I wrote this episode of Investigation Discovery's recreation-based true crime hit "Stalked: Someone's Watching" while also acting as supervising story producer for the entire fourth season. Besides script editing and story development, my duties also included conducting the interviews with our expert/host and directing most of our narration sessions.
"Stalked" is a ratings powerhouse for Discovery, typically drawing a 1.15 rating and about .90 in the demo.
This clip presents the climax of the tragic story of Christen Naujoks and her obsessed, psychotic ex-boyfriend John Peck.
Britain's Channel 4 commissioned a four-part verité-style documentary on the lives and loves of two households—one lesbian, another gay male—in the world-famous gay resort community of Fire Island Pines, New York. I directed and produced in the men’s household—and also served as camera operator, DP, story editor, and a few other uncredited positions. The show earned a 1.1 rating/10 share during its Summer ’99 run in England, narrated by Stephen Fry. It aired in the U.S. on the Bravo Channel in the Summer of 2000, without the Fry narration.
My big break into long-form television was getting hired as a producing editor (or "preditor," in Hollywood parlance) for an episode from season two of The Real World (aka the lost Los Angeles season that no one seems to have seen). It was a great gig, and opened my eyes to whole new worlds of story-telling techniques that I'd previously known almost nothing about.
In this clip, housemates try to figure out what to do about Glenn and the ever-present members of his band, Perch.
This may be the world's only opportunity to see any of the pilot that sold Road Rules to MTV, "predited" by yours truly. The network recast the show before the first season began, and thus the pilot never aired.
For Discovery, I wrote, produced and directed an hour-long true crime special on romance con artists. Our tag line was, "First they steal your heart, then they steal your wallet." In this short clip, one of our victims explains how she pried a rental car away from the charmer who suckered her for thousands.
This brief clip from my episode of History's
Lost & Found, on the History Channel, concerns the long and
convoluted tale of the head of England's head of state. Narrated with
dry humor by Edward Herrmann. The three animations in this clip were all
created by me in After Effects.
When Speedvision, the car-boat-plane channel, launched in 1996, they wanted a hosted half-hour show that would introduce their line-up of aviation programming. I wrote, produced, and directed the program, which we shot at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.
Speedvision Preview clip script excerpt
This show covering all of WWII European Aviation in one hour (whew!) was originally developed as a companion home video for a CD-ROM project. But it came out so well that Discovery asked us to adapt it for television, and still runs it from time to time on its cable channels.
Wings Over Europe clip script excerpt
I wrote 14 episodes of the travelog-cum-history series Historic Traveler for the Travel Channel. In this brief clip, we journey to Sutter's Mill on the Sacramento River for the earth-shaking discovery in 1849 of (gasp) GOLD!
For the HGTV series Old Homes Restored, I traveled to the incredibly picturesque town of Eureka, on California's far northern coast. There I wrote and produced this segment on the incredible lengths a married couple went to for a perfectly authentic restoration of their old Victorian.
This is a clip from an 11-minute segment I reported and produced for
the public television gay-interest show In the
Life, on the massive Millennium March on Washington in 2000,
and all the related behind-the-scenes mischief.
I created this thirty-second multi-layer animated show open in Adobe After Effects for the Wingspan Network (later acquired by Discovery).
This show open is a one minute 3D animation that features a drafting table strewn with drafting tools (modeled by me) and 'magazine clippings' that display rolling video, executed in Infini-D back in the dark ages (1996) when this was something of an achievement.
For nearly a decade, I was the voice of short top-of-the-hour radio newscasts for a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender audience. This is a typical four-minute newscast, which I edited, produced, and anchored. Between April 2003, when I put OutQ News on the air for SiriusXM, and October 2012, I anchored more than 12,000 such hourlies.
2010 was the second U.S. census to count same-sex couples and the first
since the advent of gay marriage, which allowed further refinement to
the demographic estimate of the percentage of LGBT people in the
population. For OutQ's 2011 Year in Review special, I spoke with the
researcher who did by far the most public work in this area, Gary Gates,
a demographer for The Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law.
For OutQ's special on the tenth anniversary of September 11th, I flew
to San Francisco to interview the mother of Mark Bingham, one of
the heroes who brought down United Flight 93 rather than see the
jetliner used as a weapon of mass destruction. This intimate 11-minute
segment also focuses on the handsome and charismatic Bingham's avid
promotion of rugby within the gay community and the remarkable bond
between Bingham and his mother, Alice Hoagland.
OutQ's 'Year-in-Review' specials gave me an annual two-hour opportunity
to use my skill at ad libbing from notes. In this clip from our 2011
show, I cover advances in the criminal trial of two Rutgers University
students charged with spying via webcam on a gay classmate's sexual
encounter with a man.
Some OutQ specials were event-driven live coverage, like our two-hour show on the Saturday in July 2011 that same-sex marriage dawned in New York State. I anchored from our studios in Times Square, while OutQ's Xorje Olivares reported from the city clerk's office downtown, where hundreds of eager gay and lesbian couples lined up to be among the first in the state to marry.
My first foray into online/print journalism is this 1,600 word reported story on the debate over the effectiveness of boycotts against companies with pro- or anti-gay policies.
This brief clip is from a 1997 promotional video for a then-new luxury
real estate development in South Florida. I wrote the script while on
staff at a (now-defunct) production company that had originally hired me
to write the "Historic Traveler" series for Travel Channel, a clip from
which can be found elsewhere on this page.
This video won a Gold PRISM Award in Marketing from the Gold Coast Builders Association.
Last updated: 11 Feb 2014