Who We Are  

Tom Simon, President & Executive Producer
As a filmmaker, executive producer and television executive, Tom has been responsible for some of the world’s top-rated documentary programs and has won seven Emmy awards. His years of experience in all facets of film and tv production is brought to bear on every project we undertake.

Prior to founding Working Dog, Tom served for ten years as vice-president of programming and production, and executive producer of the National Geographic Specials and National Geographic Explorer. Before joining National Geographic, he was Senior Producer of Smithsonian World on PBS.

He has also been an independent producer and consultant. He produced, directed and wrote programs such as Inca: Secrets of the Ancestors, part of Time-Life's Emmy-winning Lost Civilizations series on NBC. Earlier in his career, Tom was a freelance producer-director of documentaries for NBC and WNET and staff producer for cinema verite pioneers Albert and David Maysles.

Programs he executive-produced have received over 150 awards for excellence including a Dupont-Columbia Journalism Award, Peabody Awards and over three dozen Emmys.

Jeanne Shanahan, Executive Producer
Jeanne has served as an executive producer and development executive at many leading networks, including, TLC, Food Network, Logo and Cooking Channel. Her keen story sense and editorial insight have guided dozens of series comprising hundreds of hours of network programming in a wide variety of genres. She is the creator and  Executive Producer of Working Dog's "The Perfect 3" for Cooking Channel and oversees select programming for other networks..

David Pontillo, Coordinating Producer
Dave began his career at Working Dog as Production Coordinator on our award-winning PBS special “The Adirondacks” and Associate Producer of "Death on a Factory Farm" for HBO. He went on to segment produce the Emmy-nominated “Your Life, Your Money, also for PBS. His resume also includes field producing and shooting a home makeover series for NBC and associate producing the 13 part series "Dangerous Drives" for SPEED TV. He returned to Working Dog as coordinating producer for our Cooking Channel series "The Perfect 3” where he oversees all aspects of post-production and logistics.

Linda Patterson, Finance Manager
Since 1998 Linda has been overseeing our finance and operations. She is knowledgeable in all areas of production and rights management and prepares all our budgets and closely tracks costs. Previously, she worked as coordinating producer on ABC's Dangerous World: The Kennedy Years and the PBS series America on Wheels. Her production credits also include Sex and Other Matters of Life and Death for WNET, Degenerate Art for PBS and the Emmy award winning PBS series, Healing and the Mind with Bill Moyers.

Our Production Teams
For each project, Working Dog brings together the best, brightest and most experienced producers, editors, writers and graphic artists in the business. Many of our freelancers have been working with us since we first opened our doors. Every show we make benefits from their expertise and the hands-on supervision of our senior staff. With in-depth expertise in story development, production management, field production and finishing, each Working Dog show brings to the screen compelling story-telling, engaging characters and the highest production values.

What We’ve Got
From our offices just off main street in this historic Hudson River village, we’re just 30 minutes by car from midtown Manhattan and a short walk from the Metro-North train station. Nearby sandy beaches and stunning views of the Hudson and N.J. Palisades have served as locations for reenactments of everything from Conquistadors landing in the New World to early Christians receiving baptism in the Holy Land.

Inside, our facilities include spacious offices, Avid editing systems, HD camera packages and complete sound and lighting kits. No project is too large or too small; we’ve produced programs ranging from four-minute films to 13-part series.



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