Maro Chermayeff

Producer, Marina Abromović: The Artist is Present
Nominated for: Best Documentary

Maro Chermayeff is a producer, director and former television executive whose numerous documentary films and television programs have toured the world in prestigious festivals (Sundance Telluride, London, Berlin), played theatrically, been broadcast on primetime television and won multiple awards. She has made films and event television series for PBS, HBO, A&E, TLC, Bravo, Discovery, France 2 and Channel 4 UK. Maro is Founder and Chairman of the MFA Program in Social Documentary at The School of Visual Arts in New York City and is a former faculty member of NYU’s Graduate School of Film and Television.

Maro is currently Executive Producer and Project Director of HALF THE SKY, a groundbreaking transmedia initiative based on the book HALF THE SKY: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by the Pulitzer Prize winning New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. At the heart of HALF THE SKY will be a multi-part documentary series for public television. The series follows Kristof and WuDunn and six activist actresses – Eva Mendes, Olivia Wilde, Meg Ryan, America Ferrera, Gabrielle Union and Diane Lane – to nine countries in the developing world. Utilizing the PBS broadcast as well as an extensive website, games and education modules, HALF THE SKY is poised to tip the scales and create a movement that empowers women and girls around the globe through individual stories of courage and overcoming adversity. Narrated by George Clooney, HALF THE SKY will air on PBS in fall 2012 and will also be distributed internationally.

With her partner, Jeff Dupre, Maro is producer of the feature documentary MARINA ABRAMOVIĆ THE ARTIST IS PRESENT, which will premiere at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and will debut on HBO in 2012. She also recently produced and co-directed with Micah Fink the feature documentary MANN v. FORD, which aired in July 2011 on HBO. In 2010 she directed and produced with Christine Le Goff the feature documentary PARASOMNIA, which premiered in Nov 2010 on France 2.

Maro and Jeff are the executive producers, creators and directors of CIRCUS, a six-part documentary series that aired in November 2010 on PBS. Maro was co-creator, an executive producer and director, and Jeff the producer of the Emmy® Award-winning ten-hour PBS television event CARRIER that premiered in April 2008 to success both critically and in the ratings, with close to five million viewers on broadcast, download and DVD sales. In 2001-2002, she was a producer and director of the six-part multi award-winning PBS series FRONTIER HOUSE for Thirteen/WNET and Channel Four UK. FRONTIER HOUSE is one of the highest-rated programs in the history of PBS. In 2002, she produced, wrote and directed the feature documentary special ROLE REVERSAL for A&E. In 2000, she produced, directed and wrote the two-hour feature documentary AMERICAN MASTERS: JUILLIARD that aired as part of the Emmy® Award-winning PBS series AMERICAN MASTERS. She is co-author of the companion book, JUILLIARD, published by Harry N. Abrams, Inc. In 1998, she produced, directed and edited the feature-length documentary THE KINDNESS OF STRANGERS. Produced in conjunction with James Redford and Christine Le Goff, the film premiered at the 1998 Telluride Film Festival and aired on HBO in October 1999. In 1997, Maro produced and edited NASHVILLE: CROSSING THE LINE for the award-winning series TRAUMA: LIFE IN THE ER for New York Times Television. Over the last ten years, she has worked as a consultant and editor on more then 15 one-hour CHARLIE ROSE specials. In her early career Maro worked in feature and trailer promotion as a staff member of R/Greenberg and Associates and The Kanew Company.

Additionally, from 2002 to 2004, Maro served as a senior programming executive and network consultant for A&E Television Network, and was nominated for the Emmy® in this position. She is partner and co-owner with Jeff Dupre of the New York-based production company Show of Force.