Phil Frank is a journalist and documentary producer with over 30 years experience in TV.
Phil started his non-fiction media career at CNN in Atlanta, where he specialized in science, technology and environmental coverage. At CNN, he received special recognition from AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) for a report on oceanic microorganisms. (Filming required descending 800 feet in a small submarine.)
After 10 years with CNN, Phil helped relaunch The Travel Channel as Director of Original Programming. During his 4 years there, he hired and supervised the editorial staff, and oversaw productions filmed around the world, such as “Earth Journeys with Christopher Reeves”, which won an Environmental Media Award; “Wildlife Encounters with Ali MacGraw”, and “Lonely Planet”, which garnered several awards. When The Travel Channel relocated from Atlanta to D.C., Phil launched his own media production company, now called FrankTV.
At FrankTV, Phil develops TV series and produces, writes, directs, and supervises post-production for long and short form non-fiction. Clients include the Discovery Channel, CNN, The History Channel, A&E, TLC, The Travel Channel, Bavaria TV, McGraw Hill, Scripps-Howard, DIY-Network, Purple States, New York Times, USA Today, and the National Geographic Channel.
Phil’s productions include “Investigative Reports: Kidnapped Abroad” for A&E network, “Quest for Dragons” for The History Channel, “Conspiracy Test: Oklahoma City” for the Discovery Channel, and the 3 hour series “Impossible Bridges”, which Frank directed in China, Greece, Sweden, and Denmark for the National Geographic Channel, and two episodes of ParaNatural for National Geographic International. Phil also created the pilot for the hit Discovery Channel series “Time Warp”.
Phil holds a Bachelors Degree in Telecommunications, with minors in biology and chemistry, from Indiana University. He currently lives in Bethesda, Maryland with his wife, Vivian.