Bill Jersey Biography

For over 40 years Bill Jersey has been producing documentaries for broadcast television. In the early 60’s he established his reputation as one of the pioneers of the cinema-verité movement. Since then he has produced documentaries for all of the major networks and in association with PBS, WNET New York, KCET Los Angeles, WGBH Boston, and others. Jersey’s body of work includes the award winning television programs: A Time for Burning, on race relations, Children of Violence, on a Chicano family, The Glory and the Power, on religious fundamentalism, Faces of the Enemy, on the uses of propaganda, Renaissance, a four part series on the history of the Renaissance and The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow, a four part series on the Jim Crow era in U.S. history. Jersey’s work has received many awards including the Dupont-Columbia Silver Baton, the George Foster Peabody Award, the Emmy Award, the Christopher Award, two Academy Award nominations and numerous Emmy Award nominations. Jersey is a graduate of Wheaton College (B.A.) and the University of Southern California (M.A.).