MONTREAL – Filmmakers Antony Thomas, Ric Burns and Chris Eyre, along with BBC journalist Andrew Marr, have been added to the line-up of the History Makers 2008 conference, which is set to take place in New York City Jan. 17 to 19. The event – for producers and broadcasters with an interest in history and current-affairs programming – is run by Achilles Media, the Toronto-based company that also organizes the Banff World Television Festival. It was previously announced that David Frost will be a headline speaker at the conference.
Thomas has written, directed and produced 40 documentaries and dramas, including “Tankman on the Tianeman Square Demonstration”. He is currently producing a film for Channel 4 on the Koran and he will conduct a master class at the conference on the myths and stereotypes surrounding Islam’s most sacred book.
Marr was political editor for the BBC from 2000 to 2005, and his recent series, “Andrew Marr’s History of Modern Britain”, was a big hit in England. Marr will present a master class on contemporary history.
Burns has directed a number of documentaries, including the PBS series “New York: A Documentary Film”. Eyre’s credits as a director include “Smoke Signals” and “Skinwalkers”. They will be at the conference to talk about a new PBS American Experience series “We Shall Remain – Tecumseh”, a history of aboriginal Americans over the past three centuries.
AETN’s The History Channel is hosting the conference.