Every morning, Merit Jensen Carr heads to the office with a smile on her face, because as she puts it, “ I work with the one of the best production and creative teams in the business.” Over the past 25 years, Merit has assembled that team and built her boutique company into a production powerhouse, with a reputation for excellence and putting people first. The secret of her success lies in her passion for people, great films and great stories – stories that expand our knowledge of the human condition and reveal the beauty of the natural world, that transport us to place’s unseen and challenge us to develop new ways of thinking.
Thanks to Merit’s calm and steady leadership and “we’ll make it happen” management style, Merit Motion Pictures has emerged as an industry leader with an impressive slate of award-winning documentary and dramatic programs. Those programs have sold around the world and include the long-running, Gemini Award-winning documentary series, Recreating Eden, the international co-production transmedia series One Ocean, and the recently released theatrical feature TuTuMuch. An enthusiastic collaborator, Merit has established strong and lasting relationships with Canada’s leading broadcasters, a wide variety of co-producers and international partners. Co-founder and chair of DOC Winnipeg, she also served as co-chair on Canada’s national task force on non-theatrical film and on numerous other industry boards and committees. And if that wasn’t enough, Merit has also raised four wonderful children and remains married to her first and only husband, David Carr, for more than 25 years. No mean feat in this business!