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David Grubin on location
David Grubin on location
(David Grubin Productions)
David Grubin is a producer, director, writer, and cinematographer who has won every major award in his field, including three George Foster Peabody awards, two Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University awards, and eight Emmys.

As a writer, he has won an Emmy and received three awards from the Writers Guild. As a director, he has received three Emmy nominations. As a cinematographer, he has received one Emmy and five Emmy nominations. As the president of David Grubin Productions, Inc., Mr. Grubin has produced over 100 films on subjects ranging from history to art, from poetry to science. Currently, he is producing a film about the Secretary General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan. Mr. Grubin is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and has been a Montgomery Fellow at Dartmouth College. He is a fellow of the American Society of Historians, a member of the Directors Guild and the Writers Guild, and sits on the board of directors of The Film Forum. He is married with three children and lives in New York City.

His most recent films for PBS include:


"A handsome, humane PBS documentary [that] studies the brain but touches the heart." Knight-Ridder News Service

"Marvelous…handsome, humane program. Here is television that can change your view of the world." Orlando Sentinel

"Provocative, and a triumph." Newsday

NAPOLEON (4 parts)

"The finest TV show seen on any channel last year." New York Post

"A stupendous piece of work…biography on its grandest scale." Newsday

"Monumental…substantively and stylistically brilliant." NY Daily News

"Sets a standard for historical documentaries… rich… pulsating… stunning." LA Times

"Dazzling…a convincing example of great documentary filmmaking." Hollywood Reporter


"A brooding, emotional vision…with mournful elegance Grubin maps Abraham Lincoln's spiritual and political evolution…the series grows richer with every hour." New York Times

"This ambitious and compelling six hour joint biography probably ought to be required viewing…an example of a near-perfect realization of the prevailing idiom." Chicago Tribune

"An extraordinary PBS documentary…Deserves to stand alongside "The Civil War" as a television landmark." Orlando Sentinel

"This is television at its blue-ribbon best…"A House Divided" might well be remembered as one of the best TV programs of the year." The Advocate (Baton Rouge)

"A saga of epic and tragic proportions…Historical documentary doesn't get any better than Abraham and Mary Lincoln." Houston Chronicle

Grubin's biographies of American Presidents for "The American Experience" on PBS have been widely acclaimed:

FDR, his 4-1/2 hour biography of Franklin Roosevelt, has won many prizes, including awards from the International Documentary Association, the American Historical Association, and the National Education Association.

LBJ, his 4-hour biography of Lyndon Johnson, won the duPont Award among many other prizes, and was chosen as one of the best documentaries of 1992 by The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Newsday, and People magazine.

TR, his 4-hour biography of Theodore Roosevelt, won a host of awards including two Emmys and a Christopher Award. "Brilliant," said the Daily News. "The great achievement of "TR" is the grace and even the poetry of the filmmaking... Grubin has fashioned a work of nonfiction art."

TRUMAN, his 4-1/2 hour biography of the 33rd president, received a Primetime Emmy and the Writers Guild Award for best documentary script. "This is the form," said USA Today "at its most accomplished and distinguished."

HEALING AND THE MIND with BILL MOYERS, his five-part series for PBS, has won many awards, and the companion book, for which he was executive editor, rose to number one on The New York Times Best Sellers list, remaining on the list for 32 weeks.

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