Producer Bios
David Grubin
David Grubin

DAVID GRUBIN

David Grubin is a producer, director, writer and cinematographer who has won every major award in his field, including three George Foster Peabody awards, two Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards and nine Emmy Awards.

As a writer, he has won an Emmy Award and received four awards from the Writers Guild.
As a director, he has received three Emmy Award nominations.
As a cinematographer, he has received one Emmy Award and five Emmy Award nominations.

As the president of David Grubin Productions, Inc., Mr. Grubin has produced more than 100 films on subjects ranging from history to art and poetry to science.

Mr. Grubin’s biographies of American presidents for “American Experience” on PBS have been widely acclaimed:

  • FDR,” his four-and-a-half-hour biography of Franklin Roosevelt, has won many prizes, including awards from the International Documentary Association, the American Historical Association and the National Education Association.
  • LBJ,” his four-hour biography of Lyndon Johnson, won the Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Award among many other prizes and was chosen as one of the best documentaries of 1992 by The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Newsday and People magazine.
  • TR: The Story of Theodore Roosevelt,” his four-hour biography of Theodore Roosevelt, won a host of awards including two Emmy Awards and a Christopher Award. 
  • Truman,” his four-and-a-half-hour biography of the 33rd president, received a Primetime Emmy Award and the Writers Guild Award for best documentary script.
  • Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided,” his six-hour biography of the Lincolns, has won many prizes and wide acclaim from critics across the country.

Some of Mr. Grubin’s recent films for television include:

Mr. Grubin’s five-part series for PBS, “Healing and the Mind with Bill Moyers,” has won many awards, and the companion book, for which he was executive editor, rose to number one on The New York Times Best Sellers list, remaining on the list for 32 weeks.

His four-hour series for PBS, “Destination America,” was named the best nonfiction program of 2005 by John Leonard of New York Magazine. His biography of Marie Antoinette, for which he won his fourth Writer’s Guild Award, premiered at Versailles in October 2005 and aired on PBS in September 2006. Currently Mr. Grubin is producing a six-hour series for PBS, “THE JEWISH AMERICANS,” and, also for PBS, a three-hour series titled “The Mysterious Human Heart.”

A member of the executive committee of the Society of American Historians, Mr. 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 a member of the Directors Guild and the Writers Guild and serves on the board of directors of the Film Forum.

He is married to the artist Joan Grubin and lives in New York City.

 

DALTON DELAN

Dalton Delan has been executive vice president and chief programming officer of WETA Washington, D.C., the major producing station for PBS and the flagship public television station in the nation’s capital, since 1998.  Delan directs WETA’s national production department, creating reality, history, science, lifestyle, performance, and news and public affairs programming.  His responsibilities also include overseeing syndication and marketing of WETA’s productions to the 349 PBS stations across the country, as well as work with cable networks.

Prior to joining WETA, Delan was executive vice president of programming and creative director for Sundance Channel, where he helped launch the channel for independent films in a highly competitive media environment.  There, Delan worked directly with network founder Robert Redford in developing the network’s creative vision.

Delan’s prior positions include senior vice president for programming and production at the Travel Channel in Atlanta, where he headed the relaunch of the network; director of program development at Lifetime Television in New York; director of documentary programming at Home Box Office; member of the producing staff of the ABC News Closeup documentary unit; and writer/editor with Time-Life Books.

Delan graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University.

 

JEFF BIEBER

Jeff Bieber is Vice President and Executive Producer for National News and Public Affairs programming at WETA. He is responsible for creating and managing weekly series, documentaries, specials and breaking news.  In April 2007, Bieber executive produced America at a Crossroads, a twelve-hour, six-night primetime series examining America’s war in Iraq, Afghanistan and against terrorism, five years after 9/11. Hosted by Robert MacNeil, production partners included The New York Times, Frontline, MacNeil/Lehrer Productions, ABC News, Newsweek and companies in London, New York, Toronto, Washington, DC and Los Angeles. Winner of the 2008 Columbia-DuPont Award for Jihad, the first program in the series, Crossroads was called “the most important and distinguished journalism to appear anywhere since 9/11” (Detroit Free Press). Forging media partnerships with David Grubin Productions, JTN Productions and WNET, Bieber helped create The Jewish Americans, broadcast in January 2008. Narrated by Liev Schrieber, this 6-hour broadcast, along with a companion book and website, examines 350 years of Jewish American history, from the first settlement in 1654 to present day. Bieber also oversees Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal. During the 2008 Election season, Washington Week will produce special audience road shows in nine cities around the country. Other programs and partnerships have included: Avoiding Armageddon, an 8-hour series called “…disturbing, frightening and must-see television (Scripps/Howard), examined weapons of mass destruction, produced in partnership with Ted Turner Productions; Rough Science, “the most fun anyone had learning science” (St. Louis Dispatch), a reality science series with the BBC; a series of dramatic films with HBO; Flashpoints, quarterly specials with Bryant Gumbel and Gwen Ifill; Unfiltered with Tucker Carlson; Nightly special reports covering 9/11, the War In Iraq, Supreme Court Hearings.

Prior to his current position, Bieber served as a producer, director and writer on numerous award winning documentaries, music specials and breaking news events. Awards include 2 Emmys, 6 CINE Golden Eagles, an Ohio State Award, Chris Award and New York Festivals Medal, and other accolades.  In a prior life, Bieber was a clarinetist freelancing with the Kennedy Center Orchestra, American Ballet Theatre, New York City Opera and other groups. Bieber has a Masters in Music from the Peabody Conservatory and a Bachelors of Music for the University of Maryland. He lives in Columbia, MD with his wife and two children.

 

JAY SANDERSON

Jay Sanderson has been a proven leader in television, the Arts, and the Jewish community for over 25 years. He has been the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Producer of JTN/JTN Productions since 1989.

JTN Productions is the leading producer of Jewish-themed programming in North America.  Its series and specials are aired nationally, by both broadcast and cable networks, and internationally, in countries including Canada, Israel, Hungary, China, and Panama.

Sanderson is the Executive Producer of the landmark six-hour PBS series The Jewish Americans scheduled to air January 2008, as well as a dynamic slate of documentaries, comedies and dramas currently in development.
This year under Jay’s entrepreneurial leadership, JTN Productions launched one of the internet’s first broadband channel www.jewishtvnetwork.com.

Sanderson has created, produced and written over 700 hours of award-winning television programming, including the powerful documentary on the effects of terrorism on average citizens, No Safe Place: Six Lives Forever Changed, narrated by Kelsey Grammer.  Among his other credits are a number of Public Television specials and series, including:  A Passover Celebration, A Chanukah Celebration, Simple Wisdom, Alef...Bet...Blast-off! (winner of a Parents’ Choice Award and nominated for a national Cable ACE Award), New Jewish Cuisine, The 92nd Street Y Presents, and HomeStyles.

Sanderson is a creative and visionary executive who raised over millions of dollars iand built one of Hollywood’s most esteemed Boards of Directors including Jeff Sagansky, Nina Tassler, Michael Lynton, Gary Newman, David Kissinger, Garry Hart and Gary Ginsberg.

Sanderson received his BA in Film from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication.  Sanderson is a popular speaker across the country.  His topics include "The Image of Jews on Television," "The News Media and the Jews," and "Israel and Its Public Image." He coordinated and served as a panelist for the USC/American Jewish Committee’s conference, “Jews in Prime-Time Television.”

 

STEPHEN SEGALLER

Stephen Segaller is director of news and public affairs programming at Thirteen/WNET, the flagship station of PBS and one of America's most prominent producers of noncommercial news and documentaries. He oversees the development and production of newsmagazines such as Religion & Ethics Newsweekly and NOW, documentary series such as Extreme Oil, Red Gold, and Local News, as well as the films of Frederick Wiseman and Roger Weisberg. In 2002, he created the primetime international documentary series Wide Angle, which has just completed its sixth season. His newest series is Exposé a weekly look at recent groundbreaking investigative journalism – which was recently honored with its first Emmy.  A journalist and television producer since 1975, Segaller has also written three books: on terrorism, analytical psychology, and the history of the Internet.