After working for the first decade and a half of his career on the feature film side, Frenchman René Bonnière found great success plying his trade in Canada as a versatile TV series director. Like those of so many others in that country, his early career passed through the transom of "Night Heat", a seminal 1980s cop drama produced in Toronto that marked one of the country's first forays into slick, homegrown American style TV entertainment. Since that time, Bonnière has had a hand in many of the more successful American-Canadian co-productions shot north of the border, including a modern version of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" and the USA Network drama "Counterstrike". Bonnière has been twice nominated for Canada's version of the Emmy, the Gemini--in 1990 for an episode of "Diamonds" and again in '93 for his work on another seminal CTV-TV show, "E.N.G.". Bonnière's final substantial run before retiring in '02 involved the CTV remake series based on the French film "La Femme Nikita".