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michael gill

Michael Gill
Malone Gill Productions

In 1977, after twenty years as Producer/Director for the BBC, Michael Gill formed his own company Malone Gill Productions. He has produced and directed over one hundred and fifty internationally acclaimed films for television and cinema. Among them are the documentary series, Civilization with Kenneth Clark, Alistair Cooke’s America, and Royal Heritage, produced for the Queen’s Silver Jubilee.

His works also include, Gauguin: The Savage Dream (Gold Medal and Grand Award winner at the New York Film and Television Festival in 1988); the thirteen part series Vintage: A History of Wine by Hugh Johnson; The Buried Mirror, a 1992 series on the Hispanic heritage and the first major international series to be conceived and made in two languages; Highlanders; Nature Perfected, the Story of the Garden; and Vermeer: Light, Love and Silence.

Michael Gill holds an Honours degree in Philosophy from Edinburgh University. He has been the recipient of over forty major international awards including four Emmys and three Peabodys and the major prize of BAFTA.

murray grigor

Murray Grigor

Murray Grigor is an independent film-maker, writer and designer who divides his time between the USA and Scotland. His films on art and architecture include award winners Mackintosh, Space and Light, Blast, The Hand of Adam, Sean Connery’s Edinburgh, The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright with Anne Baxter, and Eduardo Paolozzi—Sculptor, which won the 1992 Rodin prize at the Paris Biennale.

Grigor has directed and co-produced many television series including Pride of Place—Mobil’s eight part series on American architecture with Robert A. M. Stern for PBS and the four part series Edge of Britain with A.J.P. Taylor. His recent films include Irony Curtain, a mini series on art and politics between America and Russia this century, and an acclaimed documentary on the work of Italian architect Carlo Scarpa for Channel Four (London), the Arts Council of England and the Canadian Centre of Architecture, Montreal.

Grigor is a director of Channel Four Television. He was a council member of the Edinburgh Festival (1987-91) and chaired the Edinburgh International Film Festival (1990-94). He has served on panels of the British Film Institute, the National Endowment for the Arts and the American Film Institute. In 1990 Grigor became the first recipient of the Royal Television Society Reith Award for “consistent and innovative effort in television”, and was the first film-maker to be awarded the American Institute of Architects’ Citation of Excellence.

yelena zagrevskaya

Yelena Zagrevskaya
Associate Producer

Yelena Zagrevskaya has been a translator, interpreter, researcher, production assistant, and associate producer on a wide variety of films for British and American television and film companies for more than 15 years. Some of her projects include, The Unknown War, for American television; Soviet Cinema, Soviet Writers, Pop Culture in the USSR, and Soviet Composers, for BBC television; The History of the Soviet State, for Yorkshire TV; and Peter the Great and The Fourth Season, for Ted Turner Productions.

In partnership with journalist Shellie Karabell, Zagrevskaya has also worked as researcher, translator, organizer, production manager, presenter, and director on a large number of news reports from the USSR for various organizations including the MacNeil/Lehrer Report, News Hour, Nightly Business Report, Ripley’s Believe It or Not, European Journal, Entertainment Tonight, Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, La Cinq, Channel Four News, and Reuters.

Zagrevskaya was born in Moscow and is a graduate of the Moscow University School of Journalism. She divides her time between Moscow and London.

phylis geller Phylis Geller
Executive Producer

Phylis Geller, Senior Vice President for Cultural Programming and New Media, is responsible for the development and production of WETA’s cultural television programs for local, national, and international distribution. Recent projects include Ken Burns’ Thomas Jefferson and Lewis & Clark; The Kennedy Center Presents; In Performance at the White House; Divided Highways; and In the Prime.

Geller was formerly Senior Vice President of National Production at KCET in Los Angeles and also at Maryland Public Television. At KCET, she supervised production of dramas for American Playhouse and Wonderworks; the original comedy series Trying Times; and documentary series including Millennium: Tribal Wisdom and the Modern World and The Astronomers. MPT projects included To The Contrary and the children’s series Kratts’ Creatures. Earlier in her career, Geller produced television adaptations of plays by Edward Albee, Wendy Wasserstein and others for the WNET series Theater in America.

She is also a past-president of Women In Film, Los Angeles, past-chair of the Women in Film Foundation, member of the Board of Directors of American Playhouse and the American Documentary (P.O.V.) and has served as the Chair of Programming for the U.S. Public Television International Consortium.

Geller is a graduate of Smith College. She and her husband reside in Washington, D.C.

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