More than twenty-five years as a producer/scriptwriter/consultant

“Prepare to be engaged and entertained to a degree to which you are certainly unaccustomed…Barbara's gift for storytelling holds in the written word just as it does before a television camera.”

—Phillip J. Jones, Former Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation, & Tourism

Barbara Sillery’s career as a script consultant, producer, television scriptwriter, and director spans more than 25 years and includes work in the documentary, commercial, syndicated programming, and corporate fields. Her work has been honored with awards from the Tellys, Worldfest Houston, Worldfest Flagstaff, New Orleans Press Club, Women in Communication, NETA, the National Educational Television Communications Association, and the American Association for State and Local History. Barbara continues to consult on projects. Please contact her for availability and fees.

Documentaries/Producer/Writer/Director:
Broadcast on PBS Stations around the country

  • Biloxi Memories (WYES-TV)
  • New Orleans: A Living Museum of Music (Echo Productions)
  • City Park Memories (WYES-TV)
  • New Orleans Historic House Museums (WYES-TV)
  • New Orleans Cultural Museums (WYES-TV)
  • The Prize (Lagniappe Media)
  • UNO Memories (WYES-TV)
  • Faded Ladies (Lagniappe Media)
  • Deep Delta Country (Lagniappe Media)
  • Plantation Portraits (Lagniappe Media)
  • The Haunting of Louisiana (Lagniappe Media)
  • Pass The Music On (Lagniappe Media)
  • From the Wake of the Bow (Lagniappe Media)
  • Hidden Nation (Lagniappe Media)
  • Louisiana Furniture (WLAE-TV)

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Features/Producer/Writer/Director:

  • The Sugar Palace
  • Shadows-On-the-Teche
  • Laura-A Survivor’s Tale
  • Greg Arceneaux, Master Craftsmen
  • The Ballet Theatre
  • La Renaissance
  • Where’s the Boeuf?
  • Zoo Babies
  • Camera On Carnival
  • Revelers Regalia
  • American Express Guide to Fine Dining
  • Things That Go Bump In the Night

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These three Documentaries are available as DVDs on Amazon:

faded ladies

FADED LADIES  honors the artisans and craftsman (both slave and free) who created a treasure trove of architectural structures within the plantation complexes. Explore the Creole and Acadian-style slave quarters, barns, sugar mills, kitchens, gardens, laundries, blacksmith shops, and big houses. Sites included are: Africa House, Ashland-Belle Helene, Badin-Roque House, Destrehan Manor, Germania, Hermitage, Homeplace-Keller, LeBeau, Magnolia Lane, and Whitney Plantations. Winner of two Telly Awards and the American Association for State and Local History.

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plantation portraits

PLANTATION PORTRAITS  visits thirteen plantations along the Great Mississippi River Road. These are the stories of Destrehan, Houmas House, Laura, Madewood, Magnolia Mound, Nottoway, Oak Alley, San Francisco, Tezcuco, Shadows-On-the-Teche, and Woodland Plantation. Since the making of this documentary, Tezcuco has burned to the ground and Laura has been damaged by fire.

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the prize

THE PRIZE  is a moving documentary that chronicles one mother’s epic sixty-day climb to reach the peak of Mount Everest. Her goal: to raise awareness of the struggles teens face on a daily basis. Teen depression and suicide are on the rise and early warning signs are often overlooked. From the snowcapped roof of the world in the Himalayas to the classroom back in the United States, it is a story of inspiration and new found courage.

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As a field producer, Sillery has worked for:
Warner Brothers syndicated programs: EXTRA; Strange Universe; and Celebrity Justice.

  • The Travel Channel: Dangerous Destinations; Dangerous Roads;
  • ABC News Magazines: 20/20;
  • Tribune Fox: The Rob Nelson Show;
  • The Learning Channel: How’d They Do That?;
  • MTV/VH1: True Spin

As a skilled interviewer, Sillery has interviewed a diverse range of celebrities. Among others: Rob Lowe, Hillary Swank, Faith Hill, Willie Nelson, Dakota Fanning, Kurt Russell, Jane Fonda, Jamie Foxx, Anne Rice, and Ryan Seacrest.

Sillery has produced/written/directed convention trade show news programs for:
Rex production truck cropThe American Heart Association; the Pittsburg Conference for Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy; the International Association for Amusements and Attractions; NADA, the National Automobile Show; the Mid-American Truck Show; CES, the Consumer Electronic Show, Homebuilders; and the National Kitchen and Bath Association.

Her corporate clients include:
The National Trust for Historic Preservation; Jacuzzi; Sav-A-Center; Ochsner Foundation Hospital; Edelman Public Relations. She has also produced and written visitor videos for hotel channels in the Washington, D.C.; New Orleans; and Dallas markets.

“Yes, I’ve literally done it all, from rollercoasters, hotel rooms, a truck beauty contest, and even the proverbial kitchen sink. If it’s being introduced, promoted, or just upgraded, I’ve written the copy and let it shine. I love the challenge.”

Barbara Sillery

A complete CV is available on request. For questions, go to her blog and ask away.

Feel free to get in touch with the author for more information and questions about her script consultant experience. Based in Cape Cod, she travels nationwide for her work.

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