Vancouver Film School: Production, Animation, Game Design, Acting and more


VFS faculty members are working industry professionals at the forefront of the entertainment business. Our instructors know intimately what is needed from the next generation of producers, businesspeople, and innovators. In addition to this experience and hard-earned wisdom in film, TV, digital media, and music, our instructors are dedicated teachers committed to conveying their passion and knowledge to students.

Ken Ashdown

Acting Head of Entertainment Business Management

Ken Ashdown

As a former music journalist, musician, indie label entrepreneur and major label VP, Ken has worked some of the music industry's biggest stars including Shania Twain, Def Leppard, Bon Jovi, John Mellencamp, Dire Straits, New Order, David Bowie, the Pixies, and U2. He remains the only Canadian senior executive to have held senior management positions at a major label and a core MP3 technology company.

Ken has served as Vice President at PolyGram Group Canada (Mercury/Polydor division) and at QDesign Corporation, a leading provider of advanced digital audio compression technologies. He has been a frequent panelist at music and technology industry conferences including CMW, Music West and the CCMA; as a guest lecturer he has spoken at colleges across Canada and in the U.K. His national and international media appearances include the CBC, MuchMusic, the Globe and Mail, and Adam Curry's Cyber Sleaze. In 1994 he was the subject of a TV news feature series entitled The Hit Man.

An award-winning, certified adult educator, Ken has been described as a "master teacher." He earned his Master of Arts (MA) degree in Music Business Management (with Distinction) from the University of Westminster in London, England. His book, Entertainment Marketing in Canada: A Step By Step Approach, is in the editing stages while he endlessly prepares back catalogue for the relaunch of his independent label, Waste Island Records. Ken is an associate of Action Dialogue, Inc., an Ottawa-based conflict management and organization development consulting firm, and is equally passionate about environmental issues.

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