This film is a Brook Lapping Production in association with the Aspen Institute Berlin. Brook Lapping has been described by The Wall Street Journal as '”the acme, the Rolls-Royce” of documentary makers. With a string of Emmys, duPonts and Peabody awards, the London-based company has made some of the most memorable and highly-praised television of recent years, including ELUSIVE PEACE, FALL OF MILOSEVIC, THE DEATH OF YUGOSLAVIA, MAGGIE: THE FIRST LADY, FINEST HOUR, HOSTAGE and THE FLIGHT THAT FOUGHT BACK.
Phil Craig has worked at Brook Lapping as a producer, series producer and executive producer for the past seven years. Phil has produced highly-acclaimed and high-rated documentary series including his account of Britain in 1940, FINEST HOUR, for BBC and PBS and, HOSTAGE for C4 and PBS, the story of the Beirut hostage crisis of the 1980s and 90s. Phil, a Cambridge history graduate, is also a part-time historian and the co-author of three popular history books, FINEST HOUR, END OF THE BEGINNING and TRAFALGAR: THE MEN, THE BATTLE, THE STORM.
Phil’s recent productions include HI-TECH WAR, a documentary for PBS about the US invasion of Iraq, ACE IN THE HOLE, a documentary for Discovery about the capture of Saddam Hussein, THE FLIGHT THAT FOUGHT BACK, an Emmy-nominated docudrama for Discovery about United Airlines Flight 93, a biography of CATHERINE THE GREAT for numerous international broadcasters including PBS and BLOG WARS, a documentary on political blogging for the Sundance Channel and BBC STORYVILLE.
David Alter is a documentary filmmaker with over a decade’s experience of making programs for BBC, Channel 4, PBS and Discovery. Recent work includes THE SAGO MINE DISASTER and ACE IN THE HOLE about the capture of Saddam Hussein. Previously he co-produced BLAIR’S WAR, a Frontline special about the partnership between Tony Blair and George Bush in the run up to the war in Iraq. He interviewed Tony Blair and former Prime Minister John Major for the award-winning series ENDGAME IN IRELAND, for which he was also the first television journalist to speak to individuals behind some of the most infamous acts of violence in that conflict.
At Brook Lapping Productions Alter also worked on the BAFTA-nominated series ISRAEL AND THE ARABS before going on to cover a wide range of current affairs investigations, documentaries and drama-documentaries.
Dr. Jeffrey Gedmin
Executive Producer for the Aspen Institute Berlin
Dr. Jeffrey Gedmin has been the director of the Aspen Institute Berlin since November 2001 until March 2007. As director, Dr. Gedmin directed programs, gave lectures and media interviews, and wrote articles for a host of publications. His responsibilities also included fundraising, the budget of the Aspen Institute, personnel decisions, and facilitating relations with the institute's 38-member multinational board of directors.
Currently Jeffrey Gedmin serves as President and CEO of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in Prague.
Previously, Dr. Gedmin was a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington D.C., where he also served as executive director the New Atlantic Initiative (NAI), a coalition of international institutes, politicians, leading journalists, and business executives dedicated to the revitalization and expansion of the Atlantic community of democracies. NAI patrons included Henry Kissinger, Helmut Schmidt, Vaclav Havel and Margaret Thatcher. With NAI and the Aspen Institute Dr. Gedmin has organised conferences throughout Europe, the United States, the Middle East and in Turkey.
His articles on U.S. foreign policy and American public diplomacy have appeared in the Financial Times, New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Weekly Standard, Foreign Policy magazine, the National Interest, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Die Zeit, Daily Telegraph, London Times and elsewhere. Jeffrey Gedmin is currently a regular columnist for the German newspaper Die Welt.