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Norman S. Powell: Director

After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University, Norman S. Powell quickly ascended the ranks of the television industry, first as an assistant director, then unit production manager, production executive, producer, director, network executive and executive producer.

His impressive career has encompassed comedy series, drama series, movies-for-television, mini-series, feature films, long-form documentaries and documentary series. As a producer/director, his television series credits include the popular Lazurus Man starring Robert Urich, Orleans starring Larry Hagman and The Lot starring Holland Taylor. More recently, he produced 14 episodes of the second season of the popular Fox series 24 starring Kiefer Sutherland, for which he was nominated for an Emmy Award.

In feature films, Powell produced the now classic Nightdiggers starring Patricia Neal. As producer or executive producer, Powell’s numerous, movie-for-television credits include Convict Cowboy starring Jon Voight, Gunsmoke: One Man’s Justice starring James Arness, Gunsmoke: The Long Ride starring James Arness and Ali McGraw and More Than Friends starring Rob Reiner and Penny Marshall. In addition, Powell produced the critically acclaimed, Emmy Award-nominated, 12-hour mini-series Washington: Behind Closed Doors starring Jason Robards and the six-hour Black Fox mini-series starring Christopher Reeve.

Powell spent 12 years as an executive with CBS Television, advancing to senior vice president of CBS Entertainment Productions, where he ran the division and supervised all development and production on movies-for-television and series, including the People’s Choice Award-winning Rescue 911, the Emmy Award-winning Miracle Landing starring Wayne Rogers, the two-hour pilot for Cagney and Lacey starring Tyne Daly and Loretta Swit, the two-hour pilot for Wolf starring Jack Scalia, Unconquered starring Peter Coyote and Dermot Mulroney, The New Twilight Zone series, Quarterback Princess starring Helen Hunt and Escape from Iran: The Canadian Caper starring Gordon Pinsent. During his tenure at CBS, Powell supervised more than 80 movies-for-television/mini-series and 11 series.

In the documentary arena, Powell executive-produced, along with partner Lionel Chetwynd, the two-hour documentary Darkness at High Noon: The Carl Foreman Documents for PBS. This partnership also produced 12 hours of National Desk, an award-winning documentary series for PBS.

Among his numerous awards are a People’s Choice Award for Rescue 911, an Emmy Award for Miracle Landing, an Emmy nomination as producer for Washington: Behind Closed Doors for Outstanding Limited Series, Telly Awards for the documentaries Politics and Warriors and The War on Boys, an AMPIA Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Motion Picture Industry in Alberta, Canada, and his recent Emmy nomination for 24.

Powell is a member of the Directors Guild of America; The Writers Guild of America; the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences; and The Caucus for Television Producers, Writers and Directors, for which he is a member of the Steering Committee and former co-chair and treasurer.

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