Shakespeare Uncovered – Series 3

Panelist Bios

Shakespeare Uncovered

Panelist Biographies

 

Helen Hunt

@HelenHunt

Helen Hunt has enjoyed a distinguished career not only as an award-winning actress, but more recently as an accomplished writer, director and producer.  As an actress, her extensive and diverse body of work includes roles in film, theater and television.

Hunt will next be seen in the inspirational drama Live Like Line opposite Erin Moriarty, Tiera Skovbye and William Hurt, and also in Netflix’s Candy Jar opposite Christina Hendricks and Uzo Aduba. Hunt will also be starting production soon on Zodiac Picture’s horror-thriller I See You.

Hunt was last seen on television in the Fox drama series Shots Fired alongside Sanaa Lathan, Stephen James, Tristan Mack Wilds, Richard Dreyfuss and True Blood alum Stephen Moyer. The series examines the dangerous aftermath of racially charged shootings in a small town in North Carolina. Hunt portrays Patricia Eamons, the fictional governor of North Carolina.

In 2012, Hunt’s performance in the The Sessions earned her an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female and notations in the same category by the Academy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, SAG Awards, Broadcast Film Critics’ Awards and the BAFTA Awards.  The film premiered in competition at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and took home the Audience Award as well as the jury prize for Best Ensemble. Other film credits include Ride (which Hunt also co-wrote, produced and directed), Decoding Annie Parker, Soul Surfer, Every Day, Bobby, Then She Found Me (which Hunt again also co-wrote, produced and directed), As Good as It Gets, What Women Want, Castaway, A Good Woman, Woody Allen’s The Curse of the Jade Scorpion, Robert Altman’s Dr. T and the Women, Pay It Forward and Twister. Early career film credits are The Waterdance, Kiss of Death, Mr. Saturday Night, Peggy Sue Got Married, Next of Kin, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, Project X. and Miles From Home.

Additional television credits include Mad About You and the critically acclaimed HBO miniseries Empire Falls. For her role as Jamie Buchman in Mad About You, Hunt garnered four Emmy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards (three as lead actress and one as producer for Best Comedy) and a Screen Actors Guild Award.  She was also named Best Actress for her role in the film As Good as It Gets, for which she won a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award and an Oscar.

As a director, Hunt recently helmed an episode of Ryan Murphy’s FX anthology series Feud: Bette and Joan, CBS’ Life in Pieces and NBC’s This Is Us. Hunt is currently in production as director on two new ABC series, Splitting Up Together and For the People. Additional television directing incudes ABC’s Revenge, Showtime’s House of Lies, Californication, Mad About You and The Paul Reiser Show.

In 2007, she directed her first feature film, Then She Found Me, based on a novel by Elinor Lipman. Hunt also co-wrote, produced and starred in this critically acclaimed and commercially successful film opposite Colin Firth, Matthew Broderick and Bette Midler. In 2014, Hunt again wrote, directed, produced and starred in her second feature film Ride, a story about a mother (Hunt) traveling cross-country to California to be with her son (Brenton Thwaites) after he decides to drop out of school and become a surfer.

Hunt is an equally accomplished theater actress who reprised the role of Stage Manager in David Cromer’s production of Our Town in 2012 at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica. Hunt first played the  Stage Manager in the 2010 New York production of Our Town at the Barrow Street Theater. Her Broadway credits include Twelfth Night (Viola) at Lincoln Center and Life X Three at Circle in the Square Theater. Other theatre credits are Taming of the Shrew at NYSF-Shakespeare in the Park, Been Taken at EST, Much Ado About Nothing (Beatrice) at the Shakespeare Center L.A, The Guy and Methusalem with the Actor’s Gang, The Value of Names at the Skylight Theatre and Love Letters in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Boston.

A Los Angeles native, Hunt grew up in an artistic environment. Her late father, Gordon Hunt, was a director and respected acting coach.

 

Nicola Stockley

Series Producer

Nicola Stockley is an acclaimed documentary director who has made films for both UK and international broadcasters. During her career, she has always made deeply personal films even when they have been about complex subjects. She has made films for BBC Religion and Ethics, for the award-winning BBC series Horizon, as well as programs on history and the arts. Recent credits include A Very British Renaissance, Horizon, Mad but Glad, Who Do Want Your Child to Be and The Highest Court in the Land, about Britain’s Supreme Court.

Stockley has been involved with shaping Shakespeare Uncovered from the first series and will have produced and directed 9 of the 18 films by the end of this series.

 

Richard Denton

Series Producer

Richard Denton is a producer with decades of experience in documentary television, including films on the arts, nature and religion. Recent credits include Jonathan Miller’s three-part series on atheism, A Brief History of Disbelief, which aired on public television in the U.S., and The Search for the Garden of Eden for Discovery. Earlier films include Comrades, an award-winning series about the Soviet Union, with WGBH; Elementary My Dear Viewer, Richard E. Grant’s guide to Sherlock Holmes; Ancient Voices, a 20-part history series; and A Visit From Vanya, about the Moscow Arts Theatre’s visit to Oxford to work on a production of Uncle Vanya. His many awards include the BAFTA (the British equivalent of the Oscar).

Denton served for six years as commissioning editor of the documentary series Everyman for BBC Religious Programs and for two years as head of documentaries for Planet Wild. He is the founder and managing director of the independent production company 116 Films. Denton conceived Shakespeare Uncovered and is a primary writer/producer along with Nicola Stockley.


Stephen Segaller

Executive-in-Charge

Vice President, Programming, WNET

@StephenSegaller

Stephen Segaller oversees all national programming from WNET’s producing subsidiaries – THIRTEEN, WLIW21 Creative News Group and NJTV. These productions include Nature, Great Performances, American Masters, Secrets of the Dead, PBS NewsHour Weekend, and Cyberchase; documentary series featuring Henry Louis Gates Jr., Niall Ferguson, and Simon Schama; and numerous special projects: in 2016-17 Time for School, Dream On!, Birth of a Movement, The Talk, Dead Reckoning, Shakespeare Uncovered, now in production for its third season, and Women, War & Peace, now in final post for its second season.

At WNET, he has executive-produced PBS documentary series such as Ascent of Money and The War of the World, both with Niall Ferguson; Extreme Oil; Red Gold: The Epic Story of Blood; individual documentaries such as Srebrenica – A Cry From the Grave; David Grubin’s Kofi Annan: Center of the Storm; Walter Cronkite’s last two documentaries, City At War: London Calling and Legacy of War; the films of Frederick Wiseman; films by Roger Weisberg, including the Academy Award-nominated Sound and Fury; Worse Than War with Daniel Goldhagen, directed by Mike DeWitt; Orchestra of Exiles by Josh Aronson; It’s a Hard Knock Life: Annie by Joshua Seftel; and Shakespeare Uncovered, produced by Richard Denton, a unique series that brings the personal passions of its celebrated hosts to tell the stories behind Shakespeare’s greatest plays.

Segaller created the international documentary series Wide Angle and the investigative journalism series Exposē for PBS. In 2011, he was executive-in-charge of the multiple award-winning documentary series Women, War & Peace – produced by Abigail Disney, Gini Reticker and Pamela Hogan – the first series ever to consider war, conflict and peacemaking from the point of view of women as combatants, casualties and peacemakers.

Since 2010, Segaller has developed and launched several multi-platform reporting initiatives, distributed on national and local television, on public radio and online. Blueprint America explored the national infrastructure crisis across 20 hours of content. Chasing the Dream, an exploration of poverty, income inequality and opportunity, includes national primetime documentaries, local coverage, online webisodes and collaboration with the public radio series On the Media.