From one-offs to weekly series, hours to interstitials, I have tailor-designed content to meet network goals.
Extensive experience as senior writer & script doctor for factual, content driven entertainment. Expertise in science, technology, environment, travel, & adventure.
To capture compelling stories, I’ve lead teams and directed celebrity talent in international locations, in the air, below the sea, underground, perched on mountain peaks, and even on level ground. I’ve taken shows to the next level by designing and supervising 3-D graphics, sound effects, & original music.
I’ve hired and supervised staffs of senior producers, cameramen, editors, writers, and independent production companies, as well as developed budgets and adhered to them. I always get the biggest bang (sometimes literally if you count the 5,000 truck bomb I exploded) for the buck with innovative dollar stretching.
As a network executive and as an independent producer, I’ve engineered successful deals with talent, musicians, crews, stock houses, and location managers.
2/97 – Present
National Geographic Channel International: Developed, directed, wrote and post produced episode of “ParaNatural“, with Story House Productions. Episode explores mysterious mass animal-die offs happening around the world. I also post produced a second episode about near death experiences.
Discovery Channel: Developed, directed, produced and wrote pilot for series “Time Warp” using state-of-the-art High-Def, High-Speed video, for Creative Differences. The well-received pilot led to 28 additional episodes.
Discovery Channel: Developed, produced and wrote 1-hour documentary “Conspiracy Test: Oklahoma City Bombing”. This is an intricate investigative story. Production involved building a truck bomb using 5-thousand pounds of explosives, wiring it with scientific monitoring instrumentation, and detonating it. We generated a magnitude-3 earthquake. Directed coverage using seven high speed cameras, two-HD cameras, and five small format cameras.
USAToday TV / Gates Foundation: Directed, stylized, and supervised a series of portraitures “Degrees of Difficulty”. 100’s of college students nationwide auditioned. 5 were chosen to tell their stories of personal hardships. Filming included bringing the students to Washington, DC for one-on-ones with congressmen. Based on the success, a sequel was commissioned by the New York Times.
National Geographic Channel: Developed, produced and wrote three 1-hour documentaries “Impossible Bridges” for the MegaStructures strand. Extensive international production in China, Greece, Denmark & Sweden, including helicopter and boat work. Successfully negotiated favorable rights to one-of-a-kind archive video.
The History Channel / WETA: Produced and wrote 2-hour documentary “Quest for Dragons”. Explores why nearly every culture, even isolated societies, ‘invented’ dragons. Used extensive CGI and other effects to bring a non-existent creature to life. Continues to rate well in reruns.
Bavaria Film-Interactive: Directed, wrote, and supervised long-form commercial stories featuring innovators. Ongoing series includes the inventor of Skullcandy headphones (first earbuds to integrate cell phones with iPods); and the technician at Emergency Medical Associates, who manipulated software to track the 2009 swine flu outbreak in real time (something the CDC couldn’t do).
Scripps Networks: Executive Producer / editorial supervisor for original programming for DIY, “Do-It-Yourself Network”. Over 200 episodes in 9 program series.
A & E Network: Developed, researched, produced & wrote 1-hour “Investigative Reports” about Americans kidnapped abroad, for Bill Kurtis Productions.
CNN: Produced, wrote, and researched live and packaged reports for CNN’s 9/11 news coverage.
TLC: Produced, directed and wrote 1-hour documentary on high mountain rescue in French Alps, episode of “Real Life, Real Heroes”, for Alexandria Productions. Involved extensive helicopter use and remote field work.
6/00 – 2/01
VICE PRESIDENT CONTENT
Developed and created journalistic syndication products for on-line, newspaper, radio, and TV. Established and managed editorial partnerships with PC Magazine, Macworld Magazine, CNN News Source, and IDG Publishing’s “… for Dummies” books. Hired and supervised content production staff.
THE TRAVEL CHANNEL
1/93 – 2/97
DIRECTOR OF CURRENT PROGRAMMING & DEVELOPMENT
Created original non-fiction series, specials and live broadcasts. Responsible for upgrading editorial quality and production standards for all on-going series on this newly re‑launched network. Hired and supervised network editorial staff. Originated concepts, hired production companies, negotiated contracts, and supervised story selection, scripting, shooting and editing. Original series included Travel News Now 156 x 30-min. Earth Journeys with Christopher Reeve 29 x 30-min.
TURNER PRIVATE NETWORKS
7/92 ‑ 1/93
Conceived program format strategy for place-based start-up network. Developed episode treatments, budgets, and oversaw production of half‑hour series. Assembled and directed production teams. Negotiated telecast rights.
CNN / TBS
5/83 – 7/92
SENIOR PRODUCER, NETWORK EARTH SPECIAL PROJECTS (1991‑92)
Created and produced Network Earth’s two specials for TBS; Personal Effects , and Earth Summit Special. Extensive international shooting.
COORDINATING PRODUCER, NETWORK EARTH (1989‑91)
Coordinated production of 30 minute weekly environmental series on TBS. Researched, wrote and produced stories.
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER, CNN SCIENCE NEWS (1987‑89)
Produced and wrote packages for daily broadcast and weekly half‑hour CNN series. Identified national and international science and technology advancements.
UNIT MANAGER, CNN FEATURES UNIT (1985‑87)
Logistics and financial coordinator for five CNN production units. Organized shooting and editing staff to produce 5 daily stories and 5 weekly ½-hour series.
NEWS VIDEO TAPE EDIT SUPERVISOR / EDITOR (1983-85)
Supervised CNN newsroom staff editors, prioritized resources to meet high pressure deadlines.