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William Cran: Series Producer and Writer

Creative Director, Paladin/Invision Productions Ltd.
William Cran began his career 30 years ago at the BBC, where he spent eight years, including two as a producer for the flagship documentary program Panorama. In 1979, after leaving the BBC to work as a freelance documentarian in Canada and the United States, Mr. Cran embarked on a long professional relationship with WGBH in Boston. Since then he has made some 50 full-length documentaries and won more than two dozen awards, including Emmy, duPont-Columbia and New York Film Festival Awards. Among his many notable projects are CHACHAJI MY POOR RELATION, 88 SECONDS IN GREENSBORO, THE SEARCH FOR MISSING MARCOS MILLIONS, THE SECRET FILE ON J. EDGAR HOOVER, THE MYSTERIOUS CAREER OF LEE HARVEY OSWALD, PABLO ESCOBAR THE GODFATHER OF COCAINE, and AMBUSH IN MOGADISHU, which he wrote, produced and directed, all for WGBH, and Nelson's Trafalgar, for Channel 4 (U.K.). Mr. Cran has also produced major series including THE STORY OF ENGLISH (BBC Television), THE PRIZE: THE EPIC QUEST FOR OIL, MONEY AND POWER (WGBH), FROM JESUS TO CHRIST (WGBH), RED FILES (PBS/DDE), and COMMANDING HEIGHTS (WGBH). He developed the storyline and worked as executive producer of the HBO movie HOSTILE WATERS, which starred Rutger Hauer, Martin Sheen and Max von Sydow. Most recently, he has been the series producer of 1421: THE YEAR CHINA DISCOVERED AMERICA? (PBS/Pearson), and DO YOU SPEAK AMERICAN? (Thirteen/WNET New York). Mr. Cran was born in Australia, educated at Westminster School and Oxford University, and was one of six graduates (out of 3,000) to be chosen as General Trainee by the BBC. He co-authored the international best-seller THE STORY OF ENGLISH and has just completed the companion book to DO YOU SPEAK AMERICAN?, as co-author.

Stephen Segaller: Series Executive Producer

Director of News and Public Affairs Programming, Thirteen/WNET New York
As the director of news and public affairs programming at Thirteen/WNET New York, the flagship PBS station in New York, Stephen Segaller is responsible for overseeing the development and production of newsmagazines such as RELIGION & ETHICS NEWSWEEKLY, documentary series such as LOCAL NEWS, ALLIES AT WAR, and KOFI ANNAN: CENTER OF THE STORM, as well as documentary specials such as the award-winning SREBRENICA: A CRY FROM THE GRAVE. A 25-year veteran of the television industry, Mr. Segaller has also written three books: INVISIBLE ARMIES: TERRORISM INTO THE 1990S, WISDOM OF THE DREAM: THE WORLD OF C.G. JUNG, and NERDS 2.0.1, A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE INTERNET, the companion volume to the PBS series of the same name, which Mr. Segaller produced. In 2002, he created the prime-time international documentary series WIDE ANGLE. Currently in its third season, WIDE ANGLE has reported on stories in more than 20 countries and on every major continent, and won multiple journalism awards.

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