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JAMES FORD NUSSBAUM
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James Ford Nussbaum
100 Center Grove Road, Bldg. 7, Suite 9, Randolph, NJ 07869
Telephone/fax 973.328.1163 Cell: 973-309-1133
HYPERLINK "mailto:jnussbaum@galileoproductions.com" jnussbaum@galileoproductions.com
 
Award Winning Script Writer, Producer, Director, Editor, Mediaographer, Independent Documentarian.
Strong understanding of the field and ability to adapt to evolving media and industry changes.
Track record of fair and objective news broadcasting in journalism
Established Galileo Productions, worked independently and consistently while working full-time for others.
Managing multiple projects and working with multiple producers under tight deadlines.
20 Plus years of award-winning experience in the broadcast industry.
AVID certified technician.

Owner, GALILEO PRODUCTIONS, LLC, HYPERLINK "http://www.galileoproductions.com" www.galileoproductions.com 1991 - present
Created industrial training and documentary production company serving corporations in NY and NJ.
Acquired major clients such as: ALCOA, American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), The Seeing. Eye, Prudential Insurance, Rotary International, Cablevision and Rutgers University.
Supplied original programming to 300,000+ viewership on Cablevision Systems regionally in NJ.
Registered with US Patent and Trademark Office.
 
PROJECTS
Producer/Director/Mediaographer, Impact - Jewish Boxers in America 2011 - present
Cablevision and The Jewish Channel-Pay-Per-View-Special documentary on current and past
 trends in Jewish Boxing, airing regionally and nationally.

Producer/Director, New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), Newark, NJ 2010
Organized and implemented crews, for nation’s third largest performing arts center.
Coordinated event of Led Zeppelin Classic Album Series including streaming and web distribution.
Worked under deadline pressure to stage performance to live full house of over 3000.
Executed on time and under $23,000 budget with payments to vendors and 12-member crew.


Bats: The Last Flight 2007 - 2010
Won award for documentary for Cablevision and on-line syndication on preservation of diminishing bat population due to debilitating bacterial fungus called White Nose Syndrome.
Acclaimed work with Department of Environmental Conservation, Albany, NY.

Editor, Prudential Insurance Inc, Newark, NJ, Alliance Campaign Videos 2007
Utilized Avid Editor.

Producer/Editor, Tony Senatore, 12 String Bass Instructional DVD 2007
Performances of Julio Iglesias drummer Van Romaine and Weather Report percussionist Manola Badrena.

Producer/Editor, Jump, Rutgers University 2007
Achieved Davies Award Best Sports Video. Artist’s rendition of competitive jump ropers.

Annual Events/Web Video Producer, American Society of Interior Designers 2006 - present

Producer/Editor, Denville Sunrise Rotary Club, Denville, NJ 2006
Humanity In Motion, campaign video seen regionally on Cablevision.
Won 2007 Gold Award, for promoting public image: Service above self community service.

Producer/Editor, The Seeing Eye 2006
Annual Family Day community service promotional video, showing working canines trained 
for airport security and police work, when they are not accepted into the seeing eye-program.

Producer, Turnhere Productions, Turnhere.com 2006 - present
Produced various web travel documentaries highlighting businesses for online programming.

Executive Producer, Trauma, documentary for Cablevision (community service) 2005
A mental health recovery piece distributed regionally featuring engine company/EMT/Police
Recovery Units for stress and trauma management after 9/11.






Executive Producer, Digithead, Cablevision/Comcast Regional Systems 1998 - 2002
Computer-How-To-Show seen in over 300,000 homes targeted to ages 18-45, showing latest uses in computer and internet technology “Compunet” to fulfill need “How to Adopt a Child” and “Hackers”.
Did this independently for the NBA.

Producer/Editor/Writer, NBA Entertainment, Secaucus NJ 1998 - 2004
Won awards for music videos, news packages, documentary home video projects, commercials for
promotion department and NBA Store.
Worked consistently and accurately under deadlines for NBA VNR’s both on location and in house.
Wrote and edited commercials for league NBA Store events.
Edited stories on AVID 8000-9000 Media Composer systems and Beta off-line rooms.
Produced/ supervised VNR’s fed nationally to news stations for official award and team announcements.

Producer, Lifetime Television, NBA Entertainment’s Players Journal 1998-2002
Magazine portraits of WNBA players, Dawn Staley and Tameka Dixon, seen nationally and hosted
by Academy Award ® winner Holly Hunter and commissioned to produce a women’s basketball series.

Digital Editor, Fox News Network, New York, NY 1997-1998
Served New Wheel Broadcasts, editing up-to-date news for hourly broadcast and reporter packages including “Cloning” news-breaking story for British special hosted by Dan Kennedy seen nationwide.

Producer/AVID Editor/Video Technician, Bavarian Motor Works (BMW) 1996-1997
Convergent Media Systems, Woodcliff Lake, NJ AVID CERTIFIED
Installed and assembled AVID 9000 digital editing suites and operation for newly constructed
internal communication system for worldwide distribution.
Produced monthly BMW Magazine program seen worldwide.

Producer, Comcast Cable, Northwest Region, NJ 1995-1996
Produced, wrote, edited and shot spots for local sponsors such as Lube-It-All, Property Damage
Control Group and local bagel store for local cablecasts in NY metro area under constant deadlines.

Research Coordinator, King World Television, The Rolanda Watts Show 1994-1995
Organized established research department and reference library for start-up program.
Acquired library science knowledge, researched and book guests.

Story Coordinator, King World Television, Inside Edition 1993-1994
Originated and coordinated stories for assignment desk and attained technical information for crews.
Performed unit management production manager tasks info on where crews would be assigned.
Used databases to research story, assemble relevant articles, and garner interview subjects.
Multitasked efficiently within deadlines while working with multiple producers.



Associate Producer, ABC Television, Good Morning America 1992-1993
Originated and coordinated stories for Field Series Unit.
Obtained core values in theories, research, booking, editing and conceptualized finished pieces.
Crash course in mini documentaries.

Election Coordinator, WNBC-TV, Election ’92 1992
Organized and distributed statistical data for campaign coverage of city and local elections.

Associate Producer/Researcher, Tribune Entertainment, New York, NY 1991-1992
Produced segments for nationally syndicated magazine show, Now It Can Be Told, a hard-hitting journalism, news and tabloid, investigative show hosted by Geraldo Rivera.
Booked in-studio guests and served as liaison for exclusive interviews such as former President
Gerald R. Ford and other VIP guests.
Originated story ideas and organized shoot schedules.
Wrote stand ups and field produced reporter packages.

Field Producer, Cable News Network, New York, NY 1990-1991
Initiated and researched financial stories for business news segments.
Field Produced and wrote packages, assisted in development of new business news programming.
Worked for Lou Dobbs in formation of business news unit.
  AWARDS AND HONORS
2010 Telly Award of Distinction, Bats: The Last Flight, Bronze Award Winner
2010 Distinguished Executive Producer Award, Studio Daily Magazine for Bats: The Last Flight
Produced in cooperation with the Department of Environmental Conservation
2008 The AVA Awards; 3 projects are international winners---Gold awards for NJASID


The Mermaid Parade, Honorable Mention: Jump!
2007 The Davey Awards-International Competition, Silver Award: Jump!
Galileo Productions, LLC, Rutgers University.
2002 Aurora Award, Gold Medalist for Excellence in Advertising and Promotion. The Japan Games,
NBA Entertainment.

2001 Telly Award Bronze Winner: Portraits: Moving Forward
Galileo Productions, LLC, Executive Producer/Director, Hosted by Academy Award® winner Celeste Holm, featuring former NBA star Luther Wright. Distributed by Aquarius Health Care Videos, Sherborn, MA.
 
1984 National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Regional, MA.
Best Produced, Directed and Edited Documentary, The Question of a Game.
Most Creative Use of Medium, “Mothers Against Drunk Driving.”

EDUCATION AND TRAINING
M.A., Professional Media and Communications, anticipated May 2014, Magna Cum Laude,
Fairleigh Dickinson University, Teaneck, NJ

B.S., Mass Communications, Emerson College, Boston, MA, 1984, Deans List

Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, Program in Communications, DGA Affiliated

Certified AVID Editor, Media Composer/Symphony Series-Trouble Shooter PC/MAC and Final Cut Pro X

Member: International Radio and Television Society, Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE)
NABET Local 11, New York, New York affiliated
RESUME, MEDIA AND REFERENCES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST

ABOUT JAMES FORD NUSSBAUM, Award Winning Filmmaker and Citizen Journalist.
James Ford Nussbaum

James Ford Nussbaum is a thirty year veteran of documentary filmmaking with over half a dozen awards to his credit and work. Nussbaum began filmmaking when attending Columbia HS in Maplewood, New Jersey while under the tutelage of filmmaker George Chase during the late 1970's. Nussbaum began his creative endeavors as a magician along with twelve neighborhood students who formed their own version of the Magic Castle in Nussbaum's basement in South Orange, NJ designed and constructed by his father. Nussbaum performed constantly locally for neighborhood charities and organizations impressing locals with his feats of Mysticism and taking on the enchantment of local entertainment. During his HS years, Nussbaum would learn filmmaking from Chase in small to medium size classroom settings establishing his voice as a filmmaker delving into childhood and adolescent issues through his films. Early work included music videos based on the music of Cat Stevens and delving into semi macabre themes as death and mortality through his work based on short stories such as "The Most Dangerous Game". It was here that Nussbaum began creating a mood and style that would later become unique in his documentary filmmaking....a style his invented that expresses subject viewpoints in their own words and not of those of the filmmaker.....Subject Expressive Mediaography....

While attending Boston's Emerson College in the 1980's, Nussbaum produced and directed his first original dramatic production delving into the issues of teenage suicide and it's consequences on survivors titled THE SHELL. The production garnished him his first Emerson Independent Video EVVY Award for student production along with local notoriety in the Boston media scene through WCVB Boston's "Night Shift" program where it aired regionally. Prior to that Nussbaum Directed a version of Edward Albee's ZOO STORY produced by Emerson Independent Video and Executive Produced by fellow student Doug Stewart along with supervision by EIV producer Jon Vesey Smith. Nussbaum's talent arrived early in his lifetime being one of the youngest directors at the college.

Nussbaum's first documentary would delve into the controversies of a new sport gaining popularity in the region that was the first inception of PAINT BALL. "The Question of A Game" explored the controversies that revolved around the sport and it's mockery of war games played in the New England area well before the sport took on national popularity. Nussbaum would go on to earn another Best Produced Documentary for this film. Later at Emerson, Nussbaum Produced and Directed many music videos including a version of the "Flying Lizards" avant garde version of "Money" starring Stephen McDonald as a mentally hypnotized executive in search of fame and fortune. The video brought in additional awards and honors at the College.

While attending Emerson College, Nussbaum landed his first internship with nationally recognized ABC Television's "Good Morning America" in New York after a short stint with ABC affiliate WCVB's "The Good Day Show" as a runner for the program. While in New York, Nussbaum worked with Executive Producer Susan Winston and Series Unit Producer Tory Baker while learning directly from researcher and later Executive Producer of 20/20 David Sloan. Here Nussbaum mastered the art of research originating stories for the program helping them become a number one sensation in the early morning ratings battles. Nussbaum would then move onto to Public Television's "Nightly Business Report" where he worked as a Production Associate and Story Producer for the Florida based program producing for Neil Cavuto and Producer Bill Heyman. His national story on the hobby of Magic gave him the opportunity to meet childhood idol Harry Blackstone, Jr while producing an interview included in the story. Other notables that he worked with at PBS included Economists Alan Greenspan, Arthur Laugher and Adam Smith.

After a short stint with PBS, Nussbaum would begin work helping to originate and establish the Business News Unit for CNN in New York under the direction of Lou Dobbs and Myron Kandell in the early 80's after graduating honors from Emerson. Much of Nussbaum's future work would now consist of independent freelance assignments as a technician and producer/story originator for various firms in the New York and metropolitan area. After a long affliction of mental health sickness and hospitalizations, Nussbaum was awarded the good fortune to work with Academy Award winner Celeste Holms in New Jersey on a documentary about Mental Health Bi-Polar illness that would be his lifetime diagnosis from that point on. "Portraits: Moving Forward" documented the career of former NBA Basketball Star Luther Wright and his personal battle with Bi-Polar disorders. The film was greeted favorably while promoted by the Mental Health Association of Essex County in New Jersey. During this time, Nussbaum returned to his Emerson roots upstarting and founding the award winning media production firm, GALILEO PRODUCTIONS, LLC based in New Jersey. It is here that he won many awards while working for his own firm and producing work that aired regionally and nationally including work as an audio/visual technician for NJ firms that included Hamilton Park, Audio Video Dynamics and Cablevision.

Cablevision became the conduit for distributing many of his independent works including travel videos and documentaries produced for TURN HERE online video stories. His most successfully local series was for Cablevision that reported on technology innovations. "DIGITHEAD" allowed Nussbaum to travel world wide including Amsterdam exploring innovations through this magazine format while working for the National Basketball Association as an award winning Producer Editor. He would return shortly back to his roots at ABC as an Associate Producer of GMA Sunday and also researching for the Investigative News Program "NOW IT CAN BE TOLD", hosted by Geraldo Rivera along with the Rolanda Watts Program. While working for the NBA, Nussbaum won Aurora and Telly awards for his work.

James Ford Nussbaum continues his creative endeavors as a filmmaker/documentarian, Citizen Journalist and Master Magician earning his Masters degree in Media and Professional Communications from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He currently engages in Non Profit and Charitable causes focusing on Mental Health and human rights issues.
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