A successful producer of Emmy-nominated and award-winning high-concept films, Vanessa’s recent credits include (executive producer) Into the Inferno, a Werner Herzog documentary about man’s relationship with volcanoes for Netflix; Undercover Jihadi for TVO, an international film featuring Mubin Shaikh, a reformed Jihadi whose court testimony sent eleven Jihadists to prison, the UK co-production The Woman Who Joined the Taliban, for the CBC, and Leslie Caron– the Reluctant Star, an arts documentary on the career of the star of An American in Paris, for ARTE and TVO.
Now in production are The Divided Brain for the CBC’s Documentary Channel, a two-hour project based on the controversial work of psychiatrist/neuroscientist D. Iain McGilchrist, author of The Master and His Emissary.
She is developing Did Marco Polo Reach America? a forensic historical mystery, a co-production with France. As well as the mystery series Beast Hunters of Rome, a Canada/Italy co-pro.
Also in development is a dramatic mini-series, Charles Dickens and the House of Fallen Women, produced by Back Alley Film Productions, for Muse Entertainment.
Other credits include The Musical Brain, featuring Sting and other stars like Feist, and Michael Buble, which was a highly popular award-winning film for CTV and National Geographic International. It was a thrilling revolutionary investigation into how the brain reveals why music is so important to us. The Mystery of San Nicandro, a feature-length film for CBC’s Documentary channel dealt with an extraordinary story of mass conversion to Judaism in Italy.
Vanessa’s documentary Fixing My Brain, the story of Barbara Arrowsmith who re-wired her own brain, was one of the highest-rated films in the history of CBC’s The Lens.
Other credits include development producer on the ARTE documentary Prokofiev: The Unfinished Diary, winner of the prestigious Czech Crystal Award at the Golden Prague Festival in 2009. And producer of the documentary, Made in Canada: the Italian Way on the Italian-Canadian entrepreneurial spirit for OMNI Television.
Previous to her television career, Vanessa was an actor and theatre producer who adapted works for the stage, including several novels of the Booker Prize winner, Julian Barnes.
Vanessa holds graduate degrees from the University of Toronto and is fluent in Italian and French.
Lisa is an award-winning producer. Her first documentary Herman's House won an Emmy for Outstanding Arts & Culture Programming and was broadcast on POV on PBS. Her second feature Migrant Dreams won a Canadian Hillman Prize, Canadian Association of Journalist award, and was a Top Ten Audience Favourite at Hot Docs. She associate produced the Emmy nominated The World Before Her, which won Best Documentary Feature at Tribeca. She has been handling Business Affairs at Matter of Fact Media since 2016. Her passion is for film projects which explore issues of inequality and social justice, and which encourage audiences to view their world through a constructively critical and creatively unique lens..
Ben joined Matter of Fact Media Inc. in 2017.
Ben has over five years of experience in film, TV, and digital media production and holds a degree in Film & Media from Queen’s University.