executive producer, ABC Daytime's "The View" and "The Barbara Walters Specials"
Bill Geddie, along with Barbara Walters, serves as executive producer of "The View," ABC Daytime's critically acclaimed live talk and entertainment program produced by ABC Daytime and Ms. Walters' Barwall Productions.
Mr. Geddie has been with Barwall Productions for the past 20 years as the executive producer of "The Barbara Walters Specials" and "The 10 Most Fascinating People," which he also co-writes and directs.
Mr. Geddie and Ms. Walters joined creative forces nearly eleven years ago for "The View" and have watched their original idea of women of different ages, experiences and backgrounds discussing the most exciting events of the day grow into one of Daytime's most popular and talked-about programs. "The View" received the 2003 Daytime Emmy Award for "Outstanding Talk Show" and has been acknowledged with 24 Daytime Emmy Awards and numerous nominations, including 11 consecutive nods for "Outstanding Talk Show."
"The View" is the original forum where real women discuss relevant, everyday issues and share their daily, no-holds-barred opinions and lively, colorful conversations. The program has received critical acclaim since premiering August 11, 1997, and is broadcast live weekdays from New York City. The program celebrated its 2000th show in February 2006 and is currently in its 12th season on the ABC Television Network.
"The Barbara Walters Specials" are continuously the top-rated specials of the year and have included such legends as Sir Laurence Olivier, Bing Crosby, John Wayne, Bette Davis and Audrey Hepburn. More recent interviews of superstars have included Miley Cyrus, Harrison Ford, George Clooney, David and Victoria Beckham and Justin Timberlake. Ms. Walters' "The Ten Most Fascinating People" special broadcast, launched in 1993, offers a year-end review of the most prominent newsmakers of the year, as well as the selection of the "most fascinating person" of the year.
Prior to Barwall Productions, Mr. Geddie produced for "Good Morning America." He is the recipient of three Emmy Awards, two for news and one as executive producer of "The View." He is a screenwriter in his spare time. His script, "Unforgettable," was made into a movie starring Ray Liotta and Linda Fiorentino.
His production company Bill Geddie Productions just produced 60 original hours for the Discovery Channel. He and his wife Barbara reside in New York and their two daughters live in California.
PRODUCTION STAFF, ABC Daytime's "The View"
"The View," recipient of the 2003 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show, is ABC Daytime's weekly live morning chatfest featuring Barbara Walters, Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Sherri Shepherd. It is produced by an esteemed team of television professionals, including Ms. Walters and Bill Geddie, who both serve as executive producers. Other executive staffers are supervising producer Alexandra Cohen, Patrick M. Ignozzi and Matthew J. Strauss, coordinating producers, talent executive Donald Berman, talent producer Susan Solomon and director Mark Gentile.
Ms. Walters is well-known for her groundbreaking, exclusive interviews with world figures and her enterprising reporting, which have made her one of the most highly acclaimed journalists on television. Her numerous and timely interviews -- which appear on the weekly newsmagazine "20/20" and in "The Barbara Walters Specials" -- read like a "Who's Who" of newsmakers. As executive producer of "The View," Ms. Walters was awarded a Daytime Emmy Award in 2003 for Outstanding Talk Show. She is also a New York Times best selling author for her memoir, "Audition," released in 2008.
Bill Geddie has been at Barwall Productions for the past 20 years as the executive producer of "The Barbara Walters Specials" and of "The 10 Most Fascinating People" year-end retrospectives, which he also co-writes and directs. He received two Emmy Awards as a producer for "Good Morning America." A screenwriter in his spare time, Mr. Geddie's "Unforgettable" script was made into a movie starring Ray Liotta and Linda Fiorentino. As executive producer of "The View," he was awarded a Daytime Emmy Award in 2003 for Outstanding Talk Show.
Alexandra Cohen began her career with Universal Pictures. During her six years with WWOR/Channel 9, Ms. Cohen was producer of "9 Broadcast Plaza," coordinating producer of "The Richard Bey Show," and worked on numerous comedy and late-night specials. She was producer of "The Pat Bullard Show," as well as the live news and sports program, "WBIS." Since "The View's" premiere, she held the position of line producer and was promoted to supervising producer in 2000. Ms. Cohen received a Daytime Emmy in 2003 for her work on "The View."
Patrick M. Ignozzi is a coordinating producer for "The View," having previously held the position of producer. Before joining ABC, Mr. Ignozzi worked as a field and associate producer for "Inside Edition" and "American Journal," and was both a traveling booker and researcher for "Today" on NBC. Mr. Ignozzi, a graduate of Seton Hall University, holds a B.A. in Criminal Law. He received his first Daytime Emmy Award in 2003 for his work on "The View."
Matthew J. Strauss has been with "The View" since August 1997. He was a segment producer for five years, before being promoted to coordinating producer in 2004. Mr. Strauss was both creator and executive producer of the Lifetime reality show, "Popping the Question with Star Jones." In 2002 he wrote and produced ABC Family's "Love, Hate & Joy," starring Joy Behar. Mr. Strauss was also an intern at "Late Show with David Letterman" and "Late Night with Conan O'Brien." He garnered his first Daytime Emmy Award in 2003 for his work on "The View."
Donald Berman was a producer/director for the New York bureau of "Entertainment Tonight" from 1985-97. He was responsible for keeping track of every aspect of show business in New York. Prior to "ET," he served as associate producer for CBS News' "Nightwatch" and as a writer for the "Today" show. He also served as a producer for "The Tomorrow Show," "Today" and "Good Morning America."
Susan Solomon has extensive experience in network and cable programming. She was senior producer on "The Joan Rivers Show" and was a consultant at the start-up of the TV Food Network. She coached Montel Williams and was director of Special Programming at HBO, where she produced many of their original music and comedy specials. She has also produced for Sally Jessy Raphael, Hour Magazine, Dick Cavett, Mike Douglas and David Frost.
Mark Gentile received a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Direction in a Talk Show for "The View's" premiere season and again in 2004. In addition he has also directed a wide variety of network and cable television programming, including "Oprah Runnin' Wild with Tina," "The State," "Good Morning America," "National Geographic Explorer," "The Barbara Walters Specials," "The Royal Family in Crisis" and "Viva Variety." Mr. Gentile also directs "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire," and received two Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Direction for an Audience Participation/Game Show in 2000 and 2001.
Broadcast live weekdays (11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, ET; CLOSED-CAPTIONED; broadcast in stereo; TV-14) from New York City, "The View" consists of hot topics in the news, the best experts in their field, celebrity interviews and general entertainment.
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