Eagle Vision Partner
Lisa Meeches is one of the most dynamic and respected producers in the film industry and is Anishinaabe from Long Plain First Nation. After studying broadcasting in North Dakota, Lisa began her career in 1986 with the Native Media Network. She later began news reporting for Craig Broadcasting Systems in Manitoba and Alberta, where she established a liaison team that connected the newsroom with surrounding First Nations communities. Her journalism career recently came full circle with a Beyond Borders Media Award for her work on Taken as co-creator, executive producer, and host. Lisa also directs episodes of the series and has been nominated for two Canadian Screen Awards for Taken (Best Factual Series, Best Cross-Platform Project).
Lisa has produced numerous projects to critical acclaim including The Sharing Circle, Canada’s longest-running Indigenous television series; Ice Road Truckers; Tipi Tales, a Parent’s Choice award-winning children’s series; and Elijah, a Gemini Award-winning MOW; and the 3-times nominated 2-time winner of CSA’s Jack. She Executive Produced the 4-time CSA nominee and 2-time winner We Were Children, is widely praised by residential school survivors for its power to heal, while general audiences have been moved by its accurate and truthful portrayal of the impacts of Canada’s colonial past. Prior to this project, Lisa traveled the country with her team interviewing residential school survivors about their experiences for the Legacy of Hope project. Lisa was also the Director, Events Planning and Artistic Programming for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Most recently Lisa served as Creative Director/Executive Producer for the National MMIWG Inquiry. Her work was honoured with two gold medals at the international Shorty Awards for excellence in social media. Lisa is co-executive producer on the CBC/eOne/CW series Burden of Truth, in prep for Season 4.
Lisa has been critical to the success of the Manito Ahbee Festival since its inception 15 years ago where she has acted in the capacity of board chair on a volunteer basis until stepping down to assume the role of Executive Director. True to her heritage, Lisa is a renowned champion fancy shawl dancer. Lisa is Executive Producer of Orange Daisy Project, a social action campaign in support of mental health for teen girls. Among her numerous awards and nominations are: the 2007 National Aboriginal Achievement Award for Media & Communication, the 2009 YMCA-YWCA Woman of Distinction Award in the area of Creative Communications, the University of Manitoba's Excellence in Aboriginal Business Leadership Award, the Women in Film and Television 2009 Crystal Award for Mentorship, the Order of Manitoba, and she was even Ms. Chatelaine.
A partner in Indigenous-owned Eagle Vision for over 18 years, Kyle Irving has produced more than 200 hours of television content. He recently served as executive producer of his third season of Eagle Vision, ICF and eOne’s drama series Burden of Truth for CBC, which is also a hit on the CW (New York Times “Here’’s What to Watch This Summer”) and Universal UK. He co-created and executive produced four seasons of the hit true-crime doc series Taken (4 Canadian Screen Award nominations, including “Best Factual Series”) for CBC and APTN, and was a producer on the international hit television series Ice Road Truckers (2 nominations at the 2018 Canadian Screen Awards) which is one of the most successful and longest-running docu-drama series in television history for History Channel, AETN and more than 80 countries around the world. Irving currently has two feature films in post-production, Diaspora, and Danis Goulet’s Night Raiders (Executive Producer, with Lisa Meeches and Taika Waititi).
Irving has produced numerous other award-winning feature film and television productions, notably the Oscar and Golden Globe winner and multi-nominee (including the Oscar for Best Picture) Capote for Sony, Columbia Pictures and United Artists; Walk All Over Me, which premiered in competition at TIFF, was bought by the Weinstein Company; Blue State starring Oscar-winner Anna Paquin released by MGM; and the multi award-winner We Were Children, which premiered at VIFF and IDFA. Irving also produced Reasonable Doubt for Lionsgate, starring Oscar-nominee Samuel L. Jackson. Irving produced the CSA nominated feature film Lovesick currently distributed in Canada by eOne, the film had its world premiere at the Whistler Film Festival and went on to win the Audience Award at its US premiere at Cinequest in San Jose, the film was released theatrically in 10 US cities and was sold to Amazon Prime worldwide.
Some of Irving’s other television productions include Jack, a made-for-TV movie for CBC that was the winner of two CSA’s; the award-winning long-running doc series The Sharing Circle; the multiple Parents’ Choice Gold Award-winning children’s series Tipi Tales; and numerous one-off documentaries.
Irving has a strong focus on talent development and has mentored and supported numerous emerging writers, directors, producers, and crew. He is also a strong supporter financially and in-kind to independent films. Irving is a sponsor and the facilitator of the Whistler Film Festival Indigenous Filmmakers Fellowship. Irving is a member of the Board of Directors of the CMPA and is Co-Chair of the CMPA Industrial Relations Committee and has been an industry leader in the province's and nation's COVID protocols for production.
Eagle Vision Partner, Head of Development
Following graduation from the New York Film Academy, a CFTPA International Internship took Rebecca to Los Angeles at the start of her film journey. As a writer, director, and producer, Rebecca’s work includes the digital documentary series Child First, which premiered at the Understanding the Disability Trajectory of First Nations Families of Children with Disabilities National Summit, the doc Daphne Korol: The Drama Queen of Winnipeg, and the award-winning short comedy Hard Way Girl, which played festivals around the world. Rebecca co-wrote and produced award-winning drama H&G which premiered at the Vancouver International Film Festival and is distributed by Multiple Media in Canada and Amazon Prime in the United States and Europe. H&G was recently honoured with a retrospective screening at the TIFF Lightbox. Rebecca founded Orange Daisy Project, a social action campaign in support of mental health for teen girls, that includes a 40-part digital documentary series, a mentorship for emerging female filmmakers, a school and community tour, and a best-selling mental health workbook, which Rebecca co-wrote. Rebecca was honoured nationally as a CAMH Difference Maker, and was ACTRA Manitoba's 2018 Woman of the Year. Rebecca’s acting credits include her award-winning work in the film that launched The Murdoch Mysteries, her ACTRA-award-winning role in The Pinkertons (Netflix), and the recent Juliana and the Medicine Fish opposite Adam Beach. Rebecca plays "Bee" in Tyson Caron's film Lovesick, and "Wendy Ross" on Burden of Truth. She will soon be seen in Jeremy Torrie’s thriller The Corruption of Divine Providence.
Rebecca was co-creator, showrunner executive producer, and an award-winning episode writer and director of Eagle Vision's Taken. She won a Beyond Borders Media Award and was nominated for three Canadian Screen Awards — Best Factual Series, the Barbara Sears Award for Best Editorial Research, and Best Cross-Platform Project. She was project lead on the Taken Knowledge Keeper App. Most recently, Rebecca was part of the Eagle Vision team who were honoured as finalists for five international Shorty Awards (the best of the world’s social media), winning gold distinction for two. Rebecca also writes and directs the Taken podcast. Formerly one of Western Canada’s top casting directors, Rebecca also oversees casting for many of Eagle Vision’s projects.
Rebecca is devoted to mentorship, working with the CMPA (member of Skills Development and TV committees), Film Training Manitoba, Freeze Frame, Women in the Director’s Chair, Women in View, Creative Manitoba, and several other organizations to support diverse artists of all ages in film, television, and theatre, and various charitable and social organizations. She also co-founded the Gimli Film Festival's Future is Female* Mentorship Program.
In-House Producer, Head of Business Affairs
Hannah Johnson Eagle Vision’s Head of Business Affairs, and In House Producer. Hannah graduated on the Dean’s Honour List from Queen’s University specializing in Psychology and Gender Studies. Her focus on intersectional social issues and human rights is something she applies to her career and all aspects of her life.
Hannah most recently worked as a Producer and Production Manager on four seasons of Eagle Vision’s series Taken. She has worked with Eagle Vision and Manito Ahbee for several years, as a Production Manager and Production Coordinator for the Indigenous Music Awards. Hannah also has Production Coordinator credits on Ice Road Truckers, Aboriginal Day Live, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights’ Opening Ceremonies & Concert, and The United Way’s One Night for Winnipeg Concert. Hannah worked as an event coordinator and stage manager for Manito Ahbee’s Celebrate Indigenous Music Concert. She helped coordinate the WITBN Kanata Conferences & WIJA Gala, a biennial conference to share experiences in broadcast media, encouraging communication and cultural preservation among Indigenous Media Worldwide. She also ran the Canadian Education Coalition’s event, The Winnipeg Boldness Project and worked on the TRC’s Northern & Alberta National Events.
Hannah was Line Producer of the feature film Ruthless Souls which recently premiered at ImagineNATIVE. Hannah is the Associate Producer on Burden of Truth for CBC and The CW starring Kristin Kreuk. Hannah recently served as Project Manager for the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Inquiry Project: Red Shawl Campaign and Truth Sharing Podcast Project for the Government of Canada, which reached one-third of all Canadians. Hannah has produced seasons 1 and 2 of the web series Frozen Justice and was Producer, Director, Writer, and Editor on the web series Orange Daisy Project documentary series about teenage girls’ mental health. Hannah also directed a Skate Canada Documentary featuring the NHL’s Mark Scheifele. Hannah was also a Production Assistant on the Ray St. Germain family documentary, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Alberta and Northern National Events; House Concerts on Kingston; and the Ballsy Bastards of St.Boniface documentary. Hannah is also a devoted volunteer, including serving as the Event Coordinator & Committee Member for Beyond Borders ECPAT Canada, Canada’s global voice against child sexual exploitation. Hannah was recently selected as the recipient of the CBC Business of Broadcasting Mentorship through Women In Film and Television Toronto, of which she is a member. And she just completed the CMPA Emerging Producer Mission to Berlinale.