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BATTLE OF HOMESTEAD EVENTS

A series of special events and plays 2017 commemorating the 125th Anniversary of this tragic clash between steelworkers and mill owner Andrew Carnegie, backed by Henry Clay Frick and hired Pinkerton guards. Plays included an original co-written by Mark Rylance and Peter Reder, featuring  renowned Shakespearean, Broadway and film actor Rylance (“Bridge of Spies,” “Dunkirk”), along with favorite Pittsburgh […]

KARAMU! 100 YEARS IN THE HOUSE – PBS

The inspiring story of the oldest African-American performing arts theater in America, the Karamu House in the historic Fairfax neighborhood of Cleveland.  From the Swahili word meaning “place of joyful gatherings,”  Karamu began as a settlement house for European immigrants and quickly accepted African Americans migrating from the South.  This documentary highlights the key players, productions […]

VIOLINS OF HOPE: Strings Of The Holocaust -PBS

This film tells how love, honor, music and tradition can vanquish intolerance, hatred and violence. Each of the violins in this program represents a story of human tragedy. They belonged to starving Jewish refugees, trudging the forsaken roads of World War II Europe; to concentration camp victims, forced to play during the executions of tens […]

PBS 2014

Two lively, entertaining music shows for National PBS:

MICHAEL FEINSTEIN AT THE RAINBOW ROOM:
Two-time Emmy and five-time Grammy-nominated entertainer, Michael Feinstein headlines this all-star evening with performances by Tony winner and Emmy-nominated artist, Christine Ebersole; American Idol sensation Jessica Sanchez; the dynamic tap duo, the Manzari Brothers; Oscar-nominated June Squibb and many more surprises. The show is written and directed by Desperate Housewives creator and writer Marc Cherry. This performance will reopen the legendary New York nightclub, the Rainbow Room, where stars were born and legends perform.

NEW YEAR’S EVE WITH MICHAEL FEINSTEIN AT THE RAINBOW ROOM:
Ring in the New Year with two-time Emmy and five-time Grammy-nominated entertainer, Michael Feinstein with celebrity performances including Broadway and television star, Megan Hilty; Oscar, Tony, and Emmy Winner Liza Minnelli, the National Broadway Chorus and many more all-star celebrity entertainers to be announced. The show is written and directed by Desperate Housewives creator and writer Marc Cherry. This performance celebrates the legendary New York nightclub, the Rainbow Room, where stars were born and legends perform.

PBS National via WGBH, Boston MA

Broadway Or Bust, 3 Episodes
This non-fiction drama tracks the real life stories of America’s top high school musical performers vying in the ultimate competition for a chance at Broadway stardom.
Associate Producer, Shooting Treatments, Field Producer

IT CAN HAPPEN HERE: Making Schools Safer

National Institute of Justice & Penn State University
Learning from the tragedies at Columbine High and other incidents of school violence
Producer/Writer/Director

iTunes U, University of Pittsburgh

School of Arts & Sciences video content
Over two dozen downloadable segments featuring remarkable faculty, research, students and academic offerings from the University of Pittsburgh.
Producer/Writer/Director

National Geographic Channel

National Geo Today
Mail Pouch Barns, The Georgia Guidestones, Kayaking Talulah Gorge, Kudzu-The Vine That Ate The South
and other stories
Story Segment Producer/Writer

National Inventors Hall of Fame & US Patent Office

Multiple years of crafting Inductee Video Profiles for Annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, web site streaming and broadcast on Ohio PBS, as well as scripting presenters’ comments for the black tie induction event.
Writer/Producer/Director

NOVA – PBS

Top Gun Over Moscow –
Documentary on the Russian vs. US Airforces
Writer-Producer & Co-Director

The Great Robot Race –
DARPA-sponsored contest to create the best unmanned vehicles
Script and Story Consultant

PBS National via WQED, Pittsburgh, PA

The War That Made America: 4-Part Series
on the French & Indian War
Supervising Producer

PBS National and Mister Rogers Neighborhood / FCI

Fred Rogers’ Heroes – Who’s Helping America’s Children?
Profiles of 4 individuals making a difference in the lives of young people
Hosted by Fred Rogers
Segment Producer-Writer and Editor

PBS National with Auburn Productions

Dream Jets
Luxury aircraft of the rich and famous, including John Travolta and Carly Simon
Story Concept Developer and Field Producer

Point Park University

Adjunct Professor
Taught a combination undergraduate and graduate course on Broadcast Television Production, which also required students to write, shoot and edit a half-hour magazine format program, “What’s the 4-1-2?”

University of Pittsburgh – Documentary

Faces of Promise & Hope: Russian Orphanages Reborn
Child Development experts in the US and Russia introduce measures to improve the way orphans are cared for at former Soviet Baby Homes
Producer/Writer/Director

WQED & Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Mummies,Tombs & Various Pieces of Ancient Egypt-
Examining the famous collection of Egyptian artifacts at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh as they are carefully restored and given a new home. Some surprising discoveries happen along the way.
Writer/Producer/Director

Bowtie Press

Horse, Follow Closely Video Series
Native American Gawani Pony Boy offers traditional relationship-based techniques for training horses
Producer/Writer/Director

Rapido-TV, CH 4 London

Underground Hip Hop Video & Eurotrash TV
Hosted by Ice-T. Unusual stories from the worlds of Hip Hop and alternative culture
Segment Producer

Sci Fi Channel

Classic Monster Movie Month-
Hosted by Chris Lee
Writer/Co-Producer
Jurassic Park –
The Science Behind the Movie
Writer/Co-Producer

The Learning Channel

Alien Encounter: Are We Alone In The Universe?
Science versus Science Fiction behind searches for other life in the universe
Writer/Producer/Director

A & E

Investigative Reports: Space Warriors
Examining the effectiveness of spy satellites in the post-Cold War world
Hosted by Bill Kurtis
Producer/Writer/Director

Discovery Channel

Submarines: Sharks of Steel
A look at the history of submarine development up through the US/Soviet Cold War nuclear sub programs
Series Co-Developer with Auburn Productions

Fox Cubhouse and WQED TV

Johnson & Friends
American version of popular Australian kids TV show
Supervising Producer for reversioning of original episodes

CNN

The Angry Child
In a series of news segments, Congressman Tim Murphy, also a Child Psychologist, looks at causes behind anger in adolescents
Writer/Producer

Lifetime Television

Jane Wallace Show
The Crack Epidemic in Detroit and one police officer’s courageous efforts to offer safe havens to urban kids
Segment Producer

It Takes A Whole Community

8-station production and simulcast of documentary on youth violence prevention in Pittsburgh
Executive Producer, Writer, Coordinating Producer

WQED & PPTN

Remaking Cities –
A look at how post-industrial Pittsburgh can reinvent itself, as seen through the eyes of international architects and urban planners, including the outspoken Prince Charles, who visits the city on a snow-shrouded day in 1989.
Producer/Writer/Director

WQED Pittsburgh

Are The Kids All RIght?
Documentary on helping young people cope with addictions, early pregnancy and other issues
Producer, Writer, Director

The Point of Pittsburgh

A History in Words, Music & Images
Stage show featuring 40 readers, big-screen projected images and live band to tell 250 years of Pittsburgh history
Producer and Stage Director

Pittsburgh Symphony Stage Shows

Heinz Legacy –
A video, live readings and symphonic tribute to the late Senator John Heinz and his family’s legacy embodied in Heinz Hall
Concerts of the Future –
A series of innovative symphonic productions involving stage dramas and actors, light shows and videos
Writer & Stage Director

Family Communications

Producers of Mister Rogers Neighborhood
Various outreach videos: Children & Discipline, Using Mister Rogers in Daycare, MRN: 25 Year Anniversary
Producer/Director, Writer

WTAE-TV Pittsburgh

Building Blocks for Life
Producer/Writer/Production Designer
Success By Six
Series Producer/Director/Writer
Cappelli & Company
Series Design and Producer/Writer

KDKA Pittsburgh

Evening Magazine –
Associate Producer, Field Producer of 500+ stories
For Kids’ Sake Campaign –
PSA Producer
Punchline weekly comedy hour
Producer, Writer for comedian/host Dennis Miller

Voice-Over Narrator

From Nat Geo Today: Mail Pouch Barns and
Faces of Promise and Hope: Russian Orphanages Reborn

Viewpoint

Newspaper of the Mount Washington, Pittsburgh, Community
Circulation 7,000 households
Founder, Editor-In-Chief, Writer

Sample Script #1

Profile of Audio Innovator Amar Bose
for National Inventors Hall of Fame

Sample Script #2

Opening of A&E Investigative Reports’ Space Warriors

Special Events Organizer & Director

• An Evening on Grandview –
House Tour and Restaurant Sampling with Dancing on the Observation Decks of Pittsburgh’s Grandview Avenue

• History Unveiled: Pittsburgh 1770 –
Dedication of George Washington and Guyasuta statue with speeches by Sculptor James A. West, Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and Seneca elder HoinJaGWaGohn, followed by a formal fundraising dinner.

• House Tours of Mount Washington –
Organized multiple years of tours of some of Pittsburgh’s most spectacular properties.

• We’ll Shoot Anything Campaign, KDKA-TV-
Giveaway of professional TV crew to tape viewer’s special event

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