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Show Credits

Executive Producer John Siceloff

Senior Editor David Brancaccio

Director Ellen Spiro

Producers Mary Olive Smith, Ellen Spiro

Supervising Producer Karen Bernstein

Editor José Flores

Line Producer Steve Bennett

Associate Producers Chelsea Hernandez, Kimberly Hall

Assistant Editor Chelsea Hernandez

Edit Room Assistants Lacey Triplett, Angela O’Donnell

Sound Design/Original Music Kevin Schneider

Additional Editing Naomi Spiro

Post Production Supervisors Susanne Kraft, Keefe Boerner, Jeremy Gruy

Post Production Coordinator Naomi Spiro

Motion Designer Garrett Johnston

Animators Travis Benn, Deepak Chetty, Jason Archer

Director of New Media Karin Kamp

Web Developer Jeremy Hinsdale

Original Music By Eliza Gilkyson, from the album “Beautiful World”

The Team

John Siceloff, Executive Producer
John Siceloff helped create and launch NOW in January 2002 and served as executive producer of the weekly PBS show through the end of its run in April 2010. He has worked as executive producer, senior producer, producer, and correspondent at: PBS, ABC News, NBC News, and CBS News. Siceloff is the recipient of six national Emmy awards, the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism, and the Edward Murrow award for Best International Documentary. Siceloff's work with ABC News covering the aftermath of 9/11 received the Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia Award and the Peabody award. He is the author of Your America—Democracy’s Local Heroes (Palgrave-Macmillan 2008).

David Brancaccio, Senior Editor
David Brancaccio is Special Correspondent for the Economy 4.0 project on American Public Media's Marketplace. David hosted NOW on PBS from 2005-2010. Prior to that he co-achored NOW with veteran journalist Bill Moyers, after a decade as host of Marketplace. His work has earned highest honors in broadcast journalism, including the Peabody, the Columbia-duPont, the Emmy, and the Walter Cronkite awards. David has contributed to BBC World News America, CNN, CNBC and MSNBC. He is author of the book Squandering Aimlessly, a nationwide odyssey to speak to Americans about money and values.

Ellen Spiro, Director and Producer
Ellen Spiro is Guggenheim fellow and Emmy Award winning filmmaker who has created innovative and socially engaged documentaries for over two decades. She is a two-time Rockefeller fellow, National Endowment for the Arts fellow and winner of The Foundation of American Women in Radio and Television's Gracie Award for both Outstanding Director and Outstanding Documentary (Troop 1500). Her most recent film, Body of War (with Phil Donahue), won Best Documentary from the prestigious National Board of Review and was short-listed for an Oscar nomination. It premiered at the Toronto Film Festival where it won an audience award and was broadcast on the Sundance Channel to wide critical acclaim.  Spiro's award-wining films have been broadcast and screened in film festivals worldwide and are housed in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Peabody Collection of the Museum of Television and Radio and the New York Public Library.  Her films include Diana's Hair Ego (PBS), Greetings From Out Here (PBS), Roam Sweet Home (PBS), Atomic Ed and the Black Hole (HBO)Are the Kids Alright? (PBS)Troop 1500 (PBS) and Body of War (National Theatrical Release, Sundance Channel national broadcast).  Spiro is a Professor at the University of Texas @ Austin Dept. of Radio-TV-Film.

Mary Olive Smith, Producer and Cinematographer
Emmy-award winning director, producer and cinematographer, Mary Olive Smith has made prime-time documentaries for major broadcasters including PBS, the Discovery Channel, National Geographic and the History Channel.  Her feature-length directorial debut, "A Walk to Beautiful", about five women in Ethiopia who seek a cure for severe childbirth injuries, won numerous festival awards, aired on NOVA/PBS and was released theatrically in New York and Los Angeles.  She's currently coordinating producer for a Discovery Channel series called "Dual Survival" and is in production on her next independent documentary feature about a cheerleading squad of teens with special needs. 

Karen Bernstein, Supervising Producer
Emmy and Grammy award-winning producer Karen Bernstein has spent over 20 years working for and with some of the most prestigious producer/ directors in the documentary field, including Susan Lacy (PBS American Masters), Charlotte Zwerin (PBS American Masters), Helen Whitney (PBS American Masters and Frontline), Henry Hampton (Blackside), Ellen Spiro and Phil Donahue (Body of War).


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