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Richard Wormser - Series Producer, Director and Writer

Richard Wormser has produced over 100 film and video programs for television, government, education, and industry. His work for public television includes THE OTHER SIDE OF VICTORY, THINK GLOBALLY, ACT LOCALLY, THE FIGHTING MINISTERS, DEATH FOR A JUVENILE?, and UP FROM THE ASHES. He has won over 20 awards for his film work and is also the author of 13 books for young people on American history and society. He is currently writing THE RISE AND FALL OF JIM CROW, the companion book to the series, for St. Martin's Press.
Bill Jersey - Series Producer, Director and Writer

Bill Jersey has been creating television documentaries for over 40 years. His credits include the 1965 Academy Award nominated A TIME FOR BURNING, hailed at the time by Fred Friendly as the "best civil rights film ever made." Mr. Jersey has won major awards for subsequent films, including an Emmy for CHILDREN OF VIOLENCE and a duPont Columbia Silver Baton for THE FIRST FIFTY YEARS: REFLECTIONS ON U.S.-SOVIET RELATIONS. His SUPERCHIEF: THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF EARL WARREN received both Academy Award and Emmy Award nominations. Mr. Jersey's other projects include THE GLORY AND THE POWER, on religious fundamentalism, LOYALTY AND BETRAYAL: THE STORY OF THE AMERICAN MOB, for FOX television, and most recently, for WGBH, WHAT ABOUT GOD?, a look at the continuing conflicts between evolutionists and creationists.
Sam Pollard - Series Producer, Director and Writer

Sam Pollard's feature film and documentary accomplishments span almost 30 years. His producing credits include Spike Lee's ACADEMY and Emmy Award-nominated FOUR LITTLE GIRLS, which documents the infamous 1964 Alabama black church bombing by the Ku Klux Klan that killed four young girls. Mr. Pollard's other credits include Blackside, Inc.'s EYES ON THE PRIZE II: AMERICA AT THE RACIAL CROSSWORDS, for which he won an Emmy Award for writing. He served as co-executive producer on Blackside's six-part public television series, I'LL MAKE ME A WORLD: STORIES OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN ARTISTS AND COMMUNITY. Mr. Pollard has been editor of several feature films, including CLOCKERS, IRON MIKE, MO' BETTER BLUES, JUNGLE FEVER, and GIRL 6. Most recently, Mr. Pollard served as co-producer on the upcoming JIM BROWN ALL-AMERICAN, directed by Spike Lee.
William R. Grant - Executive Producer
Director of Science, Natural History, and Features Programs for Thirteen/WNET New York William R. Grant joined Thirteen in 1995 after 12 years at WGBH in Boston, where he was managing editor of FRONTLINE, and then, for 10 years executive editor of NOVA. He also served as executive producer of both LIVING AGAINST THE ODDS and MADE IN AMERICA? At Thirteen, he has served as executive producer of INNOVATION, GOING PLACES, AMERICA ON WHEELS, SAVAGE SKIES, SAVAGE EARTH, KNIFE TO THE HEART, STEPHEN HAWKING'S UNIVERSE, ON THE TRAIL OF MARK TWAIN, THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT, ECHOES FROM THE WHITE HOUSE, and executive in charge of WARSHIP, among others. Previously, Mr. Grant was a reporter and editor at THE DETROIT FREE PRESS and THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, where his work won numerous awards. He began his journalism career while in high school at the WINCHESTER (KY) SUN and also worked at the LOUISVILLE COURIER-JOURNAL and the LEXINGTON HERALD-LEADER. In 1979-80, he was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.
Quest Productions
THE RISE AND FALL OF JIM CROW is a co-production of Quest Productions, Videoline Productions, and Thirteen/WNET New York.
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