Silverman (Producer/Director/Writer) recently
founded Issues TV to develop programs that focus on the human condition.
Since 1985, he has been president of Silverman Communications, an
independent production company. His most recent production for PBS
was the critically acclaimed Living With Cancer: A Message of Hope,
which aired in the fall of 1998 and garnered six national awards.
In 1993, he created and executive produced the situation comedy
Emma's Place for PBS. His 1994 production, Stories of Healing, won
several awards for its portrayal of terminally ill patients. Prior
to forming Silverman Communications, Inc., Mr. Silverman produced
a series of programs for the CBS Television Network and its local
New York station, WCBS. In addition, Mr. Silverman handled production
and development for Phoenix/BFA Educational Media, the nation's
fourth largest educational film and video distributor. Before joining
Phoenix/BFA, Mr. Silverman was Director of Educational Technology
for New York University, where he produced Sunrise Semester, a daily
series on CBS. He also produced and hosted Alternative Currents
(later renamed Media Review), a weekly radio series for Pacifica
Radio. Mr. Silverman, who holds a Masters Degree in Education and
Child Development from Lesley College in Cambridge, MA, has taught
broadcasting and media studies at Fordham University, Lehigh University,
and Iona College.
Sharp (Editor/Co-Writer) recently edited the critically acclaimed
Eleanor Roosevelt, which aired on PBS' American Experience series
in January 2000. His other credits include: Harry Truman, TR, and
Riding the Rails (PBS' American Experience); The Language of Life
(PBS); Nicholas and Alexandra (Granada TV); The King of Hearts (Channel
4); and Spytek - the Real 007 (Discovery Channel).
Shapiro (Director of Photography) received Emmy nominations
for Best Photography in 1998 and 1999 for his work on PBS' Reading
Rainbow. His other recent work includes: Bill Moyers' Fooling With
Words (PBS) and Portrait of Addiction (PBS); Rising Tide, and Meltdown
at Three Mile Island, for PBS' American Experience, and How Do You
Spell God? for HBO.
Bacon (Music) wrote the music for the recent Academy-Award-winning
documentary short, King Gimp. His other credits include PBS' Reagan,
and Truman, and his feature film scores include The Last Good Time,
Losing Chase, and the Academy Award-nominated documentary, D-Day
Remembered. Mr. Bacon wrote the score for The Kennedys (PBS' American
Experience), for which he won an Emmy.
Demak Epstein (Associate Producer) is an adjunct faculty member
of the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, University of Medicine
and Dentistry of New Jersey, where she was formerly a full-time
instructor and researcher. Prior to joining Issues TV, she was Manager
of Program Development for the Hastings Healthcare Group. She has
a Master's Degree in Health Behavior and Health Education, and is
a PhD candidate from the University of Michigan. She has authored
numerous articles related to healthcare communications and policy.
Waters (Associate Producer) has worked on numerous documentaries
and produced her own work as a 1999 Fellow at The MacDowell Colony.
Before joining Issues TV, she was on the faculty of Temple University's
Department of Film and Media Arts. She has previously associate
produced for the PBS series American Experience, including the Emmy-nominated
program Edison's Miracle of Light.
Danner (Narrator) has had a distinguished career in theater,
film, and television. A member of the Williamstown Theater Festival
for 16 seasons, she has played at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles,
the Repertory Company of Lincoln Center in New York, and the New
York Shakespeare Festival, where she appeared in Much Ado About
Nothing with Kevin Kline and Moliere's Miser, for which she won
the Theater World Award. She made her Broadway debut in Butterflies
Are Free, for which she won a Tony Award and received Tony nominations
for A Streetcar Named Desire, and Harold Pinter's Betrayal. Other
Broadway credits include The Philadelphia Story, Blithe Spirit,
and Love Letters. Her film work includes The Prince of Tides, directed
by Barbra Streisand; Alice, directed by Woody Allen; Mr. and Mrs.
Bridge with Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman, Brighton Beach Memoirs,
and The Great Santini with Robert Duvall. On television, Ms. Danner
has starred in two series, Adam's Rib and Tattinger's, and the TV
movies, F. Scott Fitzgerald and the Last of the Belles, Eccentricities
of a Nightingale, A Love Affair: Eleanor and Lou Gehrig's Story,
M.A.S.H., and St. Elsewhere. Ms. Danner holds honorary Doctor of
Fine Arts degrees from her alma mater, Bard College, as well as
from Williams College and Hobart/Smith Colleges.
for Healthcare Crisis: Who's at Risk? was provided by grants from
The Greenwall Foundation (www.greenwall.org)
and The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey (www.fdncenter.org/grantmaker/hfnj).PROGRAM TRANSCRIPT