Department: Communication Arts School: NYIT Campus: Manhattan
Member of NYIT Since: n/a
John Schwally has been working on award-winning documentary programs his
entire professional career. He is currently Post Production Supervisor on A&E
television’s hit series Steven Seagal: Lawman. His most recent work includes Line
Producing and Field Directing on 3 documentaries for National Geographic Channel’s
Naked Science series. Prior to this assignment, he was Project Director for Whetstone
Productions and the United States Agency for International Development. The USAID
program helped train Jordanian filmmakers in the techniques of modern, western-style
documentary production. The 6-hour Discovery Science Channel series RoboCars again
saw Schwally Line Producing and Field Directing a 6-part series covering DARPA’s
Urban Challenge. History Channel’s Battles B.C. series tapped Mr. Schwally’s talents as
writer for the episode David: Giant Slayer, which aired to critical acclaim in early 2009.
He is also the Coordinating Producer on the independent feature documentary Monks &
Muslims: Finding Faith in Algeria. Schwally provided editorial, logistical and budgeting
services to The Independent Production Fund’s feature documentary The Mystery of
Love, and similarly performed on IPF’s The Islam Project, a co-venture providing over 4
hours of national programming for ABC News’ Nightline program and a PBS Frontline
special (Muslims). He was brought in as consulting producer for the Intrepid Sea, Air &
Space Museum’s latest HD film The Story of Intrepid.
Among other works, John Schwally was Executive Producer on the outdoor-
adventure program The Backpacking Experience (Outdoor Life Network/OLN/versus).
He spent nearly two years as New York Bureau Chief for the national PBS series
Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly before taking on the role of Executive Producer for
Cablevision’s American Catholic Network. John also performed the dual roles of Field
Producer and Production Manager on the Discovery Health Channel documentary series
Beating the Odds. Further credits include work as Senior Production Manager on national
PBS series Nature, Adam Smith (Emmy winner), Innovation (Emmy winner) and Line
Producer on the annual live production of the DuPont-Columbia University Awards in
Journalism. He earned a third Emmy Award for his work as Production Manager on the
PBS special SHE SAYS: Women in News, and a CINE Golden Eagle Award for work
performed on Muslims.
Mr. Schwally was instrumental in establishing the Producers Guild of America
(PGA) East as founding Co-Chairman of the PGA East, and recently stepped down as co-
chair of the PGA East Documentary Committee.