Juliet Blake

TED Content Producer, TED Conferences
New York, NY, United States

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Juliet is a content producer for TED. She recently produced TED TALKS EDUCATION for TED and PBS hosted by John Legend. She just returned from France and India where she was producing THE HUNDRED FOOT JOURNEY starring Helen Mirren, directed by Lasse Hallstrom with producing partners Steven Speilberg and Oprah Winfrey. Previously she has worked in every genre of television and built successful TV franchises in the US and UK. As a senior executive at the National Geographic Channel in Washington DC she oversaw the development and production of NGT - National Geographic's in-house production company, including oversight of a $40+ million budget for the cable network.
Through her tenure at Geographic, she was responsible for the production of 125 hours of content each year, including the channels multi-Emmy award winning program EXPLORER, the longest-running documentary series on cable TV.
Juliet also supervised the development and production of BORDER WARS the critically acclaimed rating success that ran for five seasons. Previously she was President of Jim Henson Television in Los Angeles where she was responsible for all prime time and children's TV, including global oversight of the Muppet franchise. She developed and produced the Muppets first TV movie: IT'S A VERY MERRY MUPPET CHRISTMAS for NBC starring Whoopi Goldberg, Joan Cusack, David Arquette and William H Macy and oversaw the science fiction series FARSCAPE, the #1 show on the Sci Fi network, executive producing the final 33 episodes of this highly acclaimed award-winning series.
Juliet has also developed feature films for Sean Connery and Mike Medavoy's Phoenix Pictures.
She is married to organic gardener and cook Mark Shepherd. They have two daughters Sophie a web designer for Happy Cog in Austin Texas and Lily, a recent graduate in film & design from Savannah College of Art & Design.

TED Conferences

TED2014, TEDWomen 2013, TEDGlobal 2013, TED2013, TEDGlobal 2012, TED2012

Areas of Expertise

Film + TV Production

An idea worth spreading

Education for teens is sometimes most effective out of the classroom. When our youngest daughter was thirteen we took her out of school. She and my husband took a road trip across America from LA to New York and then from March thru September she watched documentaries and movies, read books, went to galleries and museums. We tossed anything that looked like a curriculum out of the window, but with the help of Ken Burns, Truman Capote, Martin Scorcese etc; by the time she returned to formal education she felt in control of her creative and academic choices. Those six months gave her the confidence to maximize her personal strengths and creativity. It could have been a disaster I suppose, but it was so life affirming for all of us to watch our middle school drop out reinvent herself and become a free thinking creative spirit.

I'm passionate about

My new movie The Hundred Foot Journey, my family, TED, connecting people, embracing change, art, design, collecting portraits, social justice, growing organic vegetables, exploring.

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Your passions and your favorite places.

People don't know I'm good at

Making films, Apple Strudel, big decisions, and connecting people.

My TED story

Thrilled to have produced TED Talks Education for TED & PBS and now the five TED All Stars sessions for Vancouver 2014.

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

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Juliet Blake
Posted 4 months ago
Angela Lee Duckworth: The key to success? Grit
I have just come back to this talk again to send to all the young wonderful people I know going through their SAT's, worrying about getting in to college and what the future may hold. GRIT and hard work has an enormous part to play in all of our lives.
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Juliet Blake
Posted 4 months ago
Diana Nyad: Never, ever give up
There's powerful women and women who talk about being powerful. Diana Nyad embodies girl power, she is a doer a thinker and an inspiration, she is powerful and empowering and this is a wonderful talk.
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Juliet Blake
Posted 9 months ago
Angela Lee Duckworth: The key to success? Grit
Such a thought provoking talk, should give hope to students of all ages. If you have staying power and can be motivated and confident in your own self you can reach your goals, failure is an important part of the journey and if you understand this and have the grit and will power to succeed you may well have a highly successful interesting future. Such an important idea worth spreading to all knowledge enthusiasts who may not be good test takers or traditionally "academic".
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Juliet Blake
Posted 10 months ago
Rita Pierson: Every kid needs a champion
Kelby, I worked closely with Dr Pierson on her TED Talk. We are all so deeply saddened by this news. She was a remarkable woman and her gracious spirit will live on. Here is the blog post we posted about her. My love and condolences to you and your family. Juliet Blake http://blog.ted.com/2013/06/28/remembering-educator-rita-f-pierson/