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Tom Casciato is an award-winning filmmaker and television executive.  A producer, director and writer, he has created critically acclaimed nonfiction television programs that have appeared on PBS, ABC, NBC, TBS and Showtime. His 2013 film with Kathleen Hughes for the PBS Frontline series, ”Two American Families,” was called by Salon “… one of the best and most heartbreaking documentaries” of the year. Tom worked at WNET from 2006 until early 2012, serving variously as Director of News & Current Affairs and Executive Producer of two PBS series, Wide Angle (nominated for an International Documentary Association Continuing Series award) and the Emmy Award-winning Exposé: America’s Investigative Reports. At WNET he was also the Executive Producer and writer of both the New York Emmy-winning documentary “Fun City Revisited:  The Lindsay Years” and the Emmy-nominated film “In The Footsteps of Marco Polo.” With Kathleen Hughes, he has produced, directed and written many Bill Moyers documentaries, as well as films for PBS’s Frontline, and ABC News’ Turning Point. His films have also been shown on National Geographic’s Explorer series.  In 2011 he served as story consultant on the PBS documentary series Women, War and Peace, which won two Overseas Press Club Awards in 2012, and he has also served as Executive Producer of Development on the proposed second season of Women, War and Peace with Abigail Disney and Gini Reticker. Along with Pamela Hogan, executive produced Jeffrey Kimball’s 2012 independent film “Birders: The Central Park Effect,” which premiered at South By Southwest and was acquired by HBO.   He has also served as Senior Producer on two weekly newsmagazines, NOW with Bill Moyers  and Need To Know.  His work has received numerous awards including two national Emmys, a New York Emmy, the duPont-Columbia Gold Baton, the Peabody Award, the Dateline Club’s Society of Professional Journalists’ First Amendment Award, the Harry Chapin Media Award, the Christopher Award, the Overseas Press Club Award, and honorable mention for the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award.   He has recently been at work with the former New York Times columnist Bob Herbert on a film about America’s black middle class, and is currently on the team producing the second season of the Emmy Award-winning climate-change series, Years Of Living Dangerously.  Tom is a member of Investigative Reporters & Editors, and currently an adjunct member of the Columbia University School of Journalism faculty, where he advises students about documentary film production.  He is a graduate of Stanford University.