Marc Pingry has been in the TV business over 30 years. A long, long time ago he walked into studio A at WMVS – TV in Milwaukee and knew he was home. After graduating from the two year broadcasting course at Milwaukee Area Technical College he was hired on the remote crew. It was there that he refined his skills that still serve him today.
In 1978 he moved to KCTS Television in Seattle to take over the job of supervising the remote truck. When the money ran out and the truck was parked, he started shooting single camera, from 2″ to 1″ to 3/4″ to BetaCam to HDTV.
Documentaries took him around the world: Russia, Africa, Europe, India, China, Japan, Canada and the USA. These trips earned him national credits on PBS and 19 Northwest Emmy’s in Seattle. He took to the skies in 1988 and shot Over Washington. Since then he has accumulated over 2,000 hours of flight time and Tyler Mount experience. The aerials led him to HDTV and NHK/Japan. He shot an Over California HD sampler on analog 1″ using a Sony high definition tube camera. He has shot with every HD camera that has been built over the past decade and not just aerials.
From 1996 to 1997 he followed world renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly to Finland, Ireland, Mexico, Seattle and Venice. The show became Chihuly Over Venice and the first HDTV program to be simulcast Nationally on PBS in both HDTV and NTSC. In 1999 he shot Over Canada which was broadcast nationally both in Canada and the USA. His most recent HD productions include Lino Tagliapietra – Maestro of Glass, Pilchuck: The Totem Project, Over Alaska, Monumental Arizona, Another Side of Peace which was shot in Israel the fall of 2002, and HDNet World Reports from the USA, Spain and Ethiopia in 2003.
January of 1999 Marc left his home at KCTS and started his own production company. His clients include National Geographic Channel, Discovery HD Theatre, HDNet, NHK, PBS, Adlabs and Walkwater Media (India).
In 2004 he and his partner Sigal Bujman launched “The Fantastic Festivals of the World” Series” for broadcast on Discovery Networks first full time HDTV channel, HD Theater. They created 30 one-hour HD episodes of incredible festivals from around the world. The series has been seen worldwide on Discovery International. Through the distribution efforts of John McLean Media, the series has been broadcast in over 40 countries in the PAL and standard def NTSC format as well as full HD.
To this date Marc continues to fill the pages of his passport with shoots from around the world.