President, Producer, Director, Cinematographer
Peter Schnall is a seven-time EMMY Award and recent Peabody Award winner who has been making distinctive films and documentaries for more than twenty years.
After nearly ten years as an independent, Peter began a remarkable 6-year stint as Producer and Senior Producer of the long-running National Geographic Television weekly series Explorer. During his time on Explorer, where his beat was real people, adventure, history and exploration films, Peter garnered an unprecedented six National Emmys, including four for best historical programming and two for cinematography.
In 1996 Peter left National Geographic Television to form Partisan Pictures in New York City.
When the White House was looking for a filmmaker they could trust to tell the story of Air Force One, they turned to Peter, giving him unprecedented access not just to the plane and its crew, but to three presidents as well; when Oprah Winfrey wanted a trusted filmmaker to document her humanitarian sojourn to Southern Africa to draw attention to the plight of children with
AIDS, she turned to Peter; and when the U.S. Secret Service wanted its story told to the American public, they, too, turned to Peter Schnall and Partisan Pictures.
Vice-President of Production
Whitney Johnson joined Partisan Pictures in 2005 as our Coordinating Producer. Since assuming that role, she has managed more than 60 hours of programming, including the Peabody-award winning documentary, SILENCE OF THE BEES for PBS/Nature and the Emmy-winning series CIA Confidential for the National Geographic Channel. Other notable films include National Geographic’s ON BOARD AIR FORCE ONE for which she donned an abaya and traveled throughout the Middle East; and the PBS special THROUGH A DOG’S EYES which she still hopes will teach her how to re-program her ill-behaved French Bulldog, Olive. Before joining Partisan, Whitney worked as an Associate Producer for Elizabeth Arledge on the Emmy-winning film THE FORGETTING, a PBS special on Alzheimer¹s Disease; CRACKING THE CODE OF LIFE, NOVA’s 2-hour special about the race to decode the human genome; and the ABC/Peter Jennings’ Production, OUT OF CONTROL: AIDS IN BLACK AMERICA which received a 2006 Peabody Award for broadcasting excellence.
When not at Partisan, Whitney can usually be found at her local trapeze school learning aerial tricks, in the event that, one day, she might decide to run-off and join the circus.
Director of Development / Executive Producer
Don Campbell has over two decades of production experience on projects ranging from interactive multi-media, and museum exhibits to traditional broadcasting, corporate promotion and political consulting. Since joining Partisan in 1998 he has produced RUSSIA, LAND OF THE TSARS, QUEST FOR KING ARTHUR and IN SEARCH OF USS INDIANAPOLIS. He also wrote the scripts for AIR FORCE ONE, IN SEARCH OF LIBERTY BELL 7, SCHIZOPHRENIA and FIRESTORM.
Prior to joining Partisan Don helped create dozens of films for National Geographic Television, Discovery, The Learning Channel and Time Magazine; including GUNFIGHTERS OF THE WEST for TLC; Emmy Award-winner WAR-CODE NAVAJO and Emmy-nominee CAN’T DROWN THIS TOWN for NGTV; and producing Images of the ‘80s and Man of the Year for Time. His first cd-rom, Seven Days in August, written and produced for Time magazine, was named “1994 CD-ROM of the Year” by MacWorld Magazine.
In the 1980’s Don worked extensively in political communication with the Sawyer/Miller Group, Ailes Communications and various individual campaigns. He produced ads and campaign events for 17 statewide and 3 American Presidential campaigns. 1987-88 Don lived in Ecuador while serving as Executive Producer for the victorious campaign of President Rodrigo Borja. In 1984, Campbell pioneered the use of home video in politics, producing a series of “video position-papers” for Senator Gary Hart’s presidential bid.
Doug Shultz has been producing award-winning documentary films for over ten years. Most recently, he wrote, produced and directed several films for the acclaimed PBS series NATURE, enduring endless renditions of “Guantanamera” for CUBA: THE ACCIDENTAL EDEN, exploring the last of dying species in THE LONELIEST ANIMALS and investigating the disappearance of honeybees for SILENCE OF THE BEES which won a 2007 PEABODY AWARD, was nominated for four EMMY AWARDS, and which left him temporarily disfigured. Doug recently was Series Producer for BLUE-COLLAR DOGS for National Geographic WILD, and wrote, produced and directed our recent EMMY AWARD-winning two-hour docudrama CIA CONFIDENTIAL.
Doug flew across the African continent on the President’s plane for SECRET ACCESS: AIR FORCE ONE and produced the eight-hour MTV-meets-history series ICONS OF POWER for National Geographic Channel. Doug’s other work includes the award-winning special THE FRENCH REVOLUTION, QUEST FOR KING ARTHUR, the EMMY AWARD-winning four-hour series RUSSIA: LAND OF THE TSARS, and Discovery’s NEW YORK FIREFIGHTERS: THE BROTHERHOOD OF SEPTEMBER 11THth. Previous work includes the PBS specials BEYOND HUMAN: THE NEW AGE OF CYBORGS AND ANDROIDS and VOYAGE TO THE MILKY WAY, NOVA’s RUNAWAY UNIVERSE, Discovery Channel’s Shark Week special, HAMMERHEADS: NOMADS OF THE SEA, Reader’s Digest’s THE PLANETS and MYSTERIES OF DEEP SPACE and the award-winning 13-part National Geographic series ANIMAL EDENS.
In his free time, Doug can be found chasing primates, silkscreening Indian t-shirts and trying to catch a double backflip in flying trapeze school.
William Kerr became a welcome addition to the Partisan Pictures team in 2007. Since that time, he has led an active life, following US soldiers training for counterinsurgency warfare in Iraq (FUSION: BREAKING THE CYCLE), risking his life on counterfeit currency raids in Colombia and interviewing undercover federal agents on two continents (SECRET SERVICE FILES). He dusted off his Golden Globe-worthy acting chops to play a CIA officer stationed in Pakistan (CIA CONFIDENTIAL: PAKISTAN UNDERCOVER), experienced the ultimate in door-to-door service, landing by helicopter on the White House South Lawn (ON BOARD MARINE ONE), and flew on Air Force One and met the President of the United States (ON BOARD AIR FORCE ONE). Most recently he spent a month in India, overeating and co-producing the upcoming follow-up to CIA CONFIDENTIAL. William holds a Master’s degree from NYU’s school of journalism, which comes in handy when he’s busy shooting car bomb explosions and machine gun battles in Bollywood.
Rebecca has been with Partisan as our bookkeeper since 2006. This is a position that thrills her because in her other life she writes for the theater, in the style of theater of the absurd, while bookkeeping is about order and control and everything making sense. These two worlds combined keep her properly balanced.
Sweet T, or “T-bolt Walker”, as no one really calls him, most recently spent time on Texas’ southern border, foraging for vegetarian tacos and following the canine officers of US Customs and Border Protection for BLUE-COLLAR DOGS: Border Hounds.
James joined Partisan Pictures in 2009 as an intern and since then has been an all around get-’er-done guy on a whole range of projects: THROUGH A DOG’S EYES (PBS), SECRET SERVICE FILES (National Geographic Channel), BLUE-COLLAR DOGS (National Geographic Wild), and COUNTERTERROR NYC (National Geographic Channel). Before his Partisan initiation, James graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a degree in Theatre. He is an active non-member of the New York Adventure Society, an on-again-off-again struggling actor, and not a bad bowler, all things considered.
Matt joined the Partisan Pictures family in early 2011 and quickly became a valued production assistant, working on our National Geographic special, George W. Bush: The 9/11 Interview. He is a graduate of Florida State University, where he majored in English Literature. Matt enjoys long walks on the beach on a beautiful summer’s eve and is also responsible for bringing the “snail” fist bump to New York City.
Olive has been tormenting our mail carriers and visitors for nearly five years. She’s an expert trash can hunter and stealth sandwich-stealer and, unlike many of the amazing dogs we have featured in our films, Olive really provides no service whatsoever. But look at her.