|2012 Silver Circle Inductee Gary Gibson|
I've found a lot of inspiration in words from other people that weren't really about this business. Two that have stuck with me that I've found useful in journalism and television...
Howard Behar, the former president of Starbucks: "Only the truth sounds like the truth," and writer Elmore Leonard: "Leave out the parts that people tend to skip."
Gary Gibson has been producing television for over 35 years. He has created numerous programs for PBS, including Chihuly Over Venice, the first HDTV program broadcast nationwide on public television.
Gary's first work in television was in the late 1960s at KING TV, where he worked for two inspiring men...Ancil Payne and Jack Feary. Working in several part-time jobs–nighttime switchboard operator, film librarian and floor director–he saw his future!
In 1973 with a degree in communications from the University of Washington he started work at KCTS on the production crew. Over a 26-year career at KCTS he did every job in production–director, producer, reporter and executive. As vice president for production from 1992 to 2000 his credits included the acclaimed Over series of aerial productions; Vaudeville, the PBS American Masters special; Great Ranches of the West; Stanley Kramer on Film; Buffett & Gates on Success; and dozens of other programs. Gary especially enjoyed producing the live opening of Benaroya Hall and the live closing of The Dog House restaurant.
Gary's television work has earned the George Foster Peabody award, eight Regional Emmy Awards, seven Washington Press Awards, the Ohio State Award and the Gold Medal of the New York Film Festival.
In 2000 he "ran away to join the circus" and was general manager for Teatro ZinZanni, the live theatrical production in San Francisco the New York Times called "San Francisco's hottest ticket."
He returned to Seattle in 2002 to become the founding general manager of the Seattle Channel. There he managed a team that created the Emmy-award winning shows City Inside/Out, CityStream and Art Zone with Nancy Guppy. The Seattle Channel was named the "best municipal station in the nation" four of the past five years.
In 2011 Gary retired from the City of Seattle and has returned to making occasional documentaries with his own production company, G2TV. He is currently working on a history of the Pilchuck Glass School with director John Forsen.
Gary has served as chair of the One Reel board of directors, on the advisory board of Seattle Central Community College's Film and Video program, and on the NATAS board. In 2008 he was named "one of Seattle's 25 most influential people" by Seattle Magazine. He is a graduate of the University of Washington's School of Communications and its Graduate School of Business Management.
Gary is married to Janell deVarona, a fabric and clothing designer. Between them they have three grown sons working in music, fashion and television.