hanks, Alison Tolman) (FX/MGM)
Executive Producer, Co-founder/Co-Chairman
Chad Oakes is the Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of Nomadic Pictures, which he founded with Mike Frislev in 1995. Previously, Mr. Oakes was the President and founder of Oakes Modelling & Talent Agency (1988-2000). Over the past 33 years and as a serial entrepreneur, Mr. Oakes, has raised over $300 million for various private and public companies. In addition, was an Officer, Director and sat on the board of Three (3) publicly trading companies on the TSX and Canadian Stock Exchange.
Executive Producer, Co-Founder/Co-Chairman
Michael Frislev is Co-Chairman and Co-Founder of Nomadic Pictures with Chad Oakes circa 1995. Michael graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Motion Picture Production from Ryerson University. Michael has served on the AMPIA board and on the Industrial Relations committee for the CMPA for over 10 years and has functioned as an Executive Producer on television and film productions for over 25 years.
Jay Daniel Beechinor, BFA BA
Jay Daniel Beechinor is a film & television professional with over 17+ years’ experience. Jay has held a variety of Business Affairs and Producer titles while working with Nomadic Pictures. He has degrees from the University of Victoria and the Alberta University of the Arts with the focus on film, art, and English literature. Jay completed the Advanced Television and Film graduate program at Sheridan College studying producing in global markets.
Linda Maclean is a professional Film and Television Accountant / Controller with a career spanning almost three decades. With a passion for numbers and an unwavering commitment to precision, Linda embarked on her journey in the entertainment sector in 1997. Her sharp financial acumen and keen attention to detail have made her an indispensable asset to countless productions, ensuring their financial success and integrity. She is celebrated not only for her financial prowess but also for her ability to navigate the unique challenges and complexities of the film and television landscape. As a Film and Television Accountant / Controller, Linda Maclean continues to play a pivotal role in shaping the financial success of projects while ensuring adherence to industry standards.
Darlene has a Bachelor of Commerce Degree, With Distinction from the University of Saskatchewan and has lived in Alberta for over 40 years. Over the years she has worked as an accountant in various industries and joined Nomadic Pictures in 2019 to assist the accounting department.
Eleonora holds a Master’s Degree in Accounting from Slovakia and reached level 3 of the CGA program in Canada. She's lived in Canada for 18 years and gaining experience working in the Oil & Gas and Computer Retail industry. She has been with Nomadic since 2015 and is a dedicated and detailed oriented individual.
Born and raised in Calgary, AB, Lindsay graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies as well as a Diploma from SAIT's Film & Video Production Program. She has been with Nomadic since 2015, joining the team after working with them on Hell On Wheels and Fargo. She enjoys going on trips to the mountains, movie nights in with her husband and dog, and in April 2021 they welcomed their first child, little baby Olivia.
About Nomadic Pictures
Nomadic Pictures is a Canadian based production company, developing, financing and producing features, MOW’s, Mini-Series and TV series. In 26 years, Nomadic has produced over Ninety-Three (93) television & film projects worth a combined $1.1 billion in production and remains one of the most active production companies in North America.
In addition to their Seventy-One (71) Emmy Nominations and countless awards, Oakes and Frislev won Three Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Childern’s/Youth/Family Special for “The Incredible Mrs. Ritchie” (Gena Rowlands, James Caan, Kevin Zegers) (Showtime). In 2005, Nomadic Produced AMC’s first scripted Original mini-series, “Broken Trail” (Robert Duvall, Thomas Haden Church), which in 2007, went on to be nominated for 16 Primetime Emmys®, winning four awards including Best Mini-Series. In 2014 & 2015, Nomadic’s Chad Oakes & Mike Frislev took home an Emmy®, a Golden Globe®, a Television Critic’s Award and a Producers Guild Award for Best Mini-series with “Fargo” (Billy Bob Thorton, Martin Freeman, Colin Hanks, Alison Tolman) (FX/MGM). In 2016 & 2017, “Fargo” Season 2 and 3 received a combined Thirty-Four Emmy nominations, including Emmy’s noms for Best Mini-series.
In 2019, Nomadic produced Season 4 of “Van Helsing” (SYFY/Netflix/SuperEcran), Season 2 of “The Order” (Netflix), two pilots “Chad” (TBS/Turner) & “Ride or Die” (PopTV) and the Feature “LAND” (Focus Features/Big Beach), which Premiered February 12th, 2021. In 2020, Nomadic produced the fifth and final season of “Van Helsing” (SYFY/Netflix/SuperEcran). Nomadic started 2021 with the production of its new series “The Imperfects” (Netflix).
In 2022, Nomadic started the year off with the TV Series “My Life with the Walter Boys” (Sony/Netflix), and the mini-series “Wilderness” (Amazon).