EXCLUSIVE: Lark Productions hires Nicole Mendes as VP, scripted development

The former CBC exec is making the move to indie production as she oversees the Vancouver prodco's development strategy and growing slate of projects.

headshotcVancouver’s Lark Productions has bolstered its development team, hiring Nicole Mendes (pictured) as VP, scripted development.

Based in Toronto, the former CBC executive is tasked with overseeing Lark’s ongoing development strategy and working with the prodco’s development team on its growing slate, reporting to president Erin Haskett. Mendes joined Lark at the beginning of October.

The current roster includes previously announced titles such as Descender, Still Mine and The Glass Hotel. Lark’s most recent productions include Family Law, which wrapped production last month, and Fortunate Son, both co-produced with Calgary’s SEVEN24 Films.

We’re looking at premium, talent-driven comedies and dramas,” Mendes tells Playback Daily. “I’m really interested in showcasing those voices and perspectives that I’ve had the pleasure of building relationships with over the years and elevating them to the forefront.”

Before joining Lark in October, Mendes spent more than 10 years working at public broadcaster CBC, most recently as executive in charge of production on series such as The Sounds and Anne with an E.

Mendes also serves on the committees of industry organizations POV and BIPOC TV & Film.

Haskett was recently appointed as interim chair of the CMPA following the end of Shaftesbury SVP Scott Garvie’s fourth term.