PETER SCHNALL: Producer / Director / Cinematography
National EMMY Award-winner Peter Schnall is well known
for his insightful and imaginative camerawork and
for bringing a wide variety of challenging subjects to
life on film. Peter is often cited as one of today’s top
As President and Executive Producer of PARTISAN PICTURES, Schnall
is developing and producing films for PBS, The Discovery
Channel, National Geographic Television / Channels, History Channel,
France’s VM Productions as well as PARTISAN’s own independent
Recently, Peter and PARTISAN journeyed with Oprah Winfrey for
a month in South Africa -- a hard-hitting program on AIDS and children
for her network show -- and entered the secret denizens of NATO
and the United States Department of Defense for a high-level internal
film (if we tell you about it, we’ll have to kill you).
After three years in production Peter and the folks at PARTISAN
PICTURES completed their first independent feature doc, this
is a game ladies. Winner at several film festivals, including the
first annual AFI Silverdocs Festival, the film will air nationally
on PBS in 2004.
Lecturer, roller-skater and father of two, Peter was chosen by
the EASTMAN KODAK COMPANY as one of 14 television professionals
from around the world to participate in their industry-wide distributed
promotional DVD, “EXPOSED” -- personal thoughts on
filmmaking and a comparison of film and electronic capture.
Prior to establishing PARTISAN PICTURES, Peter served as Senior
Producer for National Geographic Television’s weekly two-hour
magazine show Explorer. His beat for Explorer was real people,
adventure, history and exploration films.
Peter’s awards include two EMMY Awards for Outstanding Informational,
Cultural, or Historical Programming for Search for Battleship
Bismarck and Last Voyage of the Lusitania. He also received EMMY Awards
for Cinematography for his docs Tango! and Don’t Even Think
of Parking Here.
Peter’s other highly-rated and award winning films include
New York Firefighters: The Brotherhood of September 11th, Air Force
One, Diamonds of War, In Search of Liberty Bell 7, Zaire River
Journey, Sunset: Boulevard of Dreams, Mystery of the Crop Circles,
Yanomami Homecoming, Warriors of the Golden Gate and Volga: The
Soul of Russia.
HILARY SIO: Executive Producer / Head
of Story Development
Hilary Sio joined PARTISAN PICTURES in
1997. As head of Story Development, Hilary develops projects with
including Discovery, National Geographic, PBS, BBC,
The History Channel, TLC and A&E. She developed Lost
Liners and Firestorm: The Smokejumper’s Story and directed research for Air
Force One and the Emmy-nominated The Battle for Midway. Ms. Sio has been
Executive or Supervising Producer on shows such as Russia:
Land of the Tzars, Diamonds, Crime Scene Clean Up I & II, Surviving
Suicide: Those Left Behind and PARTISAN’S independent film
This is a Game Ladies to air on PBS in 2004. She wrote
New York Firefighters: The Brotherhood of September 11th and co-wrote
on the Pentagon. Sio is currently Executive Producer
on eight up-coming hours for National Geographic Channel including:
How I Really Found
the Titanic, Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Mystique,
Protecting the President, and Sea Spies.
Since 1990, Hilary has been represented by the Watkins Loomis
Literary Agency. Her fiction has been published in Bomb, American
Short Fiction, Confrontations, Threepenny Review and other magazines.
Her short story Figures was broadcast nationwide on National Public
Radio's Selected Shorts.
TRACEY BARRY: Producer
Tracey Barry joined PARTISAN PICTURES in
2000 as a Producer for this is a game ladies, a feature documentary
for PBS, which won
the Audience Award at the AFI/Silverdocs Film Festival
and the Best Documentary at the Ft. Lauderdale Film Festival. Most
Tracey wrote and produced The Kennedy Mystique: Creating
Camelot for National Geographic Channel. Other producing credits
NYPD: Life on the Street and Attack on the Pentagon:
9/11 for Discovery Channel and Airship
Disasters for History Channel.
She independently produced and directed My Name is Goodtime
which was featured at the Memphis Film Festival in 2002. In 2002,
she also filed bi-monthly reports about the American music scene
for Gideon Coe’s 6 MUSIC program for BBC Radio.
In 1999, she created and co-produced, If I Get Out Alive, a one-hour
radio documentary about juveniles in the adult prison system, narrated
by Diane Keaton and broadcast on over 250 National Public
Radio stations across the country. Funded by the Macarthur, Soros and
Butler Foundations, the program has won first place awards from
the Casey Journalism Center at the University of Maryland, the
National Headliners Association and the National Council on Crime
and Delinquency. Tracey is an honors graduate of Vassar College.