Jim Brennan

Last updated on 09/08/17

Emmy-Award winning Video Producer with vast and varied experience, offering unique dual specialties as a Producer of Creative Content and Line Producer. Creative Production work features intelligent documentary and factual content, expert hands-on oversight from conception through delivery, produ… Read more


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Credits and Employment History

Independent Productions

Producer and Director of "Bebop in Baalbeck"; self-produced concert documentary featuring the Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band in Beirut and Baalbeck, Hezbollah’s hometown in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley.

Director and Co-Writer of "Return To Giant", hour-long PBS doc about Marfa, Texas when Warner Bros. came to town in 1955 to film Giant. Featured in SXSW Film Festival; bonus feature on 50th anniversary Giant DVD.

Lower East Side Tenement Museum, New York NY
Producer and Director of “An American Story”, long-form documentary on Lower East Side’s immigrant and architectural history, currently playing for all visitors at Manhattan’s most-visited historic site.
Two Telly Awards, for Historical Narrative and Cinematography

Producer, Director, Writer and AVID Editor for University of Texas at Austin’s School of Architecture:
"Community Vision Project": documentary on local urban growth issues; 8-hour live multi-city teleconference.

Professional Experience

Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia
(later merged with Meredith Corp), New York NY 2014-2016
Line Producer, Video Programming and Development marthastewart.com/videos
Managed full-time staff of 5 and rotating roster of freelancers to oversee staffing, scheduling, budgeting, production, edit, and distribution of 2 recurring PBS Series (13 Episodes X 4 Seasons) and 70+ monthly videos (Editorial, Branded, Social Media, Facebook Live, 360° VR) produced for internal and external clients.
- Proactively engineered major staff and workflow reorganization; staff then surpassed first-year goals to achieve 180% of targeted Year-1 output, without exceeding schedule and budget constraints.
- Supervised production of "Let Girls Learn" PSA Series for White House featuring First Lady Michelle Obama, Julianne Moore, and Lena Dunham. WH Staff response: “our team loved working with Jim”.
2015 James Beard Award Winner – Best Cooking Show in Studio; 2015 Emmy Award Nomination.

all3 Media, Los Angeles CA 2013
Freelance Line Producer for pilot episode of CNBC’s Docu-Series “Consumed”. cnbcprime.com/consumed
- Oversaw crew of 15 and $150K+ field pilot budget through 10 shoot days in NYC.
- Success of pilot production led network to buy full 8-episode Season 1.
Core Media / EROC Productions, Los Angeles CA 2013
Freelance Line Producer for pilot episode of “Love in the City” for OWN Network.
- Led crew of 20 and $400K+ pilot budget through 8 shoot days in NYC.
- Success of pilot production led network to buy full 9-episode Season 1.

True Entertainment, New York NY 2012
Freelance Line Producer for Bravo’s “Princesses: Long Island”. bravotv.com/princesses-long-island - Supervised crew of 20 and multi-million-dollar budget through 55 shoot days in LI and the Hamptons.
Rock Shrimp Productions, New York NY 2012 Freelance Line Producer for pilot season of Food Network’s “3 Days to Open” with celebrity chef Bobby Flay. - Managed 3-camera crew of 20 and multi-million-dollar seasonal budget taping in 5 states.

NYC Media, New York NY (New York City’s official TV network) 2011-2013
Freelance Showrunner for “$9.99” 2013
Produced 8 X 30 documentary series highlighting great things to see and do in NYC for less than $10.
- Directed union field production crew for 30+ production days in every corner of NYC.

Freelance Producer, Director, DP and FCP Editor for “Engage” video series. 2011
Produced short-form web videos on 2011 social media successes achieved by 3 NYC government agencies.

Ebru TV, New York NY 2010
Writer, Producer, Director and Editor: “Rhythm & Roots: Whitetop Mountain Band”; world music show on legendary family band from Virginia’s Crooked Road region preserving musical traditions pre-dating Civil War.
Emmy Nomination: Outstanding Achievement in Arts

After 5 Productions, New York NY 2008-2009
Line Producer for “Emeril Green”, daily 3-camera show featuring celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse. Managed crew of 150+ freelancers working in 12 states and multi-million-dollar budget; delivered 160 episodes in 21 months.
James Beard Award Nomination

Thirteen / WNET New York Public Media, New York NY 2001-2007
Producer, Director and Co-Writer of "Treasures in the Harbor” 2007
Produced hour-long PBS documentary on National Park sites in and around NYC. thirteen.org/nycparks
- Documentary’s success led to live prime-time interview appearance during station’s Pledge Drive.

Coordinating Producer for "Slavery And The Making of America" 2002-2004
PBS documentary series produced by Thirteen/WNET, narrated by Morgan Freeman. pbs.org/wnet/slavery
- Managed 4-episode series and multi-million-dollar budget filming historical re-creations simultaneously in 12 states over 20 months with 150+ freelancers and 200+ Historical Re-Enactors.
Emmy Award - Outstanding Historical Programming.

Line Producer for “American Masters: James Dean”; “Curious” and “WILD TV” 2001-2007

Production Manager for "Reading Rainbow", landmark PBS children’s series starring LeVar Burton.
Emmy Award - Outstanding Children’s Series.

Industry Awards

Two Emmy Awards; five nominations total.  James Beard Award; two nominations total.


BFA in Film & Television Production from NYU Tisch School of the Arts; Earned 140+ credits on full scholarship towards a BS in Aerospace Engineering at University of Texas at Austin