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Barro Colorado Island in the Panama Canal holds one of the most studied rainforests in the world. Several scientists conduct research each year in this complex habitat. But El Niño has hit the island hard, resulting in the second driest year on record. Filmed in stunning 4K resolution, this two-hour special examines the impact of El Niño on Barro Colorado and the incredible animals who call it home. Watch the world premiere March 15 at 8 PM EST on the Smithsonian Channel.


Over the past four years, our film, BESA: The Promise, has been part of the global conversation about courage, compassion and the humanity which unites all faiths. To join the discussion, email besa@jwmprods.com about hosting a screening in your community.


Since 2012, JWM Productions has helped more than 60 students gain valuable real-world experience in network television production. Our interns have the opportunity to practice their skills outside of the classroom and see every stage of production, from development through post production.


Did Butch Cassidy pull off the greatest disappearing act in outlaw history? To find out, historical investigator Brit Eaton travels across the American West, hunting for hard evidence. See what he discovers on September 15 when the pilot episode of Wild Wild Quest premieres on Travel Channel.


JWM Productions is honored that our film Siege of Masada, originally produced for Smithsonian Channel, has been selected for The Archaeology Channel International Film and Video Festival. For more information, check out the film's page on The Archaeology Channel's website.


JWM Productions is thrilled to announce the premiere of the second season of its hit series Bandit Patrol on National Geographic Wild! In rural western Kentucky, a small community has taken on the responsibility to care for wild animals that are injured, orphaned, or in need. It's a job that requires a strong will and a big heart, but there's nothing like the satisfaction of returning a wild animal back to the wild.

The second season kicks off on Saturday, February 27 at 10P Eastern and 9P Central.

Join the "Bandit Patrol" conversation on Twitter: #BanditPatrol


It's known as the Alamo of the ancient world, the story of a band of Jewish rebels and their final stand against the Roman Army. The siege of Masada, recorded nearly 2,000 years ago by Jewish military leader Flavius Josephus, is more than a tale of resistance against impossible odds. It's part of the founding narrative of Israel. But how much of it is true? We take a look at the events that inspired the CBS television miniseries "The Dovekeepers" and go to the site of the mountain fortress itself, uncovering new truths about this epic conflict.

You can catch it April 18 and April 23 on the Smithsonian Channel.


JWM Productions is proud to announce the premiere of its series "Bandit Patrol" on NatGeo Wild. The series kicks off on January 17th at 10P Eastern and 9P Central and showcases a community of animal rehabilitators in Western Kentucky. They're on the front lines of animal rescue and rehab, on call 24/7 to take in and take care of orphaned and injured wildlife until they're ready to be released.

Join the "Bandit Patrol" conversation on Twitter: #BanditPatrol

Upcoming Besa The Promise Screenings


Dallas Jewish Film Festival

Sunday, September 8th at 2pm


Youngstown Jewish Film Festival

Sunday, October 6th at 1:30pm

More info/Tickets

Jewish Eye Film Festival

October 6th - 10th

More Info/Tickets

UK Jewish Film Festival

October 31st - November 17

More Info/Tickets

Holocaust Center Kristallnacht Memorial

Sunday, November 3rd at 12:30pm

More Info/Tickets

For more information, please visit the official website:


"The Path to Violence" A Special on Newtown, airs February 20th on PBS


JWM is proud to contribute this one-hour film to PBS's weeklong series devoted to addressing the Newtown school shootings. "The Path to Violence," narrated by Sam Waterston, reveals the surprising story of a school that thwarted a killing spree and explores the ground-breaking work of a small group of experts who believe the terrifying attacks on our schools can be stopped. Tune in, Wednesday, Feb. 20th at 10 PM EST on PBS.

SILVER RUSH: A 3 Hour Television Event Airs February 24th on Discovery


Tune in to Discovery on Sunday, Feb. 24th from 8pm – 11pm EST to catch the premiere of SILVER RUSH. JWM’s new three-part series - narrated by Mike Rowe - tells the story of the greatest deep-sea treasure quest of all time. The series takes viewers on board Odyssey’s flagship, the Odyssey Explorer, as it launches its most audacious operation yet...and then brings the treasure home.

TUNE IN to H2 Saturday January 18th, for 8 hours of JWM's acclaimed 101 series!


2pm: 101 Objects that Changed the World
4pm: 101 Fast Foods that Changed the World
6pm: 101 Gadgets that Changed the World
8pm: 101 Inventions that Changed the World

“Ghost Town Gold” Premieres on Destination America

After a successful run on Discovery, “Ghost Town Gold” has its Destination America premier January 1st. The series follows two modern day explorers, Brit Eaton and Scott Glaves, as they track down priceless treasures of the Old West. From 19th century denim jeans to Wild West weaponry, railroad relics to cowboy collectibles, Brit and Scott are always on the prowl to turn what looks like rusty junk into the one collectible that everyone loves – cash. Part history buffs, part pickers, Brit and Scott visit old ghost towns, abandoned mining camps and industrial graveyards in search of treasured ruins from the days of boom and bust. CHECK YOUR LOCAL LISTINGS!

“Besa: The Promise” Screening in a city near you!

"BESA: The Promise" takes home the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Washington Jewish Film Festival!

This month, don't miss “Besa: The Promise” as it makes its way to three more cities:

DenverJewish Film Festival

Tuesday, February 12th @ 5:40PM

Mizel Arts & Culture Center

350 S. Dahlia St, Denver CO 80246

PLUS Q&A with Producer Bill Morgan after the screening!

Beaufort International Film Festival

Thursday, February, 14th @ 3:30PM

801 Carteret St. Beaufort, SC

PLUS Q&A with Producer/Editor Christine Romero after the screening!

AtlantaJewish Film Festival

Monday, February 18th @ 8:00PM

Tuesday, February 19th @ 2:55PM

Lefont Sandy Springs

100-152 Sandy Springs Circle NE, Atlanta GA

PLUS Q&A with Producer Bill Morgan after the screening!

“Besa: The Promise” is JWM’s first feature length documentary centered around the touching story of a Muslim Albanian man that must fulfill a promise made to the Jewish family his father rescued during the Holocaust.

For updates on screenings in your area be sure to stay connected with Besa at besathepromise.com


"Ghost Town Gold" Premieres November 15th on Discovery Channel


JWM Production's six part series "Ghost Town Gold" will premiere on Discovery Channel on Thursday, November 15th at 10 PM ET/PT. "Ghost Town Gold" follows two modern day explorers, Brit Eaton and Scott Glaves, as they track down priceless treasures of the Old West. From 19th century denim jeans to Wild West weaponry, railroad relics to cowboy collectibles, Brit and Scott are always on the prowl to turn what looks like rusty junk into the one collectible that everyone loves– cash. Part history buffs, part pickers, Brit and Scott visit old ghost towns, abandoned mining camps and industrial graveyards in search of treasured ruins from the days of boom and bust.

Join the Ghost Town Gold conversation on Twitter: #GhostTownGold

"Frontier Earth Presented By Wal-Mart" Premieres November 13th on Animal Planet


JWM Production's is proud to announce that "Frontier Earth Presented By Wal-Mart" will premiere on Animal Planet on Tuesday, November 13th at 8 PM EST. This six-episode series closely examines some of the planet’s most elusive animals, their distinctive habitats and their unique methods of survival. Animal Planet's apex predator expert/zoologist, Dave Salmoni, guides viewers on intimate journeys to the frontlines of major ecosystems and the animals that inhabit them. "The Woman Who Swims with Killer Whales" kicks off the series, and Salmoni introduces Dr. Ingrid Visser, the driven and passionate killer whale expert who is one of the few to ever research these massive marine mammals underwater without the protection of shark cages. In the series premiere, Dr. Visser navigates the New Zealand waters, locating an extraordinary bank of shark and ray hunting orcas that are on the critically endangered list.


Follow host Dave Salmoni and keep up with Frontier Earth updates @davesalmoni on Twitter!


More Episodes to Come:
Jungle Gremlins of Java - Airs November 20th
Empire of the Killer Queen - Airs November 27th
The Dragon's Bite - Airs December 4th
Tiger's New Dynasty - Airs December 11th
The Lemur's Lament - Airs December 18th

Besa Meets Rave Reviews in Aspen!


In addition to sold out screenings and excellent reviews, we are proud to announce that "Besa: The Promise" made the cover of the Aspen Times!

"Besa: The Promise" Screening Times


CHECK OUT: "Besa: The Promise" @ the Heartland Film Festival in Indianapolis! Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 3:30pm Monday, October 22, 2012 at 5:30pmThursday, October 25, 2012 at 6:30pm Saturday, October 27, 2012 at 1:45pmProducer, Bill Morgan will be in attendance for a Q&A after the screenings!

"Besa: The Promise" will be screened at the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding in Georgetown on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 5pm to honor Norman Gershman with the Building Bridges Award. (Screening for invited guests only)

STAY TUNED for more screening times as "Besa" makes its way through both national and international film festivals!

101 Series Coming to H2


JWM is proud to announce the continuation of its wildly successful 101 list series. Four two-hour specials will premiere on History's sister network, H2.

World Premiere of Besa: The Promise at San Francisco Jewish Film Festival


Besa: The Promise is the incredible story of Albanian Muslims who saved nearly 2,000 Jews during the Holocaust. Told through the images of photographer Norman Gershman - and in the words and deeds of the people who lived it -Besa: The Promise is the last great untold story of World War II.
TRT: 86 minutes, (2012)

Update: JWM Productions is proud to announce the world premiere of its documentary feature, BESA: The Promise, at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, the oldest and largest film festival of its kind. Screenings will be held on July 29, 30 and August 6th. Please visit the film's official website to learn more and purchase tickets: http://besathepromise.com/screenings.html