Our Staff

Christopher M. Cook, President

Chris Cook

Christopher Cook is an EMMY-award winning producer, director, and writer who lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. His documentary work has appeared in film festivals, on public television, and cable stations such as ESPN, SportsNet NY, and BigTen Network.

Since 1997, Cook has researched, written, produced, and directed more than 22 hours of documentary programming, most of which has appeared on regional PBS stations.

In 2010, he won an EMMY for "Branch Rickey: A Matter of Fairness" a film about Brooklyn Dodger manager Branch Rickey early and what drove him to single-handedly integrate baseball by bringing Jackie Robinson onto his team in the 1940s. Another of Cook's films – "Where Do The Children Play?" – has shown aired on public television stations won four EMMYs in 2008.

In 2002, Cook's "Sprawling of America" was one of three nominees for best limited series in the International Documentary Association Awards and won three EMMYs. Both films were distribute by American Public Television and seen across the country.

For nine years, Cook also produced documentary programs for the Michigan Public Television series "Michigan at Risk." Of the seventeen programs, six won EMMYs for writing or producing.

Before turning to documentary work, Cook was a reporter and held various editing positions at newspapers the Detroit Free Press, San Diego Union, the Kansas City Times, and Newsday in New York, where he was also part of a team that won a Pulitzer Prize for investigative journalism for a series on heroin trafficking.


Mark Berg, Director of Photography

Mark Berg

Mark Berg is a highly experienced camera operator who has worked on news and long-form programs for twelve years, including stints at four television stations in the Midwest.

Berg’s work has appeared on ABC News, NBC News, 20/20, World News Tonight, Good Morning America, Dateline, Today Show, Nightly News, CNN, A&E, Fox Sports, and other broadcast and cable outlets. He also shoots for the National Hockey League, Ford Motor Co., and others. He has been nominated for EMMY awards four times and has won top honors from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters in 1987 and 1990.

Berg is the president and co-owner of Great Lakes Television Productions in South Lyon, Michigan, where he makes his home. He can be reached at 248.486.3040.

Gordy Marcotte, Sound Technician

Gordy Marcotte

Gordy Marcotte is a sound technician who earned his B.A. in communications from Western Michigan University in 1988.

He began his career with Filmcraft Video, a producer of corporate and network video, and also worked for ENG Detroit before striking out on his own in 1995. As a freelance sound technician, he has worked on news stories for each of the major broadcast television networks, including stories for NBC’s Dateline, ABC’s 20/20, and CBS’s 60 Minutes. His other clients have included Fox, PBS, CNN, NBA Entertainment, NHL Productions, GM, Ford, Chrysler, and Volkswagen.

Marcotte lives and works in the Detroit area and can be reached at 248.672.3137. He can be contacted via email at marcotte@wwnet.com.