History Makers 2008 Summit in New York January 17-19

    Ric Burns, Chris Eyre, Andrew Marr and Antony Thomas
    Join Sir David Frost in line-up

    TORONTO, Dec. 13 /CNW/ - Executive Producer Bill Nemtin announced new
additions to the schedule and talent pool of History Makers 2008 Summit. Award
winning filmmaker Antony Thomas, BBC journalist and political commentator
Andrew Marr, filmmakers Ric Burns and Chris Eyre will join Sir David Frost in
the lineup. Registration is now open, and Early Bird registration deadline is
November 30. For more information and to register go to
    Filmmaker Antony Thomas has written, directed and produced 40 major
documentaries and dramas, including the sensation causing Death of a Princess
and most recently, Tankman on the Tianeman Square Demonstration. He is also a
highly-acclaimed author. Thomas's films have taken the top prizes at numerous
documentary festivals, including the most prestigious -- the Emmy Award, the
George Foster Peabody Award, the British Academy Award and the Grierson Award
for best British Documentary. Mr. Thomas is currently producing a film for the
UK's Channel 4 on the Qu'ran and will conduct a masterclass that explores the
current myths and stereotypes surrounding the most arguably ideologically
influential text in the world. He will present his own perspective on what
every History Producer should know about Islam and its Sacred Book.
    Andrew Marr was the political editor for the BBC from 2000 until 2005 and
is one of the most respected and popular personalities on the BBC. His recent
Series, Andrew Marr's History of Modern Britain was a popular and critical Hit
on BBC2, attracting audiences of over 3 million and rave reviews. Chris
Granlund joins Andrew Marr and BBC Timewatch Editor John Farren to present a
Master Class on Contemporary History. They will examine how familiar news
clips from the recent past can be given new life with an entirely new voice
and storyline.
    Ric Burns, a documentary filmmaker and writer will pair up with
accomplished director and producer Chris Eyre. They will be presenting at
History Makers We Shall Remain, a landmark American Experience series on PBS
which examines the strategies adopted by Native Americans during the last 300
years in the face of persecution. Burns has been writing, directing and
producing historical documentaries for nearly 20 years, since his
collaboration on the celebrated PBS series Civil War. He has directed several
programs for WGBH Boston's American Experience, including Coney Island, The
Donner Party, and The Way West. He is probably best known for his series New
York: A Documentary Film, which premiered nationally on PBS. Chris Eyre an
enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Aropahs tribe of Oklahoma brings his
experience as a successful drama director (Smoke Signals, Skinwalkers., A
Thousand Roads).
    Bill Nemtin, Executive producer of History Makers expressed delight at
the latest additions to the schedule of sessions. "We are presenting the top
talents in the world of program creation. Thomas, Burns, and Eyre have
produced programs that I have enjoyed and truly admire, and I am so pleased to
be presenting Andrew Marr of the BBC and his work beyond the UK. We are all in
for a treat."
    AETN's The History Channel, plays host to this year's Summit. Leading
Commissioning Editors and programmers are confirmed from key international
broadcasters, including BBC, CBC, National Film Board of Canada, History
Television Canada, The History Channel (UK & Spain), National Geographic RAI,
WGBH, and ZDF. For more information on History Makers 2008 including a full
schedule of sessions visit our website at www.HistoryMakers2008.com

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