Juliet Blake

TED Curator Special Projects & Content Producer, TED Conferences
Brooklyn, NY, United States

About Juliet

Bio

Juliet is a curator of special projects and content producer for TED. She produced TED TALKS EDUCATION for TED and PBS hosted by John Legend and the five All-Star session at TED 2014. Later this year she will produce TED TALKS LIVE - Six nights of TED from a Broadway Theater which will be shown on PBS in 2016 as three one-hour prime-time TED TV specials. Blake spent much of the last two years in France and India 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.
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, NBC's IT'S A VERY MERRY MUPPET CHRISTMAS starring Whoopi Goldberg, Joan Cusack, David Arquette and William H Macy and also oversaw the science fiction series FARSCAPE, the #1 show on the Sci Fi network, executive producing the final 33 episodes of the 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 USHAHIDI and Lily, a recent graduate in film & design from Savannah College of Art & Design.

TED Conferences

TEDWomen 2015, TED2015, TED2014, TEDWomen 2013, TEDGlobal 2013, TED2013, TEDGlobal 2012, TED2012

Areas of Expertise

Film + TV Production, Curation

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 family, TED, movies, connecting people, embracing change, art, design, collecting portraits, social justice, growing organic vegetables, exploring.

Talk to me about

Your passions and your favorite places.

People don't know I'm good at

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

My TED story

Produced TED Talks Education for TED & PBS. Five TED All Stars sessions for Vancouver 2014 & soon will be curating and producing TED TALKS LIVE, six nights of TED from a Broadway Theater in New York focused on Education, War & Peace and Science & Innovation which will air on PBS in 2016.

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

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Juliet Blake
Posted over 1 year 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 over 1 year 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 almost 2 years 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 almost 2 years ago
Meg Jay: Why 30 is not the new 20
Every parent should show this to their 20 something kids. I've shared this talk with so many friends recently and the response has been a great talking point between parents.
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Juliet Blake
Posted about 2 years 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/