Lisa Meeches

LISA MEECHES CM, OM

President, Founding Partner, Executive Producer

 

Member of the Order of Canada and Order of Manitoba, Lisa Meeches is one of the most dynamic and respected producers in the film industry and is Anishinaabe from Long Plain First Nation, Sandy Bay First Nation, and Ebb and Flow 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 travelled 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 (four seasons), and was executive producer of Night Raiders written and directed by Danis Goulet and executive produced with Taika Waititi, which premiered at The Berlin Film Festival in 2021. She is executive producing a new doc series that she co-created called 7TH GEN for APTN. Lisa is currently executive producing the feature films Diaspora, and Finality of Dusk

Lisa has been critical to the success of the Manito Ahbee Festival since its inception more than 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, and Ms. Chatelaine. Lisa was honoured as a 2020 Trailblazer at the Reelworld Film Festival. 

Kyle Irving

KYLE IRVING OM

Partner, Head of Production, Executive Producer

A co-owner, partner, and head of production for Eagle Vision, Kyle has produced more than 280 hours of film and television content over the last 21 years. Recent feature film credits as an executive producer include Buffy Sainte-Marie: Carry It On (which had its world premiere on the opening night of TIFF, 2022); Orphan: First Kill; and Night Raiders.

 

As a producer, current projects include Deco Dawson's feature Diaspora; and Madison Thomas's feature Finality of Dusk. Other feature film producing credits include the Oscar winner and nominee for Best Picture Capote; We Were Children; Blue State; Walk All Over Me; Reasonable Doubt and Lovesick. TV executive producer credits include the new scripted series Skymed for Paramount +, CBC and CBS Studios; Reclaim(ed), Snapchat’s first original Canadian series; four seasons of the scripted series Burden of Truth for CBC, The CW, Hulu and Universal UK; the iconic international hit factual series Ice Road Truckers for History Channel, AETN, seen in 80+ countries; the hit new comedy series for APTN Lumi DJ Burnt Bannock; and the doc series 7TH GEN for APTN.

 

Having worked in the Indigenous community with his business partner Lisa Meeches for more than 20 years Irving has a strong focus on championing under-represented talent development and has mentored and supported numerous emerging writers, directors, producers, and crew. He was the National Events Producer of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada from 2010-11 and from 2018-19 the Creative Director and Executive Producer of the #sacredMMIWG campaign and National Closing Event for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. He is also a strong supporter financially and in-kind to independent films, emerging talent, talent programs and scholarships. Irving was honoured by being named to the Order of Manitoba in 2021, Manitoba's highest honour.

Hannah Johnson

HANNAH JOHNSON

Head of Business Affairs, Producer

A producer in Winnipeg, Canada, Hannah Johnson has produced over 70 hours of film, television and web content over 6 years. She has a proven track record of developing and producing content that makes an impact, grounded by her degree in psychology and gender studies, focusing on intersectional social issues. She has a background in production management and business affairs, working on scripted and factual content.

Hannah started her career as a production manager on Indigenous Music Awards on APTN; production manager and then producer on four seasons of CBC/APTN documentary series Taken about MMIWGMB2S; associate producer on four seasons of CBC’s scripted dramatic series Burden of Truth; moving to producer on new APTN documentary series 7TH GEN, Madison Thomas’ feature films Ruthless Souls and the upcoming Finality of Dusk; Darcy Waite's new comedy web series DJ Burnt Bannock for APTN LUMI; the Virtual Opening for the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s Inuit Art Centre Qaumajuq, producer on Madison Thomas’ short Starboard, along with producing the highly anticipated first feature film Diaspora from multiple TIFF award winner Deco Dawson, premiering at Festival du nouveau cinéma 2022.

Hannah is Head of Business Affairs at Eagle Vision, overseeing all business affairs for projects in development, production, and post-production. She is always seeking more experience and solidifying existing skills; attending annual markets such as CMPA Primetime, was accepted into the CMPA’s Emerging Producer Delegation to Berlinale in 2020, accepted into CBC Business of Broadcasting Mentorship in 2020, accepted into the NSI Series Incubator 2021 as Producer with writer Jessica Landry, and most recently they were accepted into TIFF Series Accelerator 2022. Across all genres and platforms, Hannah is grateful to have contributed to incredible content with many wonderful talents.

CYNTHIA MURDOCK

Producer

Cynthia Murdock is an Indigenous filmmaker who is a member of the Fisher River Cree Nation. Cynthia was selected to pitch the digital comedy series DJ Burnt Bannock with creator/

writer/star Darcy Waite at ImagineNATIVE 2019. The series has been picked up by APTN and will go to camera in 2021.

 

She is a graduate of the National Screen Institute – CBC New Indigenous Voices program. Her internship with Lisa Meeches as Executive Assistant at Manito Ahbee Festival led her to be part of Taken season four. 

 

On Taken, Cynthia served as Production Coordinator, Producer Assistant, and was a Director Mentee. Cynthia wrote and directed an episode of the third season of Taken’s CSA-nominated web series, sharing Tia Pinace-Littlechief’s story of survival.

 

Cynthia’s passion for filmmaking and storytelling began at an early age when she enrolled in drama classes at a local church and weekly visits to the movie theatre with her family. She was encouraged by her father to read, explore her creativity and write every day.

 

Cynthia graduated with a diploma in TV & Radio Broadcasting from the Academy of Broadcasting in 2013. She also participated in Acting Foundations and Script Writing at Prairie Theatre Exchange. Cynthia was recently chosen for the CMPA’s Diversity Mentorship program as a producer. She completed her mentorship with Eagle Vision immediately before giving birth to her first child, her son Warner.

 

Cynthia was a key member of Eagle Vision's #SacredMMIWG campaign for the Government of Canada’s National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, travelling around Canada to help create digital media and social media content that reached over a third of all Canadians, and was recently honoured with five Shorty Award nominations, and two awards of distinction. Cynthia served as Production Coordinator on Eagle Vision’s upcoming feature film Diaspora

 

Cynthia recently produced the short film First Session, the RBC Pitch Competition winner at the 2019 Gimli Film Festival. It had its world premiere at the festival in 2020. She is currently developing the short At the End of Laurel Lane, written by award-winning horror writer Jessica Landry, and to be directed by Sera-Lys McArthur.

 

Currently, Cynthia is Head Researcher for Eagle Vision's upcoming new series 7TH GEN for APTN. Cynthia is also producing the digital media for the show and will serve as an Associate Producer.

 

Her career goals are to continue producing, writing, directing, and learning as much as she can about the industry.

Paul Courchaine

PAUL COURCHAINE

Production Accountant / Controller

Paul Courchaine is a Production Accountant member of the Director's Guild of Canada. Over the course of his career, Paul has worked on 64 shows in a variety of genres and formats, with several different production companies.

 

One of the most highly sought-after production accountants in the country, Paul is glad to make Manitoba his home. Paul works on all Eagle Vision content. He was also Production Accountant for the feature film Heaven is for Real (starring Greg Kinnear); the feature film The Parts You Lose (starring Aaron Paul); the feature film Break my Heart 1,000 Times (starring Bella Thorne and Dermot Mulroney); the pilot Zero Hour (for ABC); the feature film Incident in a Ghostland; the MOW Journey Back to Christmas (for Hallmark, starring Candace Cameron Bure and Oliver Hudson ); the feature film Room for Rent; the television series The Council (for CBC); the feature film The Midnight Man; the documentary pilot Anything but Average; the television series Cashing In (APTN); the television series Less Than Kind (HBO Canada); the feature film Considering Love & Other Magic; the television series Sunnyside (for CityTV); the television series The Pinkertons (syndicated, and on Netflix); the direct-to-video feature film for 20th Century Fox The Exorcism of Molly Hartley; the MOW One Christmas Eve (for Hallmark); Eagle Vision’s feature film Reasonable Doubt (starring Samuel L. Jackson); and Eagle Vision’s MOW Jack (for CBC).

 

His experience as a 1st Asst Accountant, Paul worked on the feature film New In Town (starring Renée Zellweger and Harry Connick Jr.); the television series Less Than Kind (HBO Canada); the feature film Mother’s Day (starring Rebecca De Mornay); the feature film The Lazarus Project (starring the late Paul Walker); and the feature film The Haunting in Connecticut (starring Virginia Madsen); the television mini-series Shadow Island Mysteries; the feature film Amreeka; and the television series Todd & The Book of Pure Evil (Space), for which Paul became the Production Accountant and Post Accountant. Paul was Payroll Accountant for the Netflix feature film Fractured (starring Sam Worthington); the feature film Horseman (starring Dennis Quaid); the MOW Something Beneath (Movie Central, Sci Fi Channel); the MOW Eye of the Beast (Syfy); the MOW Hybrid (Syfy); the MOW Maneater (Syfy); the MOW Grizzly Rage (Movie Central, Sci Fi Channel); the feature film The Lookout (starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jeff Daniels); the feature film Full of It (starring Kate Mara and Carmen Electra); the television mini-series Category 6: Day of Destruction (for CBS); the feature film Mr. Soul; the feature film The Plague (starring James Van Der Beek); the feature film Seven Times Lucky (starring Kevin Pollak); the feature film The Big White (starring the late Robin Williams); the MOW The Winning Season (for TNT; starring Matthew Modine and Kristin Davis); the MOW Killer Instinct (for Lifetime); and the MOW Defending Our Kids: The Julie Posey Story (for Lifetime). As 2nd Asst Accountant, Paul worked on the MOW Naughty or Nice – The George Lopez Christmas Movie (ABC Family); the MOW While I Was Gone (starring Kirstie Alley, for CBS); and the MOW More Than Meets the Eye (for Lifetime). Paul was Accounting Clerk on the MOW The Crooked E: The Unshredded Truth About Enron (CBS); and the MOW Hell on Heels: The Battle of Mary Kay (CBS). He got his training as an Accounting Trainee/Clerk on the MOW Everybody's Doing It (MTV) and as an Accounting Trainee on the MOW The Many Trails of One Jane Doe (CBC).

 

Currently, Paul is working on Eagle Vision’s new factual series 7TH GEN for APTN, their new comedy web series DJ Burnt Bannock, and their upcoming feature film Finality of Dusk. He is the production accountant on Eagle Vision’s feature film Diaspora, currently in post, and was the production accountant for four seasons of Eagle Vision/ICF’s courtroom drama series Burden of Truth for CBC, The CW, and now a hit on Netflix.

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GINGER DILK

Post Production Supervisor

Ginger Dilk is Eagle Vision’s Post-Production Supervisor. She is a University of Winnipeg alumni (Filmmaking BA), and has specialized training in Digital Media and Marketing. She is a dedicated human rights advocate, and her work centers around building an equitable future for all. 

Ginger has created and helped lead digital media campaigns with millions of views, including the award-winning #SacredMMIWG social action campaign for the National Inquiry into MMIWG. #SacredMMIWG reached 1/3 of all Canadians, was nominated for 5 Shorty Social Good Awards, and received Gold Honours in the categories of Human Rights and Social Justice.

After supervising post-production on Snapchat’s first Canadian Original Series Reclaim(ed) this spring, Ginger now supervises post-production on the feature documentary True Story 

for Corus Entertainment, set to release this fall.

Ginger has also recently entered her second term on the board of directors of On Screen Manitoba, and is Co-Chair of OSM’s Workforce Development Committee. 

Dinae Robinson

DINAE ROBINSON

Writer, Director, Series Creator, Showrunner

Dinae Robinson is a proud Anishinaabekwe (Ojibway) writer, director, creative producer, and showrunner who also holds a degree in Indigenous Studies from the University of Winnipeg. True to her ancestral roots, storytelling has always been a part of Dinae; all of her work is influenced by the spiritual traditional ways of Ojibway teachings and the social and political injustices Indigenous people endured historically and ongoing. Initially starting out as an actress, Dinae has appeared in several films, including: The Oldest Profession in Winnipeg from Farpoint Films and Child First, which premiered at the Understanding the Disability Trajectory of First Nations Families of Children with Disabilities National Summit and the recent web series DJ Burnt Bannock. Dinae is an alumnus of the National Screen Institute’s CBC New Indigenous Voices program, and credits this experience for influencing her move into the creative development side of film; behind the camera. Dinae also participated in the Indigenous Filmmaker Fellowship program of the Whistler Film Festival in 2021.


In 2014, Dinae was awarded the Winnipeg Film Group’s First Film Fund to write, direct, and produce her first short film How the Savage came to be which premiered at the Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival, and screened at the Gimli Film Festival, Red Nation Film Festival in Los Angeles, and was a finalist in the Canadian Diversity Film Festival in Toronto. Dinae feels privileged to have been a writer for the APTN and CBC television series Taken, a true crime documentary series that focuses on solving the mysteries behind Canada’s epidemic of missing and murdered MMIWGMB2S. Dinae was co-showrunner, a writer, and a director for APTN’s series 7TH GEN that shares stories of incredible young Indigenous leaders across the country with a focus on culture and language reclamation which premiered January 2022. Dinae also wrote and directed several episodes for its companion Cree language web series. Dinae was a Co-Showrunner, Writer, and Director for Snap’s first Canadian Original docuseries Reclaim(ed) that was released July 2022. On September 30, 2022, Dinae’s first feature (as creator, writer, director) docu-feature, True Story premiered on the History channel. Dinae is currently the showrunner, writer, and director for 7TH GEN season two and is also currently writing her first feature Have you Heard? an Indigenous anthology horror film supported by Telefilm Canada which she will also direct. Dinae will also be writing on Eagle Vision’s upcoming children’s series Stevie and the Sacred Animals.