Executive Producer, The MAKERS ConferenceThis year's MAKERS Conference brought the world's most impactful leaders and innovators together for a 36-hour action plan. MAKERS partnered with industry-leading organizations through MAKERS@, not-for-profit organizations, and educational institutions committed to developing and nurturing the kinds of characteristics necessary to produce strong, innovative leaders of the future, to create an audience of global leaders at the conference.
Executive Producer, First In HumanNarrated and co-executive produced by award-winning actor Jim Parsons ("The Big Bang Theory"), this three-part documentary is an unprecedented look inside the Clinical Center -- or Building 10 -- of the National Institute of Health in Washington, D.C. Four diverse patients are followed as they participate in a "First in Human" trial -- the initial time when a new therapy is tested in humans. They are cared for at no expense and receive no guarantee that they will benefit from the care -- all in the name of advancing medicine. Because of the risky nature of the trials in Building 10, doctors there can often only partner with patients who have exhausted all the standard options modern medicine has to offer.
Executive Producer, Rancher, Farmer, FishermanThe new documentary Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman tells the inspiring story of heartland conservation heroes who are feeding the world while stewarding the land and water. The film is a tribute to people like Justin Knopf, a fifth-generation Kansas farmer revolutionizing industrial scale agriculture to rebuild the fertility, biodiversity and resilience of his soil, and Dusty Crary, a fourth-generation Montana rancher who forged alliances between cattlemen, federal agencies, hunters and environmental groups to protect the Rocky Mountain Front. Based on a book by best-selling author Miriam Horn of Environmental Defense Fund, Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman was directed by Oscar nominee and Emmy winner Susan Froemke and Emmy winner John Hoffman, and narrated by award-winning journalist Tom Brokaw.
Executive Producer, Finding Your Roots Season 4 - Produced by Kunhardt McGee ProductionsDiscover the surprising ancestral stories of 28 fascinating guests, including Carmelo Anthony, Ava DuVernay, Téa Leoni, Ana Navarro, Bernie Sanders, Questlove, and Christopher Walken in season four of Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Executive Producer, Once And For AllOnce And For All tells the stories of a diverse set of women – first-world politicians, indigenous organizers, doctors-turned-peacemakers, pubic interest lawyers and activist filmmakers – whose experiences in Beijing forever changed them and, through them, the lives of women and men everywhere. By following these individual, intersecting stories, the feature length documentary captures the high-stakes drama of the Beijing conference, and charts the contours of the global women’s movement it revealed and galvanized.
Executive Producer, Finding Your Roots 3 (PBS) - Produced by Kunhardt McGee ProductionsThe third season of the Finding Your Roots series explores how diverse racial, religious and ethnic backgrounds challenge many of our long-held national myths. Hosted and written by Gates, this season traces the ancestral trails of 28 new guests including Maya Rudolph, Sir Richard Branson, Soledad O’Brien, Bill Hader, Julianne Moore, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Senator John McCain, Norman Lear, Shonda Rhimes, and more. Each of their stories illuminates the vast patchwork of ethnicity, race and experience that make up the fabric of America.
Executive Producer, Finding Your Roots 2 (PBS) - Produced by Kunhardt McGee ProductionsHarvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. has been helping people discover long-lost relatives hidden for generations within the branches of their family trees. Professor Gates utilizes a team of genealogists to reconstruct the paper trail left behind by our ancestors and the world’s leading geneticists to decode our DNA and help us travel thousands of years into the past to discover the origins of our earliest forebears. Season Two of Finding Your Rootsfeatures a diverse group of 29 guests, including Oscar winner Ben Affleck, award winning journalist Anderson Cooper, tennis great Billie Jean King, legendary author Stephen King, multi-platinum selling rapper Nas, and many more.
Executive Producer, MAKERS Series (PBS) - Produced by Kunhardt McGee ProductionsIn the last half-century, women have fought their way into nearly every sphere of American life, from the battlefield to the comedy club, the soundstage to the Senate. Expanding on the critically acclaimed PBS documentary MAKERS: Women Who Make America, which told the story of the modern American women’s movement, each documentary in this six-part seriesexamines the impact of the women’s movement on six fields once largely closed to women: business, space, Hollywood, comedy, war and politics. In each field, women have pried open, and profoundly reshaped, the central institutions of American life and culture.
Executive Producer, Nixon by Nixon: In His Own Words (PBS) - Produced by Kunhardt McGeeRichard Milhous Nixon became the first American president to resign from office. From 1971 to 1973, he had secretly recorded his private conversations, purportedly for the purpose of historical record, but in the wake of the Watergate scandal the revelation of the tapes led to his downfall. Fearing that the blunt and candid remarks on the tapes would sully the presidency forever, Nixon sought to prevent their public release for the rest of his life after leaving office. However, after his death in 1994, the government began releasing the 3,700 hours of recordings. The final tapes were made public on Aug. 20, 2013. This film looks at the rich history found in these tapes and other sources to show the many different sides of former president Richard Nixon.
Executive Producer, Finding Your Roots (PBS) - Produced by Kunhardt McGee ProductionsHarvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. has been helping people discover long-lost relatives hidden for generations within the branches of their family trees. Professor Gates utilizes a team of genealogists to reconstruct the paper trail left behind by our ancestors and the world’s leading geneticists to decode our DNA and help us travel thousands of years into the past to discover the origins of our earliest forebears. Season One of Finding Your Rootsfeatures Barbara Walters, Kevin Bacon, Cory Booker, Maggie Gyllenhaal, John Legend and more.
Executive Producer, The African Americans (PBS) - Produced by Kunhardt McGee ProductionsNoted Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. recounts the full trajectory of African-American history in his groundbreaking series. Written and presented by Professor Gates, the six-hour series explores the evolution of the African-American people, as well as the multiplicity of cultural institutions, political strategies, and religious and social perspectives they developed — forging their own history, culture and society against unimaginable odds. Commencing with the origins of slavery in Africa, the series moves through five centuries of remarkable historic events right up to the present — when America is led by a black president, yet remains a nation deeply divided by race.
Executive Producer, MAKERS: Women Who Make America (PBS) - Produced by Kunhardt McGee ProductionsMAKERS: Women Who Make Americatells the remarkable story of the most sweeping social revolution in American history, as women have asserted their rights to a full and fair share of political power, economic opportunity, and personal autonomy. It’s a revolution that has unfolded in public and private, in courts and Congress, in the boardroom and the bedroom, changing not only what the world expects from women, but what women expect from themselves. Trailblazing women like Hillary Rodham Clinton, Ellen DeGeneres and Oprah Winfrey share their memories, as do countless women who challenged the status quo in industries from coal-mining to medicine. MAKERS captures with music, humor, and the voices of the women who lived through these turbulent times the dizzying joy, aching frustration and ultimate triumph of a movement that turned America upside-down.
Executive Producer, This Emotional Life (PBS) - Produced by Kunhardt McGee ProductionsIn this series, Harvard psychologist and best-selling author of Stumbling on Happiness, Professor Daniel Gilbert, talks with experts about the latest science on what makes us “tick” and how we can find support for the emotional issues we all face. Each episode weaves together the compelling personal stories of ordinary people and the latest scientific research along with revealing comments from celebrities like Chevy Chase, Larry David, Alanis Morissette, Robert Kennedy, Jr., and Richard Gere.
Executive Producer, Finding Oprah's Roots (PBS) - Produced by Kunhardt McGee ProductionsFinding Oprah's Roots, a companion to the book by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., features Oprah, showing by her example, that it is possible to build an African American family tree. Excerpts from the Oprah's Roots documentary are combined with comments from many of the experts featured in the film including genealogist Tony Burroughs and historian John Thornton.
Executive Producer, Gloria: In Her Own Words (HBO) - Produced by Kunhardt McGee ProductionsDespite decades of opposition from the right, and recent personal setbacks, Gloria Steinem remains one of the most outspoken and visible symbols of the women’s movement today. The filmblends interviews of Steinem in her Manhattan apartment, archival footage, photographs from throughout her life and clips from press interviews over the years. Among those interviewing Steinem in the film are Barbara Walters, Helen Gurley Brown, Phil Donahue and Larry King. The documentary also features archival footage of such prominent women’s movement figures as National Organization for Women (NOW) co-founder Betty Friedan, congresswoman Bella Abzug and civil rights advocate Flo Kennedy.
Executive Producer, Teddy: In His Own Words (HBO) - Produced by Kunhardt McGee ProductionsTeddy: In His Own Wordstells the story of Camelot's last male survivor through his own words, from his childhood through his speech at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. It combines the Senator's own voice - culled from past commentary, speeches and public and private sources - with archival newsreel and television footage, iconic photographs and rarely seen archival footage, such as home movies and photographs, to tell the sweeping saga of Teddy Kennedy. What emerges is a portrait of a crusader who has kept his eye on the most important public goals, from civil rights and desegregation to minimum wage and health reform, despite a series of personal tragedies and crises. As the film shows, none of these setbacks derailed his career, and the rejuvenating bonds he shares with members of his illustrious family continue to this day.
Executive Producer, Benjamin Latrobe (PBS) - Produced by Kunhardt McGee ProductionsBenjamin Latrobe: America's First Architect,a one-hour documentary, chronicles the life and work of early American architect Benjamin Latrobe and his lasting design impact on his country. His work ultimately defined the first uniquely "American" architecture. The special is hosted by noted architecture critic Paul Goldberger.
Executive Producer, Faces of America (PBS) - Produced by Kunhardt McGee ProductionsWhat made America? What makes us? These two questions are at the heart of the PBS seriesFaces of America with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. The Harvard scholar turns to the latest tools of genealogy and genetics to explore the family histories of 12 renowned Americans — professor and poet Elizabeth Alexander, chefMario Batali, comedian Stephen Colbert, novelist Louise Erdrich, journalist Malcolm Gladwell, actress Eva Longoria, musician Yo-Yo Ma, director Mike Nichols, Her MajestyQueen Noor, television host/heart surgeon Dr. Mehmet Oz, actress Meryl Streep, and figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi.
Executive Producer, Looking for Lincoln (PBS) - Produced by Kunhardt McGee ProductionsAn unprecedented two-hour broadcast, online, and outreach project that explores the life and legacy of the man widely considered one of our best and most enigmatic presidents. The documentary, presented and written by Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., addresses many of the controversies surrounding Lincoln – race, equality, religion, politics, and depression – by carefully interpreting evidence from those who knew him and those who study him today.
Executive Producer, African American Lives (PBS) - Produced by Kunhardt McGee ProductionsHosted by Henry Louis Gates, African American Lives,an unprecedented four-part PBS series, takes Alex Haley's Roots saga to a whole new level through moving stories of personal discovery. Using genealogy, oral history, family stories and DNA analysis to trace lineage through American history and back to Africa, the series provides a life-changing journey for a diverse group of highly accomplished African Americans: Dr. Ben Carson, Whoopi Goldberg, Bishop T.D. Jakes, Dr. Mae Jemison, Quincy Jones, Dr. Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot, Chris Tucker and Oprah Winfrey.
Executive Producer, African American Lives 2 (PBS) - Produced by Kunhardt McGee ProductionsHosted by Henry Louis Gates, African American Lives 2,an unprecedented four-part PBS series, takes Alex Haley's Roots saga to a whole new level through moving stories of personal discovery. Using genealogy, oral history, family stories and DNA analysis to trace lineage through American history and back to Africa, the series provides a life-changing journey for a diverse group of highly accomplished African Americans: Maya Angelou, Don Cheadle, Morgan Freeman, Peter Gomes, Linda Johnson Rice, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Tom Joyner, Chris Rock, Tina Turner and others.
Executive Producer, Freedom: A History of US (PBS) - Produced by Kunhardt McGee Productions"Freedom" is the overarching theme of this sixteen-part series, based on the award winning books by master storyteller Joy Hakim. Freedom is what has drawn to America countless human beings from around the world; it is what generations of men and women have lived and died for; it is, in a profound sense, our nation's highest calling. This is also the story of the chief obstacles to American freedom -- the "unfreedoms" that have littered our national story, and in some cases have called its very integrity into question. But despite all the mistakes and all the tragic setbacks, there is an overarching positive message to this series. This is a history of the United States as the unfolding, inspiring story of human liberties aspired to and won.
Executive Producer, In Memoriam: New York City, 9/11/01 (HBO) Produced by Kunhardt McGee ProductionsWith the Honorable Rudolph W. Giuliani as guide, this film follows the mayor and his staff from their first realization of what had occurred, through despair and tears, to a newfound strength that would emerge in the spirit of a new America. The documentary presents a panoramic and unique historical record of that fateful day in New York City. It draws on unprecedented access to City Hall and the Mayor's staff, as well as visual material-much of it never before seen-from still and video cameras of more than 100 people in and around New York City, everyday citizens who were eyewitnesses to the tragic events of the day.
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