John Prizer, an accomplished independent film and television producer, was appointed vice president, television program development at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) in October, 2003. He assists in developing CPB's funding priorities and strategic direction for investing programming funds.
Prizer works closely with the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), the producing stations and independent production organizations and producers to cultivate and develop creative ideas of high quality, innovation, and diversity for national public television audiences.
Most recently, Prizer served as a consultant to CPB's television programming department, developing programming initiatives, working with PBS producers and presenting stations to solicit proposals and supervise their review. Prior to that, he spent more than a decade as an independent documentary film producer and writer. He worked on three PBS primetime documentaries (The Fall of Newt Gingrich; Inside the Republican Revolution and Campus Culture Wars) and The Rodney King Incident, which aired on The Learning Channel.
Prizer has worked in production and development in feature films and television for Paramount, MGM, United Artists, CBS (Cinema Center Films), American International Pictures, Franklin Konigsberg Pictures, Children's Television Workshop (now Sesame Workshop) and other production companies. He has served as producer, production executive or associate producer on more than a dozen feature films, miniseries or TV pilots, starring such talent as Elvis Presley, Jack Lemmon, Natalie Wood, Peter Falk, Catherine Deneuve, LeVar Burton, Sigourney Weaver, and others.
Prizer earned an A.B. from Harvard College.