Pioneers explores the lives and legacies of those men and women who helped pave the way for development, success and innovation in our region. Business pioneer, philanthropist and titan Reginald F. Lewis is the subject of the pilot episode of this new local documentary series.
Pioneers: Reginald Lewis and the Making of a Billion Dollar Empire is a production of WLIW LLC in association with WNET. WNET is the parent company of WLIW21 and THIRTEEN, New York’s public television stations and operator of NJTV.
Geraldine Moriba is executive producer. Ann Benjamin is director. Rachel Kahn Taylor and Elizabeth Muentes are associate producers. Diane Masciale is vice president and general manager of WLIW21 and executive producer of local production, including the Pioneers series.
Major support for Pioneers: Reginald F. Lewis and the Making of a Billion Dollar Empire has been provided by Tarrus and Kimberly Richardson, Robert F. Smith, David J. Grain, the Kappa Alpha Psi Foundation, Inc., and Dale LeFebvre.
Additional program support has been provided by 645 Ventures Management; Former Directors and Executives of TLC Beatrice: Bimal Amin, James and Bose Obi, Ricardo and Eleanor Olivarez, and Terri L. Pike; Daphne Dufresne; GenNx360; Leslie Hale; Members of the Harvard Law School Class of 1968: Mr. and Mrs. Peter Allen Atkins, Roger Lowenstein, and Harvey I. Saferstein; Raymond J. McGuire; Kneeland C. Youngblood; and the Reginald F. Lewis College of Business at Virginia State University.
Support for outreach and community engagement has been provided by The Reginald F. Lewis Foundation; Frank Baker; Valentino Carlotti; Troy and Rebecca Carter; Kenneth and Kathryn Chenault; Former Directors and Executives of TLC Beatrice: Peter Offermann, Butch Meily, and Charles Clarkson; Members of the Harvard Business School OPM30 Class: Lui Kisagun, Bruce Reed, Christopher Kinsey, Parag and Mena Mehta, Grants Jewelry, and Stanford A. Weiner; Bill and Jill Slattery, Harvard Law School Class of 1968; Kevin Hone; Jim Gunton; Glenn Hunter; Robert Tubman; and Georgetta Gittens.