Lark Prods. to develop content for overseas distribution
NBC Universal Intl. is expanding its production domain in Canada, sealing a partnership with producer Louise Clark.As part of the pact, Clark — who helped develop seminal Canadian series such as “Corner Gas” and “Defying Gravity” — has launched the production venture Lark Prods. Based in Vancouver, Lark will receive a development fund from NBC U to help produce content for the Canadian market, with an eye toward then distributing it abroad. Clark will serve as president of Lark, while Erin Haskett Thorn is vice president of development. In making the deal, NBC Universal Intl. TV Production prexy Michael Edelstein called Clark “one of the best Canadian television executives.” “Our decision to get into business with Lark Prods. is largely attributed to Louise’s reputation as one of Canada’s top talents,” he said. As a top program development exec at CTV, Clark developed the critically acclaimed “Robson Arms” in addition to “Corner Gas.” She also oversaw production on season one of “Flashpoint” and “The Listener” and set up “Defying Gravity,” all three of which were among the first U.S./Canada co-productions. “The industry is beginning to recognize Canada as one of the world’s best destinations for television production talent, and my goal is to help give fantastic homegrown content a voice,” Clark said. It was on “Defying Gravity” that Clark solidified her relationship with Edelstein, who was an executive producer on the show before taking the London-based NBC U job. Before CTV, Clark served as head of production and development, as well as acting CEO, at the Ontario Film Development Corp. Haskett Thorn joins from Paperny Films, where she was director of development, working on projects for CityTV, HGTV Canada and Food Network Canada.