Ron Blatman is executive producer, producer and creator of Saving The City. He created and produced the acclaimed Saving the Bay PBS series about the history of San Francisco Bay. Ron previously worked in real estate development and finance in his native San Francisco and on Wall Street in New York, as well as serving as Director of Business Development in the San Francisco mayor’s office in the early 1990s. He earned an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School and a concurrent Master of City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania. He holds a BA in Architecture from UC Berkeley.
Joan Saffa, senior producer, has been producing and directing award-winning documentaries and non-fiction television programs for over 30 years. Joan’s work has appeared everywhere from PBS and CBS to HBO and the Disney Channel as well as internationally. She has been honored with national and regional Emmys, a Peabody Award and a flock of Cine Golden Eagles. Her work has enlivened such national series as We the People with Peter Jennings, Over Easy with Hugh Downs, Money in America with Sylvia Chase and The Religion and Ethics Newsweekly – all on PBS. Most recently, Joan worked with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony crafting the 9 part Keeping Score series for PBS.
Sharon Wood, writer, is a longtime documentary filmmaker with a litany of industry honors. Sharon’s writing credits include three Academy Award nominated documentaries: Tell the Truth and Run: George Seldes and the American Press, Straight from the Heart and Super Chief: The Life and Legacy of Earl Warren. There are also the Peabody and duPont-Columbia award winning The Celluloid Closet and Paragraph 175, both for HBO, and Isamu Noguchi: Stones and Paper for “American Masters” on PBS. At Lucasfilm since 2003, Sharon’s most recent production is Manifest Destiny, a three part series on US foreign policy airing on PBS stations in 2012.
Blair Gershkow, editor, has been a celebrated film editor for over 25 years. Blair served as editor for the Saving the Bay series as well as all nine parts of the San Francisco Symphony’s Keeping Score series and the acclaimed The Judge and the General documentary all on PBS. Blair has credits on all the major broadcast networks including The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and Great Performances on PBS, ABC’s Nightline, 60 Minutes on CBS and Oprah. His projects have received numerous national awards including Emmys and the duPont-Columbia. Blair is currently working on a documentary about Skokie, Illinois and editing a biopic of Wynton Marsalis for PBS.
Rob Weiss, coordinating producer, also served in that role for the Saving the Bay series as well as The Judge and the General documentary both seen nationally on PBS. Rob previously contributed to ABC’s Good Morning America for over 10 years as an editor and segment producer. He has also edited and/or produced for ABC News, ABC Sports, 20/20, NBC, CBS, PBS, CNN, Oprah, the BBC and the Discovery, Disney and Learning Channels. Rob’s contributions have resulted in numerous awards from local and national Emmys to national Clios and the prestigious Peabody and duPont-Columbia. He is also a founder of West Wind Productions.