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KEY CREATIVES

MATHEW EMBRY 

DIRECTOR

 

Mathew Embry is one of the most prolific producer/directors in Canada.  They have produced and directed non-fiction programs for CBC, Global, CTV, HBO Canada, PBS, Animal Planet, OLN and Telefilm.  

 

Mathew recently premiered the Toronto International Film Festival Official Selection Living Proof, which went on to screen theatrically in 15 North American cities. They also recently delivered to Rogers a four-part documentary mini-series about hockey’s impact on first generation Canadians and, for CBC, Hell or High Water — a behind-the-scenes account of how Calgary overcame a catastrophic flood.  

 

Mathew’s first feature, Theo Fleury: Playing With Fire, screened at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival. 

AWARDS & FESTIVALS 

 

TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Official Selection — Living Proof

 

Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival

Official Selection — Theo Fleury: Playing With Fire

 

Gemini Awards

Best TV Movie Nominee — In a World Created By a Drunken God

 

CANADIAN SCREEN AWARDS

Best Web Program or Series, Non-Fiction — The Former Life of Amber Valley

 

Calgary International Film Festival

Audience Favourite Winner — Living Proof 

Official Selection — Theo Fleury: Playing With Fire

Official Selection — In a World Created By a Drunken God

 

ALBERTA FILM AND TELEVISION AWARDS

Best Documentary — Living Proof

Best Short — The Former Life of Amber Valley

Best Information Or Lifestyle Series — Why I Love

 

New York Festivals International Television & Film Awards

Biography, Bronze World Medal — Theo Fleury: Playing With Fire

 

SEDONA International Film Festival

Official Selection — Living Proof

Audience Choice — Living Proof

Director’s Choice — Living Proof

SELECT DIRECTING & PRODUCING CREDITS

GLOBAL WARNING

Super Channel            1 x 97 min

 

PAINKILLER: INSIDE THE OPIOID CRISIS

Documentary Short                1 x 40 min

 

LIVING PROOF

Feature Documentary            1 x 88 min

HOCKEY UNITED

OMNI                4 x 60 min

HELL OR HIGH WATER

CBC                1 x 60 min 

TELUS ORIGINALS

TELUS Optik        240 x 30 min 

LET’S TALK ENGLISH

OMNI            120 x 30 min

THEO FLEURY: PLAYING WITH FIRE   

HBO Canada | Theatrical        1 x 80 min

@NENSHI4MAYOR

OMNI                1 x 60 min

 

JANN ARDEN: FREE

CTV | Bravo            1 x 60 min

 

WILD HORSES OF THE CANADIAN ROCKIES

Animal Planet            1 x 60 min

THE TRIBUTE SERIES

PBS                4 x 60 min

HOLLY DUPEJ

PRODUCER

Holly Dupej is VP of production at Spotlight, overseeing  crews and post-production teams in multiple markets as well as story editing our ground-breaking 4K digital doc series TELUS Originals.

 

She recently produced and co-wrote the short Painkiller: Inside  the Opioid Crisis, which has screened across the country and amassed more than 1 million views on YouTube.

 

Holly is now in production on Dark Cloud, examining cyberbullying through the experience of Carol Todd, the B.C. woman whose daughter Amanda became a tragic face of the crisis after her suicide in 2012.

 

Holly also line produced and wrote the long-running series Let’s Talk English and Good Taste for Rogers.

RAVINDER MINHAS

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Ravinder Minhas is the executive producer of all Spotlight Productions projects. 

 

Ravinder’s credits include the feature documentary Living Proof (an official selection of the Toronto International Film Festival), the award-winning documentary series TELUS Originals; CBC’s Hell or High Water, and Hockey United and Let’s Talk English for Rogers.

 

Most recently, he was an associate producer of Global Warning, an expansive Super Channel documentary examining Canada’s options for energy in a world concerned by climate change.

MELINDA FRIEDMAN

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER

Leo Award-nominee Melinda Friedman has created, produced and directed over 300 short format (under 5 min. and 15-30 min.) documentaries of all varieties. Her work has screened at film festivals in Canada, Germany and the UK. 

 

Originally from NYC, Melinda moved to Vancouver to attend film school and spent the next 15 years climbing up the editorial department ladder, from an apprentice on Jumanjito lead editor on the feature film Air Bud: Golden Receiverand episodes of Wings Over Canada, The New Addams Familyand These Arms of Mine.

JYOTI AULUCK

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Jyoti Auluck oversees corporate administration and business affairs

at Spotlight, in addition to coordinating

production management of the company’s numerous projects.

 

Her credits include the Toronto International Film Festival selection Living Proof, CBC’s Hell or High Water, and Hockey United and Let’s Talk English for Rogers.

 

Jyoti holds a diploma in Business Administration from the Southern

Alberta Institute of Technology.

LINDSAY MELI

RESEARCH PRODUCER

Lindsay Meli has spent nearly a decade in non-fiction programming, working everywhere from Hollywood red carpets to crime scene recreations. She was a producer on the hit REELZ series Sex, Lies & Murder, produced web content for the Cooking Channel’s food travelogue Best in Chow and created Styleography for Corus. 

Lindsay has also been a showrunner, writer, director, field producer and on-camera contributor to dozens of projects — including, most recently, senior writer and producer of Bell Media’s long-running series Celebrity Style Story. 

MANJIT MINHAS

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Now known across the country as a lead on the hit CBC reality series Dragons’ Den, Manjit Minhas also has numerous off-camera television credits to her name.

Behind the scenes, executive producer Manjit Minhas is a specialist in logistics and sourcing. Manjit helps oversee various Spotlight Productions projects ranging from documentaries to commercials to corporate videos.