American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story

I produced and directed this 10 hour Amazon Originals series on the life and times of Hugh Hefner and the rise of Playboy magazine. This was fun.   We had the chance to chronicle the life of one of America’s most famous business tycoons, cultural visionaries, and, of course, legendary bachelors.  The story of Hugh …

Roman Empire: Reign of Blood

I produced, directed and co-wrote this six hour Netflix Originals series on the blood-soaked reign of Roman Emperor Commodus. The show was a little different from some of the docu-dramas that I have made.  It relied heavily on narrative scenes to carry the story. Shot on stage and location in New Zealand, I give a …

The World Wars

NOMINATED FOR 3 PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS, INCLUDING BEST NONFICTION SERIES. A docu-drama for the History network, the Wars follows the rise and fall of the some of the most recognizable leaders of the 20th century: Hitler, FDR, Churchill, and others.  I was one of two directors tasked with chronicling a monumental tale.  The mini-series shows how …

Men Who Built America

NOMINATED FOR 5 EMMY AWARDS, INCLUDING BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY.   A  History network mini-series that blended character-driven narrative and documentary.  It followed the careers of America’s first industrial titans: JP Morgan, Andrew Carnegie, John Rockefeller, and Cornelius Vanderbilt.  The main visual challenge was to create an epic look for the show — one that emotionally charted …