Lights, Camera, Action: Promoting Landscape Architecture on TV

Sunday, November 23
8:00 - 9:00 am
Colorado Convention Center


More than 41 million viewers watch television shows about home design each week. No other medium can better display the scope, color, and detail of a landscape architecture project.  Landscape architect and Grounds for Improvement co-host Dean Hill, ASLA, will moderate a distinguished panel of experts as they discuss why TV is the perfect medium to promote the landscape architecture profession to the general public. Hear from veteran hosts, producers, and programmers of hit home improvement shows about what shows already feature landscape architecture, how shows are created and produced, how to get landscape architects on television, and how these shows can leverage the public’s interest in design to raise awareness of the profession.


John Gidding is an architect and the host of the HGTV hit show Curb Appeal.  A graduate of Yale and Harvard Graduate School of Design, John has worked for Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates where he contributed to the ASLA Green Roof and Brooklyn Bridge Park, among other landscape architecture projects.


Mila Holt of JOHLT Productions is a nine-time Emmy winning producer who helped created Curb Appeal andLandscape Smart, among many other projects for HGTV, PBS, The Food Network, Discovery, USA, MSNBC, and the Disney Channel.


Steven Lerner is Senior Vice President, Programming, for HGTV, DIY Network, and Great American Country where his responsibilities include facilitating original programming ideas and identifying new talent. His creativity and oversight helped launch HGTV’s Rehab AddictProperty Brothers, and Buying & Selling, among many other hit shows.

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Michael Williams of Green Harbor Productions received an Academy Award for the film The Fog of War in 2004 and produced the Emmy-winning Queer Eye for the Straight Guy for Bravo. He also produced Big Ideas for a Small Planet for the Sundance Channel and The Outdoor Room with Jamie Durie, one of HGTV’s biggest budget landscape shows, among many other hit shows.


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