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A Capitol Fourth

Backstage at A Capitol Fourth concert

The Production Team

On a live show the scale of A Capitol Fourth, hundreds of dedicated professionals and volunteers contribute to create an exciting and memorable event, as entertaining for audience members at the U.S. Capitol as it is for those at home.

Michael Colbert

Michael Colbert is the Executive Producer of two of television’s longest-running and multi-award winning live programs that commemorate America’s freedom and independence at the U.S. Capitol. A Capitol Fourth, America’s national Independence Day party, celebrates its 40th annual broadcast in 2020. The National Memorial Day Concert, which marks its 30th anniversary this year, has become the nation’s premier tribute to our men and women in uniform, their families at home, and all those who have given their lives for our country. Capital Concerts was founded by Michael’s father, Jerry Colbert, who passed away in January, 2017. Michael Colbert, who managed the organization in partnership with his father for over 20 years, continues to direct Capital Concerts year-round. He is the primary liaison with the over twenty government and non-governmental Washington agencies and organizations that contribute to the shows, and oversees the hundreds of television professionals who participate annually. In addition to his annual work on these patriotic events, Colbert’s credits include major national television specials on CBS, Fox, PBS and Comedy Central in locations ranging from Washington, DC, New York and Los Angeles to Nashville. He has also produced a wide range of major corporate events.

Paul Miller

Paul Miller is a veteran television director and producer whose credits include The Carol Burnett 50th Anniversary Special on CBS, The Country Music Awards, The Tony Awards,Saturday Night Live, Star Spangled Spectacular: A Celebration of the 200th Anniversary of our National Anthem, In Living Color and many specials and series for all the major broadcast and cable television networks. He won a 2016 Emmy Award as Executive Producer of It’s Your 50th Christmas, Charlie Brown. Paul has received an additional six Emmy nominations, and won for directing the Tony Awards and the ABC News coverage of the Inauguration of President Barrack Obama. He has also been nominated twice for the Directors Guild of America Award in the Musical/Variety category and won for directing the Tony Awards. Paul has directed the annual PBS broadcasts of A Capitol Fourth and the National Memorial Day Concert for the past twenty years. He is a partner in RickMill Productions, a Hollywood based entertainment company that has produced numerous series for Comedy Central as well as specials for HBO and Showtime.

Jon Macks

Jon Macks has written for Hollywood’s top television programs, including the most prestigious award shows, late night programs and television specials. From 1992 through February 2014 he was a staff writer for the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Macks has written for the Academy Awards twenty-one times, writing the show and for hosts Billy Crystal, Steve Martin, Hugh Jackman, Whoopi Goldberg and Chris Rock. He was also head writer for the 76th, 80th, 81st and 82nd and 90th Annual Academy Awards. Macks has written on twenty Emmy Awards, seven American Latino Media Awards, thirteen Academy of Country Music Awards and ten Golden Globe Awards. He’s been nominated for eight Emmy Awards for writing the Academy Awards, the Golden Globes and for writing and producing the Betty White 90th Birthday Special. In 2006, he received a Writers Guild Award nomination for his work on the 59th Annual Tony Awards and in 2014 he won the Writers Guild award for his work on the Golden Globes. He was also a creator and consulting producer for the HBO series K Street and is executive producer and writer of the Universal movie Little Leaguers. His television credits include ABC’s 50th Anniversary Special, Hollywood Squares, CBS’s 75th Anniversary Special and the Tony Awards. This is Macks’s fourteenth time writing for A Capitol Fourth.

Barr Weissman

Barr Weissman has produced and edited the documentary segments for the National Memorial Day Concert since 1998. Mr. Weissman edited and helped produce several independent documentaries; including the Academy Award winning film, The Stonecarvers and Mr. Justice Brennan. He has directed and edited biographical films for the Kennedy Center Honors for CBS (including films on The Who, Mel Brooks, Bruce Springsteen and Tom Hanks). In addition, he has produced and edited documentaries for the Discovery Channel, National Geographic, NBC, PBS, and others. His work has been recognized by the Emmy’s, received awards at film festivals worldwide, and screened at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Weissman’s most recent film, The Secret To A Happy Ending has screened at film festivals and theaters world-wide and received 4 stars from Rolling Stone. In 2016, Mr. Weissman produced and edited 10 films for the Musical Crossroads gallery at the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. A native Washingtonian, Mr. Weissman produced and independently distributed two critically acclaimed documentaries about the city - Home: The Langston Terrace Dwellings and A View From The Street: The Art Of Lily Spandorf.