Co-producer/director and editor Cliff Hackel has won awards in all three roles and has more than 25 years of documentary experience. He had led international teams and performed nearly every job in television production as the highest professional level. He had edited five National News and Documentary Emmy award-winning shows. In 2007, as a producer/director/editor, he won a George Foster Peabody award and an Alfred I. DuPont award for CNN’s God’s Warriors, hosted by Christiane Amanpour. His shows have appeared on CNN, PBS, ABC, CBS, National Geographic Television, and Discovery Channel.
LeeAnn Dance is the co-producer/director and writer of My Dear Children. She is an award-winning television producer and groundbreaking investigative reporter. She began working with her co-producer/director Cliff Hackel in CNN’s investigative and documentary unit in Washington, D.C. where she developed a reputation for thoroughness, tenacity, and creativity. Since leaving CNN, Dance has worked as a freelance video producer and journalist and taught broadcast journalism at George Mason University. My Dear Children is the first independent documentary for Dance and Hackel.