March 20th, 2015
Fred McFeely Rogers summered in a modest, gray, shake shingled house on the edge of Nantucket. My mother rented a cottage next door. So Mister Rogers really was my neighbor. On the afternoon of our first meeting, Mister Rogers asked me about my job as an MTV News producer. I felt exposed and a tiny-bit embarrassed, a PBS mind in a jump-cut, sound-bit MTV world. Mister Rogers said warmly, “I feel so strongly that deep and simple is far more essential than shallow and complex.” A year later, he encouraged me to, "Spread the ...

10 Inspirational Mister Rogers Quotes To Get You Through This (And Any) Year
January 4th, 2015
Mister Rogers certainly ranks amongst America's most-quotable television icons. "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" was carefully-scripted and thoroughly-rehearsed based on meticulous research. And by all accounts (including my own), he was equally engaging, inspiring and memorable in person. So when, in our film, "Mister Rogers & Me," my brother and I set out to document how he changed my life, it was clear that quotes (in addition to extensive source material and interviews) would be critical. We ended up using ten as chapters, if you will, ...

Mister Rogers & Me” Wins Award
December 12th, 2014
Mister Rogers & Me won an American Public Television Programming Excellence Award! The award was presented at APT's Fall Marketplace during which PBS stations from around the country gathered to celebrate previously and soon-to-air programming. The Excellence Award honors "a select few of the best programs distributed last year... for their originality, execution, creativity, scope of content and effectiveness in reaching and engaging audiences." "From a chance encounter with the iconic Fred Rogers, Benjamin Wagner's life as a news ...

Why “Mister Rogers & Me” Was Added To 19 Stations 4 Years After Its Premiere
February 22nd, 2014
PBS stations from Sacramento, San Diego and Portland, to Cleveland, Madison and Des Moines will celebrate Mister Rogers' 86th birthday and enduring legacy with premiers of "Mister Rogers & Me" throughout the spring. In all, our documentary will premiere in 19 markets in the next six months, nearly four years after the official "Mister Rogers & Me" premiere at the Nantucket Film Festival, and two years after premiering on 27 PBS stations concurrent to being released via PBS DVD. Our syndication partners, American Public Television, ...

Iowa Homecoming For “Mister Rogers & Me”
February 17th, 2014
I'm bringing Mister Rogers home. While it's true that I was born in Iowa City, Iowa, and that it's how I answer the question, "Where ya' from?" The truth is, I wasn't there long; my father left for a teaching job in Waldorf, Maryland, the next afternoon. My mother, brother (then pushing three-years-old) and I followed him there two weeks later. As we moved around the country in the following 10+ years (Indianapolis, Chicago, Philadelphia), returning there was the only constant. "Mister Rogers & Me" will premiere on Iowa Public ...

Mister Rogers Goes Hollywood With Tim Madigan… And MTV?
September 27th, 2013
"Mister Rogers & Me" premiered in March 20, 2012. It was a whirlwind of message spreading: tv, radio, newspaper and internet interviews, premiere screenings and parties from New York to Los Angeles. Lots of smiling faces, lots of talking, but very little sleep, and very, very few moments of calm. My favorite was one Chris and I shared with author Tim Madigan who flew in from Texas for our Paley Center Hollywood premiere. Tim's book, "I'm Proud of You: My Friendship With Fred Rogers," recalls a deep friendship that helped Tim (a ...

Amy Hollingsworth’s Revealing “Letters”
June 23rd, 2013
Author Amy Hollingsworth was a critical to the making of "Mister Rogers & Me." Amy's book, "The Simple Faith of Mister Rogers," arrived unexpectedly in the early days of planning our documentary. At the time, we had little beyond PBS' "America's Favorite Neighbor" documentary and some random Internet searches to provide us background or direction. Amy's book probed more deeply into Mister Rogers' upbringing than anything prior. She thoughtfully chronicled her personal relationship with Mister Rogers, while providing insight into the ...

Mister Rogers’ Really Big Cardigan
March 20th, 2013
Mister Rogers touched millions of lives. Pittsburgh native, Alicia Kachmar -- the woman behind the awesome, thoughtful "yarn bomb" of Mister Rogers' North Shore statue -- is one. The artist (an freelance writer, Etsy shop owner, Today Show craft maker, craft book author, and college tour copywriter who confesses that she drinks a lot of coffee and doesn't sleep a lot) counts her primary influences as "people who combine education and good will with fun and creativity: Mister Rogers, Jim Henson, Dr. Seuss." When approached by an arts ...

Remembering Mister Rogers, Ten Years Later
February 27th, 2013
It was ten-years-ago this morning that NPR broke the news of Mister Rogers' death. I was crestfallen, having only recently met the man himself. I was a young, MTV producer at the time, and spent the bulk of my day writing a remembrance, then emailing to every publication I could imagine. Of course most, like The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, were dedicating entire sections to the icon. In the intervening ten years, of course, Christofer and I made good on "Spreading the message" by producing and premiering our documentary, "Mister Rogers & ...

Mister Rogers: ‘Look For The Helpers’ In Times Of Disaster
December 18th, 2012
As Americans wrestled with the unthinkable murder of some twenty first graders last week, Mister Rogers' sage wisdom returned to provide a deep and simple salve. "When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news," he said in a highly viral image "My mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.' To this day, especially in times of 'disaster,' I remember my mother's words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers -- so many caring people in this ...

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  • An MTV producer's life is transformed when he meets the recently retired host of 'Mister Rogers' Neighborhood,' Fred Rogers. Friendship with the PBS icon sets the young producer on a hero's quest to find depth and simplicity amidst a shallow and complex world through conversations with Susan Stamberg (NPR), Tim Russert ('Meet The Press'), Marc Brown ('Arthur') and more.
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