Title: Television Producer, Director
Location: Long Island City, New York, United States
Rudy Bednar, Television Producer and Director, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in documentary and drama producing and directing.
Curiosity has been the bedrock of his choices and has helped lead him to a career traveling and explaining things in this world through a visual medium. He launched his career at ABC in the 1980s as a producer and director of Good Morning America, 20/20 and Primetime Live. He continued chronicling the lives and circumstances of people around the world with ABC well into the 2000s. In the 1990s, he launched Turning Point, correspondent-driven stories with such packages as Charles Manson with Diane Sawyer, Nuclear Ground Zero with Peter Jennings, and Switched at Birth with Barbara Walters. From there he then helped found the ABC News Longform Unit which churned out original and lengthy multi-part series such as “Hopkins 24/7,” “Planet Earth 2000,” and “Tip of the Spear.” In this venture, he worked with the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio and Ted Koppel. Moving forward, Mr. Bednar produced primetime music specials for ABC Entertainment with Paul McCartney, Lady Gaga and Beyoncé. In recent years, he has focused on TV series and documentaries, such as Madoff, The Lost Wife of Robert Durst, Fire on the Mountain and In an Instant.
Since 2018, Mr. Bednar has owned and worked as the executive producer and director of Silver Needle Films. He had previously served as the executive producer and director of Lincoln Square Productions. Following his dream, Mr. Bednar earned a Bachelor of Arts at Marquette University in 1973. He worked at various television stations for the remainder of the 1970s before landing his first producing position with ABC. In his career, he has been recognized with a Peabody Award, four DuPont Awards, an Investigative Reports and Editors Award, a Monitor Award and 10 Emmy Awards. While he is incredibly proud of his work with many famous and notorious people, he feels his favorite work has been observing and recording everyday people, such as watching people get water out of wells while on assignment in Africa. Mr. Bednar maintains affiliation with the Directors Guild of America.
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