Juliet Blake

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Juliet Blake is a British-American film, television and web producer. She is Head of Television for TED Talks.[1] Blake executive produced the TED Talks Live TV series for PBS and produces TED Talks India Nayi Soch a TV series on Star Plus in India produced in Hindi, hosted by Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan. (https://blog.ted.com/announced-at-ted2018-teds-hindi-language-star-plus-tv-series-ted-talks-india-nayi-soch-renewed-for-three-seasons/) In June 2018 she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Savannah College of Art & Design. (https://www.scad.edu/blog/luminous-send-scad-class-2018)


Blake began her career developing successful TV franchises for a variety of networks and production companies in the US and the UK, including the BBC1 series Beast.[2]

In 2000, Blake was promoted to executive vice-president and co-head of Jim Henson Television, where she was responsible for all aspects of the company's worldwide television operations,[3] including global oversight of the Muppet franchise. She developed and produced the Muppets' first TV-movie It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie.[4]

While working for Henson, Blake oversaw the science-fiction series Farscape, a top-rated show [5] which ran from 1999 to 2003 [6] on the Sci Fi network, joining the show as executive producer in season 3 and working on its final 33 episodes.[7][8]

Blake became senior vice-president of production at the National Geographic Channel in 2006, overseeing the development and production of National Geographic Television, the channel's in-house production company.[9] During her tenure at National Geographic, she oversaw a budget of over $40 million[10] and was responsible for the production of numerous series, including the NGC's multi-Emmy award winning program Explorer, the longest-running documentary series on cable TV,[11] and Border Wars, a critically acclaimed series on illegal immigration that ran for five seasons.[8]

Blake produced TED Talks Education (hosted by John Legend) for TED and PBS.[1] She produced The Hundred Foot Journey, a film starring Helen Mirren and Om Puri, shot in France and India, and directed by Lasse Hallstrom with producing partners Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey.[12][13]

Blake also developed feature films for Arnie Messer and Mike Medavoy's Phoenix Pictures,[14] including the thriller Blood Relatives.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Blake is married to Mark Shepherd. They live in Brooklyn and have two daughters: Sophie, a web designer for GitHub in Austin, Texas, and Lily, the CEO of The Double Wild Plant Company.[10]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b Template:Cite https://www.ted.com/profiles/1142585 news
  2. ^ "Beast - Production Details & Cast and Crew - British Comedy Guide". Comedy.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-08-10.
  3. ^ "Fletcher and Blake promoted at Jim Henson | News | Broadcast". Broadcastnow.co.uk. 2000-07-13. Retrieved 2014-08-10.
  4. ^ "It's A Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie - TV Movie - Cast & Credits - Listings". NYTimes.com. 2007-01-18. Retrieved 2014-08-10.
  5. ^ "US Ratings Rundown". Farscape World. Retrieved 2014-08-10.
  6. ^ John Dempsey (2002-09-09). "Sci Fi nixes 'Farscape' skein". Variety. Retrieved 2014-08-10.
  7. ^ "BBC Online - Cult - Farscape - Interview - Juliet Blake - Season of death". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-08-10.
  8. ^ a b Juliet Blake (2014-08-05). "Juliet Blake - IMDbPro". Pro-labs.imdb.com. Retrieved 2014-08-10.
  9. ^ "Juliet Blake becomes SVP of production for National Geographic Channel". Media Life Magazine. 2006-08-17. Retrieved 2014-08-10.
  10. ^ a b "Juliet Blake | Profile". TED.com. 2013-06-28. Retrieved 2014-08-10.
  11. ^ "Explorer | National Geographic Channel". Channel.nationalgeographic.com. 2012-06-11. Retrieved 2014-08-10.
  12. ^ "Partha Pratim in Spielberg produced film". Newagebd.net. 2014-05-05. Retrieved 2014-08-10.
  13. ^ "Helen Mirren to Star in DreamWorks Drama 'The Hundred-Foot Journey'". Hollywoodreporter.com. 2013-07-01. Retrieved 2014-08-10.
  14. ^ "About Us-Phoenix Pictures Inc". Phoenixpictures.com. Retrieved 2014-08-10.
  15. ^ "Hollywood Spec Sales (Updated On A Daily Basis)". Hollywoodlitsales.com. Archived from the original on 2014-05-29. Retrieved 2014-08-10.