DAVID ALLEN: SERIES PRODUCER
David Allen, Producer/MD Passion Planet,masterminds Passion Picture’s output across landmark television and theatrical release documentaries. David has four Emmys and five Wildscreen Pandas to his name, he is recognised as one of the leading independent producer/directors in his field.In 1997, the Discovery and C4 series: Bug World earned him an Emmy for directing.His production for BBC, My Life as a Turkey, was described by the Times “as probably the best documentary of the year." This earned him his fourth Emmy, and Wildscreen’s coveted “Best of Festival” Panda. More recently, his output includes the award-winning, five-part, landmark series: Earth: A New Wild
PBS & National Geographic and the multi-award winning feature documentary The Serengeti Rules which uses drama to re-live the science of how nature works and why it matters. David has recently finished the authored documentary for BBC & PBS titled The Octopus in My House.
LAURIE DONNELLY: EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Laurie Donnelly (Executive Producer) is the Director of Lifestyle Programming and Executive Producer for National Program Development for WGBH-TV’s Studio Six.
Laurie is a Peabody, Emmy, and James Beard award-winning Executive Producer who has worked with WGBH for over thirty years on a broad array of national public television series, including most recently: Rare: Creatures of the Photo Ark with National Geographic Photographer Joel Sartore; Lidia Celebrates America with Celebrity Chef Lidia Bastianich; Broadway or Bust; Sacred Journeys with Bruce Feiler; and I’ll have What Phil is Having with Everybody Loves Raymond Creator, Phil Rosenthal.
Laurie has also created and launched 15 original national Public television series. She is also the Executive Producer for several ongoing award-winning national Public Television lifestyle series: Moveable Feast with Fine Cooking Magazine; Weekends with Yankee; Simply Ming with Celebrity Chef Ming Tsai.
In her role as Executive Producer, Donnelly’s portfolio of programs has extended across a broad range of subjects including From the Top Live From Carnegie Hall: four primetime documentary specials within the multi-part National PBS Health Campaign: The Hidden Epidemic: Heart Disease in America, The Truth About Cancer, Caring for Your Parents, and DEPRESSION: Out of the Shadows; Earthkeeping with Ira Flatow, The Victory Garden, and the James Beard Award winning series Gourmet’s Diary of a Foodie and Gourmet’s Adventures with Ruth.
JOHN BREDAR: EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
John Bredar is WGBH's Vice President for National Programming, overseeing WGBH's many celebrated original primetime series for PBS and related digital media including FRONTLINE, NOVA, Masterpiece, American Experience and Antiques Roadshow. He also oversees Studio Six, WGBH's in-house production group for lifestyle programs and special projects.
Bredar joined WGBH in 2013 after 26 years with National Geographic, where he was Senior Executive Producer for the National Geographic Specials and where he was responsible for the development, production and post-production of more than 150 programs.
Bredar’s work earned him the Best Director Emmy for his 2004 film, Field of Honor an inside look at Arlington Cemetery. His co-production with WGBH’s NOVA, Ape Genius, was recognized with a George Foster Peabody Award. Bredar is author of The President’s Photographer, which explores the history of presidential photographers. Bredar holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Northwestern University and a Master of Arts from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.