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Passage to Middle Earth: The Making of Lord of the Rings and Return to Middle Earth, A (2003) as Executive Producer (Abc News Productions)
Special which goes behind the scenes of the filming of the motion picture epic, "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King," and its special effects, featuring film clips and interviews with the film's cast and director Peter Jackson.
George Lucas: Creating an Empire (2002) as Executive Producer
Profile of filmmaker George Lucas.
Intimate Portrait: Katharine Hepburn (2002) as Executive Producer
Profile of actor Katharine Hepburn, examining the Oscar winner's career and personal life.
Gary Condit: Shroud of Suspicion (2002) as Executive Producer
Profile of California Congressman Gary Condit, who was put in the national spotlight in the spring of 2001, when his 24-year-old intern, Chandra Levy, disappeared. Condit, a married man, initially denied he and Levy had a personal relationship, but later admitted to the affair, fueling suspicion tha
RuPaul: Fairest of Them All (2001) as Executive Producer
Profile of flamboyant cross dresser/entertainer RuPaul.
Dame Edna (2001) as Executive Producer
Profile of Australian Dame Edna Everage, also known as Barry Humphries.
Sean "Puffy" Combs (2001) as Executive Producer (Abc News)
Profile of hip-hop mogul Sean Combs.
Patti Labelle: Surviving With Soul (2001) as Executive Producer
Patti Labelle was born in 1944 in a black working-class neighborhood in Philadelphia and grew up to be one of the most enduring recording artists of her time. Patti worshiped her father and learned to sing on his lap. Though too shy to raise her hand in class, she volunteered to sing at a high schoo
Court TV's Safety Challenge (2001) as Executive Producer
Special promotes safety awareness and crime prevention through dramatizations of various crimes and offers tips to circumvent crime.
Dick Van Patten: The Sure Bet (2001) as Executive Producer
Profile of actor Dick Van Patten, star of the long-running sitcom, "Eight Is Enough."
Paul Lynde: Off Center (2001) as Executive Producer
Profile of actor/comedian Paul Lynde.
Sex in Our Century (2001) as Executive Producer
Over the last half of the twentieth century, the understanding of human sexuality has undergone a radical change. Sexual science, education and ubiquity have eclipsed the mysteries, myths and practices fueled by public ignorance and distaste for sex. The program examines these changes through the ey
Ivana Trump: Lap of Luxury (2001) as Executive Producer
Profile of Ivana Trump, a Czechoslavakian competitive skier and model, who became a successful business woman after marrying, then divorcing, real estate mogul Donald Trump.
Barbara Bush: First Mom (2001) as Executive Producer
Profile of Barbara Bush.
Imelda Marcos: Steel Butterfly (2001) as Executive Producer
Profile of the controversial former first lady of the Philippines, Imelda Marcos. Her husband, Ferdinand Marcos, ruled the country from 1965 to 1986. During that time, the Marcoses amassed personal fortunes of literally billions of dollars. Many say that the money was stolen from international loans
Robert Reed: Unfinished Business (2001) as Executive Producer
Profile of actor Robert Reed, best known for his role as Mike Brady on the television series "The Brady Bunch."
Colin Powell: A Soldier's Campaign (2001) as Executive Producer
Profile of U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell.
Ben Stein's Brain (2001) as Executive Producer
Profile of lawyer/professor/author/actor/television show host Ben Stein.
Seven Wonders of America (2001) as Executive Producer
Visit to some of the manmade landmarks of the United States, including Rockefeller Center, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Mall of America, and the Bellagio Casino in Las Vegas.
George Harrison: Quiet Legend (2001) as Executive Producer
Profile of musician George Harrison, who died of cancer on November 29, 2001.
Andy Garcia: Latin Rhythms & America Dreams (2001) as Executive Producer
Profile of actor Andy Garcia.
Escape and Capture: The Texas Seven (2001) as Executive Producer
Documentary about the seven escaped Texas inmates dubbed "The Malevolent Seven," who allegedly killed a policeman after escaping from a Texas prison on December 13, 2000. The seven were the focus of a nationwide manhunt. They disguised themselves as Christians living in a Colorado trailer park. The
Osama Bin Laden on Trial (2001) as Executive Producer (Abc News Productions)
An in-depth look at how Osama bin Laden might be prosecuted -- and defended -- in an American courtroom.
Biography of the Year 2001 (2001) as Executive Producer (Abc News Productions)
"Biography" profiles people who made news in 2001. Those profiled include: President George W. Bush; U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld; New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani; British Prime Minister Tony Blair; U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney and Secretary of State Colin Powell; Civilian Heroe
Osama bin Laden: In the Name of Allah (2001) as Executive Producer
Profile of terrorist leader Osama bin Laden.
Brooklyn Bridge (2000) as Executive Producer
Documentary about the Brooklyn Bridge, the brainchild of German immigrant John Roebling who was convinced that steel cables could hold up a huge suspension bridge. Working on the bridge took Roebling's life and nearly cost the life of his son, Washington. However, fighting corrupt politicians, illne
John Gotti -- Life Behind Bars (2000) as Executive Producer
John Gotti has been considered the modern-day Al Capone as part of New York City's infamous Gambino crime family. The American public continualy saw him strutting the streets in expensive Brioni suits, surrounded by high-priced lawyers and bodyguards during his highly publicized trials. Many conside
Doomsday Cults (2000) as Executive Producer (Abc News Productions)
Through an exploration of the psychological processes evident in cults, this program documents the distinctive patterns of manipulation and exploitation common to cults, despite vast differences in both time and place. Cult experts describe the power that a charismatic and persuasive leader has and
Gabors: Fame, Fortune and Romance, The (2000) as Executive Producer
Profile of the Gabor sisters, Magda, Zsa Zsa and Eva. Just before the Roaring '20s, the three sisters were born to glamorous Jolie and her prosperous husband, Vilmos Gabor, in Budapest, Hungary. By the start of World War II, the three sisters were all married. Because of the Nazis, the family was so
Biography of the Year 2000 (2000) as Executive Producer ("Francis Collins & Craig Venter")
The ten most significant people of the year are counted down, revealing the choice for number one -- the person who had the greatest impact on our lives during 2000. Scientists Francis Collins and Craig Venter, jointly responsible for deciphering the human genome, are number one for the year 2000.
Friendly Fire (2000) as Executive Producer
What the U.S. Army calls "fratricide," civilians know as "friendly fire." The program looks at five different situations in which troops from different nations came under attack by their fellow soldiers. Today, although technology is helping commanders communicate and accurately position troops, mis
Firestorm (2000) as Executive Producer
Documentary about firestorms, highlighting the time frame of a firestorm, as well as the people -- the fire fighters, officials and victims.
Kids in Prison (2000) as Executive Producer
Since the early 1980s, every state in the nation has passed laws making it easier for young violent criminals to be tried in adult courts and remanded to adult prisons, embodying a new philosophy of "adult crime, adult time." Viewers explore an intimate portrait of prison life seldom seen.
Original Private Eyes: The Pinkertons, The (2000) as Executive Producer
One hundred fifty years ago, there was no national police agency until Allan Pinkerton formed a private police and security force that would work exclusively for businesses and corporations and do things they couldn't, or wouldn't do for themselves. The program explores how the Pinkerton agency is s
Meredith Baxter: Perfection & Reality (2000) as Executive Producer
Profile of actress Meredith Baxter.
Jaclyn Smith (2000) as Executive Producer
Profile of actress Jaclyn Smith, best known for her portrayal of Kelly Garrett in the television series "Charlie's Angels."
George Reeves (2000) as Executive Producer
Profile of actor George Reeves, the star of the 1950's television series "The Adventures of Superman."
Mackenzie Phillips (2000) as Executive Producer
Profile of actress/singer Mackenzie Phillips.
Anne Rice: Vampires, Witches and Best Sellers (2000) as Executive Producer
Profile of author Anne Rice.
David Crosby: Finding Harmony (2000) as Executive Producer
Profile of musician David Crosby, who became famous with the Byrds, followed by Crosby, Stills and Nash. Over the next 30 years, Crosby collected multiple gold and platinum records and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but success was marred by a drug habit.
Dangerous Jobs: Construction (2000) as Executive Producer (Abc News Productions)
Almost 2000 people are killed every year in construction accidents -- more than four workers every day -- making construction the second most dangerous industry in the nation, after transportation. Because of the heavy equipment used, the heights scaled and the massive materials involved, constructi
Attack and Capture: The Story of U-Boat 505 (2000) as Executive Producer
Documentary that tells the story of U-boat 505, the only U-boat captured by the U.S. Navy during World War II, on June 4, 1944. The U-505 was the first enemy ship that the U.S. Navy captured in the battle on the high seas since the war of 1812. Using footage shot on the day of the attack, the progra
Oprah Winfrey: Heart of the Matter (2000) as Executive Producer
Profile of talk show host/actress/producer/reporter Oprah Winfrey.
Tammy Faye: Faith and Flamboyance (2000) as Executive Producer
Profile of Tammy Faye Bakker, who, along with former husband Jim Bakker, revolutionized evangelism by teaching that lavish living was not contrary to Christian values. Jim and Tammy Faye became celebrities with their television show "The PTL Club" and contributions enabled them to establish the Chri
Next First Lady, The (2000) as Executive Producer
Profiles of possible U.S. first ladies Tipper Gore, born Mary Elizabeth Aitcheson in 1948, and Laura Bush, born Laura Welch in 1946.
David Koresh: Preacher of Fire (2000) as Executive Producer
Profile of David Koresh, the late leader of the Branch Davidians in Waco, Texas. Born Vernon Wayne Howell in Houston, Texas on August 17, 1959, he had an unhappy childhood and found comfort in the Seventh Day Adventist church where he became interested in Bible scriptures that spoke of a vengeful G
Harold Robbins: Fact, Fantasy and Fiction (2000) as Executive Producer
Profile of author Harold Robbins.
Barbara Walters: A Driving Force (2000) as Executive Producer
Profile of journalist and television personality Barbara Walters.
John Forsythe: Gentleman John (2000) as Executive Producer
Profile of actor John Forsythe, a hard-working actor for 40 years before he became an international sex symbol as the star of the television series "Dynasty" and the voice of Charlie on "Charlie's Angels."
War in the Gulf: The Soldier's Story: Airstrike (2000) as Executive Producer
On August 2, 1990, Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein invaded his rich oil neighbor Kuwait. This act of aggression triggered a response on a scale not seen since Vietnam 20 years earlier. The world watched as 32 nations joined a coalition headed by the U.S. to take on Saddam and his Republican Guard, the
Patrick Swayze (2000) as Executive Producer
Profile of actor/dancer Patrick Swayze, star of the films "Dirty Dancing" and "Ghost."
Vietnam: Stories From the Wall (2000) as Executive Producer
Documentary telling the story of four men whose names appear on the Vietnam Memorial Wall. Richard Fitzgibbon, Jr. was the first official casualty in Vietam, yet the U.S. government did not want his name on the Wall, citing the War had not begun when he died. His family fought for decades to finally
Vietnam: The Soldiers' Story: From the River to the Sea (2000) as Executive Producer
Documentary about the Navy's role in Vietnam. Navy ships and personnel ranged over the entire theatre of operations, from carrier-based air strikes and amphibious assaults, to shore bombardments, interdicting enemy shipping and search and destroy missions on the rivers and canals of the Mekong Delta
Cheryl Ladd: Firecracker (2000) as Executive Producer
Profile of actress Cheryl Ladd.
George Foreman: Blow By Blow (2000) as Executive Producer
Profile of boxer George Foreman.
Raymond Burr: The Case of the TV Legend (2000) as Executive Producer
Profile of actor Raymond Burr, best known for his television role as lawyer Perry Mason.
Defectors: Life on the Run (2000) as Executive Producer (Abc News Productions)
Documentary that looks at the agonizing decision to defect from one's country. The program features Oleg Gordievsky, a KGB officer who fled to England; Edward Lee Howard, a CIA officer who escaped the FBI and defected to the Soviet Union; Sergi Bokan, another KGB officer who defected to the U.S.; an
Prison Riot: Five Deadly Days (2000) as Executive Producer
Documentary about the most notorious riot ever in a U.S. prison. After almost 30 years of legal wrangling in the biggest prisoners' rights case ever, the last chapter of the Attica uprising may finally be written. In all, 11 guards and 32 prisoners died during the 5-day seige. Ninety more were serio
Alaska Oil Pipeline (2000) as Executive Producer
After years of exploring for oil in the frozen reaches of northern Alaska, oil company geologists uncovered the massive Prudhoe Bay oilfield, one of the most remote corners of the United States. The oil companies proposed a solution to get the oil out of the region -- an 800-mile pipeline that would
Billy Graham: A Personal Crusade (2000) as Executive Producer
Profile of preacher Billy Graham.
Vietnam: The Soldier's Story -- Women at War (2000) as Executive Producer
Examination of the Vietnam War through the eyes of nearly a dozen women who served as nurses, Red Cross volunteers, entertainers, and clerks. Also includes archival footage of hospitals, battlegrounds and variety shows.
Big Dig, The (2000) as Executive Producer (Abc News Productions)
The Boston Central Artery/Tunnel Project is the largest and most complex highway project in U.S. history. Larger than the Panama Canal or the Alaskan pipeline and more expensive, the Big Dig will cost more than $10 billion by the time it is completed in 2004. Unlike the canal or the pipeline, this p
Slobodan Milosevic: Serbian Strongman (1999) as Executive Producer
Profile of Yugoslav leader Slobodan Milosevic. NATO goes to war to stop the President's ethnic cleansing of Kosovo.
Queen Noor: Between Two Realms (1999) as Executive Producer
Profile of American Lisa Halaby, who became Queen Noor when she married King Hussein of Jordan in 1978.
Neil Simon: The People's Playwright (1999) as Executive Producer
Profile of playwright Neil Simon.
I'm Not a Racist But... Small Steps Toward Healing the Hate (1999) as Executive Producer (Abc News)
Special providing conversation to identify racism in America and to begin a dialogue on how to try to eradicate hatred. Includes taped segments, audience participation and a panel of experts.
Inside Air Force One (1999) as Executive Producer
A look at the modified Boeing 747 that is currently Air Force One (there are actually two planes). With three floors of working space and measuring three-quarters the length of a football field, it is the only 747 that can fuel mid-air. Historical insight comes from the officers who oversaw Air Forc
Sal Mineo (1999) as Executive Producer
Profile of 1950's teenage pop icon Sal Mineo, who was found stabbed to death in 1976 after a botched robbery attempt outside his Los Angeles home.
Nixon Resignation (1999) as Executive Producer
Documentary that examines Watergate and the last days of the Nixon administration. Participants and observers discuss the mood of his staff when they learned he had been lying to them. White House staffers, including Pat Buchanan and Ben Stein, describe Nixon's farewell speech. Military aide Jack Br
Mark McGwire: Heavy Hitter/Sammy Sosa: Out of the Park (1999) as Executive Producer
A double-profile of baseball players/homerun hitters Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa.
Dr. Joyce Brothers (1999) as Executive Producer
Profile of psychologist, television personality, and author, Dr. Joyce Brothers.
Nelson Rockefeller: Passionate Millionaire (1999) as Executive Producer
Profile of politician, philanthropist, businessman and patron of the arts Nelson Rockefeller.
Farrah Fawcett: America's Angel (1999) as Executive Producer
Profile of actress Farrah Fawcett.
Pat Nixon (1999) as Executive Producer
Chronicles the life of former First Lady Pat Nixon.
Bill Bradley: In the Game (1999) as Executive Producer
Biography about former basketball player and U.S. Senator Bill Bradley.
Empire State Building (1999) as Executive Producer
An inside look at the Empire State Building, a New York landmark of innovative steel-beamed architecture, Art Deco design, record-breaking construction and financial flip-flops. Computer animation takes viewers inside the buildings construction.
Vietnam: Missing in Action (1999) as Executive Producer
A Vietnam War veteran comes forward to identify himself as the subject of an award-winning war photo taken in May 1967 and mistakenly believed to be that of a deceased American soldier. Also, three marines recount their experiences as MIA-POWs in Vietnam.
Dudley Moore: In Pursuit of Happiness (1999) as Executive Producer
Profile of actor/musician Dudley Moore.
From Chappaquiddick to the Moon: A Fateful Weekend (1999) as Executive Producer
Documentary that examines the events of the weekend of July 19-20, 1969. The weekend is remembered not only for the historic Apollo 11 moon landing but also for the Chappaquiddick incident involving Senator Edward Kennedy and his passenger Mary Joe Kopechne. That weekend, as the United States celebr
Grace Kelly: Hollywood Princess (1999) as Executive Producer
Profile of Grace Kelly, the Hollywood actor who married the Prince of Monaco.
Bloomingdales, The (1999) as Executive Producer
A documentary about the Bloomingdales, two brothers who opened a hoop-skirt business on the lower east side of Manhattan which evolved into the glamourous department store.
Vanna White: Game Show Goddess (1999) as Executive Producer
Profile of actress Vanna White, known as the glamorous "Letter Turner" on the game show "Wheel of Fortune."
Statue of Liberty, The (1999) as Executive Producer
Documentary that looks into the making and maintaining of the Statue of Liberty.
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (1999) as Executive Producer
Follows the two-and-a-half mile Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade route marching through the streets of New York. Explores the making of the trademark air balloons, taking viewers into Macy's workshop.
Drew Barrymore (1999) as Executive Producer
Biography of actress Drew Barrymore.
Ingrid Bergman (1999) as Executive Producer
Profile of actress Ingrid Bergman.
Carolyn Bessette: A Style of Her Own -- Anatomy of a Tragedy (1999) as Executive Producer
Profile of the late Carolyn Bessette and her husband John F. Kennedy Jr. Includes news coverage and in-studio interviews.
Tony Randall: Center Stage (1999) as Executive Producer
Profile of actor and activist Tony Randall.
George W. Bush (1999) as Executive Producer
Profile of George W. Bush, son of former President Bush and the first governor ever to be elected to a second term in the history of Texas.
Story of the Berlin Wall, The (1999) as Executive Producer
Documentary about the Berlin Wall. For 28 years, the Berlin Wall symbolized the divide between the East and West, but on November 9, 1989, the Wall came tumbling down. Ten years later, participants recount the excitement and drama surrounding the fall of the Berlin Wall, the collapse of communism in
Lloyd Bridges (1998) as Executive Producer
Profile of the late actor Lloyd Bridges. Includes interviews with friends and family.
Steve Rubell: Lord of the Disco (1998) as Executive Producer
Profile of Steve Rubell, co-owner of the late 1970's nightclub Studio 54.
Helen Thomas: First Lady of the Press (1998) as Executive Producer
Profile of journalist Helen Thomas.
Regis Philbin: Made For TV (1998) as Executive Producer
Profile of television personality Regis Philbin.
Johnny Cash: The Man in Black (1998) as Executive Producer
Profile of country music star Johnny Cash.
Sonny Bono: Pop Songs & Politics (1998) as Executive Producer
Profile of singer Sonny Bono, who later became a Republican Congressman from Palm Springs, California. Includes clips from "The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour."
Calvin Klein: A Stylish Obsession (1998) as Executive Producer
Profile of fashion designer Calvin Klein.
Bill Gates: Sultan of Software (1998) as Executive Producer
Profile of Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates.
Tragedy Over Lockerbie: Pan Am Flight 103 (1998) as Executive Producer
Special examines the terrorist bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, on December 21, 1988, killing 259 passengers and 11 residents. Focuses on the investigation of the wreckage and the efforts of loved ones and survivors to overcome the incident.
Building Hoover Dam (1998) as Executive Producer
Documentary about the men who built the Hoover Dam, the biggest structure built since the pyramids. Completed in 1936, the Hoover Dam straddles the Black Canyon between Nevada and Arizona.
Burt Reynolds (1998) as Executive Producer
Profile of actor Burt Reynolds.
Hollywood's New Generation: Matt Damon, Drew Barrymore & Cameron Diaz (1998) as Executive Producer
A profile of three of Hollywood's young stars: Matt Damon, Drew Barrymore and Cameron Diaz.
Anne Frank: The Life of a Young Girl (1998) as Executive Producer
Profile of Anne Frank, the young author of The Diary of a Young Girl, who died of typhus at the Nazi death camp Bergen-Belsan in 1945.
Jesse "The Body" Ventura (1998) as Executive Producer
Profile of former professional wrestler turned Governor of Minnesota, Jesse "The Body" Ventura.
Halston: All-American Chic (1998) as Executive Producer
Profile of fashion designer Halston, whose career skyrocketed through the 1970's when he dressed stars and socialites. Halston died on March 26, 1990 at the age of 57.
Prime-Time Players: Calista Flockhart/Gillian Anderson/David Spade (1998) as Producer
Profile of television actors Calista Flockhart, Gillian Anderson and David Spade.
Kirk Douglas (1997) as Executive Producer
Profile of Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas.
Final Take: Breaking the Chain (1997) as Executive Producer
Documentary takes viewers inside New York State's only maximum security prison for women, the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, which has become a model for creating programs aimed at breaking the chain of violence. Viewers are introduced to individuals who created and maintain some of the worthw
Donald Trump: Master of the Deal (1997) as Executive Producer
Biographical documentary of business tycoon Donald Trump.
Trial of Adolf Eichmann, The (1997) as Executive Producer
Documentary about Nazi SS Lieutenant Adolf Eichmann, tried in 1961 in Israel for crimes against the Jewish people after a 15-year manhunt by Israeli agents. The documentary features rare videotapes of the original trial, exclusive interviews with courtroom witnesses, prosecutors and others -- many o
Julia Child: An Appetite For Life (1997) as Executive Producer
Documentary on the life of Julia Child, who found international fame by introducing Americans to the joys of European cuisine.
Wayne Newton: The King of Las Vegas (1997) as Executive Producer
Biographical documentary of entertainer Wayne Newton.
Tanya Tucker: Country Rebel (1997) as Executive Producer
Biographical documentary of country music star Tanya Tucker.
Intimate Portrait: Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Dole (1996) as Executive Producer
Documentary exploring the similarities and differences that exist between Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Dole.
Peter Lorre: The Master of Menace (1996) as Executive Producer
Biographical documentary of actor Peter Lorre.
Howard Stern: Radio Rebel (1996) as Executive Producer
Biographical documentary of syndicated radio show host Howard Stern.
Kathie Lee Gifford: Having It All (1996) as Executive Producer
Biographical documentary of entertainer and talk show host Kathie Lee Gifford.
David Brinkley: A Reporter's Life (1996) as Executive Producer
Biographical documentary of the late journalist David Brinkley.
Crash of TWA Flight 800: A Scientific Investigation, The (1996) as Executive Producer (Abc News)
Special provides a behind-the-scenes look at researchers' painstaking examination of the evidence surrounding the crash of TWA Flight 800 on July 17, 1996.
George Wallace: The Politics of Race (1994) as Executive In Charge Of Production (Abc News)
Profile of four-time Alabama governor George Wallace -- who rose to national fame on a platform of racial segregation and states' rights, until he was paralyzed in 1972 by a would-be assassin's bullet.
Burning Questions: The Poisoning of America (1988) as Producer
An ABC News special report focusing on problems which are affecting our environment. Some of the issues examined are illegal dumping, air pollution, medical wastes and acid rain. The program attempts to determine how much damage has already been done to the enviroment and to what degree does the dam
After the Sexual Revolution (1986) as Associate Producer
A special about how the sexual revolution, the women's movement, and fundamental changes in the American economy have altered the fabric of our everyday life, including relationships between men and women, economic gains and losses, and the effect of working mothers on family life.

Film Production - Main (special)

Pentagon, The (2000) as Abc News Production
Documentary on the workings of the Pentagon, the building in Northern Virginia across the Potomac from Washington, D.C., that is the nerve center for the vast U.S. military machine.

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