For nearly three decades, David Elisco has built a reputation as a producer and executive known for rigorous science filmmaking with a distinctive visual flare. His work largely focuses on the intersection of biology and conservation science, and it has appeared on PBS, NBC, Discovery Channel, and National Geographic. Some highlights include Strange Days on Planet Earth, hosted by Academy Award nominee Edward Norton; The Shape of Life, an eight-hour series for PBS and, most recently, Your Inner Fish — also for PBS — a three-hour special based on the best-selling book by Neil Shubin.
Award-winning filmmaker James Barrat has created blue-chip documentary specials for National Geographic, Discovery, History, PBS, and many other broadcasters in the U.S. and Europe. Barrat's films cut across cultures and epochs to tell deeply human narratives of science, archeology, and adventure. Some highlights include The Gospel of Judas, Herod's Lost Tomb, and Rise: The Promise of My Brother's Keeper. Barrat is the author of a groundbreaking nonfiction book about artificial intelligence entitled Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era, a Huffington Post Definitive Tech Book of 2013.
Dennis Liu has been producing media aimed at revealing the wonder, power, and joy of scientific discovery for over 20 years. Prior to his current role heading up a film and multimedia production team, he has worked with PBS on numerous programs and projects, including NOVA ScienceNow, NOVA Labs, The Fred Friendly Seminars, Annenberg Learner, PBS LearningMedia, and Gorongosa Park: Rebirth of Paradise.
Sean Carroll is Vice President for Science Education of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the architect of HHMI's science filmmaking initiative. Carroll has served as executive producer and/or on-screen presenter of more than a dozen films including Mass Extinction (Smithsonian Channel) and What Darwin Never Knew (NOVA, PBS). An award-winning author and leading expert on genetics and evolution, Carroll is also the Allan Wilson Professor of Molecular Biology and Genetics at the University of Wisconsin, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences.