The Talk – Race in America

Production Bios

Air date: 02/20/2017

The Talk – Race in America

Production Biographies

Sam Pollard

Director and Supervising Producer

Sam Pollard is an accomplished feature film and television video editor and a documentary producer/director whose work spans almost 30 years.  As producer/director, he completed a 90-minute documentary titled August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand for the PBS series American Masters.

His first assignment as a documentary producer came in 1989 for Henry Hampton’s Blackside production Eyes on The Prize II: America at the Racial Crossroads. For one of the episodes in this series, he received an Emmy. Eight years later, he returned to Blackside as co-executive producer/producer of Hampton’s last documentary series, I’ll Make Me a World: Stories of African-American Artists and Community. For the series, Pollard received the George Peabody Award.

Between 1990 and 2010, Pollard edited a number of Spike Lee’s films:  Mo’ Better Blues, Jungle FeverGirl 6Clockers, and Bamboozled. As well, Pollard and Lee co-produced a number of documentary productions for the small and big screen:  Spike Lee Presents Mike Tyson, a biographical sketch for HBO for which Pollard received an Emmy; Four Little Girls, a feature-length documentary about the 1963 Birmingham church bombings, which was nominated for an Academy Award; and When the Levees Broke, a four-part documentary that won numerous awards, including a Peabody and three Emmy Awards. Five years later, he co-produced and supervised the edit on the follow-up to Levees, If God Is Willing and Da Creek Don’t Rise.

 In 2012, as a producer/director, Pollard completed Slavery by Another Name, a 90-minute documentary for PBS that was in competition at the Sundance Festival; that same year, he completed editing on the feature-length documentary Venus and Serena, televised nationally on Showtime. For American Masters, Pollard also wrote, directed and produced Marvin Gaye: What’s Going On and directed Zora Neale Hurston: Jump at the Sun and John Ford/John Wayne: The Filmmaker and the Legend.


Julie Anderson

Producer and Executive Producer, The Talk – Race in America

Executive Producer of Documentaries & Development, WNET 

Julie Anderson is the executive producer of Documentaries & Development at WNET. She has creative oversight of a variety of production projects, including The Talk – Race in America, and manages the efforts of multiple outside production companies simultaneously. She is also responsible for oversight of all research and development, production, delivery, distribution and station relations matters, while ensuring journalistic integrity.

Prior to WNET, Anderson served as a producer for HBO Documentary Films, where she oversaw all aspects of production. Her work on the documentary short God Is the Bigger Elvis (HBO, 2012) earned her an Academy Award nomination. Preceding her work at HBO, Anderson served as creator, executive producer, program development for CNN’s iReport Film Festival. She also worked as co-creator and executive producer for ESPN’s 60-minute magazine series, E:60, and as creator, executive producer for BET’s 60-minute talk show, Meet the Faith. Anderson is an Academy Award-nominated producer and has received four Emmy Awards and two Peabody Awards as a producer and director.