Kim Spencer, Senior Programming Executive, is an award-winning producer of over 50 documentaries and television specials. His 1983 documentary The First 50 Years, on the history of U.S.- Soviet relations, won a DuPont-Columbia Award. A pioneer in using satellite links to foster global dialogue, Kim produced a series of fifteen international “spacebridges” including The Moscow Link, a live TV exchange that changed USSR attitudes on nuclear war, the Five Continent Spacebridge, and Capitol to Capitol, a series of live debates on ABC between the U.S. Congress and the USSR Supreme Soviet (winning two Emmy Awards in 1989). Subsequently Kim became coordinating producer of ABC News’ Prime Time Live. In the 1990s he produced the innovative Vis à Vis documentary series on PBS: transcontinental video dialogues linking people from their homes and workplaces. He was a founder and executive director of Internews Network, an international non-profit organization that fosters independent media in 40 developing countries. Spencer is also executive producer of Link TV’s original productions, including Global Pulse, Bridge to Iran and Mosaic.
Lorraine Hess, Vice President/Programming, has been a key member of the programming and acquisitions department since the channel’s inception in 1999. Prior to working at Link TV, Lorraine worked for over 13 years in international production and documentary film. Her roles ranged from series and executive producer to field producer and post-production producer. Lorraine’s work, both in the television and production realms, and in her prior work as a teacher, has taken her all over the world. It has also solidified her passion for world cultures and people, as well as her compassion for the underdog and for people whose voices can reach a wider audience through television and film. Lorraine has a degree in French Language and Literature from the University of Sheffield in the UK.