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, featuring George Takei), 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, at film festivals across the country and in Japan. Throughout the course of the last year, she has presented the film to college audiences, community groups and in theaters.
Ginzberg co-produced and co-directed Agents of Change (2016; with Frank Dawson, featuring Danny Glover), 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 2018 and 2019. Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa (Executive Produced by Alfre Woodard, featuring Archbishop Desmond Tutu and President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa) 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 in 2012. The film was directed by Robin Fryday and Gail Dolgin.
Ginzberg has also produced and directed two award-winning films about little known judges from California. Soul of Justice: Thelton Henderson's American Journey (2005) profiled the life and career of one of the first African American judges on the federal bench in San Francisco. Cruz Reynoso: Sowing the Seeds of Justice documented the story of a son of farmworkers who went on to become the first Latino to be appointed to the California Supreme Court.
Ginzberg's film, Waging Change (featuring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) about the challenges faced by restaurant servers forced to live off tips, will premiere at DOC NYC in November, 2019.
Ginzberg is currently completing Stay Woke: Barbara Lee Speaks for Me (featuring Danny Glover, Alice Walker, Van Jones, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Rep. John Lewis), a documentary about Rep. Barbara Lee, who cast the lone NO vote in Congress against the blanket authorization of military force following 9/11 and who has spent the last 21 years in Congress as a consistent voice for peace and justice.