Knockabout Media

We're passionate about useful media.


– Charlie Chaplin


KNOCKABOUT MEDIA specializes in creative non-fiction storytelling for the cultural and media sectors. Our team brings a shared 25+ years of production experience with a proven track record in bilingual documentary and educational programming. We’re passionate about developing inventive ways to communicate real stories, whether through participant-based documentary, animation, 360° immersive videos, podcasting, or a suite of combined practices. We are supported by a national network of subject matter experts, cinematographers, editors, illustrators, animators, sound engineers and colorists to bring your stories to your audience.


81% of podcast listeners listen to all or most of an episode. With stats like that, there’s no audience quite like a podcast audience. Let us help you build and steward your audience with a personalized podcast series for your project or organization.

We can provide the creative vision and expertise to develop short form and long form documentary content to meet your programming objectives. Our team is equipped to manage projects from development to delivery.

Do you have a core message or key concept that you need explained in a minute or two? Our team can help you distill complex subject matter into short, engaging videos for a general or target audience.


An Interview with Kids in the Hall biographer John Semley Once Upon a Time in Hollywood North

BONUS: In this episode, I have a conversation with John Semley, author of This is a Book About the Kids in the Hall. We talk about each member of the troupe, the legacy of their show and their post-troupe careers.  Sponsor Link: Watch the entire Kids in the Hall series on Amazon Prime. Try Prime for 30 days by using our link: Written and Produced by Ryan Barnett | Co-producer Sonia Gemmiti. Special  archival audio courtesy of Retrontario. Follow   us @knockaboutmedia on TWITTER, INSTAGRAM & TIKTOK Reading/Viewing List: Kids in the Hall: Complete Series One Dumb Guy by Paul Meyers This Is a Book about the Kids in the Hall by John Semley
  1. An Interview with Kids in the Hall biographer John Semley
  2. Kids in the Hall: Brain Drain
  3. The Kids in the Hall: "Screw You Taxpayers"
  4. The Kids in the Hall: Guys in Dresses
  5. Long Live the New Flesh : Series 2 Trailer





Maia Foster-Sanchez

Producer, Maia is an Ottawa-based oral historian, documentarian, and disaster researcher. She is passionate about storytelling, knowledge mobilization, arts-based research, and ethics. Maia has conceived and created several documentary and podcasts series, most recently working in collaboration with an advisory circle, academic consultants, and participants on the upcoming STORY OF A NATIONAL CRIME podcast. She holds a Bilingual Honours B.A. in History from Glendon College and an MA in Disaster and Emergency Management from Royal Roads University. In 2021, Maia received the Governor General’s Gold Medal at RRU for her Master’s thesis work.

Ryan Barnett

Founder + Principal, Ryan is a creative producer and writer. For more than a decade, he has created thousands of minutes of bilingual video and podcast programming for the cultural sector. His work has been installed in museums, featured on CTV, CBC television and radio, in The Globe & Mail, National Post, Canada’s History, Canadian Geographic and dozens of other publications. Ryan is also the producer and host of the podcast series Once Upon a Time in Hollywood North. His writing has been published by Firefly Books in North America and Éditions Glénat in Europe. Ryan’s work has been viewed 100MM+ times in broadcast and online.

Sonia Gemmiti

Producer, Sonia is a filmmaker and multidisciplinary artist. In 2021, she earned accolades from festivals in North America and Europe for her film Face à ma fenêtre (Outside My Window), which included the theme prize, Make Your Life a Masterpiece, at the 2021 Asolo Art Film Festival. The film most recently screened at the 50th annual Dance on Camera Festival (NYC), co-presented by Film at Lincoln Center. Her installation work has shown at Come Up to My Room, Myseum of Toronto’s Intersections festival and dance: made in canada/fait au Canada. Sonia also has a distinguished decade-long career as a Set Designer, which includes Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak (2015), nominated for the Art Directors Guild Excellence in Design Award (2016).