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Chris Schmidt, NOVA

Senior Producer, NOVA
Chris Schmidt is an award-winning show runner, executive producer, writer, director and filmmaker with a focus on documentary and non-fiction television programming. He has traveled the world to produce and direct films and television programs for PBS, Dreamworks Animation, The Discovery Channel, History Channel, National Geographic, Animal Planet and others.
Since joining NOVA in 2012 as Senior Producer he has developed, produced, written and executive produced dozens of programs -- including news-driven quick-turn around films, multi-part series and content for digital platforms. 
Prior to joining the NOVA staff Chris served as VP of Special Projects and VP of Production for Powderhouse Productions, one of the largest factual production companies in the North East.  While at Powderhouse Chris developed and executive produced the NOVA mini-series Making Stuff as well as a two-hour NOVA special, Hunting The Elements – hosted by popular tech writer David Pogue. He also served as show runner / executive producer for more than 100 hours of factual programming in series such as Extreme Engineering, Build It Bigger, Mega Engineering (Discovery Networks), Sliced, The Works (History Channel), Dogs 101 (Animal Planet) as well as numerous limited series and one-offs for PBS, National Geographic Channel and others.
In 1990 he wrote, directed and produced the first US - Soviet independent theatrical feature film, the ensemble comedy Banya.  A graduate of Northwestern University and University of Chicago, Chris currently lives in the Boston area.
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