Unlikely Heroes of the Arab Spring
Executive Producer

Bob Chitester is chairman, president and CEO of Free To Choose Network, a 501-c-3 public foundation housing Free To Choose Media, an award-winning, global entertainment company which produces and distributes thought-provoking public television programs and series; izzit.org, an educational initiative that produces video-centric teaching units for a large network of K-College educators; and Free To Choose Press publishing company.

In 1977, Chitester and economist Milton Friedman undertook a film project which became Free To Choose, an award-winning PBS television series. The international best-selling book, Free To Choose, was based on the series and enjoyed sales in the millions. More than 30 years later, the series and book are still in wide use and have been profoundly influential.

Chitester has more than 50 years of experience in television management and program development.  Working with TCI in Denver, CO, Chitester created Issues USA, a nightly half-hour program, whose alumni includes: David Asman, Eric Burns and Douglas Kennedy, currently regulars on the Fox Cable News Channel, Jonathan Karl of ABC News, and Richard Lowry, editor of National Review.

More than 500 projects have been launched through Free To Choose Media under his orchestration, ranging from documentaries, cable series and home video programs, many of whiach can be viewed on www.FreeToChoose.TV. He is juggling a number of media projects in various stages of production, including Is America in Retreat?, a series on the role of the military in a free society, based on Bret Stephens’ America in Retreat; Work & Happiness: The Human Cost of Welfare; Trailblazers: The New Zealand Story; The Constitution and the Rule of Law with Justice Douglas Ginsburg; a biography of Thomas Sowell; and Andrew Coulson’s series, School, Inc., in partnership with New York’s WNET, as the presenting television station.

Executive Producer

Tom Skinner is executive producer of all Free To Choose Media productions.

Tom is an award-winning television and film executive producer, most notably of the National Geographic specials and Planet Earth. He is an experienced innovator and administrator with a solid academic background, and extensive national and international production credentials in public and commercial television.

From 1970 through 1993, Tom Skinner served as vice-president, executive vice-president, and chief operating officer of QED Communications, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 1993, he left to pursue opportunities in independent production for A&E, Discovery and Turner Broadcasting. From 1994 through 1999, he was vice president for programming at Resolution Productions.

Prior to his tenure at QED Communications, Tom was assistant manager at WITF-TV in Hershey, Pennsylvania and associate professor of Radio and Television and executive producer at San Diego State University. He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards including: four national Emmy Awards, three George Foster Peabody Awards, and a Columbia/DuPont Award; and was director of the Academy Award-winning film Journey Into Self.

Tom holds a BA degree in Speech and Education from the State University of New York, Fredonia; an MA in Communications from the University of Michigan, and a Ph.D. in Communications and Theatre from the University of Michigan.

Tom is married to Marlis Mann of Leland, Michigan; he has 3 children and 7 grandchildren.

Director / Director of Photography

Jim Taylor is the director of The Real Adam Smith: A Personal Exploration by Johan Norberg.  He is a founder and partner of Resolution Productions, Inc., and has been in film and video production for more than 25 years. 

Taylor has served as director and director of photography for Free to Choose Media on several projects including, Ultimate Resource, The Power of the Poor, Globalization at the Crossroads and Free or Equal, a documentary featuring the ideas of Johan Norberg.  He shot and directed Unlikely Heroes of the Arab Spring, with economist Hernando de Soto and, in 2015, Power to the People, a special about global energy issues. 

In addition, Taylor has been the director of photography for specials on the Discovery Network, Arts and Entertainment, and the Turner Network.  His work has earned several awards, including a Gold C.A.S.E. Award, a Golden Screen Award for HUD’s Enterprise Zones in America, and first place in the Houston International Film Festival.  His work on the public television series, Pets: Part of the Family was nominated for an Emmy Award.

Taylor has been the director of photography for all of his company's productions, first in 16 and 35 mm film, and today in high-definition video.

Producer / Director / Writer

Barbara Potter is the producer and writer for The Real Adam Smith: A Personal Exploration by Johan Norberg. She is a founder and partner of Resolution Productions, Inc., serving as producer or field producer for all of the company’s productions, from national television commercials to broadcast series and specials.

Potter has produced a number of Free To Choose Media documentaries for broadcast on public television, including Unlikely Heroes of the Arab Spring, and Power to the People, a 2015 program on global energy, and Globalization at the Crossroads. She worked with WTTW, Chicago on all aspects of production and postproduction for the three-part series Testing Milton Friedman.

In addition, she produced Battleship for the Discovery Network, Floating Palaces, California and the Dream Seekers, and The Story of Money, produced for and broadcast on A&E.  She has been the field producer of The Ultimate Resource and The Power of the Poor

Potter is a 25-year veteran of the video production industry.

Producer / Writer

Roger Brown is the producer/writer for The Power of the Poor with Hernando de Soto, a two-hour documentary project featuring Peruvian economist and property-rights activist Hernando de Soto. Roger holds a Master's degree from Northwestern University and is a 20-year veteran of documentary and specialty film/videotape production. Roger has been the producer/writer for eighteen individual films for the National Geographic Society, several segments for Discovery Health and the Discovery primetime special The Secret World of Air Freight. His corporate clients, for which he has produced many hours of custom visual material, have included the National Safety Council, The Field Museum in Chicago, the Puerto Rico National Parks and McDonalds Restaurants, among others.