Jane Root is chief executive of Nutopia, a production company committed to thinking big and creating some of the most ambitious and ground-breaking television in the world. In the first year of its life, Nutopia created a new kind of television, the “mega doc” — huge-scale series designed to stand out from the crowd and be channel defining. Nutopia’s first mega doc was the 12-part Emmy-winning series “America: The Story of Us” with CGI, specialist real-world filming techniques and stylized dramatization. Most recently, Nutopia produced “Mankind: The Story of All of Us.” A former president of Discovery Channel USA and controller of BBC2 in the U.K., Root’s other credits include the genealogy series “Who Do You Think You Are,” action-adventure smash “The Deadliest Catch,” global comedy success “The Office,” the world’s most watched factual series “Top Gear,” and landmark format series “Great Britons,” which sold in more than 60 territories worldwide. Her credits as a broadcaster include “Planet Earth.”
DARRYL DMC McDANIELS
“Hip-hop was the truth and the reality of the world that we lived in. It became a way for us to tell the truth and people paid attention.”
Darryl DMC McDaniels is an innovator, motivator and philanthropist who changed music and made history when he broke down cultural barriers with the legendary Run-DMC. It would be hard to overstate his influence on popular culture. From the first rap group to grace the cover of Rolling Stone to the first on MTV, Run-DMC changed music, culture, fashion and language and made American history. Thirty million record sales later, and 10 years after the untimely death of his bandmate Jam Master Jay, DMC continues to create, inspire and motivate. He is the co-author of the critically acclaimed autobiography “King of Rock; Respect, Responsibility and My Life with Run-DMC.” His award-winning solo album “Checks, Thugs & Rock and Roll” features the hit “Just like Me” with Sarah McLaughlin, a song he wrote after discovering he was adopted. The search for his birth mother was captured in the 2007 Emmy-winning VH1 documentary DMC: My Adoption Journey and prompted him to co-found the Felix Organization, a nonprofit that helps support children in foster care. He has received various awards, including the Hard Rock’s Love All Serve All Award for his numerous philanthropic endeavors and the coveted Children’s Rights Champion Award for his tireless work on behalf of foster children. As a member of Run-DMC, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He recently released two singles, “Attention Please” featuring Pauley Perrette and “Rock Solid,” in advance of his new album to be released in 2013.