HEAVEN ON EARTH: THE RISE AND FALL OF SOCIALISM
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BEN WATTENBERG
Host/Essayist

Ben J. Wattenberg is a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, DC. He is the moderator of the weekly PBS television program Think Tank with Ben Wattenberg. Wattenberg's current book is entitled Fewer: How the New Demography of Depopulation Will Shape Our Future (2005). Wattenberg is the author of eight additional books, including Values Matter Most (1995), The First Universal Nation (1991) and The Birth Dearth (1987). He also co-authored, with Richard M. Scammon, The Real Majority (1970), the best-selling "bible" of the 1970 and 1972 elections. Wattenberg was an aide and speechwriter to President Lyndon B. Johnson from 1966 to 1968. He served as a political advisor to Senator Henry M. "Scoop" Jackson, helping to write the 1972 and 1976 Democratic national platforms. He has participated in population symposia with the United Nations, the National Academy of Sciences and the Population Association of America.

JOSHUA MURAVCHIK
Editorial Consultant

Joshua Muravchik is a resident scholar at AEI and a specialist in U.S. foreign policy and international relations. He is the author of Heaven on Earth: The Rise & Fall of Socialism (Encounter, 2002), on which the film is largely based. He has written extensively about democracy, human rights, the role of ideas and ideologies in international politics, and America's role in the post-Cold War world. His articles appear frequently in Commentary, The New Republic, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and The Wall Street Journal. His newest book, Covering the Intifada: How the Media Reported the Palestinian Uprising, was published in July 2003. He is also the author of The Imperative of American Leadership (1996), Exporting Democracy: Fulfilling America's Destiny (1991), News Coverage of the Sandinista Revolution (1988), and The Uncertain Crusade: Jimmy Carter and the Dilemmas of Human Rights Policy (1986). He serves as an adjunct scholar at the Washington Institute on Near East Policy and is an adjunct professor at the Institute of World Politics.

ANDREW WALWORTH
Executive Producer

Andrew Walworth is founder, president and CEO of Grace Creek Media. He is also president of The New River Education Fund, a non-profit foundation that supports educational media.

Through Grace Creek, he owns and operates Sportskool On-Demand, the cable sports instruction network. He acquired Sportskool from Cablevision in 2008 and re-engineered the company to become a profitable division of GCM, with expanded distribution on new platforms and in the international marketplace.

He is co-creator and Executive Producer of "Ideas in Action with Jim Glassman," the weekly public television series. From 2007-2010, he published the web journal TCSDaily.com, which focuses on the intersection of technology, economics and public policy.

Walworth founded his first company, New River Media, Inc. in 1992. In 2004 he sold New River to the Asgard Entertainment Group, one of the mid-Atlantic's largest independent television companies, with more than 200 employees. He served as vice chairman of the board and president of Team Creations, Asgard's production company, until 2007.

His PBS series include the award-winning weekly program "Think Tank with Ben Wattenberg," which ran for fifteen years. Mr. Walworth co-created the program and served as Executive Producer for its entire run, as well as for more than 15 Think Tank specials and documentaries. Other series for public television include "Moneywise with Kelvin Boston," "Closer To Truth" hosted by Dr. Robert L. Kuhn, and "Wine Food & Friends with Karen McNeil." As Executive Producer, Mr. Walworth oversaw the fundraising, financial affairs, production, promotion, and brand extension of these series.

His PBS documentaries and specials include "Who's Afraid To Be A Millionaire?" (2006) "Heaven on Earth: The Rise & Fall of Socialism" (2005), "Financial Insecurity" (2004), "Traveling Smart With Rudy Maxa" (2002), "The Big Band Sound of WWII" (2001), "The First Measured Century" (2000), "Yogi Berra: Deja vu All Over Again" (1999) and "The Stockholder Society" (1999).

His cable credits include "Baseball's Secret Formula" for Discovery Science (2006), "Hurricane Rescues" and "Hurricane Reunions" for Animal Planet (2005), the one-hour documentary "Church & State: Religion in America" hosted by Brit Hume for The Fox News Channel (2005), and "FDR: A Presidency Revealed" for The History Channel (2005).

In 2004 he served as a member of the Arab Media Working Group of the US Institute for Peace, examining issues related to journalism and public diplomacy. He has served as a judge for the White House Fellows Program and twice served on the Editorial Committee of the PBS series POV, which presents the best work of independent filmmakers.

He is currently a member of the SAGE Working Group at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, which is developing a business plan for a new private/public organization to enhance American public diplomacy and strategic communication efforts.

BRITTANY HUCKABEE
Producer

Brittany Huckabee has been creating programming for public television for more than five years. In addition to Heaven on Earth, her Grace Creek Media production credits include the documentaries Orchid Delirium, Greetings From Forgotten Florida, and Art Under the Radar. She has been a producer on the Grace Creek Media series Wine, Food & Friends with Karen MacNeil and Moneywise with Kelvin Boston. She is currently directing The Mosque in Morgantown, a PBS documentary about how the debate over reform in Islam plays out in one small West Virginia Muslim community. She is the principal of Version One Productions, a television production company based in Washington, DC.

JOHN SORENSEN
Coordinating Producer

John Sorensen is Vice President of Production for Grace Creek Media. Currently John oversees production, operations and programming for GCM’s projects, including the web and video development of The Freedom Collection, an internet channel that archives and presents oral histories of leading dissidents from around the world.

John has deep experience in both the creative and technical aspects of non-fiction programming for public television, cable, VOD, and the web.

At Grace Creek, he has developed a file-based digital workflow for producing, scheduling and delivering VOD content.

He produced and directed Grace Creek’s documentary Project Happiness, which he shot on-location from India to Nigeria and personally edited much of the film. John has produced programming as varied as the epicurean travel series Wine, Food & Friends with Karen MacNeil, to historical documentaries, featuring interviews ranging from Henry Kissinger, George Lucas to the Dalai Lama.

He has supervised, produced and directed several studio programs such the PBS series Think Tank. He has coordinated and supervised major documentary projects such as the PBS miniseries Heaven On Earth: The Rise and Fall of Socialism and The First Measured Century.

Before moving to Washington, John worked in Chicago as a writer, producer, and editor on several documentaries for A&E television including the series American Justice and Biography. His two-hour special J. Edgar Hoover: Personal and Confidential won a Bronze Chris Award. John has also produced and directed the independent documentary The Road to Yucca Mountain, a look at the proposed nuclear waste storage site near Las Vegas.

He received a BA in International Service from American University in Washington, D.C., an MFA from Columbia College Chicago and attended FAMU, the Czech National Film School in Prague. Prior to working in film, John taught English to Junior High School students in rural Japan.

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