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.
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.
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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.