Resumé

TELEVISION (Selected Credits)

Producer (with Michael Schwarz) and Telescript
IN DEFENSE OF FOOD
Two-hour PBS documentary. Best-selling author Michael Pollan cuts through the confusion about food and health to show how common sense and old-fashioned wisdom can help us rediscover the pleasures of eating and avoid the chronic diseases so often associated with the modern diet. From Tanzania to California to Paris, we see that the solution to our dietary woes is in fact remarkably simple: Eat Food. Not Too Much. Mostly Plants. Kikim Media. 2013-2015.
• Emmy nominee

Director-Writer
ALASKA, THE WORLD AND WALLY HICKEL
One-hour public TV documentary. The surprising odyssey of Walter Hickel, the two-time Alaska Governor and Secretary of the Interior who dared to publicly criticize President Nixon after the shootings at Kent State––and got fired for it. The tale of a political maverick who saw in the oil-rich Alaska he helped to create a key to ending world poverty. Narrated by Michael Murphy. Great Projects Media. 2012.

Co-Producer
EXTREME BY DESIGN
One-hour PBS documentary that follows a group of California graduate students as they try to make a difference in the lives of some of the world’s poorest people by designing extremely cheap products that meet basic human needs. Shot in Bangladesh, Indonesia and at Stanford University’s Institute of Design. Hawkview Pictures and Kikim Media. 2011-2012.

Producer-Director (with Michael Schwarz)
THE WAR AGAINST MICROBES
THE BODY’S SECRET ARMY
THE MYSTERY OF MEMORY
Three half-hour science documentaries for public television. How today’s medical researchers are using Nobel Prize-winning discoveries to outwit disease-causing microbes, expand the power of the immune system, and unravel the workings of memory. Commissioned by Nobel Media, Stockholm. Kikim Media. 2010-2012.

Co-Producer and Co-Director
THE BOTANY OF DESIRE
Two-hour PBS documentary special. Best-selling author Michael Pollan tells the stories of four plants––the apple, the tulip, marijuana and the potato––that got us to spread them around the world by satisfying human desires. Kikim Media. 2009.

Co-Producer
HUNTING THE HIDDEN DIMENSION
One-hour documentary for the PBS series NOVA on how the mysterious shapes called fractals are inspiring a new wave of scientific innovation. Kikim Media. 2008.

Producer-Director-Writer
SECURITY VS. LIBERTY: THE OTHER WAR
One-hour documentary for the PBS series America At A Crossroads. Counterterrorism and civil liberties in post-9/11 America. ABC News Productions. 2007.
•Writers Guild Award Nominee

Producer-Director-Writer
GETTING RICH
One-hour documentary for the Discovery Times/CBC series China Rises. How China’s economic growth affects the lives of its people. Narrated by Michael Murphy. New York Times TV. 2005.
•Gemini Award (Canadian National TV Awards) Best Documentary Series

Producer-Writer
SOMEONE’S WATCHING
Two-hour documentary for the Discovery Times Channel on electronic surveillance, with Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter Lowell Bergman. New York Times TV. 2004.
•Writers Guild Award

Senior Producer and Co-Writer
PETER JENNINGS REPORTING: THE KENNEDY ASSASSINATION – BEYOND CONSPIRACY
Two-hour documentary for ABC News. Springs Media. 2003.
•Edward R. Murrow Award, Best News Documentary
•Broadcasting Press Guild Award (U.K.) Best Single Documentary

Producer
THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN REPORTING: SEARCHING FOR THE ROOTS OF 9/11
One-hour documentary for the Discovery Channel with the Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist. Filmed in Egypt, Qatar, Bahrain and Belgium. New York Times TV. 2003.

Series Writer
SCIENCE TIMES
Science magazine series for National Geographic Channel. New York Times TV. 2001-2002.

Producer-Writer
THROUGH MANY LIVES: THE AGING BRAIN
Final hour in the five-part PBS series The Secret Life of the Brain. Narrated by Blair Brown.
David Grubin Productions and WNET. 2001.
•Emmy Award, Outstanding Science Programming

Producer-Writer
MONEY AND POWER: THE HISTORY OF BUSINESS
First half of a two-hour documentary for CNBC. Location shooting in England and Spain.
Narrated by Jason Robards. David Grubin Productions. 2000.

Producer-Writer
NOTHING TO FEAR
One-hour documentary for the ABC News series The Century. The story of Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Great Depression. Anchored and narrated by Peter Jennings. 1999.

Producer-Director-Writer
THE REAL CIA: ENEMIES, SECRETS & SPIES
One-hour documentary for Showtime. Reported and narrated by Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter Tim Weiner. New York Times TV. 1998.
•Silver Medal, New York Festivals

Producer and Co-Writer
DANGEROUS WORLD: THE KENNEDY YEARS
Two-hour documentary for ABC News about President John F. Kennedy. Based on the reporting of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh. Narrated by Peter Jennings. 1997.

Producer-Director (with Janet Graham) and Writer
THE ORPHAN TRAINS
One-hour documentary for the PBS series American Experience. The stories of children who were relocated to rural America. Narrated by Stacy Keach. Edward Gray Films. 1995.
•Emmy Award, Outstanding Achievement in Writing
•Emmy Nominee, Outstanding Achievement in Directing

Producer-Director-Writer (with Mark Obenhaus)
MR. SEARS’ CATALOGUE
One-hour documentary for American Experience. Obenhaus Films. 1989.
•Writers Guild Award

Producer-Writer (with Mark Obenhaus)
THE WORLD THAT MOSES BUILT
One-hour documentary for American Experience on New York’s controversial “Master Builder,” Robert Moses. Obenhaus Films. 1989.

Producer
THE POLITICS OF GREED
One-hour documentary for the PBS series Frontline about a corruption scandal in New York City.
Obenhaus Films. 1987.
•Emmy Nominee

Co-Producer
MILES AHEAD: THE MUSIC OF MILES DAVIS
One-hour documentary for the PBS series Great Performances. Obenhaus Films. 1986.

Producer
GROWING UP POOR
One-hour documentary for Frontline about children in a Pennsylvania city. Obenhaus Films. 1986.
•Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, First Prize, Television
•Emmy Nominee

Co-Producer
LIVING BELOW THE LINE
One-hour documentary for Frontline about the lives of four welfare recipients. Obenhaus Films. 1984.
•Emmy Award
•Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, Grand Prize

Producer-Director
DIFFERENT DRUMMER: ELVIN JONES
Half-hour PBS biography of one of jazz drumming’s greatest innovators. Edward Gray Films. 1980.

 

INTERNET

Senior Producer and Writer
SCIENCE BYTES
Series of short videos profiling new discoveries in a diverse range of sciences. Streams on pbs.org.
Kikim Media. 2011.

 

CORPORATE AND EDUCATIONAL VIDEOS

Producer-Director
ENR AWARD OF EXCELLENCE: JEFFREY BAKER
7-minute video about the winner of Engineering News-Record magazine’s Award of Excellence, who led
the effort to build one of the world’s most energy-efficient office buildings. Great Projects Media. 2011.

Producer-Director-Writer
THE HEART OF A HOSPITAL
7-minute documentary marking the 150th anniversary of Mount Sinai Hospital. Edward Gray Films. 2002.
•CINE Golden Eagle

Producer-Director-Writer
CUSTOMER LOYALTY and THE LEARNING ORGANIZATION
Educational documentaries for Harvard Business School. David Grubin Productions. 1995, 1996.

 

EDUCATION

New York University. M.F.A. in Film and Television, 1974.
Columbia University. B.A. in Sociology, 1971.

 

AFFILIATIONS

Member, Writers Guild of America.