Steve Minichiello and Debra Shapiro
Steve Minichiello - Executive Producer
Steve Minichiello's professional career has ranged from classroom teaching to radio and television production to comic strip writing. His radio specials were nationally syndicated, his television productions have won two Emmys and nominated for seven others, and the weekly comic strip he wrote was nationally and internationally syndicated.
Steve began his television career in 1983 and has written and produced for WBZ-TV, WGBH-TV (PBS) and WCVB-TV, Boston, including the renowned newsmagazine, Chronicle. In September of 1992 his critically acclaimed documentary on youth and violence, Lost Hopes, Shattered Dreams, was broadcast on PBS. This production earned him an Emmy nomination, as well as a Silver Apple Award from the National Educational Video Festival. He also received an Emmy nomination, as well as an International Telly Award, National Association of Government Communicators Award and the San Francisco Film Festival Award for a 1995 PSA entitled, Alone. In January of 1997 PBS aired his acclaimed documentary on teens with HIV/AIDS entitled, +positive voices. An animated PSA he wrote and produced on Fatherhood won an Emmy in May 1997, and was an International Telly Award winner, as well as an ITS International Monitor Award finalist.
In 1998 he was honored with three Emmy Nominations. In 1999 he won an Emmy for a spot entitled Wish. He received two Emmy Nominations for the year 2000, another in 2002 for the PSA, Family, and most recently for the Girl Scouts of America in 2006.
In print, Steve wrote the highly successful Biography weekly Sunday comic strip. Biography was printed nationally in 116 newspapers, and internationally in eighteen countries, translated into four languages.
Debra Shapiro - Senior Producer
Debra Shapiro, formerly a staff producer for WCVB-TV (Boston), Channel 5, for thirty years, has won 7 Emmy Awards. In addition to her ten years as senior producer for the nation’s longest-running local nightly newsmagazine, “Chronicle,” Debby has produced documentaries, studio shows, medical reports for news and public service spots. Her particular interests are social, educational and health-related issues. In 1998, Debby was one of 17 journalists from around the world, to receive a John S. Knight year long fellowship at Stanford University. In addition to her Emmys, Debby has received 7 national and one international television awards from the National Education Association, the American Bar Association, the American Cancer Society, the National Association of Broadcasters, the National Association for Television Executive, Ohio State and the National Catholic Association for Communicators.