Stuart Sender

Stuart Sender has written, produced and directed award-winning news and documentary programs for public and network television in the United States and internationally. His credits include the Oscar-nominated documentary film Prisoner of Paradise ( which also received a Directors Guild nomination for best documentary feature.

His career includes a stint at CBS news and working as Senior Producer of the weekly PBS newsmagazine South Africa Now which won a Polk Award for excellence in journalism. He also produced the first exclusive interview with Nelson Mandela following Mandela's release from prison for the Phil Donahue Show.

Most recently, he has written, produced and directed (with his wife and partner Julie Bergman Sender through their company Balcony Films a number of documentary pieces and celebrity-driven political films and commercials: including pieces featuring Will Ferrell (, Stevie Wonder (at Helen Hunt (on-line at and Jason Alexander (; and documentary pieces for the American Civil Liberties Union and Mother Jones Magazine, among others. Balcony films, a media consulting firm and film production company, specializes in outside-the-box media messaging, merging storytelling with policy and state-of-the-art distribution strategies for progressive issues, causes and campaigns, as well as films.