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Start Saving Early for Your Child’s College Education

The word college is synonymous with costs because if it’s not all the textbooks you require, it’s a laptop and the actual college fees. The increasing cost for higher education is beyond many people’s reach, so just how are you going to pay for your tuition fees, whether you opt for on-line tuition or whether you opt to attend a regular college? 


Save money with home repairs…


Added by Carol Bashington on December 13, 2020 at 4:36pm — No Comments

Does Medicare for All Include an Education Bonus?

The concept of universal Medicare is one that’s divisive at best. Some say it’s a good thing because it would give even the country’s most disadvantaged citizens access to good healthcare. 

However, there’s also concern about how the government would be able to pay for it and whether or not it would enable access to decent health care.

The Financial Cost of Medicare for…


Added by Carol Bashington on December 12, 2020 at 9:35pm — No Comments

5 Tips on How to Train New Employees to Handle Customers with Care

They say that good help is hard to find, and when it comes to call centers the saying does hold some water, but that does not have to be the norm. As a business owner, you have a particular vision and standard that you want to uphold.

The problem is that not all of your employees share the same vision. Training the people who work on the front lines and deal directly with customers is extremely important. That is…


Added by Carol Bashington on December 9, 2020 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Trailer for Doc

Hello all,

For the past 8 months I've been producing a documentary for CET, the Cincinnati PBS Member Station about the historic renovation of Cincinnati's Music Hall. Known throughout the country as one of the countries most well known concert venues, Music Hall is home to the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Opera, and Ballet. For 16 months, the doors of Music Hall will close, as a historic renovation process ensues. CET will document this process…


Added by Don Hancock on January 5, 2017 at 9:44pm — No Comments

Tune in - Off the Menu: Asian America Dec 8 on PBS

Dear Friends,

I’m very excited to share that Off the Menu: Asian America, a new documentary I produced and directed  premieres nationally on PBS next Tuesday Dec. 8.   Please check your local TV listings for exact airdates.

Thanks to all of you who have been supportive of this project over the past year.   It’s been an incredible experience both filming and sharing the film with audiences around the country who have wholeheartedly embraced the breadth and complexity of…


Added by Grace Lee on December 7, 2015 at 7:01pm — No Comments

AAAS & Kavli Gold Award for Best Science TV News/Feature

The AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Awards represent the pinnacle of achievement for professional journalists in the science writing field.  What an honor! 

Here's an excerpt from the announcement below. You can read the full story here. And…


Added by Katie Campbell on November 10, 2015 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

Off the Menu: Asian America - airs on PBS Dec 8, 2015


A program I produced and directed with Center for Asian American Media, CPB and KQED will air nationally on PBS on Dec 8, 2015 at 8pm. 

In the meantime, you can catch the film at various festival and community screenings this fall. I will update the screenings as they become public. But you can learn more and watch a trailer here.



Added by Grace Lee on September 15, 2015 at 7:23pm — No Comments

GOLDIE & BEAR - new kids animated series I created for Disney Junior

What happened after Goldilocks ate Bear's porridge? Find out on a new show from Disney Junior I created with Rick Gitelson with the catchiest kids music ever by the amazing Rob Cantor and great animation from NYC's Milk Barn and talented director Chris Gilligan, and some of the best voice…


Added by Jorge Aguirre on September 14, 2015 at 3:31pm — No Comments

Student Film in Local Film Showcase

Hey everyone. 

Thanks to Judith, my documentary students produced a response film to Birth of a Nation.  It will be exhibited as part of a student film showcase for Friday, Sept. 18. 

Judith spoke to my class in the spring semester and they loved her stories and comments about their personal projects.  As a culminating group project, the students produced a composite of video letters addressing the themes presented in the film.   They wanted the millennial perspective to be…


Added by Van Dora Williams on September 14, 2015 at 1:18pm — No Comments

Emmy Award for "Mia, a dancer's journey"

I was recently was honored with a Los Angeles Emmy Award in the Arts, Culture/History category for "Mia, a dancer's journey." I work-shopped this film at the CPB/PBS Producer's Academy at WGBH in 2011, and I know that the experience helped to improve the overall program. Since then, the film has aired nationally on PBS stations and won many awards. I  am so happy to share this Emmy news with my fellow Producer's Academy alumni. Thank you CPB/PBS and WGBH! …


Added by Brenda Brkusic on July 28, 2015 at 8:37pm — No Comments

"Poustinia: The Art of Gendron Jensen" on WORLD and PBS Stations

Wanted to let folks know that my short doc "Poustinia: The Art of Gendron Jensen" will be airing on WORLD CHANNEL beginning May 12 at 9:30pm EST following "Winning Girl: America ReFramed". Other stations are taking it from NETA offer and scheduling individually. Response has been all positive!  WORLD is found on WLIW in NYC, KOCE in LA, KQED in SF, WTTW in Chicago, etc. etc.

Added by Kristian Berg on May 11, 2015 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Long overdue update...

Greetings Workshoppers,

(2004 – Rah!)

I continue to work as a staff producer for OPB’s local history series, “Oregon Experience, “ and we’ve just wrapped-up our ninth season. My most recent projects include:

A one-hour profile of Oregon’s most productive – and most interesting – governor, the late Tom McCall.…


Added by Eric Cain on May 10, 2015 at 8:18pm — No Comments

Online screening/discussion of EcoShakespeare

If you're thinking of using OVEE to do an online screening of your documentary, try it out as a viewer first.  We have an online screening/discussion of "EcoShakespeare" today at 1pm ET.  I'm moderating so I'll be there.   The producer of this program is Rob Diaz de Villegas (also a Producers Workshop attendee!) and he'll be online too.  Go to…


Added by Suzanne Smith on April 12, 2015 at 11:48am — 3 Comments

CPB Producers Workshopper - 4 years out

Its been four years. Which is both no time and a lot of time. Since Boston, I moved from WMHT in Albany to Mountain Lake PBS in Plattsburgh New York to take the helm from another talented workshopper, Colin Powers, as Director of Production and Content. I worked there for about 2.5 years. In that time I earned a New England Emmy, went to Afghanistan, Rwanda, Poland and some other far less interesting places. I moved back to Albany six months ago to take a job as the new VP, Production at…


Added by Dan Swinton on April 1, 2015 at 4:39pm — No Comments

Chicken Foot Soup!?

My wife and I profiled our Adirondack friends in this nice little piece for TED in November: Click the "Ted Blog" link for the full article.

How to make chicken foot broth from TED Blog.

Added by Colin Powers on April 1, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

2015 Update!

A lot has been going on for me since I last checked in. I hope all is well with each of you. I've seen a few folks over the past two years, but we definitely need to have a reunion soon. Congrats on everyone's successes! 

So, here's an update from me: After a great year long festival run, we premiered A FRAGILE TRUST on Independent Lens last May.…


Added by Brittney Shepherd on March 31, 2015 at 12:26pm — No Comments

Memories of a Penitent Heart gets a Sundance grant

MEMORIES OF A PENITENT HEART, a personal documentary film by Cecilia Aldarondo, was awarded a Sundance grant and we're coming close to Rough Cut 1. Check out the trailer here: ;

Added by Patricia Benabe on March 31, 2015 at 12:25pm — No Comments

In Football We Trust and other updates

Hello all!

Wanted to share the trailer of IN FOOTBALL WE TRUST, a film that I produced and co-directed:

It was workshopped at WGBH and after 5 years in the making, we premiered at Sundance. Right now I'm between LA, SF and Salt Lake City. If you're ever headed out to UT, let me know!

Added by Erika Cohn on March 31, 2015 at 10:47am — 1 Comment

Southern California ops

Brian Knappenberger, who directed my ICE WARRIORS film last year, tells me he is staffing up for a new series, describing it as “investigative/political/civil liberties with a heavy layer of tech. It explores abuses of power mostly around technology but also subjects like privatized prisons, etc.”  I don’t know more about the project than this, but Brian is a brilliant director and his Luminant Media company does great work.  He's  looking for "pretty much the whole range of…


Added by Judith Vecchione on March 31, 2015 at 9:47am — No Comments

sad new - John Siceloff

With great sadness I’m writing to let you know that John Siceloff passed away last Friday after battling a fast-growing cancer.  John, who taught for us at the CPB/PBS Producers Workshop at WGBH and at the special Workshop we did for Puerto Rico’s public television, was a wonderful, caring soul who’d worked for more than 20 years as an award-winning broadcast news producer, for ABC, NBC, CBS, and PBS, where he launched Now with Bill Moyers.  After years of journalism in the US,…


Added by Judith Vecchione on March 10, 2015 at 9:34am — No Comments

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