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Harry Wiland

Media & Policy center
HARRY WILAND, Executive Producer, Director, Co-President and Co-CEO of Media Policy Center (MPC) (www.mediapolicycenter.org), graduated Brooklyn College with a major in Chemistry and from Columbia University with a MFA in Film & Television. Wiland has produced public television and multimedia for over 30 years. From 1994-1997 he was CEO of Leonardo Internet. In 2002, with business partner, Dale Bell, he founded the MPC located in Santa Monica, CA and developed its media model. Their first production, And Thou Shalt Honor, putting a face on eldercare, caregiving, and healthcare in America, combined PBS broadcast, companion book, community-based outreach, 12 PBS-televised town hall meetings, and a Caregiver Resource Library, to become a beacon for caregivers. He has been the Co-Executive Producer and Director of all of MPC’s major productions. Between 2004-07, he was the project leader for Edens Lost & Found: he directed the 4-part series, co-wrote the PBS Companion book, and supervised the writing of its academic curriculum. Other projects include the best-selling 20-unit video Going To Green Sustainability Curriculum released by PBS Distribution in 2008. In 2006, Harry and Dale were elected Ashoka Lifetime Fellows. The team recently produced and directed Growing Greener Schools with Ed Begley, Jr. that aired on PBS Earth Day Week in 2010. Harry and Dale’s current project for public television is the 4-part series Designing Healthy Communities, hosted by Dr. Richard Jackson, to begin broadcasting first quarter 2012. Wiley press is releasing the companion book in October 2011. Since 1981, Wiland has been a director member of the Directors Guild of America and, since 2003, a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He lives in Venice, CA with his wife, Holly, and daughter, Winona. His oldest daughter, Julia, lives and works in London as an art conservator at the British National Library.

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