NBC Universal Backs Canuck TV Producer With Development, First-Look Deal

Louise Clark's new shingle Lark Productions signs with NBC U


Former CTV development head Louise Clark has inked a development deal with NBC Universal as she launches her own production shingle, Lark Productions, in Vancouver.

Clark, who left top-rated CTV in 2008, secured a development and first-look deal with NBCU on the strengths of credits like CBS/CTV's Flashpoint, CTV/NBC's The Listener and CTV/ABC's Defying Gravity.

"Our decision to get into business with Lark Productions is largely attributed to Louise's reputation as one of Canada's top talents," Michael Edelstein, president of international television production for NBCU, said Wednesday.

Lark is to produce scripted and non-scripted programming for the Canadianand international TV market.

"I plan to build Lark Productions into a content engine for local projects, but with an eye for productions that have the potential to travel internationally," Clark said.

While at CTV, Clark oversaw a countrywide network of development offices from her Vancouver base.

Her specialty became setting up Canada/U.S. co-ventures where a series was developed and produced in Canada and an American broadcaster came on board as a co-producer to share production costs and reduce risk.

NBC Universal has been grooming other Canadian indie producers.

The studio underwrites the Canadian Film Center's content creator program, where 10 Canadian producer teams knock their TV concepts into shape for possible Hollywood pitches and packaging.

At any stage of the program, a cherry-picking NBC Universal can offer a Canadian producer a formal development deal.

Erin Haskett Thorn is also to join Lark Productions as vice president of development.