Juliet recently produced TED TALK EDUCATION for TED and PBS hosted by John Legend. She has just returned from France and India where she was producing the movie THE HUNDRED FOOT JOURNEY starring Helen Mirren, directed by Lasse Hallstrom. Juliet's producing partners on the film are 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, which included 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.
My family, TED, connecting people, embracing change, art & design, collecting portraits, social justice, growing organic vegetables, exploring.
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.
Your passions & inspirations.
The gentle art of persuasion. I persuaded the British Museum to allow the largest archeological discovery of Saxon Gold out of the UK to be exhibited at the National Geographic Museum in DC.
I'm humbled and excited to be producing TV programs for TED. TED TALKS EDUCATION hosted by John Legend aired recently on PBS, the first of what I hope will be many originally produced TV programs featuring outstanding speakers and ideas worth spreading.
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