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
Krista Johnston is the owner at The Research House Clearance Services Inc. She developed a diverse understanding of clearances throughout her 15 years of experience in entertainment law in Vancouver, British Columbia. Additionally, Krista has served in the business and legal affairs departments of television and film production companies, as a producer of short films and as a production coordinator on feature films. She is past Vice President of Women in Film and Television Vancouver and often instructs film students on the importance of understanding the clearance process at schools such as BCIT, Vancouver Film School, the Art Institute of BC and School Creative. Identifying a need for clearance services on the west coast, Krista founded The Research House in 2002 and has worked on 500+ Feature Films, MOW's, short films, television series' and new media productions. 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
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 Depner ~ SENIOR LEGAL 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.
ERIN O'BRIEN ~ RESEARCHER
Erin came to the Research House in 2016 after finishing the Writing for Film and Television program at the Vancouver Film School. While she doesn’t have much experience in the film industry she more than makes up for it with her abilities as a researcher. Prior to attending film school Erin earned a BA from the University of Victoria in History, Anthropology and English Literature – so she’s no stranger to spending hours in front of a computer searching for elusive yet crucial details, in fact she lives for it. She is really excited to be at the Research House where she can combine her love of film and television with her passion for research.
Della Haddock ~ SCRIPT READER, REPORT WRITER AND Researcher
Having always had a passion for both the creative and production sides of film and television, Della has been working professionally in the Vancouver film industry since 2013, initially as a commercial actor, and most recently as a script-coordinator and story-intern.
DEBRA RENGGA ~ Researcher
Debra realized her passion in film and television at a young age, where she would try to replicate moving pictures by scribbling drawings onto the walls of her home and never forgetting to frame each one with a television set and wishing, very, very hard that they would move. Apart from her undergraduate degree in Communications and Fine and Performing Arts from Simon Fraser University, her curiosity, and passion for learning have helped her acquire skills in acting, story boarding, stop motion animation and even set production. At the Research House, Debra enjoys being part of a diligent and creatively driven team that is involved and passionate to work in film. When not working in the office, Debra is an illustrator, specializing in character design and story telling.
LAWRENCE WANG ~ Researcher
Everything in this world has a story and Lawrence's curious nature drives him to seek out those stories and help tell them. With a wide range of media and communications experience (Professional Film, Broadcasting, New Media, PR, Advertising), Lawrence is constantly looking for creative ways to assist clients with telling their stories through whatever medium they choose. Lawrence believes it's the little things in life that help shape the big ones. He gets really excited about unraveling problems and offering creative solutions. As a researcher, Lawrence's natural curiosity and uniquely versatile work experience gives him the power to look in the right places and find the answers you need.
ELLEN TENG ~ Researcher
With over a decade’s experience as a research associate in a variety of capacities, Ellen is an information specialist (Master of Library and Information Science) adept at information retrieval and evaluation.
GIULIA SPAGNI ~ ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
Giulia moved to Vancouver, BC from Italy to carry on her career within film and TV industry. Working as an advertising producer for more than three years for all the biggest toy companies all over the world has shaped her professionalism to master superior organizational and administrative skills, managing big budgets in fast-paced environments, always being conscientious and hard-working, with a keen eye for detail and best final result oriented. She is happy to work hard and be a proactive part of the The Research House team.