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MontanaPBS producer to attend 2010 CPB/PBS Producers Academy

May 19, 2010 -- MSU News Service


MontanaPBS producer, Michael Ballard, has been selected to attend the 2010 CPB/PBS Producers Academy WGBH Workshop held in Boston June 19-25. (MSU photo by Aaron Pruitt)   High-Res Available

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MontanaPBS producer, Michael Ballard, has been selected to attend the 2010 CPB/PBS Producers Academy WGBH Workshop held in Boston June 19-25.

"This is a significant honor that comes following a very competitive application and interview process," said Montana PBS Director of Programming, Aaron Pruitt.

Ballard has been a producer at MontanaPBS since 2004 and in the television industry since 1994. He is a graduate of Brigham Young University's Broadcast Television Program. Before coming to MontanaPBS, Ballard was primarily a full-time freelance camera operator, working across the country for television networks including ESPN, Turner Sports, CBS and many others.

At MontanaPBS, Ballard produced and directed the hour-long documentary, "Never Long Gone: The Mission Mountain Wood Band Story," produced "The Brick Breeden Fieldhouse: 50th Anniversary" and co-directs the music performance series, "11th & Grant with Eric Funk." He also produces non-broadcast videos for various clients.

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting/Public Broadcasting Service Producers Academy WGBH Workshop was developed for producers who create or intend to create works for public broadcasting, either through a public television station or independently. It is an opportunity for these producers to work intensively on the skills that will benefit them most, through classes and through direct contact with some of public television's most talented personnel.

In recent years, three MontanaPBS producers, John Twiggs, Anna Rau and Scott Sterling, have been selected to attend the CPB/PBS Producers Academy.

"We are very fortunate to have such talented producers at MontanaPBS, who continually look for ways to improve their producing and storytelling skills," Pruitt said.

Aaron Pruitt at 406-994-5021 or aaron_pruitt@montanapbs.org