Green Bank Pictures

Award winning Producers Steven Mitchell and Al Magee formed Green Bank Pictures to create documentary television programs that make a difference in society.

To live is to land on some distant shore

Steven Mitchell

Steven is a veteran of factual television who has produced, written, directed, and edited observational documentaries on social and scientific issues, including smoking cessation, obesity, and teen crime. He developed, launched, and series-produced five seasons of Food Network Canada’s You Gotta Eat Here!, leading his team to one nomination and two “Best Lifestyle” Canadian Screen Awards.

Steven has had the pleasure of working closely with and directing celebrity talent such as Muppet creator Jim Henson, Jerry O’Connell, Lorne Greene, Reuben “Hurricane” Carter, and six-time Canadian Country Guitar Player of the Year Wendell Ferguson.

He warmly embraces adventure travel to cold exotic places – think Antarctica, Iceland, Scandinavia – dogsledding, sailing, guitars, motorcycles, and cooking inventive comfort food.

Al Magee

Al Magee is a television producer, creative consultant, and showrunner with over 2,000 episodes of scripted, unscripted, and documentary content on series like Trailer Park Boys, Little Mosque On The Prairie, Cardinal, Slings and Arrows, Rent-A-Goalie, Kink, Designer Guys, Income Property, and Nail In The Coffin.

As a non-fiction showrunner, he has won a Canadian Screen Award, and as the showrunner for the international documentary series Interrupt This Program, he led his team to an Emmy Nomination. He has worked with many of Canada’s most influential filmmakers, including Bruce McDonald, Clement Virgo, Deepa Mehta, Vincenzo Natalie, and Jeremy Podeswa.

Honored numerous times for mentoring emerging talent, Al has designed and delivered hundreds of writing and production workshops. He has won the Alex Barris Mentorship Award from the Writers Guild of Canada and the Banff World TV Festival’s Award for Innovative Producer of the Year. In 2016, he founded the annual Magee TV Diverse Screenwriters Award and mentorship. He is very proud of his 4.84 passenger rating on Uber, clawing his way back to honor after loaning the account to his teenage sons.

Success

Green Bank Pictures has produced hundreds of hours of hit television programming.

Selected Credits

Big Science

A bold, groundbreaking initiative of Green Bank Pictures and Associated Universities Inc. with support from Michigan State University. Our team is collaborating on an integrated documentary series and education resource geared towards celebrating the STEM workforce and skilled trades that make science happen.

Green Bank Observatory

Astronomers from around the world use the Green Bank Telescope (GBT) because it is the most accurate, versatile, and largest fully-steerable radio telescope on the planet. Its white, stadium-sized dish weighs 17 million tons and towers over a quaint river valley in West Virginia’s national radio quiet zone.

Mustang-2, an incredibly sensitive and finicky camera designed to take images of distant galaxy clusters, is failing. It requires uninstalling it from its perch 485’ above ground level — at the height of the GBT — for a shop repair, then reinstalling it. All within an 8-hour maintenance window!

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) is home to the Ocean Observatory Initiative’s (OOI) Irminger Sea Array off the coasts of Greenland and Iceland. It collects climate data in one of the harshest corners of the planet, where the Atlantic and Arctic oceans clash.

Scientists believe the North Atlantic currents, which circulate warm equatorial waters to cool in the north before returning south, are moving slower than they have in 1,000 years. It’s a mystery whether the weakening is due to a change in circulation or an increased loss of stability. The slightest change means dramatic consequences for the weather on Earth. 

Extreme Rituals

A social documentary series from Green Bank Pictures, with the support of the University of Connecticut’s Experimental Anthropology Lab. It explores how rituals fulfill, excite, heal, and unite us. Based on the best-selling book by pioneering anthropologist Dr Dimitris Xygalatas, Ritual: How Seemingly Senseless Acts Make Life Worth Living.

Rituals are ingrained in us. They comfort us through major events: births and graduations, religious and community celebrations, marriages and death. But recently, the rituals we once took for granted have been taken away. We now realize just how much they mean to us. As we re-emerge from COVID’s grasp and reconnect, there’s an appetite for more extreme ritual behavior in participants, spectators, and the ritual curious.