Laszlo Barna
Executive Producer


Laszlo Barna is President/CEO of Toronto-based Barna-Alper Productions. Co-founded with partner Laura Alper in 1980, Barna-Alper is one of Canada's leading independent production firms in both drama and documentary programming.

Renowned for his prodigious energy, humour and commitment to excellence, Barna's long list of credits and awards attest to his abilities as a businessperson and storyteller.

Barna's executive producer credits include television series such as the five-time Gemini winner for Best Dramatic Series DaVinci's Inquest; the Gemini winner Blue Murder; the comedy series G Spot, the CBC/Showcase spin-off series DaVinci's City Hall, as well as the critically acclaimed October 1970. This tradition in quality television continues with the up-coming 30-minute (13-episode) comedic drama series ‘Da Kink In My Hair adapted from Trey Anthony's award-winning play set in a bustling hair salon in Toronto's Caribbean community.

His success extends to television movies with recent projects for CBC and CTV such as the musical, Celine, the acclaimed Shania: A Life In Eight Albums, Open Heart, the mini-series Whiskey Echo, and Choice: The Henry Morgentaler Story. These productions follow in the footsteps of past high-quality, high-impact movies Betrayed, Scorn, Milgaard, At the End of the Day: The Sue Rodriguez Story, and Diana Kilmury: Teamster.

Barna continues to be the executive producer of many successful documentary films and programs, all of which have garnered many national and international awards including long-running series such as Turning Points of History, Frontiers of Construction, and Human Wildlife. One-off documentary films such as the award-winning and internationally acclaimed Offspring, The Last Just Man and the documentary feature The Take.

Marking a new chapter in Barna-Alper's history, the company is soon to complete its first dramatic feature film. Based on General Romeo Dallaire's book, Shake Hands WithThe Devil documents Dallaire's failed UN mission to Rwanda.

Barna has an abiding commitment to the Canadian production industry. He is the former Chairman of the Canadian Film and Television Producers Association. He is a former board member of the Banff Television Festival and the Canadian Television Fund and currently sits on boards for the Documentary Partnership Committee and Film Ontario.