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David Grubin

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David GrubinDavid Grubin is the executive producer of the Destination America series and he produced the second and third episodes, The Art of Departure and The Earth is the Lord's. Grubin has won every major award in his field, including two Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University awards, three George Foster Peabody awards, and nine Emmys. A director, writer, and cinematographer, his many films for television range across a wide variety of disciplines: science — The Secret Life of the Brain; poetry — The Language of Life; psychology — Young Dr. Freud, art — Degenerate Art; world history — Napoleon; public affairs — Kofi Annan: Center of the Storm. He is widely known for his acclaimed series of presidential biographies for American Experience on PBS — LBJ, FDR, Truman, TR: The Story of Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided.

His recently completed biography of Robert Kennedy — RFK — for American Experience premiered on PBS in October 2004. His biography of Marie Antoinette is slated for the winter of 2006.

A member of the executive committee of the Society of American Historians, Grubin has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, has been a Montgomery Fellow at Dartmouth College, and is the recipient of an honorary doctorate from his alma mater, Hamilton College. He is member of the Directors Guild and the Writers Guild, and is a former chairman of the board of directors of The Film Forum. He is married with three children and lives in New York City.

Stephen Stept

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Stephen Stept is a versatile producer, writer, and director of both documentary and dramatic programs for network, cable and public television. He produced, wrote and directed the first episode of Destination America, The Golden Door. In 2004 he completed two programs for the Emmy award-winning PBS series American Masters as the writer, producer, and director of A Vision of Empire: Henry Luce and Time-Life's America, and as co-writer of Judy Garland: By Myself, for which he won an Emmy award.

Stephen's other award-winning producer/writer credits include: the Writers Guild of America Award for Hoover Dam (PBS/American Experience); Peabody and Emmy Awards for ESPN SportsCentury: Fifty Greatest Athletes; duPont-Columbia Awards for two series, The Great Depression (PBS) and CIA: America’s Secret Warriors (Discovery). As a dramatist, Stephen was a Humanitas Finalist for his feature teleplay of Darrow (PBS/American Playhouse), starring Kevin Spacey, a period drama which he also produced.

Stephen also wrote, produced and directed Grand Canyon, a two-hour special filmed in High Definition for The History Channel, and was an episode producer on ABC/History Channel's The Century. He has served as a Senior Producer on MSNBC’s regular series Headliners and Legends with Matt Lauer and was Supervising Producer on The Great Depression's seven hour series. He is currently in production as Series Producer of a thirteen-part series on the American Revolution for the History Channel. He has also written, produced and edited video programs for the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Stephen Stept holds a B.A. in American Civilization from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.A. in Communications from Stanford, and has been an Adjunct Professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University's School of Visual & Performing Arts.

Chana Gazit

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Chana Gazit produced the fourth episode of the Destination America series, Breaking Free: A Woman's Journey. Gazit is an award-winning producer/director/writer with an extensive background in documentary filmmaking. She was the Senior Producer of two acclaimed Public Television series: the four-part biography of Franklin Roosevelt and the four-part biography of Lyndon Johnson. Additionally, Chana has produced, directed, and written documentaries for the PBS series American Experience, including Chicago '68, Surviving the Dust Bowl, Meltdown at Three Mile Island, Fatal Flood, and The Pill. Her many additional credits include the series Healing and the Mind with Bill Moyers, and an Emmy-award winning film on the Seneca Indians. Chana work has been recognized by the EMMY Awards, DuPont-Columbia Journalism Awards, Peabody Awards, Writer’s Guild Awards, the Sundance Film Festival, and many other industry honors.


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