Katie Carpenter is an award-winning documentary producer with extensive background in long-form specials and non-fiction series, specializing in environmental subjects from endangered species to climate change in diverse habitats around the world. She was trained as a climate presenter by Al Gore and The Climate Project in 2007 in Nashville, and now works also as a carbon consultant for film and TV productions with Green Media Solutions of New York.
As a partner in Bahati Productions, Carpenter recently produced and wrote the Emmy-Award nominated documentary feature film entitled A YEAR ON EARTH, which was broadcast on Animal Planet, Discovery HD and Discovery Kids. She is in production now on a new film on global warming for the Sundance Channel and a series of environmentally themed music videos featuring the songs of Jimmy Buffett for Discovery’s eco-channel, Planet Green. Previously she has directed and/or produced a wide range of environmental films and series, from "Race to Save the Planet" for PBS to "Black Market Birds" for TBS’s "Wildlife Adventure" series. She has also produced and/or written for ABC News, National Geographic Explorer, Arts & Entertainment, The Learning Channel and Fox.
In her role as carbon-reduction consultant for Green Media Solutions,
Carpenter collaborated on the design and implementation of a pilot
project greening the set of the feature film "Away We Go", directed
by Sam Mendes and starring John Krasinski, Maya Rudolf and
Maggie Gyllenhaal. She also worked on the team greening the
productions of NBC’s Nightly News with Brian Williams, Saturday
Night Live and "Lipstick Jungle", and "Late Night with Jimmy
Fallon."The GMS team have just started work on two new
productions in New York City, one major studio feature film and one
premium cable episodic series.
Her green-leaning programming experience drew her into the digital
incubator at Cablevision, where she worked as Senior Executive
Producer on wildlife and travel programming for Rainbow Media’s
pioneering video-on-demand service, Mag Rack -- which was singled out by Multichannel News for the 2003 "Innovator Award"
representing the "best of the best" in cable TV programming. There
she developed and supervised the VOD channels Destination:
Nature, Traveler’s Guide, Yoga Retreat and BirdSight, among others.
Prior to that, as Vice President of Programming for the Corporation
for Public Broadcasting in the late 1990s, Carpenter played an pivotal
role in the development of national programming strategy for PBS in
the digital age. Her enthusiasm for environmental programming was
nurtured while she was Vice President of Film/TV for National
Audubon Society Productions, where she developed and produced
environmental series and specials in co-production with Animal
Planet, Turner Broadcasting, PBS, Disney Channel and the BBC, as
well as educational videos for distribution to elementary schools in
the US and the UK. In that role, she also had two dramatic feature
film treatments picked up for development by Paramount Pictures
and Walt Disney Pictures.
Her film and television honors include a Cable Ace Award for best
documentary series, two Cable Ace nominations and an Emmy
nomination, nine Cine Golden Eagles for her work on The Eagle And
The Bear (A&E) and other specials. She taught documentary
filmmaking at Princeton University, and mentors recent graduates
working in environmental fields as part of the Princeton Fellowship
Program. She is a member of the Producer Guild of America and the
Writers Guild of America, East, and lives with her husband and two
daughters in New York City.