Genepool Showreel 2016
Based in Melbourne Australia, Genepool Productions specialises in creating quality science documentaries for international audiences. Sonya Pemberton, 2012 Emmy award winner and record breaking four-time winner of the prestigious Eureka Award for Science Journalism, leads the company.
Sonya Pemberton is one of Australia’s leading television producers specialising in science. She has written and directed over 60 hours of broadcast documentary and executive produced many award-winning factual series and one-off programs. Sonya was Head of Specialist Factual at ABC Television from 2004-2007, where she managed 300+ hours of factual television. Her understanding of audiences’ desire for smart, accessible films saw ratings rise across the genres.
As a writer and director, Sonya’s science programs have won more than 70 major international awards. In 2011 ‘Immortal’ won the Best Science at Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, Australian Health Journalist of the Year and, in 2012, US News and Documentary Emmy for Outstanding Science Programming.
In 2011 Sonya partnered with Australia’s largest Independent production company Cordell Jigsaw Zapruder (CJZ) to create Genepool Productions – Australia’s only science focused television production company. Genepool’s first project ‘Jabbed – Love, Fear and Vaccines’, broke SBS records in 2013, becoming the networks most successful single commissioned documentary. In 2014 ‘Vaccines: Calling the Shots” was co-produced with the prestigious Howard Hughes Medical Institute, broadcast on PBS NOVA to outstanding critical acclaim. ‘Uranium: Twisting the Dragons Tail” a multi-part science/history series with YouTube star Dr Derek Muller and created with PBS, SBS and ZDF/Arte, crossed platforms and broke records in 2015.
Genepool is currently developing a range of documentaries and series, collaborating with filmmakers and scientists from around the world.