The Research House is committed to the success of our clients by providing world-class, innovative clearance and research services to the film, television and new media industries. We are dedicated to providing comprehensive, thorough research and the highest quality, gold-standard clearance services. We have built our reputation on delivering consistent, precise reports and meticulous detailed research, while maintaining exemplary customer service and care. We truly care about playing a vital role in assisting filmmakers to understand clearance issues. We have earned the trust, respect and loyalty of our clients through an uncompromising pursuit of excellence in everything we do. We develop strong, long-term business relationships by helping our clients solve problems and produce creative materials without compromising their vision. We assist the film and television production community by always delivering our services in an accurate, professional and prompt manner to all clients from emerging filmmakers to media conglomerates.
Krista Johnston, Owner of The Research House. Krista has developed a diverse understanding of the film, television and music industry through over 12 years of experience with several entertainment law firms. In the past she has acted in the business and legal department of television and film production companies as a production coordinator on feature films and a producer of short films. In 2002, Krista founded The Research House Clearance Services Inc. Identifying a need for clearance services in Canada and the film community, Krista invested in her strengths and in a very short time the company proved successful. The Research House has grown substantially and recently moved to a great new location and expanded its service portfolio. The company proudly employs over 10 film related professionals with a wealth of experience. Krista has provided sponsorship to The Alibi Unplugged Script Reading Series, the 24 Hour Film Contest, the YWCA Mentorship Program and conducted seminars on clearances for individuals and production companies in the film and television community. She has written legal entertainment articles for Reel West Magazine and has been featured over the past few years in the ‘Legal Issues’ column of the Women in Film newsletters. She is past Vice President of Women in Film & Video Vancouver. Contact Krista at krista at researchhouse dot ca.
Tricia Leigh, Office Manager. Tricia worked on her first film in 1998, but it was not until moving to Vancouver 2004 after completing her BA at UVIC that she pursued a career in the film industry full time. She has spent the past five years in film production and has acted as production coordinator on numerous feature films and television series. She is excited to join the team, bringing her knowledge and skills from production to the Research House! Contact Tricia at tricia at researchouse dot ca.
Jeff Young, Entertainment & Media lawyer. Jeff received his Bachelor of Law degree from the University of British Columbia, where he also studied Commerce, before beginning his 18-year legal career, which started in corporate and real estate law, and ultimately focused on intellectual property and entertainment, particularly in film/TV and music. During his successful legal career, Jeff has negotiated with major labels and corporations including Qwest Records (Quincy Jones), Virgin Records, BMG, Disney, Sony and Warner/Chappell. He has acted for a Grammy winning artist, and was a managing partner of an entertainment law boutique that represented international, local, and independent film and TV clients including Fox Family Channel, the OutTV Network, The Vancouver Whitecaps, Shavick Entertainment and the Shaw Rocket Fund. Contact Jeff at JY at arenaltman dot com.
Alana Murray, Permissions Specialist for the Research House. Alana facilitates permissions for product, artwork and props clearances on a global level. Accomplished in clearances and product placement for productions, Alana garnered an impressive credit list in her last 6 years including the popular Robson Arms, Godiva’s and the much-anticipated new series The Guard. Alana not only brings a vast amount of experience, but also a large database of contacts to assist production in obtaining permissions for all types of clearances. Contact Alana at alana at researchhouse dot ca.
Amber Woodward, Script reader, report writer and researcher. Amber has worked in the film industry in a variety of capacities for over 20 years prior to joining the team at The Research House. She first started her career in the entertainment business in casting and talent agencies, and eventually moved into the world of production. She has over 10 years of experience working as a clearance coordinator on productions such Smallville, The Dead Zone, Eureka, and Rogue, where she facilitated clearances, permissions, product placement, and product integration deals. In addition to her work as a clearance coordinator, Amber has also worked as an associate producer and as a publicist. When not working on film and television projects, she has worked as a project manager for web and a 2D graphic designer. Amber has an undergraduate degree in Communications with a minor in Publishing from Simon Fraser University and has taken a variety of other continuing education courses in everything from graphic design to copy editing. She is a member of the Director’s Guild of Canada, IATSE 669, and the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada. Contact Amber at amber at researchhouse dot ca.
Landa Huneau, Superstar Researcher. Landa came to The Research House in 2012 with a diverse background, most notably having worked for years as a private investigator. Her investigative research skills are incredible. She can find anything and anyone!
Jaclyn MacRae, Researcher. Jaclyn has had a passion for production since a very early age. Captivated by television (even news!), films and stage productions as a child, she pursued a career in journalism and is a Broadcast Journalist and E-Journalist/Web designer by trade and training. She has since been working in the film and television industry for almost 20 years. After 9 years in news and live-to-air TV production, Jaclyn joined her first TV series production as a Script and Clearance Coordinator and was introduced to the world of Clearances, and Permissions. Following that series, and after doing some Motion Pictures Pre & Post-visualization Co-ordination, and Production Management on two different animated properties, Jaclyn came back to the world of clearances, and joined The Research House as a Researcher in 2015.
King Louie Palomo, Junior Administrative Assistant. Originally from the Philippines, King Louie moved to Canada to initially study Human Biology but changed gradually in the year after, leading him to get a Diploma in Film Production specializing in Producing from the Vancouver Film School and successfully graduated October 2014. With only less than two years of experience in the film industry, he produced almost 6 short films and continuously making one. King Louie is the ultimate schedule maker, utilizing his organizational skills to keep projects on track and moving forward. He is happy spending his days providing administrative assistant support to the Research House team. Contact King Louie at louie at researchhouse dot ca.