Bobbi Jo Krals is an award-winning Director, Producer and President of Esperanto Productions Inc., a documentary television production company founded in 1997. Krals has also been a board member of Women in Film & Television and is a member of the Documentary Association of Canada.
Krals co-directed and co-produced She Got Game: Coming of Age on the WTA Tour, a unique, behind-the-scenes look at women’s tennis that aired in Canada on the LIFE Network (English), and in French on CBC/Radio-Canada and TFO. The film has already received four international awards and screened at over a dozen festivals worldwide.
Krals previously produced and directed a one-hour documentary film called Shrinkage, which follows the irreverent journey of aspiring stand-up comic Sherry Shaw-Froggatt. Sherry was recently diagnosed with manic depression and sees humour as an antidote, turning her ailment into a comedic mission to break down stigmas about mental illness across North America. Shrinkage aired on CBC, Vision TV and SCN and includes cameos with renowned comedians such as Kathy Kinney (The Drew Carey Show) and Eric Idle.
Krals also directed and co-produced the award-winning half-hour documentary shot in Pakistan called A Calling to Care.
Bobbi Jo has also filmed on location in Romania, Harlem, Zimbabwe, Canada and Guatemala for the Gemini-nominated 13-part documentary series Rainmakers (Adobe Productions for CBC, TFO-TV Ontario, Vision TV, YTV, SCN, Canal Vie) and for the one-hour documentary Ray Bradbury : An American Icon (WIC/Great North Productions for CTV, Sci-Fi Channel), which was shot in Paris, Los Angeles, Indianapolis, and New York. She also worked on the irreverent one hour television special This Thing Called Love (Great North Productions for CTV), which took an offbeat look at love in the 90`s. Bobbi Jo field-produced for Harrowsmith Country Life (Stone Soup Productions for The Discovery Channel), and worked on location in Los Angeles for the series On the Internet (Cochran Entertainment for The Discovery Channel & PBS).
Prior to her directing and producing career, Bobbi Jo worked for many years as a unit publicist on many film and tv projects including: the drama series Destiny Ridge (Great North Productions for CanWest Global, starring Laurie Holden (she starred opposite Jim Carrey in The Majestic, released in 2002); the NFB documentary Born at Home and Out: Stories of Lesbian & Gay Youth; the feature film Sleepless (starring Michael Ironside, Kate Vernon, Craig T. Nelson, M. Emmet Walsh); the CBC youth series Northwood, Spoils of War (Elise Productions for ABC; Hallmark Hall of Fame starring Kate Nelligan, John Heard, Rhea Perlman); Black Fox Trilogy (RHI International for CBS, starring Christopher Reeve & Tony Todd); and the feature film Samurai Cowboy (SABAN International starring Robert Conrad, Hiromi Go, Matt McCoy, Catherine Mary Stewart).