For twenty years, Small World Productions has produced award winning travel series for Public Television. The Seattle-based company has produced 143 half hour episodes and 6 pledge specials. Small World Productions has to its credit five 13 episode seasons of Smart Travels with Rudy Maxa, four series of Travels in Europe with Rick Steves as well as Travels in Mexico and the Caribbean with Shari Belafonte and America’s Historic Trails with Tom Bodett.
Small World partners John Givens, Patricia Larson and Sandra Nisbet created the popular national series Smart Travels. In addition to their body of work with Small World, Larson and Nisbet have a background in theater, history, play writing, international travel and college teaching. Executive producer and CEO Givens has produced, directed and edited public television shows for more than forty years. In 2000, he was honored with a Most Valuable Producer Award from American Public Television.
For Richard Bang’s Adventures with Purpose, Small World will be joined again by our excellent team of award winning producers, photographers and editors. Patty Conroy has produced and written more than three dozen travel episodes for Small World. For her work on Smart Travels, she has been honored with an Emmy Award, four CINE Golden Eagle Awards, three Telly Awards and two International Communicator Awards. Susan McNally has produced and written more than two dozen travel episodes for Small World. Her work has been honored with an Emmy Award, three CINE Golden Eagle Awards, three Telly Awards and the Grand Prix at the Golden Pen Awards in Croatia. Editor David Ris brings great creativity and knowledge of high definition television production to the project. He has edited more than fifty HD travel episodes for Small World, including twenty Smart Travel shows that have been honored with national or international awards. Photographer Karel Bauer has scores of HD national credits including Smart Travels, Rick Steves Europe and Travels to the Edge with Art Wolf.