Award winning producer and director of television programs for PBS, HBO, NBC, ABC, and CBS.
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Fred Barzyk has produced and directed television programs for PBS, HBO, NBC, ABC, and CBS. He was awarded VENICE FILM AWARD in 1985 for best Television Director Worldwide for his HBO drama, "Countdown to Looking Glass", and the PEABODY Award for the drama "Tender Places".
Mr. Barzyk has been noted for his work with some of America’s finest actors- Matt Dillon, Christian Slater, John Taylor Thomas, Claire Danes and others. Mr. Barzyk is also noted for his experimental work - the first double channel TV drama (two home TV’s and two broadcast channels were needed for viewing), the first interactive TV drama for Qube, and the first Video Art work.
Before retiring, Fred was the Director of the WGBH New Television Workshop for more than 10 years.
Many of the artists and video works associated with the Workshop are now part of the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum, Museum of Modern Art, and several museums in Europe and the Pacific. A retrospective of his video work was presented by the DeCordova Museum of Art in 1997 and by the Haggerty Museum of Art in 2000.
Mr. Barzyk has produced documentaries on artists such as Nam June Paik (CBS “Camera 3); Noguchi (Walker Art Museum); Marie Cossindas (Poloroid photographer with Chicago Art Institute.); Bill Viola and Bill Wegman (“Electronic Canvas” for the DeCordova Museum); Michael Colgrass, Lukas Foss (NEA “Soundings”, series on contemporary Classical composers) archive interviews with Honi Cole (classic Tap Dancer) and many others.