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Tom Yellin

Co-Founder and President

As co-founder and president of The Documentary Group, Tom Yellin has overseen all productions since the company’s inception in 2006. These critically acclaimed projects include 2016 Academy Award nominated feature documentary, CARTEL LAND (Winner of three Emmys, including Exceptional Documentary Filmmaking, as well as Best Director and Best Cinematography at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival), America in Primetime, a premier series on PBS showcasing the creative minds behind the new golden age of television; the Peabody award-winning ABC News Special, To Iraq and Back: Bob Woodruff Reports; the Academy Award nominated documentary Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience; and Girl Rising, a film that inspired a global social action campaign for girls’ education.

The DocGroup’s largest and most ambitious project, Girl Rising, is a feature-length film and social action campaign that embraces the enormous potential of educating girls in developing countries.  Other recent films include Into Harm’s Way, about West Point’s class of ’67 and the shadow cast on their lives by the Vietnam War, Angle of Attack: How Naval Aviation Changed the Face of War, and Dreamland, about the land of dreams also known as California.

DocGroup is the successor to PJ Productions, a company Tom formed with Peter Jennings in 2002 to produce the award-winning series Peter Jennings Reporting for ABC News.  Documentaries in the series included From the Tobacco Files: Untold Stories of Betrayal and Neglect, UFOs: Seeing is BelievingDark Horizon: India, Pakistan and the BombThe Search for JesusHow to Get Fat Without Really Trying and The Kennedy Assassination: Beyond Conspiracy.

Before the formation of PJ Productions, Tom was an executive producer at ABC News. His projects included ABC 2000, 23 hours live coverage from around the world at the turn of the century; The Century, a twelve-part series that aired in 1999; and Day One, a primetime news magazine, which Tom created.  His programs have won numerous honors, including the duPont, Peabody, Emmy, Gabriel and Polk awards.

Tom graduated from Harvard College. He is married, has four daughters and lives in New York City.