PAUL CONRAD: Drawing Fire


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Barbara Multer-Wellin

Barbara Multer-Wellin’s work as a documentary writer and producer has aired on HBO, Showtime, PBS, the Discovery Channel, UPN, Lifetime, Fit-TV, TBS and TLC. She most recently produced TAKING THE HEAT: The First Women Firefighters of New York City, narrated by Susan Sarandon, for the 2006 season of Independent Lens.

Multer-Wellin was nominated for two News and Documentary Emmy Awards (in writing and research) for HBO’s Violence: An American Tragedy. She also produced Funny Is Money: Comedy In The 20th Century, directed by Norman Jewison for Showtime; two seasons of The Justice Files, one of the Discovery Channel’s highest-rated series; 16 hours of global wildlife adventure for World Gone Wild: War Games for TBS; Speaking Of Women’s Health for Lifetime; and 13 hours of the fitness/nutrition makeover series Ultimate Goals for FitTV.

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Jeffrey Abelson

Jeffrey Abelson started his career producing, directing and editing high profile music videos, including eight number one MTV hits. He pioneered and popularized the hybrid “movie/music-video” format (from Ghostbusters to Terminator 2), resulting in this dual-use format becoming a staple of movie marketing campaigns.

More recently, Abelson has been producing, writing and editing documentaries, as well as developing feature films and television series, with projects set up at HBO Films, Showtime, PBS and the Disney Channel. Current projects include Love In Vain, a music-driven movie about blues legend Robert Johnson; The Cheese and the Worms, a dramatic feature to be directed by Werner Herzog; and RockZone, a TV series featuring Twilight Zone-style dramatizations of classic songs, launching with Bob Dylan's "Knockin’ On Heaven's Door."

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Tom Brokaw
NBC News Special Correspondent

On December 1, 2004, one of the most trusted and respected figures in broadcast journalism, Tom Brokaw, stepped down after 21 years as the anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News. Brokaw began his journalism career in 1962 at KMTV in Omaha, Nebraska. He anchored the late evening news in Atlanta before joining KNBC-TV in Los Angeles. He was hired by NBC News in 1966 and from 1976 to 1981 he anchored NBC News' Today program. In 2005, Brokaw returned to primetime with a series of hour-long documentaries, Tom Brokaw Reports.

Brokaw’s career has included many "firsts," including the first exclusive U.S. one-on-one interview with Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev, earning an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award. Brokaw was the first and only anchor to report from the scene the night the Berlin Wall fell, and was the first American anchor to travel to Tibet to report on human rights abuses and to conduct an interview with the Dalai Lama.

Brokaw's documentary reporting has been recognized with numerous awards, including several Peabody Awards, Emmy Awards, Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards and more. In 2003, NBC Nightly News was honored with the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award for Best Newscast, representing the program's fourth consecutive win in this category.

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