The Company


The Company

Based in Melbourne Australia, Genepool Productions specialises in creating quality science documentaries for international audiences. Sonya Pemberton, 2012 Emmy award winner and record breaking five-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 sixty 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 TV saw ratings rise across the genres.

As a writer and director, Sonya’s science programs have won more than seventy 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 recent history and winning a slew of awards.

In 2014 ‘Vaccines: Calling the Shots’ was co-produced with the prestigious Tangled Bank Studios (part of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute), broadcast on PBS NOVA to outstanding critical acclaim and awarded 2016 Best Science Journalism at the Jackson Hole Science Media Awards.

2014 also saw the popular science series ‘Tales of the Unexpected’ on the Smithsonian Channel and SBS, collecting the Cine Golden Eagle for Environment and Science.

In 2015 Genepool launched ‘Uranium: Twisting the Dragons Tail’, a multi-part science and history series with YouTube superstar Dr Derek Muller. Broadcast on PBS, SBS and ZDF/Arte, the series is screening at festivals and collecting major awards across the globe. Genepool is currently developing a range of documentaries, collaborating with filmmakers and scientists from around the world.