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The Music of America: Key Staff

Key Staff

Peter Ashlock

Peter Ashlock

Peter Ashlock: Co Executive Producer and founder of Nut Hill Productions, Inc. His background in fine art and animation led him to assisting the Oscar® Award-winning John Hubley in his final film project while attending Yale University as a graduate student. An independent artist with a life long interest in folk music and knowledgeable about the history of American vernacular music, Peter Ashlock is an artist working in diverse media.  He is the originator and Co Executive Producer of The Music of America television series.

Deborah Robins

Deborah Robins

Deborah Robins is the Executive Producer of Nut Hill Productions, Inc. As Director of Programming Acquisitions for AMC (American Movie Classics), she led a development team to create the prototype for AMC's American Pop!, the cable station's convergence network. In her managerial capacity at HBO in New York, Robins supervised legal activities for The Chris Rock Show, I'm Telling You For The Last Time (Jerry Seinfeld special), John Leguizamo's Freak, Sex in the City, The Sopranos, and many others. As Director of Rights & Clearances for B/Z Rights & Permissions, she supervised the research and administration of music, clip, and celebrity clearances for Spike Lee's Girl 6, ABC's The Sixties, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Hallmark's Captain Simian and his Space Monkeys, and Coca-Cola, to name a few. An expert in film clip archives, Deborah has consulted for MTV, VH-1, The Image Bank Film Division, and Second Line Search (now Corbis). She is the business consultant for Word of Mouth: The Journey of American Folk Music and What's So Funny: The Anatomy of Comedy television series.

Mark Leviton (Series Music Producer)

Mark Leviton

Mr. Leviton, a Los Angeles native, has written on music, film and books for over three decades, with hundreds of credits in Fusion, Phonograph Record Magazine, UCLA Daily Bruin, L.A. Weekly, BAM Magazine, Music Connection, New Musical Express, Let It Rock, Cream, The Los Angeles Times, Mojo and many other publications. He has interviewed many musicians, including John Fogerty, Joan Baez, Roger McGuinn, Randy Newman, Rickie Lee Jones, Lowell George, Sandy Denny, Loudon Wainwright III and David Grisman. He was with the Warner Music Group in Burbank for 25 years, overseeing the release of over a thousand compilation albums, including Time-Life's Rock and Roll Era series, The Compleat Tom Paxton (Even Compleator) and Democracy: Judy Collins Sings Leonard Cohen, and before that he managed one of the original Rhino Records retail stores in Claremont, California.

Leo Eaton (Series Producer)

Leo Eaton

Leo Eaton, a British-born independent filmmaker, heads Eaton Creative, Inc, a Maryland-based international production company, and has overseen major programs for PBS, A & E, National Geographic and other channels. He was Series Producer for WETA on the acclaimed 12-hour series America at a Crossroads and is currently executive-producing British historian Michael Wood's latest 6-hour Story of India for PBS & BBC. In the past, Eaton has worked with Michael Wood on In Search of Shakespeare; In Search of Myths & Heroes. In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great and Conquistadors. He series produced, wrote and directed In Search of Ancient Ireland for PBS & RTE (Ireland), a 13-part reality series Cowboy 101 for OLN (the Outdoor Life Network) and dance & music specials Tango, the Spirit of Argentina and Mariachi, the Spirit of Mexico (with Plácido Domingo), both for PBS. Eaton has also Executive Produced two seasons (26 hours) of the Kratt Brothers' Be the Creature series for the National Geographic Channel as well as co-creating and Executive Producing the Kratts' ground-breaking and Emmy award-winning children's series' Zoboomafoo and Kratts' Creatures for PBS. He has produced and directed many specials and limited series for A&E's Investigative Reports, including Mission Possible - the Shuttle Astronauts, Women Warriors - the Making of a Marine, Dangerous Skies and Dangerous Seas. Between 1989 & 1994 he was Senior VP of National/International Production at Maryland Public Television. Eaton's 2002 book In Search of Ancient Ireland was published as a companion to his TV series of the same name.

Dalton Delan (Executive Producer for WETA)

Dalton Delan has been executive vice president and chief programming officer of WETA Washington, D.C., the major producing station for PBS and the flagship public television station in the nation's capital, since 1998.

Delan directs WETA's national production department, creating reality, history, science, lifestyle, performance, and news and public affairs programming. His responsibilities also include overseeing syndication and marketing of WETA's productions to the 349 PBS stations across the country, as well as work with cable networks.

Prior to joining WETA, Delan was executive vice president of programming and creative director for Sundance Channel, where he helped launch the channel for independent films in a highly competitive media environment. There, Delan worked directly with network founder Robert Redford in developing the network's creative vision.

Delan's prior positions include senior vice president for programming and production at the Travel Channel in Atlanta, where he headed the relaunch of the network; director of program development at Lifetime Television in New York; director of documentary programming at Home Box Office; member of the producing staff of the ABC News Closeup documentary unit; and writer/editor with Time-Life Books.

Delan graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University.

Karen Kenton (Producer for WETA)

Karen Kenton, Project Executive for National Programming, is responsible for developing WETA-produced and co-produced programs for national public television, involving historical documentary, travel, public interest and cultural affairs. She joined WETA in 1996 as Manager of Cultural Programming and has worked as a Project Executive for National Programming for the past six years. She serves as the project manager for WETA on co-productions with Ken Burns including The West; Thomas Jefferson; Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery; Frank Lloyd Wright; Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony; JAZZ; Mark Twain; Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson; Horatio's Drive; and The War. Kenton is Executive Producer of Through Deaf Eyes a WETA co-production with Florentine Films/Hott Productions, in association with Gallaudet University; Hubert Humphrey: A Public Life; and the upcoming Becoming Helen Keller, a WETA co-production with Straight Ahead Pictures. Kenton is the project director of the travel series Globe Trekker. She was also project director for The Face of Russia and A Force More Powerful: A Century of Nonviolent Conflict and associate producer, for WETA, of Divided Highways: The Interstates and the Transformation of American Life. Kenton has also served as co-producer on many of WETA's high-definition projects, including Mary Cassatt: A Brush with Independence, John Singer Sargent: Outside the Frame and Van Gogh's Van Goghs, and as Executive Producer on Cezanne in Provence, all produced by WETA in collaboration with the National Gallery of Art and other museums of international renown.