Sharon Grimberg is a writer, producer, and director with more than twenty years of experience working for public television. Her latest project, a four-hour mini-series about the history of the circus will air on American Experience, on October 8 and 9, 2018.


 As senior producer of American Experience for more than a decade, she played a key role in the origination, development, acquisition, and editorial oversight of more than 130 films for the series. During her tenure, the series received dozens of industry awards including the Peabody Award, Primetime Emmys, the duPont-Columbia Journalism Award, Writers Guild Awards, Oscar nominations, Audience and Grand Jury Awards at the Sundance Film Festival, and the Eric Barnouw Award from the Organization of American Historians.


Grimberg was the executive producer of The Abolitionists, a three-part series that focuses on how abolitionist allies turned a despised fringe movement against slavery into a force that literally changed the nation. The series was nominated for a Primetime Emmy and a Writers Guild Award. Grimberg was also the executive producer of the multi-platform mini-series We Shall Remain, and a producer/writer on the first episode, After the Mayflower. Currently, Grimberg is producing and directing a two-hour film about Senator Joseph McCarthy for broadcast on American Experience.

Jen Hickey, Co-producer

Heather Merrill, ASSOCIATE PRODUCER

Jen has worked in television production for twenty years. Early in her career at Discovery Channel, she was mentored by executive producer Tomi Bednar Landis and had the opportunity to work on Walking with DinosaursWhen Dinosaurs Roamed America, and Valley of the T-Rex. As associate producer, Jen supervised production of the top-rated series The New Detectives: Case Studies in Forensic Science and shot field interviews with world famous paleontologists, including Jack Horner, for Discovery online. Upon returning to New England, she co-produced Extreme Engineering: Tokyo’s Sky City for the network. After a hiatus to raise her young daughter, Jen produced audio and visual demonstration content for Bose. There, her favorite assignment by far was taking a seven-member audio team to Wales to record the historic Dunvant Male Choir. Returning to documentaries, she managed production of “The Gene Doctors,” which aired on PBS, for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. She is currently post producing the VFX heavy horror movie “Rightful” in addition to co-producing the American Experience film on Joseph McCarthy. 

​JON NEUBURGER, EDITOR

For more than 15 years, Heather Merrill has conducted archival and content research for documentary film and historical publications. Recent credits include The Raising of America (PBS), An Unexpected History: The Story of Hennessy and African-Americans, 1913: Seeds of Conflict (PBS), The Irish Catskills: Dancing at the Crossroads (PBS), Intelligent Lives, and American Experience: The Circus (PBS).

SHARON GRIMBERG, PRODUCER, DIRECTOR, WRITER

The Team

Photo: WGBH 

Over more than two decades of editing, Neuburger has worked on a wide range of award-winning, nonfiction programming for series as diverse as NOVA, Frontline, American Experience, Design Squad, and Simply Ming. His twelve films for American Experience include the four-hour mini-series Walt Disney; the Primetime Emmy-winning JFK; The Gold Rush, which won a 2007 Erik Barnow Award; George H. W. Bush; and Fidel Castro. His many projects for the flagship PBS current events series Frontline include Sick Around the World, a comparison of universal healthcare systems; The Brotherhood, an exploration of the Muslim brotherhood’s role in the Egyptian revolution; and The Age of AIDS.