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Thomas Skinner

Thomas Skinner, American broadcast executive. Recipient award as executive producer DuPont Columbia, 1979, Oscar award as director Academy Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, 1967, Emmy award as executive producer National Academy television Arts and Sciences, 1979, 83-84, 86-87, Peabody award as executive producer, 1980, 86.


  • Skinner, Thomas was born on August 17, 1934 in Poughkeepsie, New York, United States. Son of Clarence F. and Frances D. Skinner.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science, State University of New York, Fredonia, 1956. Master of Arts, University Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1957. Doctor of Philosophy, University Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1962.


    • Instructor speech University Michigan, 1960. Associate professor, executive producer department broadcasting San Diego State University, 1961-1966. Assistant manager Station WITF-television, Hershey, Pennsylvania, 1966-1970.

      Vice president Station WQED-television, Pittsburgh, 1970-1972. Executive vice president, chief operating officer quod erat demonstrandum Communications Inc. (WQED-television, WQED-FM, Pittsburgh magazine, WQEX-television), 1972-1993.

      Founder, president, executive producer Windrush Associates, 1993—2008. Vice president Programming Resolution Productions, Burlington, Vermont, 1996—2008. Managing director Inland Seas Education Association, 2000—2008.

      Executive producer Free to Choose Media, 2004—2008.


    • Executive producer: specialists and series including (for Public Broadcasting Service) National Geography specialists Planet Earth, The Infinite Voyage, Conserving America, (for Turner Broadcasting System) Pirate Tales, (for A&E) Floating Palaces, California and the Dream Seekers, The Story of Money, (for Discovery) Battleship, The Secret World of Air Freight, (for Public Broadcasting Service) The Power of Choice: The Life and Ideas of Milton Friedman, (for HDNET) The Ultimate Resource.


    • Married Elizabeth Burroughs, June 22, 1957. Children: Kristin Jon, Karin Anne, Erik Lloyd.
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    Died June 7, 2006
    (aged 71)
    • 1956
      State University of New York
    • 1957
      University Michigan
    • 1962
      University Michigan
    • 2008
      managing director, Inland Seas Education Association
    • 1960
      Instructor, speech University Michigan
    • 1961 - 1966
      associate, producer department broadcasting San Diego State University
    • 1961 - 1966
      executive, producer department broadcasting San Diego State University
    • 1966 - 1970
      assistant, manager Station WITF-television
      Hershey, Nebraska, United States
    • 1970 - 1972
      vice president, Station WQED-television
      Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
    • 1972 - 1993
      executive, vice president
    • 1996 - 2008
      vice president, Programming Resolution Productions
      Burlington, Massachusetts, United States
    • 2004 - 2008
      executive, producer Free to Choose Media
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