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Interviewing the Executive Producer of ER and Law & Order on The Art of Storytelling

Why Give a Damn:

Neal Baer, Executive-Producer at NBC-Universal, speaks of the importance of stories in entrepreneurship, how to leverage your story, and how to manage time to become, like him, a super-human.

A central part of being an entrepreneur is digging in and finding your story

Bio: Dr. Neal Baer is Executive Producer of the NBC television series Law and Order: Special Victims Unit. Prior to his work on SVU, Dr. Baer was Executive Producer of the NBC series ER. A member of the show’s original staff and a writer and producer on the series for seven seasons, he has been nominated for five Emmys as a producer. He graduated from Harvard Medical School and completed his internship in Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital, Los Angeles. Recently, Dr. Baer co-established the Institute for Photographic Empowerment at USC’s Annenberg School of Communications, which links photographic storytelling projects around the world and makes that work available to NGOs and policymakers. He has worked in South Africa and Mozambique since 2006, teaching photography to mothers with HIV and to AIDS orphans so that they can tell the world their own stories. Dr. Baer also produced the documentary short, “Home Is Where You Find It,” directed by Alcides Soares, a 17-year-old Mozambican AIDS orphan, which chronicles one young man’s search to find a family after his parents have died of AIDS. The film has screened internationally at sixteen festivals and has won four awards for best documentary.

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  • Farhad Attaie

    Opening the parameters to see the big picture. Love this interview. @daniel

  • http://www.sandygrason.com Sandy Grason

    I agree, I loved this interview!

  • http://www.sandygrason.com Sandy Grason

    I think Neal is such a great example of Nat’s article: Building a Career worth having- http://unreasonable.is/guest-post/how-to-build-a-career-worth-having/ . I love the different skills he’s developed, following his curiosity & interests. Inspiring stuff!

  • Ann Wertz Garvin

    What a fabulous interview. I think there is a belief that the real do’ers are these hard driving, head butting time urgent people and so I love the gentle nature of this discussion. The ego-less voice. It’s clear that Neal is interested in his life and what drives him is this interest, not the goal of money or status. I also note that he sleeps & exercises & prioritizes and that is so missing in most messages of success. Thank you for this.

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  • Sam Kuchenreuther

    Wow! I almost can’t believe Dr. Baer’s story. Going to college now, I can’t imagine doing anything outside of my major. It just seems impossible to me. It is so nice to hear stories like this where people have found careers outside of what they studied in college. I can relate to Dr. Baer because I hate what I’m studying but because I’m good at it, it’s what I study. Did Dr. Baer ever say how he got into movie making? I heard him say he made two documentaries in college but how did that come about?