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JUSTICE … ENVIRONMENT … SPORTS … TRAVEL

From a groundbreaking investigative book about civil rights history and military justice … to globetrotting documentaries about sports, health, environment and politics … to engaging multimedia travel journalism … we have a broad range of interests and expertise.


INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING

Sometimes, things don’t add up.

We’re drawn to investigative reporting because the first draft of history is usually incomplete. That was the case when we came across the extraordinary World War II court-martial of 43 African-American soldiers for the alleged lynching of an Italian prisoner of war.

Years of research led to our book, On American Soil. As a result of our investigation, the US Army’s highest court of appeals overturned the soldiers’ convictions and ordered monetary reparations for their imprisonment.

Winner of Investigative Reporters & Editors Book of the Year, Horace Mann Award, Innocence Champion Award, Urban League Spirit Award, Loren Miller Award, Washington State Bar Award, Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award

Other investigative reports include:

  • Faith & Fear: An award-winning public television documentary exploring the treatment of Krishna children. (NATAS Northwest Emmy Award)
  • Russia Factor: A CNN documentary examining Russia’s struggling middle class. (Chris Award, CINE Award, National Headliner Award)
  • Shelter from the Storm: An eye-opening documentary revealing the plight of working class urban seniors. (Livingston Award Finalist)
  • Ring of Death: An unflinching CNN exposé about barriers to prosecuting ranchers who poison wildlife. (Houston Film Festival Gold Medal, Chicago Film Festival)
  • Diane Downs: The heartbreaking story of a mother convicted of murdering her children. (New York International Film Festival Silver Medal, NATAS Northwest Emmy Award)
  • Death Trains (CNN), Forgotten Poor (CNN), Nepal Tourists (TBS), Dickie Scruggs (CNN)

JUDICIAL PORTRAITS

The United States has three branches of federal government. Americans know the least about one of them: our federal courts.

Over the past decade, no little things Productions has produced archival journalistic interviews and documentaries of men and women who serve in our federal district courts.

Thorough and revealing, these judicial profiles help modern laypeople and future historians better understand the surprisingly down-to-earth folks entrusted to make some of our nation’s most momentous decisions.


SPORTS JOURNALISM

Underdogs. Overacheivers. Champions. Also rans.

Sports makes for great stories. And great sports journalism succeeds the way great teams succeed: with passion, practice, calculated risk and endless perseverance. Sports have always been a big part of what we do.

Our immediate family includes a host of athletes with major-college, and even gold medal Olympic experience. We’ve played, coached, broadcast, written about and produced award-winning documentaries about athletes, coaches, teams and the intriguing issues both inside and outside the lines.

Among our many assignments:

  • Court & Spark (Poland, USA): A compelling documentary about an unlikely two-time Olympian. (Houston WorldFest Film Festival Platinum Award, Indie Spirit Film Festival Audience Award)
  • Generation IX (China, USA): A thoughtful public television documentary about the impact of Title IX on women athletes. (Billie Award Finalist)
  • Mary & Zola (Northern Ireland, England, USA): A breakthrough documentary–featured on NBC’s Today Show–about unlikely Olympic rivals. (NATAS Northwest Emmy Award, Iris Award Finalist, Livingston Award Finalist)
  • Sportswriting: Dozens of freelance assignments for, among others, The Seattle Times, The Los Angeles Times, Volleyball Magazine, The Salt Lake City Tribune, The Eugene Register-Guard, CNN.com and NCAA.com. We’ve covered a does NCAA Volleyball Championships in arenas across the country.
  • Sports Broadcasting: In addition to our sports documentaries, we’ve produced sports news and newsmagazine features for CNN and for Seattle NBC affiliate KING-TV. We’ve broadcast play-by-play for UWTV and done public address announcing at Pauley Pavilion, Hec Ed Pavilion, Key Arena, San Diego Stadium and San Diego Sports Arena.

ENVIRONMENTAL JOURNALISM

It’s the biggest story of our time. Who wouldn’t want to cover it?

In 1990, Ted Turner created a TBS/CNN Environment Unit. Fire correspondents, including Seattle-based Jack Hamann, traveled the world to bring viewers stories about the challenges, successes and failures of climate, biodiversity, sustainability and other emerging topics.

During that same decade, Jack collaborated with producer John deGraaf on two wide-ranging environmental documentaries for PBS.

Among our many environment assignments:

  • Hot Potatoes (Peru, Mexico, USA): A public television documentary about the viral threat to one of the world’s most important foods. (Columbus Film Festival Silver Chris Award)
  • Greenplans (New Zealand, Netherlands, USA): A public television documentary about landmark efforts to encourage sustainable development. (United Nations Film Festival, Environmental Film Festival)
  • The Earth Summit (Brazil): A 90-minute CNN special report about world leaders’ contentious efforts to reach far-reaching environmental agreements. (CableACE Award)
  • Biodiversity (Network Earth/Earth Matters on TBS/CNN): Wolf reintroduction in Yellowstone; Bluefin tuna trade in New England and Japan; Bison management in Yellowstone; Fire ecosystem management in Montana and Colorado; Microbial bioprospecting in Yellowstone; Black bear hunting in Michigan; Salmon restoration in Idaho, Montana and Washington; Invasive ants in California; Bats as insect managers in Oregon; Prairie dog relocation in Colorado; Fur seal protection in Alaska; Illegal exotic animal trade in New York and Oregon; Zoo innovations in Arizona and Washington; Timber policy in the West.
  • Sustainability (Network Earth/Earth Matters on TBS/CNN): Tourism impact in Nepal; Water allocation in Hawai’i; Waterfowl management in Manitoba; Kenaf cultivation in Texas; Paper recycling in Oregon and Washington; Dog hair repurposing in Washington.
  • Climate/Pollution (Network Earth/Earth Matters on TBS/CNN): Drought in California; Nuclear waste in New Mexico and Washington; Icecap thaw in the Arctic; Waste-fueled energy generation in West Virginia; Gold mining pollution in Nevada; Poultry industry pollution in Virginia; Snowmobile pollution in Yellowstone.

TRAVEL JOURNALISM

We got married. We bought a camper van, grabbed our cat, and drove to the four corners of the Continental United States. San Diego. Key West. Maine. Seattle.

Forty-five years on, we’ve never stopped traveling. With a new camper van and new cats, we continue to find backroads across North America and the world.

We’ve driven across the United States dozens of times. All 50 states. Most of Canada. Driven to the Arctic Ocean. Driven throughout Europe. One summer, we bicycle camped through Europe, carrying just two sets of clothing each.

Among our many travel assignments:

  • Cross Country: We’re retracing the route of a little-known but surprisingly significant and entertaining 1950 Los Angeles to Washington, DC journey. (in production)
  • Drive North/Winter: A November/December adventure through Canada and Alaska for Expedia and CNN.com.
  • Drive North/Summer: A July journey to the Pribilof Islands, Aleutians, Yukon Territory and the Arctic Ocean, for Expedia and CNN.com
  • Expedia Radio: Travel features from around the world, from Kathmandu to the crater of Mount St. Helens, including interviews with E.O. Wilson, Tom Brokaw and others.