JON L. GOODMAN
Jon Goodman is a two-time Emmy Award-winner who, over the course of his career, has written, produced, directed or supervised hundreds of hours of programming for broadcast in the United States and abroad. Most recently, he has been writing and producing for National Geographic Channel - Brain Surgery Live (network special), Brain Games (series season 5), Rules of the Universe (upcoming series) – Bravo (Untying the Knot, season 1) and Animal Planet (North Woods Law, seasons 2-3). His last film, Freedom Songs: The Music of the Civil Rights Movement, aired on PBS stations nationwide in 2009-10.
Prior to Freedom Songs, Jon was the Supervising Story Producer of Storm Chasers (season 2), a popular primetime Discovery Channel series. From 2005-2007 he was an Executive Producer at Partisan Pictures Inc., a New York City-based production company that supplies high-end documentary and factual programming to a wide range of broadcasters including PBS, the National Geographic Channel, the Discovery Channel, Court TV, and the History Channel.
Prior to joining Partisan Pictures, Mr. Goodman spent eight years in Washington, D.C. as Senior Writer and Senior Producer for the National Geographic Television series Explorer. Explorer premiered 26 hours of non-fiction programming each season, from long-form adventure, exploration and investigative pieces to blue-chip natural history fare. During his time at NGTV, Mr. Goodman was instrumental in the conceptualization and development of the seminal 8-hour PBS series, Africa (PBS, 2001), as well as famous for his popular, 10-week Story & Structure seminars, which were open to producers, associate producers, writers and researchers.
In 2002, Mr. Goodman spent several months in Singapore and Hong Kong supervising the inaugural round of productions commissioned by a joint venture between National Geographic Channels International (NGCI) and Singapore’s Economic Development Board. The co-production arrangement identified Asia-based filmmaking talent, and facilitated the production of quality, made-in-Asia documentaries and factual programming for NGCI distribution and exhibition outside the United States. Jon guided the conceptualization and pre-production of 10 films, conducted Master Classes in story and structure for producers, directors and writers, and oversaw commencement of production of the Fund’s first cycle of programs.
In addition to writing, producing and directing, Jon is the author of The Kennedy Mystique: Creating Camelot (2005, National Geographic Books); and, from 2006-2010, was adjunct professor of the arts in the Graduate Film program at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he taught Directing to 3d-year MFA candidates.
A graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Law, Mr. Goodman began his career in film and television as an entertainment attorney in New York City.
Name: Jon L. Goodman
Lives in: New York City, New York
Company: RedMoonFilms LLC
Occupation: Producer and Screenwriter