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Zvi Dor-Ner

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Zvi Dor-Ner was the originator and co-executive producer of 2000 Today/The Millennium Day Broadcast, the internationally acclaimed, Peabody Award-winning 26-hour live TV event that went around the world and around the clock with segments of celebration and reflection from 52 countries on December 31, 1999 and January 1, 2000.

From 1994 to 1998, Zvi Dor-Ner was the executive producer of PEOPLE'S CENTURY, a sweeping twenty-six hour documentary series about the history of the 20th century. The series won an International Emmy and Peabody Awards.

THE 50 YEARS WAR was a five-hour series Dor-Ner executive produced in 1998. It tells the story of the Arab-Israeli conflict. With unusual access to kings, presidents, prime ministers, generals, terrorists and fighters, it depicts the tragic failure of both sides (at different times) to seize opportunities for peace.

In July 1994, Dor-Ner completed APOLLO 13: TO THE EDGE AND BACK, which told the gripping story of the catastrophic space flight and the struggle to bring the astronauts back alive. It was Grand Prize-Winner of the Adventure Film Festival in France and an Emmy nominee.

He was executive producer of the award-winning THE LONGEST HATRED, a two-and-a-half hour special about anti-Semitism broadcast in April 1993.

From 1989 to 1991, Dor-Ner was executive producer of COLUMBUS AND THE AGE OF DISCOVERY, which doubled the average PBS primetime audience and received numerous awards. Dor-Ner also authored the companion book, published by William Morrow & Company.

He was the executive producer of WAR AND PEACE IN THE NUCLEAR AGE, a 13-part series about the history of nuclear arms, nuclear strategy and nuclear politics. The critically acclaimed series, which aired in 1989, was honored with numerous awards.

From 1980 to 1984, Dor-Ner was the executive producer of ENTERPRISE, WGBH's Emmy Award-winning documentary series about business. He was also responsible for FRONTLINE's "The American Way of War" and NOVA's "Nuclear Strategy for Beginners," which won the Writer's Guild Award.

From 1976 to 1977, Dor-Ner was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, where he completed the Program for Management at the Graduate School of Business Administration.

During 1974-75, he was the co-originator and a producer of ARABS AND ISRAELIS, a seven-part series on the Mideast conflict, which won a Dupont-Columbia Award.

Dor-Ner began his television career in 1966 as a WGBH news cameraman, while earning his bachelor's degree in communications at Boston University. Starting in 1968, Dor-Ner worked at Israeli Television as a news cameraman, director and producer/director for numerous documentary and entertainment programs. He returned to WGBH in 1979.

Mr. Dor-Ner will participate in Roundtables, interviews and One-on-One sessions with passengers. His formal presentations include:

  • Skin Deep: The Dismantling of Racist Legal Structures in the USA and South Africa Executive Producer Zvi Dor-Ner presents his Emmy Award-winning People's Century documentary, followed by questions and answers.

  • The Atlantic Crossing: How geography, ships and navigation combined during the Age of Discovery.
  • The Making of Brazil: Mr. Dor-New will discuss the impact of church, sugar, gold, cattle, slavery and sex on the largest country in South America.

  • Apollo 13: To the Edge and Back: This 1994 PBS documentary won Grand Prize at the Adventure Film Festival in France and an Emmy nomination. It will be followed by a discussion about the space program with astronaut Scott Carpenter and the film's executive producer, Zvi Dor-Ner.

  • The European Discovery of the New World: This was an historical axis. Before the discovery, European, Muslim and Chinese cultures competed. Afterwards, Europe triumphed.

  • The Colombian Exchange and its Unexpected Consequences: A monumental transfer, between continents, of plants, animals, people and disease that followed the European discovery and formed the world we know today.

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