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Maro Chermayeff

Producer, Director, Author

Maro is a producer, director and former television executive whose numerous documentary films and television programs have toured the world in prestigious festivals (Sundance Telluride, London, Berlin), played theatrically, broadcast on prime time television and won multiple awards. She has made films and event television series for PBS, HBO, A&E, TLC, Bravo, Discovery, France 2 and Channel 4 UK. Maro is Founder and Chairman of the MFA Program in Social Documentary at The School of Visual Arts in New York City and is a former faculty member of NYU’s Graduate School of Film and Television.

Maro is currently Executive Producer and project director of HALF THE SKY, a groundbreaking transmedia initiative (television, web, games and education modules) based on the book HALF THE SKY: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by the Pulitzer Prize winning NY Times columnist Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. At the heart of HALF THE SKY will be a multi-part documentary series that will air on PBS in the Fall of 2012, and internationally. Shot in nine countries in the developing world, and accompanied by Kristof and six philanthropic actresses: Eva Mendes, Olivia Wilde, Meg Ryan, America Ferrera, Gabrielle Union and Diane Lane – and narrated by George Clooney, this series is poised to tip the scales and create a movement which empowers women and girls around the globe through individual stories or courage and adversity.

Most recently produced with her partner Jeff Dupre the feature documentary MARINA ABRAMOVIC, THE ARTIST IS PRESENT, which was accepted in competition to the 2012 Sundance Film Festival – where it will have its world premiere followed by the broadcast on HBO in 2012. She also Produced and co-directed with Micah Fink the feature documentary MANN v. FORD which premiered in July 2011 in HBO, and in 2010 directed and produced with Christine Le Goff, feature Documentary PARASOMNIA, which premiered in Nov 2010 on France 2.

Maro and Jeff are the executive producers, creators and directors of CIRCUS, a six-part documentary series that aired in November 2010 on PBS to critical acclaim – and Maro was co-creator, an executive producer and director, and Jeff the producer, of the Emmy Award-winning 10-hour PBS television event CARRIER that premiered in April 2008 to immense success both critically and in the ratings, with close to five millions of viewer on broadcast, download and dvd sales. In 2001-2002, she was a producer and director of the 6-part multi award-winning PBS series FRONTIER HOUSE for Thirteen/WNET and Channel Four UK. , this series is also one of the highest-rated programs in the history of the PBS network. In 2002, she produced, wrote and directed the feature documentary special ROLE REVERSAL for A&E. In 2000, she produced, directed and wrote the 2-hour feature documentary AMERICAN MASTERS: JUILLIARD that aired as part of the Emmy Award-winning PBS series AMERICAN MASTERS. She is co-author of the companion book, JUILLIARD, published by Harry N. Abrams, Inc. In 1998, she produced, directed and edited the feature length documentary THE KINDNESS OF STRANGERS. Produced with James Redford and Christine Le Goff, which premiered at the 1998 Telluride Film Festival and aired on HBO in October 1999. In 1997, Maro produced and edited NASHVILLE: CROSSING THE LINE for the award winning series TRAUMA: LIFE IN THE ER for New York Times Television. Over the last ten years, she has worked as a consultant and editor on more then fifteen one-hour CHARLIE ROSE specials. IN er early career Maro was an editor of multiple award winning films. (documentary and independent features) and worked in feature and trailer promotion as a staff member of R/Greenberg and Associates and The Kanew Company.

Additionally From 2002 to 2004, Maro served as a senior programming executive and network consultant for A&E Television Network, and was nominated for the Emmy in this position. She is Partner and owner with Jeff Dupre of the NY based Production company SHOW OF FORCE, which since it began in 2006 has produced MARINA ABRAMOVIC: THE ARTIST IS PRESENT CIRCUS, AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL’S 50th ANNIVERSARY, HALF THE SKY, & SEACOM. SOF is presently in development on multi-part television series with AMC, and The History Channel and is represented by CAA

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