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NBC Universal Intl. teams up with Lark

Former CTV programming exec Louise Clark has opened her own production shingle in Vancouver, backed by a plum development and first-look deal with NBC Universal International.
December 1, 2010

Former CTV programming exec Louise Clark (pictured) has opened her own production shingle in Vancouver, backed by a plum development and first-look deal with NBC Universal International.

Lark Productions will produce both scripted and reality TV programming using a development fund provided by the Hollywood studio.

Michael Edelstein, president of international television production for NBCU, said his studio was backing Clark on the strength of credits such as scripted programs Corner Gas, Flashpoint and The Listener.

‘Our decision to get into business with Lark Productions is largely attributed to Louise’s reputation as one of Canada’s top talents,’ Edelstein said in a statement.

Clark left CTV as its Vancouver-based development head in August 2008 after having had a hand in virtually all the network’s programming, including TV movies and documentaries. Before CTV, she had nearly 15 years of prior indie production experience in Toronto and Vancouver, most notably with Rhombus Media, Atlantis Productions, Cadence Entertainment and Pacific Motion Pictures.

Erin Haskett Thorn joins Lark Productions as vice president of development, after previously working as director of development at Paperny Films. While at Paperny, Haskett Thorn oversaw development on scripted series, alternative programming, docuseries, reality and lifestyle programs. Titles she’d developed include Dussault Inc., a docusoap for CityTV Canada, Consumed for HGTV Canada, and the upcoming Food Network Canada series, Eat Street.

With files from Barry Walsh. From Playback Daily.

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Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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