George Spyros, founder of New York City media company Big City Pictures, is a Creative Director & Executive Producer as well as a Writer/Director. An environmental activist, he joined TreeHugger in March of 2006 working closely with Simran Sethi to develop TreeHuggerTV. He blogs at Susty.tv as well as for TreeHugger, and heads up the latest digital film and video initiatives for both TreeHugger and Discovery’s PlanetGreen.com.
His relationship with the earth began as a small child when reading the World Book Encyclopedia he discovered that the name George meant “earth worker.” His first paid work was for a neighbor catching the natural predator of aphids, ladybugs, for a penny-a piece and releasing them in her garden. He received a BFA in film production and cinema studies from New York Univeristy’s Tisch School of the Arts. One of his student films is notable for discovering and committing to film for the first time a sixteen-year-old Vince Vaughn. Most importantly, dormitory cafeteria fare and film set catering confirmed George’s long-held suspicion that food in America was unhealthy so he took up eating vegetarian and organically. The first Gulf War found him protesting the politics of oil, agitating for better indoor air quality at the DuArt Film Laboratory building, and becoming a lumpen member of the famous Park Slope Food Co-op.
At age twenty, George was mentored by and edited the final film of master political documentarian Emile de Antonio. George’s feature film Last Days of May was awarded a New York State Council on the Arts grant as well as the Screen Actors Guild Best Actress Award at the American Film Institute Film Festival. He has received the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in film and is a member of the Directors Guild of America. He has worked for traditional broadcasters (PBS, ABC, NBC, CourtTV, The CW), major media conglomerates (NBC Universal, TimeWarner), as well as new media outlets (AOL, Sundance Channel, TreeHugger, PlanetGreen, Core77, Inhabitat).
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