A Place of Our Own
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Mary Mazur

Mary Mazur (Executive Producer), who is also KCET's executive vice president of programming and production, began her career at NBC Entertainment where she worked in television movies, primetime programming and drama development, serving as development executive for such hits as Matlock and the Emmy Award-winning miniseries A Year in the Life. She moved on to become vice president of series development at CBS In-House Productions where she was responsible for comedy, drama and reality development, on such popular series as Rescue 911 and Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. Mazur was also head of development for two highly successful independent production companies, Patchett Kaufman Entertainment and Cosgrove Meurer Productions.

 

In 1997 Mazur joined KCET and soon became the station's head of national drama production. In addition to A Place of Our Own, Mazur supervises production and is executive producer of PBS Hollywood Presents, the national PBS drama series produced by KCET, which has produced "The Old Settler," starring Debbie Allen and Phylicia Rashad, "Collected Stories," starring Linda Lavin and Samantha Mathis; "Copenhagen," starring Stephen Rea, Daniel Craig and Francesca Annis; "The Gin Game," starring Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore; and "Cop Shop," starring Richard Dreyfuss, Blair Brown, Jay Thomas, Rosie Perez and Rita Moreno.

 

In addition, Mazur is executive in charge of production on the national talk show Tavis Smiley and the mini series American Family, both produced by KCET for PBS, as well as the award-winning news show, California Connected, covering statewide issues, and Life & Times, which focuses on Southern and Central California.

Stephanie Drachkovitch

Stephanie Drachkovitch (Executive Producer) includes such hits as The Bachelor and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire among her credits as a television development executive. Prior to rejoining 44 Blue Productions, the company she co-founded in 1986, which now also produces A Place of Our Own, she was Senior Vice President, Development, at Warner Bros.' Telepictures Productions, where she supervised development of series for first-run syndication, network and cable (The Bachelor, Celebrity Justice).

 

Prior to this, Drachkovitch was Senior Vice President, Development, at Buena Vista Television, the syndication television arm for The Walt Disney Company and was responsible for the development of the mega-successful evening game show, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, as well as series such as Showtime's Beggars & Choosers and Comedy Central's Win Ben Stein's Money. She has also served as Executive Vice President, Programming, for Pearson Television and was Vice President, Development, for Group W Productions/Eyemark Entertainment.

Joyce Campbell

Joyce Campbell (KCET Executive in Charge of Production) is a life-long public television programming and production executive who came to KCET in 1990 from WETA in Washington, D.C. She began her career at KQED in San Francisco. PBS projects under her direction while at KCET include American Family; The Hidden Art of Hollywood; Woodrow Wilson; Chasing the Sun; Vikki Carr: Memories, Memorias; Chicano: The History of the Mexican Civil Rights Movement; Power, Politics and Latinos; Searching for God in America; The Human Quest; Power Plays and Madness with Jonathan Miller.

 

From 1992 through 1997 Campbell was executive producer on Life & Times, KCET's award-winning nightly news and public affairs program. Currently she is also KCET production executive on California Connected, the statewide news and public affairs magazine produced by KCET, KQED/San Francisco, KVIE/Sacramento, and KPBS/San Diego.

Hal Grant

Hal Grant (Director, A Place of Our Own), is one of the leading television directors in the genres of talk, reality and variety shows, with credits that include The Bachelor, Paradise Hotel, Who Wants to Marry My Dad?,The Simple Life, Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher for ABC and Real Time With Bill Maher for HBO. He began his career in San Francisco directing the long-running morning talk show People Are Talking. He then moved to New York to direct The Carnie Wilson Show, and then back to the west coast to Los Angeles for the production of Leeza, for which he was nominated for the 1996 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Director.

Linda Monares

Linda Monares (Director, Los Niņos en Su Casa), has an extensive career in television, directing live news, tape and special event productions in both English and Spanish. Monares' career began by directing newscasts in Los Angeles for Univision. Since then, her experience has stretched into many aspects of television -- directing commercials, game shows, situation comedies, live talk shows and award shows. These include The Golden Eagle Awards, the Ritmo Latino Music Awards and The Academy Awards with Sam Rubin.

Monares has also directed various promotional spots and television events such as the Pasadena Tournament of Roses and the National Leukemia Foundation Telethon. Working at Los Angeles-based KTLA, she continued directing local live newscasts on the Morning News and News at Ten. She also directed the Noon News and specialty shows such as O.J. Simpson, The Trial.

Ellen Raphael

Ellen Raphael (Line Producer) has worked for stage, television and feature films. She began as a stage manager in regional theatre and then on Broadway where she worked with such celebrated directors as Sir Peter Hall, Vivian Matalon and Elia Kazan and on such shows as the Tony Award-winning Mornings at Seven and Amadeus. Moving to Hollywood, she first worked for Los Angeles flagship PBS station, KCET, on the series Trying Times and Power in the Pacific along with the adaptation of Ibsen's Enemy of the People.

 

Raphael then went on to become production supervisor for Rescue 911, hosted by William Shatner and then line producer on the documentary feature film, Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life, which was nominated for an Academy Award. Her other credits include production manager of the live unit shoots for the animated feature, Dinosaur, Soarin' for the popular Disney's California Adventure theme park ride, and line producer for Arrest and Trial, The Christopher Lowell Show and Cell Dogs, and the Discovery Channel's Moments in Time.

A Place of Our Own (and Los Niños en Su Casa) is produced in association with 44 Blue Productions, Inc.

 

44 Blue Productions, Inc. , is one of America's top suppliers of reality, documentary, "how to" and action-adventure programming. Since its creation in 1984, the award-winning company has produced more than 400 hours of programming for leading U.S. broadcast and cable outlets such as A&E, Animal Planet, CBS, Court TV, Discovery Channel, ESPN, Fox Family, Lifetime, MSNBC, Nickelodeon, TLC, HGTV and Travel Channel. In addition to A Place of Our Own and Los Niños en Su Casa, 44 Blue Production's currently airing series include Lifetime's What Should You Do?, HGTV's Collector Inspector, A&E's Find & Design and Animal Planet's Cell Dogs, which won a Genesis Award for Best Reality Program in 2003. Premiering this fall is Caesars for A&E, the network's first reality series shot entirely in high-definition. Other programs from 44 Blue Productions include Discovery's The Christopher Lowell Show; Discovery Kids' Emmy-nominated Truth or Scare; MSNBC's Lockup: Inside America's Prisons and Tip of the Spear; and the award-winning History Channel documentary, The True Story of Black Hawk Down.

Content Advisors

Dr. Ann Barbour (Professor, Charter College of Education at California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA), specializing in Early Childhood Education). Dr. Barbour's research and publications are in the areas of appropriate practices, materials, and equipment in early childhood settings for all children regardless of background or ability, school-family partnerships, and relationships between social and physical competence. She has co-authored two books.

 

Currently, Dr. Barbour is involved in implementing and tracking a large-scale home-literacy backpack program in 28 urban elementary schools in Los Angeles. At CSULA she teaches graduate courses in early childhood curriculum development, school-family partnerships, and issues and trends in early childhood education. Dr. Barbour is a former preschool and elementary teacher.

Dr. Jeanette Betancourt (Assistant Vice President, Education and Research, Sesame Workshop) is responsible for conceptualizing, developing and researching program models and materials for Outreach Initiatives and Public Broadcasting Stations. In addition, she oversees content development for the Sesame Workshop production, Sagwa, the Chinese Siamese Cat. She works collaboratively with several Sesame Workshop divisions to assure that content, language and educational strategies are appropriate for diverse groups, particularly the Latino community.

 

Prior to joining Sesame Workshop, Dr. Betancourt was the Director for Project Visiones, a bilingual vocational training program for Latino child care professionals at the Institute for Urban and Minority Education, Teachers College, Columbia University. Dr. Betancourt is a licensed bilingual speech and language pathologist and educational therapist, with a specialty in treating families and children with psychiatric disorders. She has worked at several university hospitals, schools systems and private organizations.
 

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