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Who Are We?

who are we?


Who Are We?

who are we?


Peter Getzels
Harriet Gordon Getzels
Melissa Narvaez


Peter Getzels is an Emmy-Award winning documentary producer, director and cinematographer. In addition to documentaries he leads a team in the production for Closer to Truth, a high-end science series on cosmology, consciousness and meaning. Closer to Truth is now in its 16th season on PBS. In the UK Peter produced independent documentaries with Harriet for Channel 4 and BBC, working for the BBC Science Department on one of the first co-productions between Discovery and BBC. In the US he worked on staff at National Geographic, producing a wide range of adventure/history films and series for Explorer. Peter was trained as an Anthropologist and worked professionally as a climber and explorer throughout South America and the Himalayas.


Once an American ex-pat living in the UK, now a British ex-pat living in the US, Harriet Gordon Getzels has a long track record of award-winning independent documentaries made with Peter for British, American and European television. Her subjects range from long-term character-driven narratives to cutting edge science, and the fringes of religion. Her short digital narratives combine still photography with video, and take on subjects from the environment to brain science to addiction. In the US she has produced for National Geographic, Discovery and HDNet. Based in Oxford, England for sixteen years and now in Washington DC, Harriet is co-owner of Getzels Gordon Productions. She is also an award-winning writer of narrative non-fiction.


Marie Wiljanen is an Operations Manager and Line Producer living in the Washington, D.C. area who manages companies, as well as domestic and international documentary projects, both on land and at sea. She’s worked with many talented production teams in her career, as well as for companies like National Geographic, True Blue Films, Camera One, Production Group, and WGBH-TV. Marie is committed to teamwork and to developing collaborative relationships with clients and staff. She frequently takes full advantage of her wealth of production stories to illustrate her points. So remember, no matter how tough things look, don’t stop moving forward unless someone shoots the crocodile or the ice melts.



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Catherine Shields has cut documentaries for PBS, National Geographic, the Discovery Channel, and a vast array of independent filmmakers. Two films that she edited for Guggenheim Productions won Academy Awards, and her work has earned four primetime Emmy Awards. She edited the feature documentaries George Stevens: A Filmmaker’s Journey and Harvest of Empire, as well as biographical films of legends such as Yo Yo Ma, David Letterman, and Meryl Streep for the annual Kennedy Center Honors. Her most recent film for Getzels Gordon is The Penguin Counters. 


Marc Masters has been co-editor of Closer To Truth for 8 years. He has been an editor for 18 years, with credits on programs for PBS, Discovery, National Geographic, Travel Channel, History Channel, and more. His writing has appeared in the Washington Post, NPR, Pitchfork, The Wire, The Washington City Paper, and more. He is the author of the book "No Wave" (Black Dog Publishing, 2008).


Flora Wallace-Smith is an Assistant Editor at Getzels Gordon Productions and keeps every stage of post production flowing, from ingest of new footage to final output and delivery of a project. She has over a decade of experience handling post production work for Discovery Communications, National Geographic, and Bravo. When she is not in the office, she cultivates her passion for still photography or spends the day riding horses. 



Steven Kostant is an Executive Integrated Marketing Strategist who specializes in integrating creative, brand, and digital content strategies for business and organizational objectives. He has worked extensively with the world’s leading corporations, global non-profit organizations, and the public sector nationally and internationally.


Patrick Hayes is a Digital Content Strategist. He has worked in content marketing, publishing and journalism for the past eight years. He holds a Masters Degree in Strategic Communications from Columbia University and a BA in English from Williams College. At Closer To Truth, he is a digital content strategist within the digital marketing team.


Catherine Grubb contributes her diverse skill set to a wide range of projects, and keeps the office running smoothly. Catherine holds a BS in Neuroscience from Temple University, and is an avid reader, camper and rock climber.



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Matt Babcock is Post Production Supervisor at Getzels Gordon. He has worked in post-production for over 10 years for a variety of programs for Discovery Communications, MSNBC, Smithsonian Channel, and National Geographic. At Getzels Gordon he manages the tech and workflow design for all productions and saves everyone from the technical abyss on a regular basis. Matt is also the co-founder of North at Noon. 


Over a 20 year career, Leslie Shampaine has provided programming for major US networks like PBS, CBS, Discovery Channel, TLC and National Geographic. Most recently, Leslie led the US production management team at Al Jazeera International, where she oversaw a variety of programs including live daily news shows and investigative documentaries.  Before entering the television and video world, Leslie danced professionally with ballet companies in Los Angeles, Germany and in Switzerland. She presently teaches dance to people who have Parkinson’s Disease and to seniors in assisted living facilities. 


Jordan Kyler is a Production Assistant and receptionist at Getzels Gordon Productions.  She holds a BA in Studio Art from the University of Mary Washington and an MFA in Photographic and Electronic Media from the Maryland Institute College of Art.