Abigail E. Disney is an executive producer of Women, War & Peace, producer of the film Pray the Devil Back to Hell and writer on Peace Unveiled, the third film in the series about Afghanistan. Her longtime passion for women’s issues and peacebuilding led her to producing films. She has executive produced films that address various social issues, including Family Affair, Playground, Sun Come Up (Academy Award® Nominee 2011, Best Documentary Short) and Return, and is involved in several more films in various stages of development and production.
Disney also co-founded the Daphne Foundation, which works with low-income communities in the five boroughs of New York City. Her work in philanthropy, women’s engagement and leadership, and conflict resolution has been recognized through the Epic Award from the White House Project, the Changing the Landscape for Women Award from the Center for the Advancement of Women, and the prestigious International Advocate for Peace (IAP) Award from the Cardozo Law School’s Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution.
In addition, Disney holds degrees from Yale, Stanford, and Columbia. She has been a judge at the Tribeca Film Festival, sits on the advisory board of ITVS’s groundbreaking initiative, Women and Girls Lead, and is a sought-after public speaker. She frequently travels around the country and across the globe to deliver keynote addresses, commencement speeches and lectures, and has participated in panels in diverse locations such as The Hague, Davos, the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) and at dozens of universities and community centers. She is a member of the Writers Guild of America.
As WIDE ANGLE’s series producer for its first 6 seasons, then executive producer for its 7th, Hogan oversaw 70 hours of documentaries filmed in 50 countries. She has originated such films as Time for School (Gabriel Award, Overseas Press Club Citation, IDA Nominee), a 12-year exploration of the lives of seven children in seven countries who are struggling to get a basic education; and the Emmy Award-winning Ladies First, about the role of women in re-building post-genocide Rwanda. She also directed WIDE ANGLE’s post-film interviews, including conversations with Arundhati Roy, James A. Baker IIIrd, Joseph Stiglitz, Leon Panetta, Susan Rice, and George Mitchell.
Hogan was previously director of National Geographic Television’s international co-productions, garnering numerous Emmys. Other credits include: Senior Producer, Earth on Edge, a Bill Moyers environmental special; and Field Producer, NBC’s Peabody Award-winning To Be An American about a Cambodian family’s first year in the U.S. after fleeing the Khmer Rouge. She collaborated with Harvard physicist Peter Galison on the independent film Ultimate Weapon about the secret debate over whether to build the H-bomb; and with Connie Shulman on a recent personal film, Looks Like Laury, Sounds Like Laury. She has been a judge, panelist, and featured speaker at Harvard’s Askwith Forum, Brown’s Watson Institute, the Asia Society, USAID, the U.N., Wildscreen, ITVS’s International Call, and Docuclub NY. Hogan holds degrees from Harvard and Columbia, and is a member of the Directors Guild of America and the Writers Guild of America.
Gini Reticker is an executive producer of Women, War & Peace and directed both Pray the Devil Back to Hell and the third film in the series about Afghanistan, Peace Unveiled. Reticker is one of the world’s leading documentary filmmakers putting a lens on the real-life dramatic stories of women’s rights and international social justice issues.
Reticker produced Asylum, the 2004 Academy Award®-nominated short focusing on the story of a Ghanaian woman who fled female genital mutilation to seek political asylum in the U.S.; and was the producer/co-director of 1994 Sundance Award-winning Heart of the Matter, the first full length documentary about the impact of HIV on women in the U.S. She produced and directed the 2005 Emmy Award-winning documentary Ladies First for the PBS series WIDE ANGLE, which focuses on the role of women in rebuilding post-genocide Rwanda. She also garnered an Emmy for directing and producing Out of the Darkness, focusing on women and depression. For WIDE ANGLE she has also directed The Class of 2006, which spotlights the first fifty women in Morocco to graduate from an imam academy in Rabat.
Other credits include: Producer: A Decade Under the Influence, a look at the heyday of 1970s filmmakers, winner of a National Review Board Award and an Emmy nomination for Best Documentary; Director: In the Company of Women, IFC’s spotlight on women in Hollywood; Co-Producer: The Betrayal, Nerakhoon, Ellen Kuras and Thavisouk Phravasath’s brilliant portrayal of a Laotian refugee family’s epic tale of survival and resilience, 2009 nominee for both an Academy Award and Independent Spirit Award; Executive Producer: Live Nude Girls Unite, Julia Query and Vicki Funari’s raucous look at the successful union organizing efforts of San Francisco-based strippers. Reticker is member of both the Directors Guild of America and the Writers Guild of America.
Nina Chaudry is the senior producer of Women, War & Peace and co-producer of the last film in the series, War Redefined. She also oversees the Women, War & Peace website. As a senior member of PBS’s Emmy-winning foreign affairs documentary series WIDE ANGLE, she oversaw the production of more than 40 documentaries, covering issues such as the drug-fueled corruption in Colombia, the challenges to fostering democracy in Afghanistan, and efforts to reduce maternal mortality in sub-Saharan Africa.
She reported from Turkey about the rise of the conservative middle class and from India about the cultural impact of outsourcing and the epidemic of suicides among farmers. During her two-season tenure as WIDE ANGLE’s senior producer, the series garnered three Emmy nominations and two Overseas Press Club awards. In 2008, she launched WIDE ANGLE’s first online-exclusive series of documentary shorts called Focal Point, which was nominated for a Webby award.
Chaudry travels internationally to documentary forums, festivals and markets; has been a judge and panelist for the Independent Filmmaker Project, Silverdocs, POV, among others; and is as an advisor on a feature documentary about floating schools and solar power in Bangladesh. In addition to her documentary work, Chaudry was a senior editor for a national women’s health magazine; reported for The New York Times; produced a women’s health website for Lifetime Television; and performs voiceovers. She holds degrees from Columbia College and the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and is a member of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.
Peter Bull, producer of War Redefined, is an independent documentary filmmaker and Emmy award-winning producer of documentaries for PBS, ABC News, Discovery, CNBC, among others. In 2010, he released his first feature documentary, Dirty Business: ‘Clean Coal’ and the Battle for Our Energy Future, produced by the Center of Investigative Reporting (CIR). Bull’s other most recent projects include Hot Politics, a one-hour documentary about the politics of global warming for PBS/Frontline, and Money-Driven Medicine about health care reform released in 2009, co-produced with Alex Gibney and Gabriel Films. From 2002-2004 he served as senior producer of the weekly PBS newsmagazine NOW with Bill Moyers and produced several documentaries for Moyers, including The Net@Risk about network neutrality and A Question of Fairness about economic inequality and the deregulation of the financial markets. He was a staff producer in the long form unit at ABC News from 1993 to 2002, where he produced Hopkins 24/7 and worked on the series The Century w/ Peter Jennings, Turning Point, PrimeTime and 20/20. He has won four Emmys and many other awards, including a DuPont/Columbia Silver Baton, an Edward R. Murrow award and awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Society of Environmental Journalists.
Johanna Hamilton, co-producer of Pray the Devil Back to Hell, has produced non-fiction programs for PBS, The History Channel, National Geographic, A&E, BBC, Discovery Channel and The Washington Post/Newsweek Productions, including September’s Children, a documentary for PBS exploring how children around the world are affected by terrorism and war. She began her career in the dramatic build-up to the 1994 first all-race elections in South Africa, working on Nelson Mandela’s election campaign. She went on to work on the country’s premier investigative magazine program, Carte Blanche, based on the CBS show 60 Minutes, broadcast throughout Africa. She has worked all over Africa, Europe and North America and received numerous awards for her work. She holds a BA in History and French from the University of London and a Masters in Broadcast Journalism from New York University.
Claudia Rizzi, producer of Peace Unveiled, is a print journalist and a documentary producer with 20 years of experience covering Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Over the past decade, she collaborated with the PBS series Frontline on numerous films, including the award-winning Ghosts of Rwanda and The Age of AIDS. Most recently, she was an investigative reporter and Middle East field producer on the HBO documentary film, Sergio, which won the editing award at Sundance 2009 and was short-listed for the 2010 Academy Awards. Before teaming up with PBS in 1999, she was based in Southeast Asia, where she reported on subjects ranging from human rights violations in Burma to the end of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia.
Oriana Zill, producer of The War We Are Living, is an award-winning investigative journalist and documentary filmmaker with more than 15 years of experience in network, public and cable television. Zill is the producer and writer of numerous Frontline and Frontline/World documentaries, including The Card Game (2009), Black Money (2009), Crimes at the Border (2008), A Dangerous Business Revisited (2008), The Enemy Within (2006), The Lawless Sea (2002) and Drug Wars (2000), which was awarded the Peabody Award and an Emmy award. She has produced segments for PBS’s Expose and NOW with Bill Moyers. She is also the producer, director and writer of a CIR/Latino Public Broadcasting documentary Nuestra Familia/Our Family, about Latino gangs in California’s farm towns, which aired nationally on PBS in 2006 and was awarded a 2006 IRE Medal for Crime Reporting and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists Documentary Award. She was senior producer on numerous other national documentary projects at the Center for Investigative Reporting from 2003 to 2008.
Lauren Feeney is the Senior Web Producer for Women, War & Peace. An award-winning documentary filmmaker and multimedia journalist, Lauren’s reporting has taken her from the crime-infested streets of west Philadelphia to the mountains of northern Pakistan. Her work has been featured on PBS and PBS.org, Al Jazeera English, newyorktimes.com, motherjones.com and The Huffington Post, among others. Before joining Women, War & Peace, Lauren was the senior editor for PBS’s Need to Know and the senior multimedia producer for PBS’s Wide Angle. While at Wide Angle, she produced an online-exclusive series of documentary shorts called Focal Point, which was nominated for a Webby award. Lauren is a graduate of Bard College and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.