J.B. Sugar is an American-Canadian film and television director, writer, producer and showrunner. He is also president of Toronto based production company, No Equal Entertainment. While attending The American Film Institute, J.B won the Student Academy Award for his short film, “John” and later went on to earn an Emmy Award nomination for producing Showtime’s “A Separate Peace” based on the classic novel by John Knowles.
Throughout his career, J.B. has produced and directed multiple one hour and half-hour episodic series and a variety of films. His work is diverse and ranges in genre from drama, to supernatural, to comedy and documentary.
Most recently, J.B. produced and directed “Don’t Hang Up” starring Wendall Pierce and Lauren Holly as well as “Faith Heist: A Christmas Caper”, and “Faith Heist” for BounceTV. Prior to that, he directed Hallmark Channel’s original movies “Nostalgic Christmas” and “A Midnight Kiss” as well as produced an investigative social-justice documentary feature film called “The Guardians” for CBC’s documentary Channel which had its World Premiere at the prestigious Hot Docs Festival.
J.B. developed and produced three seasons of “Bitten” based on the NY Times bestselling novels by Kelley Armstrong for Space Channel, Syfy and Netflix. J.B. served as executive producer and directed multiple episodes of the series.
His directorial work continued on Syfy and Space Channels’ long running series “Dark Matter” where J.B. directed one of the final episodes as well as the 2nd unit for multiple episodes.
Prior to “Bitten”, J.B. wrote and directed three of the thirteen episodes of CBC’s JPOD, based on the Best-selling novel by Douglas Coupland, on which he also served as executive producer and showrunner.