FRANK R. DAWSON | Co-Producer, Co-Director
Frank R. Dawson is the Interim Dean of Career Education at the Santa Monica College Center for Media and Design and a former Chair of the Communication and Media Studies Department. Frank is also a Producer, writer, and founding partner in NuHouse Media Group, a Company originally formed to develop and produce television series, movies for television, and cable television features in association with CBS Entertainment Productions. He is the Co-Producer/Director of the documentary film, Agents of Change.
Frank began his broadcasting career in Radio as an on-air personality and producer before joining the Advertising and Promotion department at the CBS television network in Los Angeles where he wrote and produced series promos and television movie opening sequences. As a Primetime TV Executive at CBS, Frank later coordinated the development of series scripts and production of television series including, "Private Benjamin", “Alice”, "Magnum, P.I”, and "Cagney and Lacey".
At Universal’s Television Division, Frank first served as Director of Comedy Development, where he was involved in the production of "Charles In Charge" (CBS) and "Domestic Life" (CBS). As Director of Programming, he served as Universal's production executive on the NBC dramatic series, "Miami Vice", while also spearheading the creation and launching of the ABC network comedy series, "He’s The Mayor".
As Senior Vice President of Television for SI Communications (SI) in Burbank, California, Frank supervised production and development activities of the company in the syndication market. He was Co-Executive Producer of “Story of A People”, a syndicated television program hosted by Debbie Allen and Joe Morton, as well as “The Other Side of Victory”, an innovative sports magazine program that was hosted by “Good Morning America’s” Robin Roberts and Fox Sports’ James Brown. As a partner in the media company, “2002 Communications”, Frank was a producer of Tavis Smiley’s first television talk show series pilot.
Frank Dawson earned his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and a Master of Science degree in Television and Radio from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University, where he has been inducted into the school's professional gallery of distinguished alumni.
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ABBY GINZBERG | Co-Producer, Co-Director
Abby Ginzberg, has been producing award-winning documentaries about race and social justice for the past 30 years. She is the co-producer and co-director of Agents of Change, which premiered at the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles and won the Jury and the Audience Award for Best Feature Documentary. Abby attended Cornell during the time depicted in the film.
Her feature award-winning documentary, Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa (2014) won a Peabody award and has screened at film festivals around the world. It has won four audience awards for Best Documentary. It also won an Outstanding Achievement Humanitarian Award from the Global Film Awards. It will be broadcast on public television later this spring and a segment will be broadcast on Independent Lens in April, 2016.
Her work as a documentary filmmaker took her to the Academy Awards in 2012 with a short documentary film, The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement, for which she was the Consulting Producer. The Barber premiered at Sundance in 2011 and won numerous awards for Best Short Documentary at film festivals across the US.
Abby’s documentaries, Soul of Justice: Thelton Henderson’s American Journey and Cruz Reynoso: Sowing the Seeds of Justice (about an African American and Latino judge) have aired on public television and been screened at film festivals across the United States and abroad and won numerous awards, including a Silver Gavel and CINE Golden Eagle for Soul of Justice.
Her short films, Cracking the Habit and recovering lives, uncovering hope, have been critical in helping to document model programs for both adult and juvenile drug courts, as well as other successful programs for at-risk youth. She has also documented the innovative work of cities in combatting the HIV epidemic with films about Oakland, Miami and the Bronx. She produced Turning the Tide Together for the Opening Session of the AIDS 2012 conference in Washington, DC.
She is the President of the Berkeley Film Foundation, which has awarded over $900,000 in grants to documentary filmmakers; is on the Boards of the Thelton Henderson Center for Social Justice at UC Berkeley Law School, The Impact Fund and the Yale Law School Visual Advocacy Project. She was selected as a Gerbode Foundation Fellow in 2008.