Ben J. Wattenberg is a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, DC. He is the moderator of the weekly PBS television program Think Tank with Ben Wattenberg. Wattenberg's current book is entitled Fewer: How the New Demography of Depopulation Will Shape Our Future (2005). Wattenberg is the author of eight additional books, including Values Matter Most (1995), The First Universal Nation (1991) and The Birth Dearth (1987). He also co-authored, with Richard M. Scammon, The Real Majority (1970), the best-selling "bible" of the 1970 and 1972 elections. Wattenberg was an aide and speechwriter to President Lyndon B. Johnson from 1966 to 1968. He served as a political advisor to Senator Henry M. "Scoop" Jackson, helping to write the 1972 and 1976 Democratic national platforms. He has participated in population symposia with the United Nations, the National Academy of Sciences and the Population Association of America.
Joshua Muravchik is a resident scholar at AEI and a specialist in U.S. foreign policy and international relations. He is the author of Heaven on Earth: The Rise & Fall of Socialism (Encounter, 2002), on which the film is largely based. He has written extensively about democracy, human rights, the role of ideas and ideologies in international politics, and America's role in the post-Cold War world. His articles appear frequently in Commentary, The New Republic, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and The Wall Street Journal. His newest book, Covering the Intifada: How the Media Reported the Palestinian Uprising, was published in July 2003. He is also the author of The Imperative of American Leadership (1996), Exporting Democracy: Fulfilling America's Destiny (1991), News Coverage of the Sandinista Revolution (1988), and The Uncertain Crusade: Jimmy Carter and the Dilemmas of Human Rights Policy (1986). He serves as an adjunct scholar at the Washington Institute on Near East Policy and is an adjunct professor at the Institute of World Politics.
Andrew Walworth is president of New River Media/Team Productions. Over the past 25 years, he has developed, written and produced a number of critically acclaimed series, specials and documentaries. Currently, he is executive producer of three public television series: Think Tank with Ben Wattenberg, Moneywise with Kelvin Boston and Wine, Food & Friends with Karen MacNeil. His recent PBS documentaries and specials include Financial Insecurity (2004), Traveling Smart With Rudy Maxa (2002), The Big Band Sound of WWII (2001), The First Measured Century (2000), Yogi Berra: Déjà vu All Over Again (1999) and The Stockholder Society (1999). Before founding New River Media, Mr. Walworth produced the PBS series American Interests and TechnoPolitics. He also produced the weekly financial series MoneyPolitics for WJLA/7 and the interview series What I've Learned for The Learning Channel.
Brittany Huckabee has been creating programming for public television for more than five years. In addition to Heaven on Earth, her New River Media production credits include the documentaries Orchid Delirium, Greetings From Forgotten Florida, and Art Under the Radar. She has been a producer on the New River Media series Wine, Food & Friends with Karen MacNeil and Moneywise with Kelvin Boston. She is currently directing The Mosque in Morgantown, a PBS documentary about how the debate over reform in Islam plays out in one small West Virginia Muslim community. She is the principal of Version One Productions, a television production company based in Washington, DC.
John Sorensen is senior producer at New River Media. He is a producer of the new public television series Wine, Food & Friends with Karen MacNeil and senior producer of the award-winning PBS weekly series Think Tank with Ben Wattenberg. Other New River Media production credits include The Giving Boom: How the New Philanthropy Will Change America and The First Measured Century. Before joining New River, Sorensen worked in Chicago as a writer, producer, and editor on several documentaries for TLC and A&E television including the series American Justice and Biography. His two-hour A&E special J. Edgar Hoover: Personal and Confidential won a Bronze Chris Award at the 1999 Columbus International Film Festival. He has also produced several independent documentaries including The Road to Yucca Mountain, a look at the proposed nuclear waste storage site near Las Vegas.
PRODUCED BY NEW RIVER MEDIA, INC.
New River Media, Inc. is an independent company based in Washington, DC that specializes in the development, production and distribution of documentary, series and educational television programming.
Founded in 1992 by Andrew Walworth, New River Media has become a leading producer for PBS, with more than 200 hours of documentary and series programming to its credit. Recent PBS productions include Traveling Smart with Rudy Maxa (March, 2002), The Big Band Sound of WWII (August, 2001), the one-hour documentaries The Giving Boom (June 2001) and Art Under The Radar (August 2001), and the three-hour prime-time documentary series The First Measured Century (December, 2000).
New River Media produces two ongoing weekly PBS series: Think Tank with Ben Wattenberg and Moneywise with Kelvin Boston. In 1997, New River produced the highly acclaimed PBS weekly series Follow The Money, a weekly report on the Senate campaign finance hearings.
New River Media's producers have worked in countries all over the world, including The United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Canada, Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Mexico, Tanzania and Japan. In its Washington offices, the company operates two state-of-the-art digital edit suites and a broadcast-quality graphics station.
New River Media's projects have secured major financial support from The Corporation For Public Broadcasting (CPB) and the PBS Challenge Fund, as well as leading foundations and corporations, including ADM, Amgen, BMW, Budweiser, Ford, General Motors, Pfizer, Eli Lilly, TIAA-Creff, T. Rowe Price, The Bradley Foundation, The JM Foundation, The Pew Charitable Trusts, The John M. Olin Foundation, The Donner Canadian Foundation, The Lyn & Norman Lear Foundation, The Templeton Foundation, The US/Japan Foundation, and The Randolph Foundation.
In 1994, New River Media launched a home video division, which produces original programming and represents a library of programs from leading international producers.