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The team of Alison Davis Wood and Tim Hartin have been producing national documentaries for over a decade. Their programs have received numerous awards including two "Emmy's", three "Gracie's" from American Woman in Radio and Television, and 14 Emmy nominations.
Alison Davis Wood won an Emmy Award in 1999 for her documentary, Walter Burley Griffin: In His Own Right about the talented, but overlooked Illinois architect. The Emmy was presented by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Chicago/Midwest Chapter for "Outstanding Achievement for Documentary Programs—Cultural Significance."
Her documentary Against the Wind, the story of wheelchair athlete Jean Driscoll’s attempt to become the first athlete to win seven consecutive Boston Marathons, was named best Television Documentary in 1997 by American Women in Radio and Television. She was one of 20 producers selected to attend the 2001 WGBH Boston Producers Workshop, where she participated in extensive hands-on training with some of television's most experienced producers.
Wood's other productions include Lincoln: Prelude to the Presidency (2009), and Gold Star Mothers: Pilgrimage of Remembrance. She was nominated for an Emmy for writing Ten Sisters: A True Story.
Wood began producing documentaries for the Big Ten Network when she joined Illinois’ Division of Intercollegiate Athletics / Public Affairs in April of 2008. She had previously worked at WILL-TV (PBS) after graduating in broadcast journalism from the University of Illinois. A native of Springfield, Ill., she was the longtime producer and host of Prairie Fire, a cultural magazine series about the people and places of central Illinois.
Wood’s husband Rob, also an Illinois alumnus, is a farmer. They live in Champaign with their three sons.
Tim Hartin has been producing award-winning documentaries and other programming for more than 20 years. He started producing for the Big Ten Network when he joined the staff of Illinois’ Division of Intercollegiate Athletics / Public Affairs in April of 2008. He previously worked at WILL-TV (PBS) and Nebraska Educational Television.
Hartin's programs include Lincoln: Prelude to the Presidency and the Emmy-nominated Ten Sisters: A True Story. He also produced and directed Song and a Slogan which featured the late Illinois alumnus and Metropolitan Opera tenor, Jerry Hadley. The program, which won an Emmy award from the Mid-America chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, is a musical tribute to Illinois poet Carl Sandburg.
His productions Vietnam: Soldiers’ Stories and Mr. Shimkus Goes to Washington, were distributed by PBS and aired on public television stations around the country. Mr. Shimkus Goes to Washington received the national 1999 Telly Award for best documentary. The Telly Awards recognize excellence in independent films.
Hartin was also director/photographer of the Emmy Award-winning Walter Burley Griffin: In His Own Right, and director of production/editor of Against the Wind about wheelchair athlete Jean Driscoll. He was also director of photography for Gold Star Mothers: Pilgrimage of Remembrance, airing on PBS stations in May, 2004.
Hartin's other credits include "Marcel Marceau American Tour" (cinematographer); "The Wind at One’s Fingertips" (director of photography); "The Modern Immigrant" (director of photography/editor); and "Violoncello" (cinematographer/editor).