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 is a writer, producer, and director with more than twenty years of experience working for public television. 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 than130 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 a two-hour film about Senator Joseph McCarthy for broadcast on American Experience as well as developing a four-hour mini-series about the circus in American history. 


Melissa Martin Pollard, Co-producer


Melissa Martin Pollard began her career in television documentary production over 20 years ago at ABC in New York when she was hired as a production assistant on a John Stossel special. Her work on that project soon led to her dream job working on A&E Biographies at ABC News Productions. Her role would evolve from researcher/production assistant to field producer. A yearning for her New England roots brought her home to Boston in 2000 and a job working on PBS’s American Experience series.  Since being back in the Boston area Melissa has worked on eight films for this critically acclaimed series, including Victory in the Pacific which earned her an Emmy nomination as a Producer. Melissa loves every aspect of the production process and has worn every hat on the job, including assistant editing and post-production management. Besides PBS, Melissa has helped create films for TLC, Discovery, National Geographic and the History Channel. When she’s not helping bring stories to the little screen, Melissa can be found walking the beaches of Newburyport where she lives with her husband Nick…or baking, her other great love. 

Photo: WGBH 

Daisy SChmitt, Production Assistant

Daisy is a life-long lover of documentaries from rural Connecticut. She moved to Boston to start her career in media production after graduating from Swarthmore College with a major in English and a double minor in history and film. Daisy worked for a post-production company and a major ad agency before finding her true passion working on documentaries for American Experience. She has been the production assistant on two American Experience films thus far. There is nothing she loves more than spending a day poring over photographs in an archive. She currently lives in Roslindale with her boyfriend and their adopted pitbull mix, Bamford.

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.


The Team