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 five-time winner of the prestigious Eureka Award for Science Journalism, leads the 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. This feature-length documentary collected over a dozen awards including the Eureka Prize, Jackson Hole Science Media Jury Award, ATOM Awards, & Thornett Awards and Health Journalist of the Year. It was also nominated for Walkley, Logie and ACCTA awards. The US version, Vaccines: Calling the Shots was co-produced with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and broadcast on PBS NOVA, winning the 2016 Best Science Journalism award at Jackson Hole Science Media Awards

The three x 1 hour popular science series Tales of the Unexpected was created for SBS and the Smithsonian Channel in 2014, collected the Cine Golden Eagle for Environment & Science.

Uranium – Twisting the Dragon’s Tail, a landmark science and history series starring Derek Muller, was released on SBS, PBS and ZDF Arte in 2015, winning over a dozen awards including the 2016 Eureka Prize for Science Journalism and Best Long Form Series, Jackson Hole Science Media Awards.

Lawless – The Real Bushrangers is a landmark documentary series for FOXTEL exploring Australia’s most iconic crimes of colonial history. Using archaeology to literally break new ground and the latest forensic methods to test the historical evidence, journalist Mike Munro and a specialist team unearth a fact-based version of our history.­

Vitamania: The Sense and Nonsense of Vitamins is a feature-length documentary where science and song collide. In this epic adventure, Dr Derek Muller takes us on a world-spanning investigation of vitamin science and history, asking how do we decide whether to take vitamin supplements, or not?  Genepool Productions has worked closely with production partners for SBS, CuriosityStream and Arte to implement an innovative, globally coordinated television and digital release.

Genepool is currently developing a range of documentaries and series, collaborating with filmmakers and scientists from around the world.