Kathy Eldon was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. After graduating from Wellesley College, she worked as an art teacher, television presenter, magazine editor, journalist, media consultant and a television and film producer in Kenya, England and the United States. She has written sixteen books on a variety of subjects including "Angel Catcher, a Journal of Loss and Remembrance," "Soul Catcher: a Journal to Help You Become Who You Really Are," and "Love Catcher, a Journal to Invite more Love in Your Life," all published by Chronicle Books. The journals were co-authored with her daughter Amy, who is her partner in Creative Visions, a television and film production company.
Kathy was the Executive Producer of the 1999 Emmy-nominated Turner Broadcasting documentary, "Dying to tell the Story," about journalists who risk their lives to do their jobs, which was conceived of, and presented by Amy Eldon. In 1999, Kathy executive produced a one-hour CNN documentary, "Soldiers of Peace: A Children's Crusade," about the Colombian children's peace movement, nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Both films were distributed internationally to more than 220 countries.
Kathy and Amy also produced a half-hour pilot, "Global Trek: In Search of New Lebanon," for CNN International. In 1997, Kathy edited "The Journey is the Destination," a collection of journal pages from her late son, Dan. Kathy and Amy have collaborated on "Stay in Touch," a communications program for children, and are the founders of the Creative Visions Foundation, which helps fund young writers, journalists and photographers who wish to produce commercial projects with a social, humanitarian or environmental focus.
Amy Eldon was born in England, grew up in Kenya, and has traveled to more than 40 countries. She is a 1997 graduate of Boston University's College of Communications, where she conceived the idea for the documentary, "Dying to tell the Story." She presented the idea to Turner Broadcasting and became the Associate Producer and Presenter for the two-hour Emmy-nominated film, which also won both Director's Guild of America and Independent Spirit nominations, and was selected as the "best documentary on television" by the National Headliners Association. Amy co-produced and co-hosted "Global Trek: In Search of New Lebanon," a half-hour travel program for CNN International, and co-produced "Soldiers of Peace: A Children's Crusade."
Host and Co-Producer
Amy is the co-author of three books, "Soul Catcher: A Journal to Help you Become Who you Really Are," "Angel Catcher: A Journal of Loss and Remembrance" and "Love Catcher: A Journal to Invite more Love into your Life," and is the author of "Angel Catcher for Kids", published in September 2002, by Chronicle Books. Amy is the 2001 recipient of the Distinguished Young Alumnae Award from Boston University and the 2002 recipient of the Crystal Eagle Award from the American School in London.
A writer, producer and director, Kyra Thompson was recently nominated for an Emmy, a DGA award and an Independent Spirit award for her work on "Dying to Tell the Story." Thompson was also nominated for an Emmy and won an Ace award for her work on the landmark series "A Century of Women." She was nominated for another Ace award for "The Good, the Bad and the Beautiful," which aired on TNT. Among many other credits, Thompson directed the critically acclaimed "Soldiers of Peace," about a group of Nobel Peace Prize nominated children from Colombia. Most recently, Thompson completed "Stand Up: A Summer at Comedy Camp," which aired on PBS in August of 2002.
Writer and Producer
Multi-award-winning Tom McMahon started his career as a soundman/cameraman working overseas for NBC News. After traveling through Asia, Russia, and Europe, shooting and editing stories for NBC Nightly News; he was posted to the Moscow Bureau to cover the news and events surrounding the death of Soviet president Leonid Brezhenev. A stint at the NBC Burbank Bureau followed, including editing, producing and writing segments for NBC magazine shows. Tom has since served as Vice President and supervising producer for Turner Original Productions, the documentary division of Turner Broadcasting which produced the Emmy and Oscar nominated documentary, "Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream." In 1998, Tom founded Original Productions, an independent production company in Los Angeles, which produced seven one-hour films for the Discovery Channel's "On the Inside" series.
Born in Taiwan, Charles Tsai grew up in Thailand, Malawi and the United States before moving to Vancouver, Canada, where he is now based. Charles spent six years working for CNN as writer, producer and reporter for various news programs, including the newsmagazine NewsStand, and the educational newscast, Newsroom. He first teamed up with Kathy and Amy in 1997, when Dan Eldon's journals inspired him to produce "The Art of Life: Dan Eldon in Africa," a 12-minute feature story for CNN Newsroom. In 1999, Charles took to the high seas and produced/reported a ten-part educational series that followed the ship-based travels of 625 students enrolled in a unique academic program called Semester at Sea. The Millennium Voyage series took audiences on a rare journey to ten countries to examine the critical issues facing our world at the turn of the century.
Field and Web Producer
Allan Palmer was born in England and began his career as a still photographer. His credits include Vogue and the London Sunday Times Magazine. Switching to television, he worked as a film editor before becoming a documentary film cameraman. Joining the London bureau of CBS 60 Minutes and later with NBC News London he covered numerous assignments in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the former Soviet Union. After moving to New York he began a freelance career shooting long form documentaries for PBS, BBC, and many other American and British companies.
Twice nominated for an Emmy for outstanding cinematography Allan now lives in Los Angeles with his wife Marti. He recently directed a six-hour series for WGBH on American art museums and is currently working on the critically acclaimed NBC/Wolf Films series "Crime & Punishment."
Director of Photography
In addition to her continued work on GlobalTribe, Claire Scanlon is proud to work on other socially and politically relevant projects. Among her most recent are "Soldiers of Peace," a CNN documentary following Colombian children nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, and "Stand Up: A Summer at Comedy Camp," a documentary for PBS about kids from group and foster homes learning to talk about their problems through comedy. Claire works regularly with such networks as HBO, Fox, ABC, and the Discovery Channel.
Chris Roe is an award-winning filmmaker and graphic designer. After traveling around the world with his family for a year at age 11, Chris teamed up with his father again 18 years later to retrace their path - this time armed with a camera and with the intent of speaking with other fathers and sons along the way. What resulted was the multiple award-winning, critically acclaimed feature documentary, titled "Pop & Me" (Academy Award® semi-finalist, winner of 6 international film festivals, featured on Oprah, People Magazine, distributed by MGM, now on video and DVD). As a graphic designer Chris specializes in high-end broadcast and interactive design, creating powerful motion graphic pieces for film, television, CD-ROM, DVD and web applications. Clients include Fox, Apple Computer, CBS, PBS, Disney, and MTV among others. More info available at www.chrisroe.net.