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Great Projects Film CompanyOff-site link is an independent award-winning production company in New York City.  Its projects explore subjects of historical, political, and cultural significance. Great Projects produced the Emmy®-nominated special THE TRIAL OF ADOLF EICHMANNOff-site link, a two-hour documentary for PBS that focused on issues similar to those in its current AMERICA AT A CROSSROADS production and which was seen by the judges and staff of the tribunal that tried Saddam Hussein.

Great Projects has won the Emmy® and was nominated for an Oscar®; its documentaries are created primarily for national PBS broadcast.  The company was founded in 1988.


Daniel B. Polin

Daniel B. Polin

Daniel B. Polin
Writer, Producer, Executive Producer

As president of Great Projects Film Company, Polin has been responsible for the production of more than two dozen nationally televised television programs, mostly for PBS.

He is executive producer of AMERICAN REBUILDS, the definitive three-part history of rebuilding at Ground Zero; the four-part GREAT PROJECTS; THE BUILDING OF AMERICA; MEDIA MATTERS, the PBS news magazine about journalism; and a series of art documentaries for PBS:  PICASSO PAINTS PICASSO, MICHELANGELO, RESTORED, and AN ESSAY ON MATISSE, which was nominated for an Academy Award®.

Among his writing and producing credits are CRUCIBLE OF EMPIRE: THE SPANISH-AMERICAN WAR; Emmy®-nominated THE TRIAL OF ADOLF EICHMANN; and GEORGE MARSHALL AND THE AMERICAN CENTURY, Emmy®-winner for Best Historical Program.

Polin lives in Manhattan with his family.

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Kenneth M. Mandel

Kenneth M. Mandel

Kenneth M. Mandel
Executive Producer

Mandel is co-founder of Great Projects Film Company. He is currently producing THE BUILDING OF ALASKA, the saga of the creation of Alaska’s infrastructure and public works, and ETHICANA, a fictional film about corruption in the construction industry.

Among his works are NJ2007, four programs about issues of concern to New Jersey citizens; RETURN TO GROUND ZERO, the story of the reconstruction at Ground Zero between 2001 and 2006; A YEAR AT GROUND ZERO, a 90-minute documentary about the recovery and clean-up the year after the attack of 9/11; GREAT PROJECTS: THE BUILDING OF AMERICA, a four-part series about the engineers, politicians and workers who created our nation's public works; Emmy® nominees RESISTANCE: UNTOLD STORIES OF JEWISH PARTISANS; Academy Award®-nominee AN ESSAY ON MATISSE; and Emmy® nominee GEORGE MARSHALL AND THE AMERICAN CENTURY.

Mandel lives in West Orange, NJ, with his wife.

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Elyse Steinberg

Elyse Steinberg

Elyse Steinberg
Writer, Director, Producer

Steinberg is a documentary filmmaker, currently on staff at Great Projects Film Company. She produced ETHICS IN GOVERNMENT, a roundtable discussion on ethical issues facing New Jersey government, and co-produced THE BATTLE OVER STEM CELL RESEARCH and TWO PRINCIPALS for New Jersey Public Television. She produced and wrote THE EAGLE SOARS, a documentary about Paul H. Nitze and the ship that was named in his honor.

Prior to joining the Great Projects team, Steinberg worked at Public Policy Productions and New Line Cinema and, for the September 11th Fund, produced an educational documentary about people who lived and worked in downtown Manhattan and were affected by 9/11.

Steinberg graduated from Brown University where she double-majored in English Literature and Modern Culture & Media. Born and raised in Manhattan, she now lives in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, with her fiancé.

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Andrew Morreale

Andrew Morreale

Andrew Morreale
Writer, Editor

A 20-year veteran of film and television, Morreale has produced and edited feature films and documentaries for theatrical release and broadcast on PBS, HBO, CBS, NBC, ABC, ESPN, TURNER and MTV. He is an Emmy® Award-winning editor.

Morreale’s credits include NINE INNINGS FROM GROUND ZERO, DARE TO DREAM, I HAVE TOURETTES, AND HAPPY TO BE NAPPY for HBO; LISTEN UP: THE LIVES OF QUINCY JONES for Warner Brothers; RESISTANCE: UNTOLD STORIES OF JEWISH PARTISANS and the Academy Award® nominated AN ESSAY ON MATISSE for PBS.

As a producer, Morreale co-produced and edited the HBO documentary UNCLE FRANK and GREAT PROJECTS: THE BUILDING OF AMERICA, a four part series for PBS. Most recently, he has been producing and editing THE WORLD SERIES OF POKER for ESPN.

Morreale lives in Garden City, Long Island, with his wife and three children.

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