Do you love storytelling? Have you ever wondered what it would be like to work behind the scenes in the documentary world? Lark Productions, in collaboration with Creative Pathways, is hosting two free online panels with industry experts speaking about their journeys in unscripted production and post-production.
Learn how these seasoned experts broke into the industry and what they look for when hiring the next generation of talent. Additionally, they will highlight transferable skills that can be applied to roles, and share practical tips to make your application stand out. LARK is currently hiring for many of these roles for the new CTV series Farming for Love.
Dive into this exciting sector by grasping everything from story and logistics to craft and post-production:
- PANEL 1: PRODUCTION/ IN THE FIELD JULY 28TH AT 5:30 PM PST
This panel focuses on the different roles available in production. From casting and producing to directing, assisting, and logistics facilitation.
Established in 2010, Lark Productions is an award-winning television production company with a proven track record of producing exceptional programming in Canada for the global marketplace. Lark develops both scripted and unscripted content, often in collaboration with Universal International Studios, a division of the Universal Studio Group, through a first-look distribution deal.
Lark’s productions include Family Law for Global TV, spy drama Fortunate Son for CBC in association with NBCUniversal International Studios, CSA-nominated Motive (CTV, USA Network), the hit formats The Real Housewives of Toronto (Slice), and The Real Housewives of Vancouver (Slice), Crash Gallery (CBC), Paramedics: Life on the Line (Knowledge Network), Emergency Room: Life + Death at VGH (Knowledge Network, Discovery Fit), and High Moon (SYFY).
Miriam van Emst
Hailing from the UK, Miriam’s work has spanned 3 continents. After starting her career in Reality TV in Australia, Miriam returned to London where she produced and directed scripted content for platforms such as Amazon, Unilever, and Virgin. Miriam created documentaries with NGOs such as UN Women, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and World Vision and prides herself on helping organizations that make the planet a better place. Since arriving in Canada, she has worked on numerous Netflix scripted productions, joined the story department for Season 2 & 3 of FAMILY LAW, and was a research producer on Lark Productions and The History Channel’s upcoming OUR WAR. She is currently working as a story editor on a new CBC docuseries.
Development and Story Producer
Olivia Soquila is a freelance Development and Story Producer with over 7 years’ experience. As a freelance producer, Olivia works with production companies and filmmakers on the development and production of various unscripted series and documentaries. Currently, Olivia is a Casting Producer and Story Producer for CTV’s newest dating series FARMING FOR LOVE. Olivia earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications at Simon Fraser University back in 2013 and went on to complete her Diploma of Technology in Broadcast Journalism from the British Columbia Institute of Technology in 2016. Olivia worked briefly as a journalist before co-opting out of school to work full time in TV/film and has since worked a multitude of industry jobs on series including the award-winning docu-series Paramedics: Life on the Line and Emergency Room: Life + Death at VGH for Knowledge Network, and the hit formats The Real Housewives of Toronto (Slice) and other projects including Holmes Family Effect (CTV).
Ariana’s interest in television was sparked by studying acting professionally at the age of 14 in Toronto, which she continued for the next decade. She graduated from York University’s Theatre program specializing in Playwriting where she had been trained in pitch writing/presenting. At the same, she got certified in brand marketing and copywriting and began consulting in social media. In 2019, she was an administrative assistant at the Playwrights Guild of Canada, and then in 2020 she expanded into her own business and became a virtual assistant. She just finished her contract as a casting coordinator for Lark Productions and she’s currently producing her own web series that’s set to be released this Fall 2022.
A multiple Gemini Award winner and CSA nominee, Grant Greschuk has over twenty-five years’ experience directing and producing reality, factual and documentary programming. He has worked on over 350 episodes of television covering a diverse range of subject matter.
Grant’s credits include Co-Executive Producing both of Slice’s hit series The Real Housewives of Vancouver and The Real Housewives of Toronto, Series Directing CBC’s Village On A Diet, the W Network’s The Cupcake Girls and HGTV’s award winning series, The Stagers. Other notable projects include directing on the first two seasons of Global’s Project Runway Canada and City TV’s Canada’s Next Top Model. Some of Grant’s recent roles were Series Directing BYUTV’s All-Round Champion, and Knowledge Network’s award-winning Paramedics: Life On The Streets and Series Producing Holmes Family Effect for CTV / FOX and A Cut Above for Discovery Canada / US.
Grant is a graduate of Simon Fraser University’s Film Program and began his career working on a variety of arts and popular culture programs for CBC television in Vancouver. Grant loves the craft of storytelling especially in the ever challenging and endlessly rewarding docu/reality/factual genre.
Megan Cameron began her career in TV by not taking no for an answer. After 8 months of gentle persuasion, she was given an opportunity to intern at Pilot Productions in London England working on their popular travel series Pilot Guides. Over the years she has worked on series for multiple broadcasters including PBS, Food Network, Discovery and Animal Planet. She was the Producer of the first four seasons of History’s Yukon Gold and Supervising Producer for CBC’s This is High School and Knowledge Network’s Paramedics: Life on the Line, a 2020 Canadian Screen Award Nominee for Best Factual Series. Her most recent work includes Line Producing Big Timber and Our War, both for History.
Megan holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of British Columbia and a Diploma in Broadcast and Media Communications – Television from the British Columbia Institute of Technology.