Sumner Jules Glimcher

Professor Emeritus, NYU


249 East 48TH Street                     212 505 1140     

Suite #7-G, New York, NY 10017   917 434 5673


WESTMINSTER PRODUCTIONS, INC.  1996 – Present.   Founder and President.  Consultant and independent film and video writer/producer/director of documentary and educational productions, and Video Portraits.   Specializing in international productions and films about China and Japan.   Author, Speaker, Tutor, and Cruise Ship Lecturer.


NEW YORK UNIVERSITY 1988 - 1996. Director and Professor Emeritus, Department of Film, Video and Broadcasting, School of Continuing Education. Began new Video pro-gram, determined curriculum, hired faculty, wrote course descriptions, created adver-tising and promotion campaigns, selected equipment and was responsible for growth of Department over eight years from 10 faculty, 20 courses, one Certificate and $900,000 in annual income to 60 faculty, 65 courses, 8 Certificates and $3,600,000 in income.


MASS COMMUNICATIONS, INC. 1972 - 1988.  Founder and President.  Devised strategy and executed special information programs for industry, government and educational institutions.  Planned and supervised a twenty-year public information campaign for the Consulate General of Japan.   Producer/writer/director of informational and documentary films, radio and television programs.  Created and supervised a continuing radio advertising campaign for Audio Forum.  Developed a series of programs for Harvard University working with John King Fairbank on China, and Edwin O. Reischauer on Japan, both A/V programs published by Harvard University Press.  Clients included: Aetna Life & Casualty, Cabot Corporation, Chinese Information Service, Emma Willard School, First National Bancorporation, Greenwood Press, Harvest Educational Labs, Japan Air Lines, Jeffrey Norton Publishers, Mediatrics, Inc., National Multiple Sclerosis Society, National Public Radio, Pitney Bowes, Psychology Today, Wheaton College, Union Carbide, The United Nations.


CENTER FOR MASS COMMUNICATION, INC., COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY  1963 -1972.   Manager. Hired and directed creative staff: 25 writers, editors, researchers, composers, musicians, artists, actors, narrators, camera and sound technicians in the preparation of more than fifty films, radio and television programs with an aggregate budget of several millions of dollars.  Established  major sales campaigns and broke new ground in selling documentaries and educational films to schools, libraries and corporations.  Chaired faculty advisory committees and served as liaison with University administration, faculty and all departments. Responsible for budgets, proposals, public relations, publicity, brochures, catalogs, promotion, marketing, sales campaigns, advertising and fundraising.  Clients included: AT&T, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Center for Applied Linguistics, US Department of Health Education and Welfare, US Department of Labor, Hadassah, Lincoln Laboratory: Massachusetts Institute Of Technology, National Council of Churches, National Educational Television (later the Public Broadcasting Service), Social Security Administration.


NATIONAL EDUCATIONAL TELEVISION (PUBLIC BROADCASTING SERVICE).  1962-1963.  Executive producer in charge of international program exchanges.  Acquired films from abroad (initiated first television program exchange with Japan, imported first National Film Board of Canada films to the US).  Responsible for translation, writing, recording, editing, remixing and finishing for use in the US.  Created advisory committees and directed activities between faculty consultants and writers on program content.  Directed publicity campaigns.


RKO GENERAL AND WOR. 1959-1961.  Manager, Foreign News. Established news bureaus abroad directing all activities.  Wrote and presented material on air for radio and television. Produced programs for RKO-General Network on Presidential (JFK) inauguration, and programs on science, medicine, space and international affairs.


INTERNATIONAL TRANSMISSIONS, INC. 1958-1959.   Founded first independent voiced overseas news service for radio and television, hiring 36 correspondents in each major capital throughout the world.  Merged with Radio Press to form Radio Press International, later UPI Audio.  President of both organizations.  Established new procedures in the field of independent news collection and dissemination which have formed the basis of the major independent news networks to this time.


RADIO FREE EUROPE (Munich). 1954-1957.  Program Department administrator of 450 persons, 17 nationalities.  Responsible for annual budget of $1,500,000.  Traveled throughout Europe working with government agencies on programming, news bureaus, and broadcast facilities.


NATIONAL BROADCASTING COMPANY 1949-1954.   Starting as a page, promoted through a series of jobs including: operations control supervisor, assistant director, supervisor of operations and production manager.  Responsibilities included hiring staff, union negotiations, budget preparations, film and live television directing, writing and programming, talent audition, establishment of major operational systems, designing the first television master control and liaison with NBC News, including all operational control during the 1952 political conventions.


CONSULTANT  At various times to: Consulate General of Japan (for twenty years); President of Harvard University; United Nations; International Motion Picture Company, Tokyo; Japan Society of New York; Audio Forum, Guilford, CT, inter alia.


AUTHOR  “A  Filmmaker’s Journal”  (EBOOK @ APPLE; Paperback @ AMAZON) 2012;  “Movie Making: A Guide to Film Production.”  Principal author. (Columbia University Press hardcover; Simon & Schuster Pocketbooks, paperback, 1975; reprinted 1979).  Numerous articles in newspapers and periodicals.


MISCELLANEOUS ACADEMIC  In addition to NYU (1988-1996), was also adjunct professor of film and deputy chairman, Department of Film, Radio and Television, School of the Arts, Columbia University, 1963-1972; taught at Harvard University 1977-1978; adjunct professor of English, UCONN, Stamford, CT, 1983-1985; established Film and Video Summer Workshops, Bennington College, 1984; Fairfield University, 1985.


TRAVEL AND LECTURER  Traveled extensively throughout the world; led video and photography field trips and on production assignments; lecturer on eleven world-wide cruises (Cunard, Princess, Holland American, Crystal, Celebrity and Renaissance Lines and Harvard Alumni cruises), showing films, videos and slides, and tutoring passengers in photography and video production.


AWARDS   Recipient of more than three dozen major national and international awards, including: Golden Mercury, Venice; First Prize and Grand Prize, Vienna; Special Diploma, Zagreb; Gold Medal, Atlanta; Trophy Award, Salerno; Silver Dragon, Kracow; Chris Award, Columbus; awards at Edinburgh, Rio de Janeiro, Varna,  Antwerp, Tel Aviv, Brno; Awards of Merit, National Committee of Films for Safety, American Horticultural Film Festival; multiple CINE Golden Eagles and American Film Festival Blue Ribbons.


EDUCATION    Harvard University,  BA