Jim Longworth, a veteran broadcaster, author, lecturer, and columnist, is
President of Longworth Productions, which specializes in the production of
public affairs television programs, PSAs, and videos.
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Mr. Longworth is a graduate of UNCG, and worked in the radio and television
industry prior to starting his own company.
Longworth is the author of the landmark two volume series,
TV Creators: Conversations with America’s Top Producers of Television Drama
(Syracuse University Press). His columns and articles have appeared in
TV Guide, the Winston-Salem Journal, and the Greater Greensboro Observer, and he
currently writes for YESWeekly and YesWeekly.com, as well as for TVParty.com.
Jim has helped to shape a number of public policy initiatives, including
directing a campaign for former Governor Doug Wilder of Virginia, which
resulted in passage of the nation's first significant handgun legislation. He
has also helped raise millions of dollars for charities, including during
his years hosting MDA telethons.
Mr. Longworth is a voting member of the Academy of Television Arts &
Sciences, where he serves as a judge for the prime time EMMY awards, and where he
has produced and moderated a series of special events, including: “Women in
Drama” (featuring Tyne Daly and Sela Ward), “Women in Prime” (featuring Angela
Lansbury), “A Mother's Day Salute to TV Moms” (featuring Cloris Leachman, Diahann Carroll, and Marion Ross), “A Salute to TV Dads” (featuring Dick Van Dyke, Patrick Duffy, Dick Van Patten, and Bryan Cranston), and “TV Crimefighters” (featuring Angie Harmon, Marg Helgenberger, Thomas Gibson, and Mary McCormack).
In his more than thirty years in television, Jim has interviewed hundreds of
legendary performers such as Bob Hope, Elizabeth Taylor, and Red Skelton,
and has moderated programs featuring some of today's biggest stars, including
Charlie Sheen, Valerie Bertinelli, Melina Kanakaredes (CSI NY), Kathryn
Morris (Cold Case), Amy Brenneman, and many more.
Jim serves on the board of the Piedmont Triad Film Commission, and was on
the faculty at UNCG as a visiting lecturer, teaching courses in television and
Longworth has moderated a number of televised Congressional debates and
other live events, and, he received the prestigious Spectrum of Democracy Award
for his extensive coverage of the 2004 elections. Jim was also recognized by
Congress in 2005 for his commitment to public service television
(see Triad Today).
Jim resides outside Winston-Salem, North Carolina with his wife Pam Cook,
who is President of Pam Cook Communications.