Garland Waller is an award-winning producer-writer-director of nationally syndicated and local television and film programs. Her most recent national productions included the 26 part series Your Child 6-12, Rose Kennedy: An Intimate Portrait, and The Kennedy Women: An Intimate Portrait for Lifetime Television.
Currently, Waller 's first independent documentary, Small Justice:Little Justice in America's Family Courts, has received national attention. It received "Best Social Documentary" at the New York International Film and Video Festival and was screened at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston as part of their special film series on women filmmakers. The companion web site, www.smalljustice.com, has become a resource for battered women who are seeking to protect their children from abusive fathers.
As a professor at Boston University in the College of Communication, Waller teaches several TV producing classes as well as children's television and TV Drama. She also created Hothouse Productions, a class that operates as a production company with students completing client-driven programs and videos. She worked with students to create a companion web site for Hothouse Productions. (www.bu.edu/filmtv/hothouse) Clients include Harvard University, First Night, the Department of Public Health, the New England Aquarium, and the Museum of Science.
Waller's awards for producing television documentaries, entertainment specials, and children's programs include:
Best Social Documentary, NY International Independent Film Festival
The Grand Prize at the International Film Festival of New York
The Gold Prize at the Film Festival of New York
The American Women in Radio and Television Award
The Iris Award for Best Entertainment
The Ohio State Award (2)
New England Emmys (5)
Action for Children's Television Award (2)
UPI Award (Merit)
American Film Festival (Honorable Mention)
Boston University, Boston, MA 1995-present
Assistant Professor, College of Communications. Teaches graduate and undergraduate
courses in writing, producing, comedy, and drama for television.
Chair of the TV Search Committee as well as member of the Academic Affairs Committee.
Pink Bubble Productions, Concord, MA 1994-present
Co-created this production company which produced Concert in Angel-Land, a nationally award-winning music video for pre-schoolers which originally aired on WCVB. Distributed by MVP Home Entertainment.
Hearst Broadcasting, Needham, MA 1994-95
Producer, The Kennedy Women & Rose Kennedy
Co-produced two one hour specials on the lives of Kennedy women for Lifetime Television prime time Intimate Portrait series.
Hearst Broadcasting, Needham, MA 1993
Producer, "Your Child Six to Twelve"
Producer of twenty-six half hours for Hearst Broadcasting to be seen nationally on Lifetime. Hosted by Dr. Kyle Pruett of the Yale Child Study Center.
WBZ-TV, Boston, MA 1981-92
Special Projects Producer
Producer of documentaries, specials, and films. All aspects of production including research, field directing, interviewing, writing, post producing, and graphic look of show. Created and developed entertainment and public affairs programs for national syndication and prime time TV.
- Placed number one in Nielson and Arbitron books for television prime time special.
- Produced nationally syndicated film starring June Allyson and written by award-winning writer,musician, director Elizabeth Swados. Based on the book Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge by Australian best-selling author, Mem Fox, this film was shot on location in Rockport, MA. with full film crew.
- Produced several documentaries that were sold to the Arts and Humanities for national educational videos.(Rape: An Act of Hate, Suffer the Little Children, Kids and Drugs: A High Price to Pay, and A Family Secret: Adult Children of Alcoholics)
Children's Programming Producer 1981-84
Produced award winning children's weekly magazine program and was consultant to two award winning children's programs. Won two prestigious Action for Children's Television Awards.
Contributor, womensenews.org, the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund web site. Wrote commentary on American Family Courts where mothers are losing custody of their children to batterers.
Contributor, Family Education Network, for national on-line articles on parenting issues, education, and children's television.
Co-authored Drawing Angels Near, published by Simon and Schuster/Pocket Books, November 1995. A Literary Guild and Crossings Book Club selection. Excerpts appeared in Family Circle and Woman's World. Paperback release in later 1997.
Currently in development, the TV/Web site smalljustice.com which complements the documentary Small Justice: Little Justice in America's Family Courts.
Developed pink-bubble.com, Pink Bubble Productions' web site, with state of the art graphic design and interactive opportunities.
Waller has appeared on New England Cable News (NECN), WBZ, WHDH,WCVB evening news programs and WBUR radio commenting on children's television. She has recently appeared on WHDH and WGBH's Greater Boston commenting on television comedies and popular culture.
Travel scholarship to the Annenberg Children's Television Conference for 1998 and 1999.
PBS/CPB and American Independent Film and Video chose Small Justice as one of the programs they might consider at some point for PBS. The goal of this competition was to seek out independent producers whose programs had potential but needed guidance.
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
Boston University, Boston, MA
M.S. Broadcast Journalism
National Academy of Arts and Sciences
New England Board of Governors 1989-1991
Educators for Social Responsibility
President, Board of Directors, Boston, MA 1991- 1997
Who's Who of American Women 1990-1999
Who's Who in Entertainment 1995-1997
Troubadour, Inc. 1997-present
President, Board of Directors