Allen Abel has worked on an extraordinary number and variety of television documentary and current-affairs productions over the past 35 years. He has served as creator, host, narrator, writer, producer or field director of at least 400 separate items in that time, ranging from feature-length documentaries for the National Film Board, CBC, Discovery Channel, History Channel and National Geographic Television to shorter feature items for Hockey Night In Canada, CBC News and CBC Sports.Among his most prominent recent credits are: “The Great Warming,” a 3 x 60-minute documentary series on climate change for The Discovery Channel; “Freemasonry Revealed, 3 x 60-minute series for Discovery International, and “Buried At Sea,” a feature-length documentary on the millions of chemical weapons dumped in the world’s oceans. In 2007, in addition to his documentary writing, Allen was lead writer for “The News Show,” a 26-episode comedy series for TVTropolis based on odd television news clips. Currently in the fine-cut editing stage is the theatrical documentary “Liberty, USA,” an examination of American freedom through the eyes of residents of six small towns named Liberty, directed by Oscar winner John Zaritsky, with Allen as lead writer. Also currently in production with Allen as writer/co-producer are “Tribes of the 21st Century,” a multi-part series for Discovery Civilization; “Go Deep,” a 10 x 60-minute series of ocean adventure documentaries for The History Channel; and “I Prophesy,” a 3 x 60-minute series for Vision TV. Allen’s 35,000-word article “Lizzie’s Century” in the 2005 Centennial Issue of Maclean’s, examining the scientific, spiritual, and technological future of his daughter Elizabeth’s generation, is currently being developed as a feature-length theatrical documentary by Lone Eagle Entertainment Ltd., with Allen contracted as producer and writer.Also currently in development with Allen as writer/co-producer are “The Business of Professional Sport” with Brightlight Pictures of Vancouver, B.C., and “Over The Rainbow,” a book and documentary project exploring the historical and cultural dimensions of the seven colors of the spectrum.In addition to his television work, he has reported from more than 100 countries as a columnist for the National Post and Saturday Night Magazine, the Beijing bureau chief of the Toronto Globe and Mail, a regular contributor to Sports Illustrated, Maclean’s, Canadian Geographic, and En Route. He has written four non-fiction books, including Flatbush Odyssey -- A Journey Through the Heart of Brooklyn, which the Washington Post called “one of the best travelogues about anywhere, ever.” From 1986 to 1995, Abel was the on-air presenter, writer, co-director and producer or co-producer of approximately 150 documentaries for The Journal and Prime Time News at CBC-TV. These ranged from spot news coverage of the Romanian Revolution and Tian’anmen Square demonstrations to full-hour documentaries on crime and punishment in the Soviet Union, the burning of the Amazon rain forest, the history of photography, and the 300th anniversary of Newton’s Law of Gravity. From 1988 to 2003, he served the same functions at CBC Sports as creator, producer, director, writer and on-camera host of multi-episode travelogue/adventure series connected to nine Olympic and Commonwealth Games, under the titles “Abel’s Korea,” “Abel’s New Zealand,” “Abel’s Outback,” etc. At Hockey Night in Canada from 1996 to 2003, Abel produced, wrote and presented on-camera feature stories during Saturday night broadcasts.As a print journalist, Abel has written more than four thousand columns, news reports and newspaper and magazine feature stories since beginning his journalistic career in Troy and Albany, NY in 1972. In 2006-07, he has written about “bio-prospecting” in the Panamanian rain forest, Navajo cuisine, Barry Bonds’s pursuit of Hank Aaron’s home-run record, hiking with goats in the Sonoran Desert, and a series for the New York Daily News on becoming a father for the first time at the age of 55. Allen holds a degree in physics and astronomy from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY and has served as a National Park Ranger at Lake Powell in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Arizona/Utah. In 2007, he was designated as the writer/producer of an Official 2012 Centennial Legacy Project by the Arizona state government, a project that will include a book and television documentary series.Currently based in Washington, DC, Allen is the writer of a bi-weekly political column for the National Post entitled “The U. S. of Abel.” He resides in Olney, Maryland with his wife, journalist/researcher Natalia Bolotina, PhD, and their daughter Elizabeth.
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