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Jody Gottlieb

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Jonathan Klein

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Mark Nelson

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David Gibson

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Michael McKinley

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Bart Ehrman,Ph.D

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Richard Freund, Ph.D.

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The Rev. Robin Griffith-Jones, M.A.

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Amy-Jill Levine, Ph.D

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Judith Lieu, Ph.D.

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Marvin Meyer, Ph.D.

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Father Gerry O’Collins, S.J.

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Claire Ruth Pfann, M.A.

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Lawrence H. Schiffman, Ph.D.

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Jody Gottlieb

Jody Gottlieb is executive director of CNN Productions, the long-form programming division of CNN Worldwide and Turner Broadcasting System Inc.  Gottlieb is responsible for all production, operational, new business, international sales and management issues of the division, which produces long-form and documentary programming for prime-time newscasts and two series – the domestic and international versions of CNN Presents – as well as for syndication and home video release.

During her 12-year tenure with Turner Broadcasting, Gottlieb has been instrumental in numerous major initiatives: producing and managing TBS Superstation's award-winning natural history series Wild!Life Adventures; managing the production of two multi-part CNN series – the Peabody-winning Cold War series and the 10-hour Millennium; creating and producing three weekly magazine format shows under the banner CNN Newsstand; supervising the award- and ratings-winning People in the News; originating and maintaining multiple new business initiatives; and the daily management of a department of 40 people creating more than 100 hours of programming a year.

In a recent innovative turn, Gottlieb conceived a co-production and promotional opportunity for CNN.  Gottlieb’s plan called for TLC’s Overhaulin’ to remake and feature the CNN Hummer “Warrior One” in an episode, auction it off and donate the proceeds to charity.

Gottlieb was instrumental in creating CNN's first-ever documentary series.  The series launched in 1998, and is today available to two billion people in more 200 countries and territories worldwide.  CNN Presents airs on both CNN and CNN International, and tackles the most dramatic, current and complex issues of the time. 

Gottlieb is also responsible for producing, directing and supervising programming for CNN Presents, the most award-winning documentary series in cable news.  Her recent projects include the Oscar-nominated Autism is a World; America Remembers, the award-winning two-hour program about the events of 9/11; The Mystery of Jesus, CNN Presents’ highest rated program of 2005; and The Two Marys, which explores the truth behind what is known about the Virgin Mary and Mary Magdalene.  Gottlieb most recently directed and produced After Jesus – The First Christians.  For her work, Gottlieb has won more than a dozen major broadcasting and journalism awards including the DuPont, Polk, Murrow, Emmy and the Peabody.

Before joining Turner Broadcasting in 1994, Gottlieb was an independent producer and production manager, specializing in high-end commercials and long-form projects.  Gottlieb has also worked in advertising, fashion and feature films.

Gottlieb holds a bachelor’s degree from the College of Charleston and a post-graduate degree from The Fashion Institute of Technology.

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Jonathan Klein

Jonathan Klein is president of CNN/U.S., responsible for management oversight of all programming, editorial tone and strategic direction of the network. He reports to Jim Walton, president of CNN Worldwide.

Named to this position in November 2004, Klein previously served as president and chief executive officer of The FeedRoom, a broadband video company he founded in 1999. Under his direction, The FeedRoom became one of the leading online broadcasters in the world, delivering more than 1 million video clips each day to customers including CBS, NBC, ESPN, Reuters, Tribune television stations and newspapers, USA Today, Business Week, General Motors, Cisco Systems, Sun Microsystems, General Mills and the U.S. Department of Defense.

Before founding The FeedRoom, Klein was an executive vice president at CBS News, where he oversaw prime-time programming including 60 Minutes, 48 Hours and Public Eye With Bryant Gumbel. Klein also oversaw off-network production, guest booking, investigative reporting and strategic planning.

Klein began his television career in 1980 as a news producer at WLNE in Providence, R.I., and the following year moved to a similar position at WPIX-TV/Independent Network News in New York. In 1982, he joined CBS News as a writer and news editor on the overnight broadcast Nightwatch. He subsequently served as broadcast producer on CBS Morning News and then CBS Evening News Weekend Edition, where he won an Emmy Award for live coverage of the 1986 Reagan/Gorbachev summit in Reykjavik, Iceland.

In 1988, Klein joined the fledgling prime-time magazine series 48 Hours as a field producer, eventually winning an Emmy Award for coverage of Hurricane Hugo and a Peabody Award for an hour he produced on the anti-abortion movement. Klein served as senior producer for CBS’s 1990 late-night series America Tonight with Charles Kuralt and Lesley Stahl, as senior producer for the network’s coverage of the 1991 Gulf War and later for the documentary Back to Baghdad, in which foreign correspondent
Bob Simon returned to the Middle East following his imprisonment by the Iraqis
during the war.

In 1993, Klein launched a unique prime-time documentary series, Before Your Eyes, two-hour movies-of-the-week that explored social issues such as child abuse, AIDS and juvenile delinquency through the eyes of real people living through dramatic moments in their lives with the cameras rolling. The series, for which Klein served as executive producer and director, was acclaimed for pioneering new forms of storytelling and received numerous national awards.

In 1997, Klein conceived and executive produced the CBS documentary Inside the Jury Room, in which network television cameras were permitted for the first time to observe deliberations in a criminal trial. The documentary won a Columbia-DuPont Silver Baton.

Klein also wrote the story for the TNT Original film Buffalo Soldiers, a 1997 historical drama starring Danny Glover.

Klein graduated magna cum laude from Brown University in 1980 with a degree in history.

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Mark Nelson

Mark Nelson is vice president and senior executive producer for CNN Productions.
A veteran broadcast producer with nearly 30 years experience, Nelson is responsible for the network’s award-winning documentary series, CNN Presents, as well as special event programs.

Nelson joined CNN in 2004 as the senior executive producer of Paula Zahn Now,
a nightly news and information program with interviews, current events news
reports from CNN correspondents based around the globe, and analysis from experts in their field.

Nelson comes to CNN from the National Geographic Channel, where as vice president and executive producer he built a staff of more than 40 producers, correspondents, writers, editors and directors to launch and produce National Geographic Today, the network’s hour-long, signature documentary program. His unit also produced specials and other documentaries for the channel.

Before joining the National Geographic Channel in 2000, Nelson spent 11 years as
the senior broadcast producer for ABC’s Nightline, a position where he produced numerous Emmy-winning broadcasts. At the same time, Nelson served as a senior producer for special events programming including broadcasts of political conventions in 1996 and 2000.

Nelson joined ABC News in 1982 as a producer and has served as chief of the network’s bureaus in Tel Aviv, Rome and the western United States. Nelson started
his career in 1976 in Des Moines, Iowa, as senior producer and director of Iowa
Public Television.

Nelson attended Drake University and studied political science.

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WRITER BIOS

David Gibson

David Gibson is a veteran journalist, author and filmmaker whose coverage of religion has garnered numerous national awards. His widely-praised book on the future of Catholicism, The Coming Catholic Church: How the Faithful Are Shaping a New American Catholicism” in 2003 and his recent biography of the new pope, The Rule of Benedict: Pope Benedict XVI and His Battle with the Modern World” released this fall were both published by HarperSanFrancisco. Gibson has written for many national publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the New York Observer, Fortune, New York magazine, Boston magazine, Commonweal, America and Beliefnet.com. He has traveled on assignment to dozens of countries, with an emphasis on reporting from the Middle East and Europe.

Together with Michael McKinley, Gibson co-wrote the CBC TV documentary film Sacred Ballot about the successor to Pope John Paul II. The two men then co-produced and co-wrote The Mystery of Jesus, a CNN Presents documentary examining the historical Jesus which aired in February 2004. McKinley and Gibson subsequently co-wrote and produced a sequel documentary for CNN, The Two Marys: The Madonna and the Magdalene, which aired in December 2004, and won a Gracie Award for “Best Hour-long Documentary.” McKinley and Gibson have also written and co-produced a two-hour documentary about the first centuries of the church titled After Jesus – The First Christians, to air in December 2006 on CNN.

Gibson writes about all the world’s religions, but he has specialized in reporting on the Catholic Church. His detailed coverage of the church began covering when he worked in Rome at the English Programme of Vatican Radio – a worldwide broadcast outlet for the pope that he describes as a cross between NPR and Armed Forces Radio. He covered dozens of John Paul II’s overseas trips, including papal visits to Africa, Europe, Latin America and the United States.

Gibson is a New Jersey native, graduating from Furman University with a degree in European history. He worked on Capitol Hill for a year before moving to Rome where he covered the Vatican. In 1990, after five years in Italy, he returned to New Jersey and covered the religion beat for daily newspapers – first the Bergen Record in Hackensack, and then The Star-Ledger in Newark. He was cited numerous times for his work and won the Templeton Religion Reporter of the Year Award, which is given to the nation’s top writer on the religion beat. He is also a member of the board of the Religion Newswriters Association.

Gibson is working on a memoir about conversion and on several film and
television projects.

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Michael McKinley

Michael McKinley works in the media as a journalist, author, documentary filmmaker and screenwriter. As a native of Vancouver, Canada, he was educated at the University of British Columbia and then at Oxford University, where he was also associate editor of the Oxford Dictionary of Modern Quotations. While in England, he also wrote for The Guardian, The Daily Mail, the Los Angeles Times and Sports Illustrated, before returning to North America. Since then he has written many feature articles for the Vancouver Sun, the National Post, Saturday Night Magazine, the Chicago Sun-Times, the New York Observer, the New York Daily News and the Los Angeles Times and has won national newswriting awards.

He has also written several books on hockey: Legends (Penguin, 1993), Etched in Ice (Greystone, 1998), The Autobiography of Willie O'Ree (Somerville/Penguin 1999), Putting a Roof on Winter (Greystone, 2000) and The Mario Lemieux Story (Penguin Putnam, 2002). His most recent books are A People’s History of Hockey and Ice Time, the companion books to the ten-part CBC TV series A People’s History of Hockey, to which he was also an on-camera contributor. Both books will be published by McClelland & Stewart in 2006.

McKinley's first feature film as a screenwriter was Impolite, winner of British Columbia Film’s New Views Award. He has also written for the TV series Due South and Nilus the Sandman and wrote and co-produced the CBC TV documentary film Sacred Ballot, about the successor to Pope John Paul II. He co-wrote and co-produced with David Gibson The Mystery of Jesus, a documentary examining the historical Jesus that aired on CNN Presents in February 2004, as well as The Two Marys: The Madonna and the Magdalene which aired on CNN in December 2004 and After Jesus – The First Christians, to air on CNN in December 2006. McKinley is also writing for the docu-drama series Survivors (Channel 4 in the United Kingdom and the Discovery Channel in the United States) and Possible Disasters (Channel 5 in the United Kingdom and the Discovery Channel in the United States) and developing other film, television and book projects in North America and Europe.

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Bart Ehrman, Ph.D., James A. Gray Distinguished Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has published extensively in the fields of New Testament and early Christianity.  He has written or edited 19 books, numerous articles and dozens of book reviews. Among his most recent works are a college-level textbook on the New Testament, two anthologies of early Christian writings, a study of the historical Jesus as an apocalyptic prophet (Oxford University Press) and a Greek-English edition of the Apostolic Fathers for the Loeb Classical Library (Harvard University Press).   Ehrman has served as president of the Southeast Region of the Society of Biblical literature, chair of the New Testament textual criticism section of the society, book review editor of the Journal of Biblical Literature, and editor of the monograph series The New Testament in the Greek Fathers (Scholars Press). He currently serves as co-editor of the series New Testament Tools and Studies (E. J. Brill) and on several other editorial boards for monographs in
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Richard Freund, Ph.D., is an ordained rabbi and director of the Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Hartford. His research interests are focused on the areas the archaeology of Israel, Biblical studies, Jewish ethics and philosophy. He is the author of four volumes of Bethsaida: A City By The North Shore Of The Sea Of Galilee, Secrets of the Cave of Letters: A Dead Sea Mystery, which is a volume on his excavations at the Cave of Letters and two volumes on Jewish ethics. Freund is currently working on a comprehensive book on his six excavations titled Digging Through the Bible: People, Places and Controversies.

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The Rev. Robin Griffith-Jones, M.A., is an Anglican cleric, master of the Temple Church in London and New Testament expert and writes on the New Testament.  His books include The Four Witnesses (on the gospels in their historical setting) and The Gospel According to Paul and are published by Harper San Francisco. His most recent book, ‘The Da Vinci Code’ and the Secrets of the Temple, responds to some of the questions raised in Dan Brown’s best-selling book.  He is now writing  Mary Magdalene: The Woman Whom Jesus Loved, dwelling in particular on the New Testament and Gnostic stories about Mary. Griffith-Jones taught for many years at Lincoln College of the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom before being appointed to be master of the Temple.

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Amy-Jill Levine, Ph.D., is E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of New Testament Studies at Vanderbilt University. A Jewish scholar who specializes in Christian origins, Levine combines historical-critical rigor with a concern for fostering better relations between Jews and Christians. Levine has been awarded grants from the Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Council of Learned Societies.  She has recently published two books in 2006, The Misunderstood Jew (HarperSanFrancisco) and an edited collection, The Historical Jesus in Context (Princeton University Press).

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Judith Lieu, Ph.D., professor of New Testament Studies, King's College London.  She also serves as the chair of the MA Programme Board in the department and as editor of New Testament Studies.  In 2007, she will be moving to Cambridge University as Lady Margaret's Professor of Divinity. Since her doctoral work on the Second and Third Letters of John, she has continued to research the Johannine literature and is currently writing a major commentary on the Johannine Epistles for Westminster/John Knox. Over recent years, she has been working on the separation between Christianity and Judaism within the wider context of the Graeco-Roman world; this also involves study of Judaism and of Christianity beyond the New Testament period.

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Marvin Meyer, Ph.D., is Griset Professor of Bible and Christian Studies at Chapman University and director of the Chapman University Albert Schweitzer Institute. He is also director of the Coptic Magical Texts Project of the Institute for Antiquity and Christianity, Claremont Graduate University. Meyer is the author of numerous books and articles on Greco-Roman and Christian religions in antiquity and late antiquity and on Albert Schweitzer's ethic of reverence for life.

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Father Gerry O’Collins, S.J., is an Australian Jesuit priest who is professor emeritus of theology at the Gregorian University, in Rome, where he has lectured since 1974 and the 2006-2007 Wade Chair Holder at Marquette University. Father O’Collins is the author or co-author of over forty titles including Living Vatican II (2006), Catholicism (2003), Easter Faith: Believing in the Risen Jesus (Paulist Press, 2004), The Incarnation (Continuum International Publishing Group, 2002) and Experiencing Jesus (2001).

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Claire Ruth Pfann, M.A., is academic dean and instructor in New Testament at the University of the Holy Land in Jerusalem. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. under the direction of Professor Michael Stone at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and is an adjunct faculty member of the Centre for Biblical Formation at Ecce Homo in Jerusalem.

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Lawrence H. Schiffman, Ph.D., is chair of New York University’s Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies and serves as Ethel and Irvin A. Edelman Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies. He is also a member of the University’s Center for Ancient Studies and Center for Near Eastern Studies. He is a past president of the Association for Jewish Studies. During the academic year 1989/90, he was a fellow of the Institute for Advanced Studies of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem as part of a research group dealing with the Dead Sea Scrolls. He currently serves as editor-in-chief of the Center for Online Judaic Studies in New York.

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