TOS3 Cast

The Other Side is a 13-part half-hour documentary series that follows a team of paranormal investigators who, with the guidance of an Aboriginal Elder, seek the truth behind real life ghost stories and the most unsettled spirits on the Canadian prairies.


Intuitive Jeff Richards, researcher Michaella Shannon and Aboriginal Elder and Spirit Guide Tom Charles embark on a paranormal expedition to find out why. The team engages the spirits through a mix of technology, intuition, and Aboriginal spirituality and ceremony, all with the hope of restoring balance between our world and the world where spirits walk.


For each investigation, Jeff uses his abilities to initiate contact and reach out to the spirits, Michaella digs for the story behind the story while both seek cultural guidance from Tom, who attempts to guide the spirits to the other side and restore balance and harmony. The team does their best to answer why the location is suspected of paranormal activity, who the spirit is, and why they’re communicating, while taking steps to enable the unsettled spirit to move on.


The Other Side – Season 3 is a co-production between Saskatoon’s Angel Entertainment and Toronto-based RedCloud Studios, with producers Bob Crowe, Wally Start and Jennifer Podemski. Directed by Rob King and Trevor Mack.

Jeff Richards, Intuitive

Jeff is a busy father of four little boys, but he’s also a well-known mentalist and intuitive. His extremely sensitive readings of people amaze audiences and drive listeners to his paranormal radio show. But even more amazing is his ability to juggle the demands of parenting with the constant and pervasive contact with the unseen. While it’s sometimes mentally and spiritually draining, he chooses to keep sharing his gift and forging ahead – with one foot planted firmly in this world and one in The Other Side.

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Michaella Shannon, Investigator

Michaella’s encounters with death have driven her to pursue as many life-affirming activities as she can squeeze into one young life – working on suicide prevention, addictions awareness and self esteem with young people. But behind all the activity, a question mark still burns. While her career path moves her toward criminal law, there’s a path running parallel to it, searching for answers. She’s composed on the surface – but get to know her on The Other Side, and you’ll see there are depths of character to explore.

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Tom Charles, Elder & Spiritual Guide

Legend has it that Tom’s skill as a tracker in the North doesn’t just come from experience – his keen intuition seems to come from somewhere else entirely. Every search is an attempt to heal the gaping wound of loss and bring answers to those who desperately need them. Tom keeps the show on its true path with his quiet determination to bind up loose ends and bring peace to the living and the dead.

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Jennifer Podemski, Producer

Jennifer Podemski is an award winning, Gemini nominated actress and producer born and raised in Toronto, Canada. Since beginning her professional career at the age of 14, Jennifer has achieved great success as an actor in film, television and theatre. Best known for her roles in Bruce McDonald’s acclaimed feature film Dance Me Outside, CBC’s The Rez and Riverdale, Jennifer has maintained a presence in front of the camera for more than 25 years. Since 1999, she has spent most of her time working behind the camera as a producer, writer and director. First, as Co-Founder and Executive Producer at Big Soul Productions, an aboriginal owned and operated production company that she founded with Laura Milliken. In 2005, Jennifer branched out on her own and founded Redcloud Studios, an independent production company.

Wally Start & Bob Crowe, Producers

Wally and Bob are Creative Producers who guide The Other Side from story to screen. As the principals of Angel Entertainment they are responsible for many projects in development, production and post on an ongoing basis. Their dramatic and factual television series have been sold into more than 30 countries around the world, and their feature films have screened at festivals in France, Belgium, the US and Canada. Most recently, Angel’s feature film Big Muddy premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Rob King, Director

Gemini award winning Rob King has directing, producing and writing credits across both television and film. Directing highlights include Corner Gas, Moccasin Flats, Rabbit Fall and, of course, the first two seasons of The Other Side. He is also the National Directors Division Chair of the Directors Guild of Canada.

Trevor Mack, Director

Trevor Mack is an award-winning Tsilhqot’in nation filmmaker from the interior of British Columbia. Raised by his mother and family, his culture and upbringing are reflected in his storytelling. At 17, Trevor helped to create a freelance video editing and motion graphics group called ‘Viral Design’. The group secured contracts to produce promotional videos for companies such as Red Bull, Gunnar Optiks, and Steelseries. In 2013, at 21 years old, his first short film, The Blanketing screened across North America and in New Zealand at festivals including the Vancouver Indigenous Media Arts Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival and imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival. Mack’s second short film, Clouds of Autumn, debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2015 and received the ‘Best Canadian Short Drama’ award at the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival. Trevor has recently been selected to take part in the 2016 TIFF Studio.

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