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Marion Lear Swaybill

New York, NY


Marion Lear Swaybill is an Emmy award-winning television producer, pioneering media executive, and communications strategist. She has written and produced hundreds of hours of programming for PBS, cable and network broadcast, digital and theatrical distribution; raised extensive funds for not-profit and commercial projects; and developed international co-production financing models that became industry standards. Recent award-winning productions include: Tricked (Silver Baton, Feature Documentary, Honolulu Film Festival, 2014); Lost Hope (Best Short Film, New York Festivals, 2014); A Company of Voices: Conspirare in Concert (Grammy award nominee, 2009); By The People: Democracy in the Wild (Hugo Award, Chicago International Television Festival, 2007); KZ (Sundance documentary competition, 2006); and A Normal Life (Best Feature Documentary, Tribeca Film Festival, 2004).

She is the author of Oysters: A Celebration in the Raw [Abbeville Press, 2016] winner of the Readable Feast People's Choice Award, Best Culinary Book, 2016.

Marion's professional and personal interests reflect her passion for history, the arts, the humanities, and storytelling, and underscore her belief in the essential nature of cultural literacy. She is on the Advisory Committee of Austin-based Conspirare, having served on their Board of Directors for 8 years, and on the Board of ECPAT USA, a New York based anti-trafficking policy organization.

Marion lives in New York.

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