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Thomas Skinner

broadcast executive

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.

Background

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.

Career

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.

Works

  • 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.

Connections

Married Elizabeth Burroughs, June 22, 1957. Children: Kristin Jon, Karin Anne, Erik Lloyd.