Since its launch in 2004, Arcana has established itself as a successful entertainment company. Producing engaging storytelling with compelling art, Arcana is an innovative leader in the development of intellectual properties across all platforms.
Arcana’s library of wholly owned intellectual properties contain well over 5,000 characters that transcend gender, age, and cultural and geographic boundaries. Arcana owns one of the world’s largest libraries of graphic novels. In 2012, Arcana opened an animation division to develop and produce it’s content for all platforms including film, television, direct-to-home and digital media. This extension of our comic book characters has provided new merchandising vehicles across all retail product lines.
By combining our commercialization strategy with our extensive storytelling, packaging, and corporate management abilities, we seek to build a strategically diversified and profitable character-based entertainment business. Arcana has the experience of animated production, a top notch team to execute a plan and is a Canadian company that receives tax credit benefits for content production as well as research and development.
Sean Patrick O’Reilly
CEO and Founder
Sean’s passion and energy have driven the vision behind Arcana studios. Sean continues to push the limits of storytelling by using a trans-media approach to adapting stories into a variety of entertainment mediums. He’s won the Top 40 Under 40 award from both the city of Vancouver and on a national level. His original creations include Kade, The Gwaii, Clockwork Girl, Pixies, Mighty Mighty Monsters, the Lovecraft trilogy, and Steam Engines of Oz to name a few.
EVP of Business Affairs
Michelle is responsible for producing Arcana’s animated series and features and all sales at Arcana. She develops and maintains Arcana’s business relationships, as well as ensure that all day-to-day tasks are completed such as payroll, contracts and even shipping. She has four amazing children aged 4 to 9, all of which are union actors in Vancouver with recurring roles.
Brady manages the day to day operations at the studio, and also coordinates marketing and content distribution in all media. He is also a film editor for Arcana’s animation division. Brady graduated from Capilano University with his Bachelor’s in Motion Picture Arts.
Head of Sales
Reanna assists in many aspects and stages of production at Arcana. She studied Drama and Psychology at York University in Toronto, where she discovered her passion for film. She has been fortunate enough to have worked in a variety of creative positions on a multitude of different media projects, from casting to coordinating to writing. She enjoys traveling and has lived in England and Australia. She now lives in Vancouver where she enjoys yoga and exploring new places in her home city.
Heidi is responsible for planning, producing, and implementing Arcana’s brand marketing and public relations. She develops and maintains effective and visually appealing communications and promotional materials to cover all digital channels including our websites, social media channels, and newsletters. Heidi is originally from Argentina so you will surely find her drinking mate 24/7
Head of Development
Lauren began her career as a production assistant at OUTtv, and has since worked for Odyssey Media, Omnifilm Entertainment and, most recently, as the Head of Video Production for Bear’s Blooms. In 2018, she received her Master’s Degree in Documentary Media from Ryerson University. In her spare time, Lauren enjoys photography, hiking, and watching movies.
Notable Awards & Achievements
Arcana remains independent of major entertainment studio affiliation and has been awarded the Digital Readiness Grant from BCFilm, a development fund from Telefilm, the Digital Springboard Program for NMBCA as well as the following: January 1, 2013 Playback awards Sean Patrick O’Reilly the Top Ten 2 Watch. January 1, 2012 Arcana completes production on The Clockwork Girl animated feature film. Arcana’s The Evil Tree wins Best Original Graphic Novel of 2012 at ComicMonsters.com. Arcana’s The Evil Tree added to list of best digital first releases at ComiXology.com. January 1, 2010 CEO and Founder Sean O’Reilly is awarded Canada’s Top 40 Under 40. January 1, 2009 Gold Medal for Moonbeam Award for Top Children’s Graphic Novel for The Gwaii January 1, 2008 Won Silver Medal for the Moonbeam Award for Top Comic/Graphic Novel for “The Clockwork Girl”. Foreword Magazine: Book of The Year Award Winner in Graphic Novels & Comics for The Clockwork Girl. January 1, 2007 Named one of the Top 25 Fastest Growing Businesses by Business in Vancouver. Founder and CEO Sean O’Reilly is named a Top 40 Under 40 by Business in Vancouver. January 1, 2005 “Joe Shuster Award for Outstanding Publisher of the Year” for sales in year 2004.
January 1, 2013
Playback awards Sean Patrick O’Reilly the Top Ten 2 Watch.Read more
January 1, 2012
Arcana completes production on The Clockwork Girl animated feature film. Arcana’s The Evil Tree wins Best Original Graphic Novel of 2012 at ComicMonsters.com. Arcana’s The Evil Tree added to list of best digital first releases at ComiXology.com.Read more
January 1, 2010
CEO and Founder Sean O’Reilly is awarded Canada’s Top 40 Under 40.Read more
January 1, 2009
Gold Medal for Moonbeam Award for Top Children’s Graphic Novel for The GwaiiRead more
January 1, 2008
Won Silver Medal for the Moonbeam Award for Top Comic/Graphic Novel for “The Clockwork Girl”. Foreword Magazine: Book of The Year Award Winner in Graphic Novels & Comics for The Clockwork Girl.Read more
January 1, 2007
Named one of the Top 25 Fastest Growing Businesses by Business in Vancouver. Founder and CEO Sean O’Reilly is named a Top 40 Under 40 by Business in Vancouver.Read more
January 1, 2005
“Joe Shuster Award for Outstanding Publisher of the Year” for sales in year 2004.Read more
Current Productions include Panda Vs. Aliens, which is a partnership with Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment, as well as Hallowaiian: Adventure Hawaii with London’s SC Films.
Past Productions include Gale Ann Hurd (“Walking Dead”, “Terminator) on Gearhead, Doc Wyatt (“Napoleon Dynamite”) on 100 Girls, JC Spink (“The Hangover”) on Continuum, Alexandra Milchan (Sylvestor Stallone’s “Headshot”) on Blade of Kumori, Hans Rodinoff and Hollywood Media Bridge (Lost Boys: The Tribe) on Raise Kane, Scott Milam (Mother’s Day) on Gauze, Ben Magid (Hack/Slash) on Trout, Jar Productions (“Hidden Howie) on Philosopher Rex.
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