Rupert Macnee Productions
Rupert Macnee earned an M.A. in Adult Education at California State University at San Bernardino (Palm Desert) in 2012. He is now engaged in an Educational Research Project (potentially as a Ph.D thesis) - a documentary film about the impact of tablet technology on education. He teaches a comprehensive range of courses and seminars in Media Production.
Rupert Macnee Productions, provides research, marketing and media consulting services to a number of clients including: the US Geological Survey; the California Department of Health Services (Distance Learning Health Network); and the Kawasaki Disease Foundation. The company is now developing entertainment and informational programming for broadcast and Internet distribution.
Macnee was an Executive Producer of "Darwin's Brave New World", a three-part miniseries, co-produced by Ferns Productions in British Columbia, Canada, Screen Australia and ScreenWorld in Sydney, Australia. The show was broadcast internationally in November 2009: Canada on CBC Television's "Nature of Things"; ABC in Australia; and History Television, UK. A special, five-hour version was seen in Germany and France (ZDF). This edition featured extended interview segments with scientific and historical contributors such as Richard Dawkins, David Suzuki, Iain McCalman, James Moore, Janet Browe, Steven Hopper, Jerry Coyne, Michael Ruse, Dolph Schluter, Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, Mick Clout and others.
Having worked with the Kawasaki Disease Foundation since the 1990s, Macnee has been privileged to help this intrepid international band of pioneers led by Dr Jane Burns at UCSD. An early effort was an informational video, “The Race for an Answer”.
Macnee worked with Dr. Howard Kushner, Emory University, to direct, edit, and coordinate an online library of transcripts from broadcast-quality video interviews with internationally-recognized experts on the Kawaski syndrome. He also directed and edited a one-hour video report and co-wrote two papers about Kawasaki Syndrome in India that documents a 2006 research trip to explore the emergence of this recently-recognized condition in India and other developing societies.
Macnee co-authored "Kawasaki Syndrome in India: Old Disease, New Disease?" for publication in Perspectives in Biology and Medicine, and produced an accompanying video, shot in India, with a grant from the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
With author Eric Enno Tamm and scientist Dr. David Lincoln of Early Light Inc., Macnee is developing a drama-documentary for television and the Internet about the critical state of the world’s intertidal zone, featuring the works of marine biology pioneer Ed Ricketts. Macnee recently directed video about the fad for exploring the seashore in the late 1890s that was a finalist in the Bandon, Oregon Film Festival.
As Executive Producer, National and International Production, for the PBS affiliate, KCTS/Seattle, Rupert supervised PBS broadcast programs and their associated educational Web sites, including the 9/11 themed US-Canadian co-production Stranded Yanks, Perfect Illusions: Eating Disorders and the Family, The Video Game Revolution, Exploring Space and The Inside Passage, "Rhona on Air", a relationship advice series and an Emmy-nominated series of interstitials on early childhood development in association with the Talaris Institute.
Macnee's previous production credits in Los Angeles and Toronto include: The Untamed World; An Evening at the Improv; Behind the Scene with Jonathan Winters; Friends of Man, narrated by Glenn Ford; and the Cable-ACE winning Showtime series Full Frontal Comedy.
Of particular significance to Macnee was a chance to work with his father, the actor Patrick Macnee, on two pilot episodes for a proposed series about luxury hotels, one in Thailand and the other in India.
Macnee and his sister, Jenny, have joined their father in the creation and maintenance of a Web site that presents news and information about Patrick Macnee, as well as offering autographed items such as photographs, books, videos and posters. From time to time, Rupert represents his father at fan conventions such as the spring 2014 Monsterpalooza in Burbank, California.
Rupert Macnee has produced award shows and specials for television. In addition, he has produced, written, edited and directed for such reality/entertainment programs as A&E's Ancient Mysteries, Discovery Channel's Movie Magic and World of Wonder and the Canadian syndicated series Reel TV. He has also produced video/web educational distance-learning courses for PBS' Adult Learning Service, as well as numerous health-information, training, promotional and marketing projects for the broadcast, corporate, educational and home video markets.