Writer-Producer Burt Kempner has worked professionally in New York, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Florida. His work has won numerous major awards, and has been seen by groups ranging in size from a national television audience in the United States to a half-dozen Maori chieftains in New Zealand.
Burt’s broadcast credits are as follows. For PBS: KidHealth, a 13-part series on children’s medicine with Peggy Fleming, The Fall and Rise of Germany, a two-hour exploration of the German nation since the end of the Second World War, and Chincoteague, a celebration of the wild ponies and human inhabitants of this island off the coast of Virginia. For The Discovery Channel: The New Detectives, a series about crime-fighting advances in forensic science, and The Spirit of Punxsutawney: Groundhog Day, a documentary about the western Pennsylvania town made world famous by a weather-predicting rodent. For CNBC: numerous episodes of Today’s Environment, a survey of ecological success stories hosted by actor Ed Begley, Jr. And for European television: Weimar: A Modern-Day Renaissance City, an historic look at the one-time home of Goethe and Schiller and its latter-day efforts to become a cultural center once more. He is the writer of two award-winning short feature films, Spanish Lesson and The Last Paperboy. Nonprofit clients include the Sierra Club, the Jane Goodall Institute, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Habitat for Humanity, the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Mote Marine Laboratory, Circus Sarasota and the River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding.
In 2014, Burt founded RealLifeScripts ™, a coaching practice combining his many years as a professional storyteller with his experience as an outreach counselor working with at-risk families and the homeless. Burt is a passionate believer in creating works of integrity and value to the viewing public