John Grant, Chief Program Officer
Responsible for the development, management, and production of WNED television projects, John Grant has spearheaded numerous major programs for public television, including Elbert Hubbard: An American Original, Your Life, Your Money, The Adirondacks, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Buffalo, Great Lodges of the National Park, The Marines, America’s Houses of Worship, Niagara Falls, Adventure Lodges, Window to the Sea, West Point, Legendary Lighthouses and America’s Scenic Railway Journeys. He has also written seven companion books for his television programs and earned an Emmy for his work on the acclaimed children’s series Reading Rainbow. Grant was previously senior vice president of programming at PBS. He founded Driftwood Productions which has produced more than 50 hours of documentary programming on history, travel, science and lifestyle topics. Driftwood specializes in producing documentaries for public television, cable, syndication, home video and international distribution.
David Rotterman, Vice President for Television Production
Since joining WNED Buffalo/Toronto in January 2000, David Rotterman has served as executive producer of Elbert Hubbard: An American Original, Fort Niagara: Struggle for a Continent and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Buffalo ― all broadcast nationwide on PBS. He also served as the executive in charge of production for Your Life, Your Money, The Adirondacks and Buffalo Philharmonic: Seasons of Life, each broadcast on PBS. In addition, Rotterman has been the executive producer for WNED’s local productions, including b-Healthy for Life, Demystifying Dyslexia, Our Town, Remembering Crystal Beach Park and Buffalo’s Houses of Worship. His credentials as a producer/director/writer of documentaries include Westward the Empire and The Lost City of Bethsaida, both broadcast nationwide on The History Channel. Previously, Rotterman was the senior producer at the Omaha Production Center for the Nebraska ETV Network. He was graduated from Ashland University in Ohio with a Bachelor of Arts in Radio/Television.
WNED Staff Producers
Lynne Bader-Gregory, Senior Producer
As an award-winning producer & director, Lynne Bader-Gregory has been with WNED Buffalo/Toronto since 1997. Her credits include: Fort Niagara: The Struggle for a Continent which was broadcast nationally for PBS, Mark Russell Comedy Specials (Director), A New Zoo for Buffalo, B Healthy for Life, and Remembering Crystal Beach Park. Scheduled to air in December, 2010, her latest production, Don’t Touch That Dial, is a nostalgic look at the golden days of radio and television in Buffalo. Prior to joining WNED, Bader-Gregory worked with Magic Lantern Productions, and as a Director in commercial television in Rochester, NY and Cape Girardeau, MO. She received her B.S. in Communications from Southeast Missouri State University and attended The Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts in Detroit, MI.
Christy May, Producer
Christy May’s WNED production credits include: Buffalo’s Houses of Worship (2002) highlighting the city’s sacred architectural heritage; Polonia: Western New York’s Polish American Legacy (2004) which won several industry awards and made history as one of WNED’s highest-rated local fundraising programs; and several episodes for WNED’s community-driven series Our Town including Jamestown, Ellicottville, Markham, Kenmore-Tonawanda, Kitchener-Waterloo, and Markham. May has also served as the Producer for several important health-related programs for WNED including b-Healthy for Life andMy Health Counts!. These multi-faceted initiatives were created to improve the quality of health care and wellness in our region. A native of Niagara Falls, New York, May received a B.A. in Television-Radio/Journalism from New Mexico State University.
Independent Producers for WNED
Tom Simon, Working Dog Productions
Tom Simon produced two of WNED’s national PBS specials: The Adirondacks (2008) and Your Life, Your Money (2009). As a filmmaker, executive producer and television executive, Simon has been responsible for some of the world’s top-rated documentary programs and has won seven Emmy awards. Prior to founding Working Dog Productions, Simon served for 10 years as vice president of programming and production, and executive producer, of the National Geographic Specials and National Geographic Explorer. Before joining National Geographic, he was senior producer of Smithsonian World on PBS.
Lawrence R. Hott, Florentine Films/Hott Productions, Inc.
Lawrence Hott is producing WNED’s The War of 1812 (slated for national broadcast on PBS in 2011) and is developing a film project about Frederick Law Olmsted. He previously produced WNED’s high-definition PBS documentary Niagara Falls (2006). Hott has been producing documentary films since 1978, when he left the practice of law to join Florentine Films. Among numerous recognitions, Hott has received an Emmy; two Academy Award nominations; a George Foster Peabody Award; five American Film Festival Blue Ribbons; 10 CINE Golden Eagles; screenings at Telluride; and first-place awards from the San Francisco, Chicago, National Educational and New England Film Festivals.
Andy Grant, Producer
Andy Grant has helped create several WNED productions including: Window to the Sea, America’s Houses of Worship, The Marines and Western New York A to Z. His 2010 projects include Chautauqua and Buffalo’s Voices of Steel. Grant was graduated in 2005 from Penn State University with a degree in telecommunications. He also has worked for WPSU, a PBS affiliate in State College, Penn.
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