Leo Eaton is an Emmy award-winning filmmaker who’s written, produced, directed and executive produced TV factual series and specials for US and overseas broadcasters for more than three decades; most recently as executive producer on British historian Michael Wood’s 6-hour PBS & BBC-TV series The Story of China – coming to PBS in 2017 – and producer of the soon to be released theatrical documentary After Fire. He was series director on PBS’s 6-hour series 2014 Sacred Journeys with Bruce Feiler, and co-created and directed the after-school children’s drama special Scientastic, distributed by APT (American Public Television). Previous work includes Arts & the Mind (with Lisa Kudrow) and Homeland: Immigration in America (both series produced for PBS). Eaton also produced National Geographic Channel’s Emmy award-winning Can the Gulf Survive about the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and executive produced Michael Wood’s previous award-winning The Story of India for PBS & BBC-TV.
Eaton’s earlier work includes directing Capturing Macbeth (with magician Teller), series producing PBS’s epic 21-hour Emmy award- winning series America at a Crossroads and producing/directing PBS performance specials that include Fiesta Mexicana (with Vicki Carr), Bringing It Home (with Natalie MacMaster), Tango, the Spirit of Argentina and Mariachi, the Spirit of Mexico (with Plácido Domingo). Eaton has also produced reality series Cowboy 101 for the Outdoor Life Network (OLN), executive produced Be the Creature (with the Kratt Brothers) for National Geographic Channel, and produced & directed In Search of Ancient Ireland for PBS & RTE (Ireland). His book of the same name is published by Ivan R. Dee.
Other work includes co-creating and executive producing PBS Emmy award-winning wildlife series Zoboomafoo (with the Kratt Brothers) and Kratts’ Creatures for PBS, along with producing and directing multiple hours of Investigative Reports specials for A&E and documentaries for Discovery, TBS, ITV (UK) & ABC-TV (Australia). Eaton has taught film production & scriptwriting at the University of Texas (Austin) and conducts occasional workshops in television production and international co-production around the US. Prior to settling in America, Eaton lived in the UK, Greece, Portugal and Mexico. With a special focus on co-production, Eaton has developed successful partnerships with broadcasters from around the world, especially in Europe & S.E. Asia.