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Michael Sullivan
Executive Producer

Michael Sullivan currently serves as executive producer, special projects for FRONTLINE, the acclaimed PBS documentary series produced at WGBH Boston. He supervised the widely praised and highly rated four-hour FRONTLINE/AMERICAN EXPERIENCE co-production The Mormons, the six-hour series Country Boys, and several award-winning FRONTLINE specials including Ghosts of Rwanda and Faith and Doubt at Ground Zero.

During more than 20 years at FRONTLINE, Sullivan also has served as the series' senior producer and executive producer, overseeing dozens of acclaimed films including the four-hour The Gulf War, the six-hour The Triumph of Evil, The Farmer's Wife and John Paul II: the Millennial Pope. Alongside his work at FRONTLINE, Sullivan also has acted as executive producer for special projects for PBS, including The Question of God: C.S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud and Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy.

A graduate of Harvard University, Sullivan began his broadcast career as a news and documentary cameraman in Portland, Ore. As public affairs director at Minneapolis CBS affiliate WCCO, he developed and served as executive producer of the station's award-winning investigative and documentary units. Sullivan's television broadcasts have won dozens of national awards, including 11 duPont-Columbia batons, 11 Emmy Awards and four Peabody Awards.

Marilyn Mellowes
Series Producer

A producer and writer at WGBH, Marilyn Mellowes is known for the popular four-hour series From Jesus to Christ: the First Christians. She developed the ongoing history series AMERICAN EXPERIENCE and served as its first series editor. Additional credits include the award-winning programs Nixon, The Kennedys, Castro's Challenge, Vietnam: a Television History and Julia! America's Favorite Chef. She developed the series God in America and has served as its series producer.

David Belton
Series Director

David Belton is an award-winning director and producer for the BBC who has worked in news, current affairs, documentaries and drama for 20 years. In 2007-08, he engaged a host of international actors including Kenneth Branagh, Stephen Rea and Tom Conti to star in Ten Days to War, a retelling of the days just before Britain and the United States entered the Iraq War. His 2006 film on Vincent van Gogh for the acclaimed series Power of Art with Simon Schama won a British Academy Award for its innovative mix of drama and documentary elements. As the lead field producer for Newsnight, the BBC's nightly news analysis program, Belton covered the Rwandan genocide and later wrote and produced the feature film Shooting Dogs, which starred John Hurt and Hugh Dancy. The film won major prizes at international film festivals and has been distributed in 60 countries; in the U.S., the film was released under the title Beyond the Gates.

Belton has written for The Washington Post, The New Statesman and The Independent. His book Beyond All That is scheduled for release in 2011.

Greg Barker
Producer/Director

Greg Barker is an award-winning documentary filmmaker based in London. He has produced, written and directed several FRONTLINE films including Showdown With Iran and Ghosts of Rwanda, which was honored with a duPont-Columbia Silver Baton, the Sidney Hillman Award, a Banff Television Festival Award and a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award.

Barker's other projects for FRONTLINE include Campaign Against Terror and The Survival of Saddam. He traveled to the Middle East to examine the rise of Arab satellite TV channels and the growing influence of Al Jazeera for FRONTLINE's News War series. He also produced Part II of FRONTLINE's four-hour series The Age of AIDS, which won a duPont-Columbia Silver Baton.

Barker produced, directed and wrote The New Rules of the Game, which aired as part of the PBS documentary series Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy. He received an Emmy Award nomination for directing achievement on the series and an International Documentary Association Award for the PBS series Red Files. Prior to his career in filmmaking, Barker worked as a broadcast journalist in more than 40 countries, filing reports for Reuters, ITN, CNN, BBC and other news organizations. Barker has a master's degree in international relations from the London School of Economics.

Sarah Colt
Producer/Director

Sarah Colt is an Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker who has produced films on politics, history and science for public television. Most recently, she wrote, directed and produced The Polio Crusade, which aired in 2009 on PBS's AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, and Geronimo, which aired as part of AMERICAN EXPERIENCE's 2009 landmark Native American history series We Shall Remain.

She previously worked for David Grubin Productions, where she produced the acclaimed biography RFK and earned an Emmy Award for Outstanding Science, Nature, and Technology for co-producing the five-part series The Secret Life of the Brain. Her credits also include Kofi Annan: Center of the Storm, Making Schools Work with Hedrick Smith and Young Doctor Freud. In 2004, she was awarded an International Reporting Project Fellowship through Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and traveled to Namibia to report on the racial imbalance of land ownership in Southern Africa.

Colt attended Harvard University where she earned several prizes for her work as a still photographer, including a Radcliffe Traveling Fellowship to Zimbabwe.

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Major funding for God in America provided by the Pew Charitable Trusts and the John E. Fetzer Institute, Inc.  Additional funding provided by the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations. God in America is produced for PBS by WGBH Boston.
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