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Director & Producers

Ken Mandel

Ken has been producing documentaries for three decades. He has won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Historical Documentary for his film George Marshall and the American Century and been nominated for two others and an Academy Award. To see a full list of credits visit www.greatprojectsdmedia.com   He graduated from Rutgers College with degrees in both engineering and liberal arts. He currently lives in West Orange, NJ, with his wife Janet who he met at college.  They have two sons.  He serves on the Boards of the Friends of the Edison National Historical Park; the Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York; and created the West Orange Film Society which runs the West Orange Classic Film Festival.  He once played the role of Polonius in Hamlet, (this above all to thine own self be true), and is writing a play.  He was featured recently in the Rutgers Alumni magazine:  www.greatprojectsmedia.com/pdfs/RutgersArticle_KenMandel.pdf

Ed Gray

Edward Gray is a three-time Emmy Award winner and a two-time winner of the Writers Guild of America Award. He’s written, produced and directed documentaries for PBS series including American Experience, Frontline, The Secret Life of the Brain and America At A Crossroads. Ed has also made programs for ABC News, the TV production unit of The New York Times, NBC, Showtime and Discovery. He has worked with such leading journalists as Peter Jennings, Seymour Hersh and Thomas Friedman. Ed is currently co-producing a two-hour PBS special based on Michael Pollan's best-selling book, In Defense of Food. Ed lives in New York City.

Paul Brown

Paul Brown, consulting producer for “Alaska, the World and Wally Hickel”, is a founder of the newly formed Arctic World Media.  He is co-producer of “The Gentleman from Alaska”, a film in development about U.S. Senator Ted Stevens, the second project of the Alaska Leaders Series.  Mr. Brown was a founder of Alaska Repertory Theatre.  He served as chairman of the municipal commission for design and construction of the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts.  Mr. Brown has been a consultant to Common Cause in Washington, DC, and has served on the organization’s president’s council.  Paul Brown is parent to Rey and grand-parent to Nicholas.