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Producer Profile: Julie Anderson, Senior Producer, ESPN's E:60

Friday, December 7, 2007 , Posted by Christopher Byrne at 8:53 AM, under , , , , , ,

Athens, GA (Dec 7, 2007) - Julie Anderson is a senior producer for ESPN's E:60. This is her profile as published by the ESPN Networks.

Julie Anderson, an award-winning producer and director of documentaries, re-joined ESPN in June 2007 as a senior producer for E:60, the network’s first multi-themed prime-time newsmagazine series. She oversees the show’s producers and associate producers, the shooting of stories, and works with the correspondents reviewing and developing story ideas and selection of topics.

Anderson’s work has garnered four Emmys, several ACE awards, and two Peabody Awards. She was also a 2001 Sundance Institute Fellow, and is a consultant for the Hamptons’ International Film Festival, the Tribeca Film Festival, and the Aspen Comedy Festival.

Prior to ESPN, Anderson founded her own production company, Lioness Productions, in September 2004 following a successful 11-year career as a producer and director with HBO. Lioness Productions developed non-fiction, multi-platform programming for cable and broadcast networks. She created and executive-produced Meet the Faith, a social-issues talk show hosted by former CNN political reporter Carlos Watson, for BET. In 2006, Anderson directed the HBO documentary Mr. Conservative, Goldwater on Goldwater, which featured interviews with Senator Hillary Clinton, former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Conner, NAACP Chairman Julian Bond and Helen Thomas, the long-time White House correspondent for UPI.

Anderson joined HBO in 1993 as producer/director of the Emmy award-winning documentary Arthur Ashe, Citizen of the World, and worked closely with director Spike Lee on Four Little Girls, the story of the 1963 bombing of Birmingham Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala. Over ten years at HBO, she produced and directed many groundbreaking documentaries, including the Peabody Award-winning documentary – Dare To Compete, the Struggle of Women in Sports – which chronicled the history of the struggle for women’s equality in sports.

Her responsibilities at HBO grew steadily as she became director of documentary programming in 1999. As such, Anderson was responsible for the development and commissioning of documentaries for both HBO’s America Undercover and Cinemax's Reel Life series, as well as creating the marketing and publicity strategies for each film, and internet outreach programs. One of the first projects she commissioned, BIG MAMA, won the Academy Award for best documentary, short subject, in 2001.

Before joining HBO, Anderson was a writer/producer at ESPN and was a pioneering producer for the network’s multiple award-winning sports investigative series, Outside the Lines. She also worked on numerous profiles of athletes and issue-oriented features for ESPN’s news and information programs.

Anderson holds a bachelor’s degree in arts from the University of Vermont. She also attended Universite de Nice, in France.

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