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Producer Profile: Lisa Truitt

Production Company: National Geographic Television
Occupation: Producer/Director

           With over 20 years of experience at National Geographic, Lisa Truitt has sole hands-on responsibility for all giant-screen films, which are among the biggest-budget, highest-profile products produced by National Geographic Ventures. As National Geographic's president of Giant Screen Films and Special Projects, she oversees development, funding, production and distribution of all giant-screen products and other special projects.

           Truitt produced National Geographic's first foray into the giant-screen world - the box-office hit “Mysteries of Egypt.” Since its release in 1998, “Mysteries of Egypt” has ranked as the highest-grossing film (giant-screen or standard feature) on a per-screen basis worldwide. It was ranked the top giant-screen film for most of 1999 and has grossed more than $107 million to date. She also produced “Lewis & Clark: Great Journey West,” National Geographic's giant-screen film chronicling the adventures of the Lewis and Clark expedition, which debuted in spring 2002 to positive reviews and a box-office gross thus far of nearly $40 million. Most recently Truitt served as executive producer for “Lions 3D: Roar of the Kalahari” and “Forces of Nature.”

           In early 2006 Truitt opened an in-house distribution unit, which will be launching its first films in 2007 - “Lions 3D” and “Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure” for both 2-D and 3-D screens.

           Prior to working in giant-screen, Truitt produced and directed many popular films for television, some of which she also served as writer and cinematographer. Her adventures in filmmaking have led her to some of the most remote places on Earth. For the NBC Special “Arctic Kingdom: Life at the Edge,” she spent three summers camped on the Arctic sea ice, producing an Emmy Award winner.

          For National Geographic EXPLORER, she ventured into the deep jungles of Brazil for “Amazon Bronze”; the clear, warm waters of the Cayman Islands for the Emmy Award winner “Dancing With Stingrays”; and the savannas of Kenya, Zimbabwe and South Africa for “Africa: Playing God With Nature?” that won the Gold Hugo Award from the Chicago International Film Festival.

          Now based in Washington, D.C., Truitt lived and worked in Egypt in 1998 and 1999. A native of Los Altos, Calif., she graduated from Stanford University where she received her degree with distinction in human biology.

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