Chris Hastings’ passion for television started at age 10 when he produced Kids News, a daily news show at his elementary school outside Philadelphia. After college, he became a founding team member in the development and production of Black Entertainment Television’s award-winning BET Tonight with Tavis Smiley. A 14-year veteran at WGBH, Hastings began with the children television’s program ZOOM and eventually evolved to his New England Emmy award-winning work at the WGBH Lab, an innovative incubator for up-and-coming filmmakers. He joined the WORLD Channel in 2011 as interim managing producer.
Hastings is now the Executive Producer and Editorial Manager of Content for WORLD Channel and WORLDChannel.org. He oversees content development, acquisition, and production, as well as executing the day-to-day operations of the channel under the leadership of the general manager. As Executive Producer he is co-curator of the award-winning documentary program “America Reframed,” and “Local, USA” and “Your Voice, Your Story.” “America ReFramed” has already won three Telly Awards and a Gracie honor for “outstanding series” featuring programming for and by women. The series has been nominated for a national News and Documentary Emmy and by the International Documentary Association for Best Curated Documentary Series.
He has presented at various conferences, including Integrated Media Association, MiT5 at MIT, The Achievement Gap Initiative at Harvard University, Silver Docs Festival, AFI Festival, and SXSW Film Festival. Hastings is a regular collaborator and content advisor to National Black Programming Consortium, Vision Maker Media, Pacific Islanders in Communication, American Documentary, Inc., and National Association of Latino Independent Producers. He also served as a juror for the Center for Asian American Media CAAM Fest 2015.
A native of the Philadelphia region, Hastings received his BA from Kutztown State University of Pennsylvania and has an MA in Film from American University. Hastings is also an alumnus of The Partnership Inc., a Boston-based leadership incubator for executives of color from across the country.