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A CAPITOL FOURTH

I love working on holidays, especially the Fourth of July.  The spirit of patriotism and hope imbues the work with an added texture.
Perhaps it's the positivity of the half million picnickers surrounding the tv crew.
A CAPITOL FOURTH  in Washington, DC is the perfect example of a busman's holiday!  This yearly celebration, which takes place on the lawn of the Capitol building, was executive produced by Walter C. Miller, directed by his son Paul Miller (one-time director of  SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE ), and assistant directed by his daughter Debbie Miller, who was director of the  ROSIE O'DONNELL Show.  Walter Miller is one of the icons of event television, and I've been honoured to have been a part of his productions since the early '80s. 
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SPF100 BEACHFRONT MOVIE MARATHON

Not a bad way to spend a couple of days . . . prepping for a July day at the beach!  In mid-August, Comedy Central aired a marathon of movies having absolutely nothing to do with the beach!
  In true interstitial fashion, Mark Cohen, the host of  MAKE ME LAUGH , guided us through a journey, in bright daylight, to a makeshift outdoor theatre on the beach.  On the pristine Rockaway Beach, the team re-created a 1950's "drive-in" theatre, complete with attachable sound speakers and free popcorn, substituting broken down beach chairs for automobiles.  Douglas Johnson produced what will end up, in historical terms, to be a watershed moment for cable television.
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THE MICHAEL MOORE SHOW pilot for FOX

This was a fascinating gig.  It was a cue carder's dream job . . . lots of hard work, and kudos to match.  Just as in the "old days".  The director was DON MISCHER , a man for whom I would walk on hot coals.  He directed the 1996 Olympics, and is one of the kindest, gentlest men I've ever had the extreme pleasure of working with.

Mike and cameraMICHAEL MOORE  is an erudite, witty gentleman who has mastered the art of listening.   During the taping of this pilot Michael interviewed O.J. Simpson, a controversial decision that unfortunately never made it to air.
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CHRISTMAS IN WASHINGTON

1997 was the first year I worked on this project.  We taped an insert piece with the First Lady in the White House.  Mrs. Clinton took us on a tour which included the official White House Christmas tree. She is every bit as charming and intelligent as I had hoped she would be.  Being the only female on the crew, I felt that she made an especial effort to include me.  Or perhaps it was merely the resonance of her personality that made such an impression.
And here is the official White House photo that was taken of the event. 
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