An Emmy Award-winning producer, director and writer, Erik Nelson has established himself as an innovative and versatile creator of documentary and reality television programming. For 25 years, Nelson has been at the forefront of numerous television trends, from music videos to "reality" series and forensic-based investigation programs.
In 1979, Nelson produced and wrote "TV: The Ultimate Drug"; the show subsequently aired on San Francisco public television and was nominated for a local Emmy. In 1980, he produced and co-directed the music video "Two Triple Cheese, Side Order Fries," which was selected for Rolling Stone Magazine's "Hall of Fame" of Rock Videos and is also part of New York's Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art permanent collection. These projects led to an ongoing relationship with MTV, which tapped Nelson's production company to produce news programming for its first three years and has continued to work with Nelson on various programs and specials.
As the founder of the Los Angeles-based production company Creative Differences (formerly Termite Art Productions), he has overseen the production of over 400 hours of programming for a wide assortment of networks. One of television's leading production units, Creative Differences has produced programs on a broad range of topics, including wildlife ("World's Most Dangerous Animals" for CBS), history ("Ku Klux Klan: A Secret History" for the History Channel) and lifestyles (the cult hit "The Brini Maxwell Show" for Style). The company's upcoming slate includes the two-hour "political reality show" "Red and Blue" for The Discovery Channel and "Beyond the Bible," a sixteen part series for National Geographic. The company's debut series, 1995's "CyberLife," was the first television program devoted exclusively to the Internet; during the production of that series, Nelson created San Francisco's Webby Awards, now recognized as the Academy Awards of the Internet.
Nelson's other credits include the 1993 PBS series "Great Drives"; its hosts included Levon Helm and Robert Townsend. In 1996, he produced the PBS series "Great Streets," featuring hosts Halle Berry, Nathan Lane, and Randy Newman, among others. He was a lead writer on the first three seasons of "Unsolved Mysteries," one of the most successful reality programs in prime time history. Other producing credits include "Secrets and Mysteries," a paranormal documentary series that garnered two Los Angeles Emmy Awards.
GRIZZLY MAN marks Nelson's first theatrical production, and is the first film produced under his aegis as Vice President of Feature Documentaries at Lions Gate Entertainment.
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