A: There are really two ways a documentary goes into production. Either you pitch an idea you are interested in exploring and somehow, miraculously you convince someone to back you. Or, more often, a broadcast or cable entity has a project on their slate that needs a producer, and if you are a good fit for that project, they bring you onboard as a hired gun. Maryland Public TV was looking for a way to celebrate its 50th anniversary, and I had a few folks down there who trusted me to tell this story. Not everyone, mind you, but the ones who mattered. So I spent nine months working with my team to research, write, shoot, edit, and mix this two-hour celebration of MPT’s five decades of service to the state of Maryland. It really is a great story full of colorful personalities, one that deserved a glossy, almost American Experience-like treatment.