Speaker Bill Margol

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Bill Margol

Sr. Director, Programming & Development


Bill Margol has spent over 30 years working in the media industry, covering the ground of writer, producer, editor, developer and executive. A graduate of Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, and Loyola University’s Masters in Emerging Media program, Bill was Executive Producer of Special Projects at Sci-Fi Channel, overseeing specials, documentaries, stunts and events from 1993-1998. He joined TNT in Atlanta, as Director of Production in 1998 and in 2003 joined Travel Channel as VP of Production where he was responsible for the launch of such groundbreaking series as “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations.”  In 2008, Bill joined National Geographic Television as VP Development, where he created the Emmy Nominated series "Brain Games.” 


In 2014 Bill joined PBS as Sr. Director of Programming & Development and has overseen such programs as the Emmy Winning documentary <i>A Year In Space</i>, <i>We’ll Meet Again with Ann Curry</i>, <i>8 Days: To the Moon and Back</i>, <i>Big Blue Live</i>, <i>In Their Own Words</i>, <i>Life from Above</i>, <i>Beyond A Year In Space</i>, <i>Genius: With Stephen Hawking and Wild Alaska Live</i>. Bill is Executive in Charge of <i>PBS American Portrait</i>, PBS’s signature multi-platform initiative in conjunction with its 50th anniversary.


At the Banff Media Festival, we met with Netflix and took a ride up Sulphur Mountain on the gondola. That’s where we made the pitch.
- Naveen Prasad, EVP and GM, Elevation Pictures


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