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, a Peabody award-winning director, has been producing compelling documentaries about race and social justice for over 30 years. Her film, And Then They Came for Us (2017), about the connection between the incarceration of Japanese Americans during WW II and the current Muslim travel ban won a Silver Gavel Award and has played in major cities and at film festivals across the country. Throughout the course of the last year, she has presented the film to college audiences, community groups and in theaters.
She co-produced and co-directed Agents of Change (2016; with Frank Dawson), which premiered at the Pan African Film Festival where it won the Jury and the Audience Awards for Best Feature Documentary and a Paul Robeson Award from the Newark Black Film Festival. It was supported by California Humanities and broadcast on America Reframed in February, 2018. Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa won a 2015 Peabody award and has screened at film festivals around the world, winning four audience awards. It was broadcast on public television in July, 2016. She was the Consulting Producer on The Barber of Birmingham, which premiered at Sundance in 2011 and was nominated for an Oscar® in the Short Doc category, and was directed by Robin Fryday and Gail Dolgin.
She is currently in post-production on Waging Change, a Ford-Foundation funded film about the challenges faced by restaurant servers forced to live on tips. She is in the middle of production on her film Warrior for Peace and Justice: Barbara Lee’s Courageous Voice about Rep. Barbara Lee who is a member of the Budget and Appropriations Committee, Co-Chair of the Pro-Choice Caucus, former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus and a Senior Democratic Whip. She also serves as chair of the Democratic Whip Task Force on Poverty.