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Filmmaker Bios

May 12, 2021

Premieres Monday, May 31 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings), pbs.org and the PBS Video app

Jonathan Silvers

Producer and Director

As a journalist and filmmaker, Jonathan Silvers has specialized in conflict, human rights, and international justice for three decades. At the helm of Saybrook Productions, he has reported from over 40 countries, producing Emmy Award-winning investigative reports and documentaries for PBS, BBC, CNN, ABC, and NBC, among other broadcast news organizations. His reportage and photojournalism have appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times, The New Republic, The Independent, The New Statesman, and The Times of London. Silvers’s recent PBS documentaries include: Inheritance (2020); Dead Reckoning (2017); After Newtown: Guns in America (2013); Red Metal (2013); and Elusive Justice (2011). For more information, please visit: www.saybrookproductions.com

DeNeen L. Brown

Producer and Reporter

DeNeen L. Brown is an award-winning staff writer at The Washington Post. Brown has covered night police, education, courts, politics and culture. She has written about the Black middle class, poverty, the homeless, arts and gentrification. As a foreign correspondent, Brown traveled throughout the Arctic to write about climate change and indigenous populations. In Tulsa: The Fire and the Forgotten, Brown interviews Tulsa natives and descendants of Greenwood residents and reports on the city’s decision to look for the mass graves from the 1921 massacre, probing the experience of the descendants and their families and how it has affected their lives in today’s America.

In 2007, Brown won first place in the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) magazine investigative category for a story in The Post magazine called “To Catch a Killer,” unraveling a woman’s quest to find her sons’ killers. In 2006, Brown’s story entitled “Mr. Wonderful” won first place and the Best-in-the-Show Award for daily writing from the Virginia Press Association. The story also won first place in the 2006 Excellence-In-Feature-Writing Contest for Narrative Features from the American Association of Sunday and Feature Editors.

Brown won the 1999 award for non-deadline writing by the American Society of Newspaper Editors. She received the award for five narratives, including a profile of a school superintendent and a narrative called “The Accused,” about two young boys wrongly accused of murder in Chicago. That narrative also won the 1999 Salute to Excellence first-place feature award from NABJ. She has won the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association awards for education reporting, public service and team series, and received a 2005 NABJ Salute to Excellence third-place award for “Tight Corner,” a feature using dialogue to capture life in a D.C. corner store.

Brown is an associate professor in the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland and was a Washington Post Media Fellow at Duke University.

Eric Stover

Producer

Eric Stover is the Faculty Director of the Human Rights Center and Adjunct Professor of Law and Public Health, University of California at Berkeley. Stover has built the Human Rights Center into a premier interdisciplinary research and policy center that is highly regarded nationally and internationally. He is a pioneer in utilizing empirical research methods to address emerging issues in human rights and international humanitarian law.

Before coming to Berkeley in 1996, Stover served as the Executive Director of Physicians for Human Rights and the Director of the Science and Human Rights Program of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has served on several forensic missions to investigate mass graves as an “Expert on Mission” to the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda. In the early 1990s, Stover conducted the first research on the social and medical consequences of land mines in Cambodia and other post-war countries. His research helped launch the International Campaign to Ban Land Mines, which received the Nobel Prize in 1997. He has published six books, including The Witnesses: War Crimes and the Promises of Justice in The Hague and The Breaking of Bodies and Minds: Torture, Psychiatric Abuse, and the Health Professions. He is a member of the editorial boards of the International Journal of Transitional Justice and Human Rights Quarterly and a board member of the Crimes of War Project.

Lesley Norman

Executive Producer, The WNET Group

Executive producer Lesley Norman is an experienced public television executive whose most recent executive producer credits for WNET include My Grandparents’ War; Inside The Met; Tulsa: The Fire and the Forgotten; and Boss: The Black Experience In Business.

Prior to her work at WNET, she served as the Senior Producer for the Peabody Award-winning PBS series 180 Days: A Year Inside an American High School. She was Executive Director of Filmmakers Collaborative, and Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of JumpStart Productions. While at JumpStart, she was the Executive in Charge of the award-winning PBS series NOW. Norman also served as Vice President and Production Executive of David Grubin Productions and worked on award-winning productions such as The Secret Life of the Brain, Napoleon and Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided.

She has worked at WGBH, Blackside Productions and as an independent producer. Norman has received numerous honors for creative achievement, including three Emmy Awards for her work on NOW and the Edward R. Murrow Award from the Overseas Press Club for her senior producing role on the film Child Brides, Stolen Lives.

Eugenia Harvey

Executive Producer for Chasing the Dream

Eugenia Harvey is a award-winning producer, showrunner and television executive who joined The WNET Group as Executive Producer of the Multiplatform Initiatives, home of Chasing the Dream: Poverty, Justice & Opportunity in America; Peril & Promise: The Challenge of Climate Change; and Exploring Hate: Antisemitism, Racism and Extremism. Each initiative has led to numerous partnerships and inspired content for The WNET Group’s local and national programs and websites, PBS Digital Studios, public radio and digital productions. The Chasing the Dream initiative was nominated for two New York Emmys in 2019 for its Getting Off the Streets series and under Harvey’s leadership, was nominated for two in 2020 for its series, A Dream Deferred. She continues to oversee these projects.

Most recently, Harvey was promoted to Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer where she advises The WNET Group’s Senior Managers on DEI-related issues. In that capacity, she also oversees Community Engagement and provides leadership for both internal and external strategic and content partnerships.

Prior to joining The WNET Group, Harvey served as an executive producer for Third Rail with OZY. She was also the series producer of the Race Matters: Solutions series for PBS NewsHour with Charlayne Hunter-Gault. Harvey’s previous television work includes various high-profile projects for BET, A&E, ABC News, CBS News and CNN.

About The WNET Group

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