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Bill Harris

Producer in Residence, FTMA Film and Television Graduate Program

A television programming executive with 30-plus years of broadcast, cable and independent film experience, Harris has worked with ABC, CBS, NBC and PBS and spent 16 years as head of programming and production for the A&E television networks (A&E, History, Lifetime and Biography channels). He joined A&E in 1994 overseeing documentary programming, including the development, launch and unprecedented success of the Emmy Award-winning “Biography” series. A multiple Emmy, Telly, Ace, Cine and Vision Award winner, he has been inducted into the National Association of Minorities in Cable Hall of Fame and was named a Cable Maverick by the Cable Center in 2008. More recently, Harris was executive producer of “The Buddy System” and on two Oscar-qualifying documentaries — “Digital Dharma” and “Trial By Fire: Lives Reforged.”

Harris is also the general manager of the Ridgefield Independent Film Festival, which serves as model for a new Fairfield Film Festival that will launch next year with the Sacred Heart University Community Theater serving as its home base.