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A bold, inventive, and compassionate team

With production partners across the globe et aussi chez nous au Québec!

Poutine Studios is made up of creative, bold and determined storytellers recognized for maintaining transparent and collaborative relationships with their producing partners and financiers. Founded and led by seasoned Canadian producer, Debra Kouri, the team creates thought-provoking entertainment that inspires social change and generates buzz.


Working alongside broadcasters including Bell Media, CBC, Corus, Telus, SRC, TVA amongst others, Poutine Studios alternates between scripted and unscripted entertainment that champions diversity and underrepresented POVs.


Debra Kouri 
President & Producer

Over the past 25 years, Debra Kouri has honed her producing talents in film and television on a variety of genres. She's seen the ins and outs of production and is keen on developing content that challenges the status quo. She's a BIPOC creative in the industry known for being a strong, level-headed and kind producer who enjoys seeing an idea go from concept to delivery. Recent titles include the docs Trafficked Voices (CBC Passionate Eye), Butterfly Hunters (Telus Originals), Le Défi de l’info / Breaking the News (Bell Media) and is prepping feature documentaries “La Plaque tournante” (Melki Films/SRC), and This Changes Everything Canada, produced with Palmina Productions, the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and Creative Chaos vmg.


Debra has also produced hybrid scripted projects such as The Detectives (CBC), feature films Office Games (tubi), The Bend (SuperChannel), Happy Slapping as well as having produced and showrun multiple award-winning unscripted series and formats. 


She’s also received certification from Coalition MÉDIA & HEC’s Entrepreneurial Training Cohort for Producers, and is an active board member of the QEPC.


Martin Cabral 
Creative & Technical Director

With a background in IT, computer programming and technical support, Marty’s easygoing adaptability is his biggest asset. He’s renowned for being a jack-of-all trades in the film and television industry, performing a variety of roles wherever he’s needed – both on and off set. As a unionized technician, he performs multiple roles in the camera department including expert-level drone piloting, and often also works with the locations and/or unit departments in order to ensure a smoother-running show. But if asked to choose only one function to perform for the rest of his life, he’d easily pick using his creative side, helping to create worlds, characters and plot lines for the many projects on Poutine Studios’ slate.

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