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Jennifer Lawson
Co-Executive Producer

Jennifer Lawson is a producer and consultant based in Washington, D.C., where she heads Magic Box Mediaworks, Inc., the independent production company that joined forces with Thirteen/WNET New York and National Geographic Television for the creation of the AFRICA series. The eight-part program was inspired in large part by her own experiences in Tanzania, where she lived from 1970 to 1972. Since that time, she has continued to travel extensively throughout the continent. In 1990, Entertainment Weekly cited her as one of the "101 Most Influential People in Entertainment"; four years later, she appeared on the Hollywood Reporter's list of the "Power 50," the 50 most influential women in entertainment.

Ms. Lawson provides consulting to producers and broadcasters in the areas of program development, fundraising, marketing, management, and strategic planning. Prior to joining Magic Box, she served as executive vice president for Programming and Promotion Services at PBS, the first chief programming executive in public television history. In that capacity, she was responsible for the highly successful broadcasts of two of PBS's most acclaimed presentations, The Civil War and Baseball. Ms. Lawson also played a key role in the development of children's series including Barney & Friends, Lamb Chop's Play-Along and Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?

A graduate of Columbia University, where she earned an M.F.A. in film production, Ms. Lawson also worked for the Corporation of Public Broadcasting and as chief executive officer of The Film Fund, a New York organization devoted to assisting independent filmmakers.

Fred Kaufman
Co-Executive Producer

Since 1991, Fred Kaufman has served as executive producer of Nature, the Emmy Award-winning series produced by Thirteen/WNET New York for PBS. He has been an integral part of the show's production since its 1982 premiere. Additionally, Mr. Kaufman is the director of Natural History for Thirteen.

As executive producer of Nature, Mr. Kaufman has brought viewers more than 100 documentaries and mini-series, including Horses, Extraordinary Dogs and Extraordinary Cats, Dolphins: Close Encounters, John Denver: Let This Be a Voice, The Urban Elephant, The Octopus Show, Wild Horses of Mongolia with Julia Roberts, and Antarctica: The End of the Earth.

Mr. Kaufman has forged several strategic partnerships as head of Nature, including those with National Geographic Television and the BBC. In 1994, he was named executive producer of In the Wild, a series of specials hosted by celebrities like Robin Williams and Goldie Hawn. He also holds an executive production credit for the 1993 mini-series The World of Nature, hosted by Walter Cronkite.

Christine Weber
Co-Executive Producer

As executive producer for National Geographic Television, Christine Weber oversees production of in-house series for the National Geographic Channels as well as special projects for PBS.

Before becoming executive producer, Ms. Weber was a staff producer for NGT. Her films garnered seven Emmy nominations and four Emmy awards, including two for best program in their category - Search for Battleship Bismarck and U-Boats: Terror on our Shores.

Ms. Weber began her career in Los Angeles working on documentaries and live television which aired on all three major U.S. networks and PBS. She joined the Washington office of National Geographic Television in 1987, producing many films for Explorer and the highly acclaimed PBS special, Lost Kingdoms of the Maya.

Weber has worked both in the fields of Natural History and "people" programming. Her other films include, Among the Baboons, Flight Over Africa, Coming of Age With Elephants, and Last Voyage of the Andrea Doria.

Jeremy Bradshaw
Co-Executive Producer

Jeremy Bradshaw is the managing director of Tigress Productions, a documentary production company he founded in 1991 as a joint venture with Tiger Aspect Productions. Since then, Mr.Bradshaw has made 140 films for both British and American television, all focusing on issues relating to the environment, wildlife, anthropology, and/or adventure.

His credits include Wild Indonesia, which aired on PBS, Monkey Business, Cheetahs in a Hot Spot, ManEaters, and several presentations of In the Wild, including Zoo Babies with Whoopi Goldberg, Wolves with Timothy Dalton, Lions with Anthony Hopkins, and Operation Lemur with John Cleese. His work has earned 25 awards and nominations in Europe, the United States and the United Kingdom.

Mr. Bradshaw studied zoology at Oxford University and is currently a fellow of the Zoological Society of London and of the Royal Geographic Society.

Andrew Jackson

Andrew Jackson began his television career with BBC News and Current Affairs in 1978. In 1986, he joined the BBC Natural History unit in Bristol, where he directed several award- winning series. He left the BBC in 1992 but returned shortly thereafter as a freelance director working on several shows for BBC One and Two.

Mr. Jackson joined Tigress Productions in 1994. At Tigress, he directed the In The Wild specials, working with luminaries including Julia Roberts, Goldie Hawn and Christopher Reeve.

He now oversees the Tigress production offices in Bristol.