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Erica Sashin has been a documentary Director and Producer for television and film for more than two decades, working for National Geographic, Discovery, PBS, BBC, Oprah Winfrey Networks, and the United Nations, among other clients. As Showrunner and Series Producer, she has helmed large teams shooting blue-chip programming around the world.
Recently, Erica was Director and Showrunner on a 6-part series that re-investigated cases of possible wrongful conviction with Joe Berlinger and Radical Media. Prior to that, she was Showrunner and Executive Producer for the investigative series about the global water crisis, Parched, produced with Alex Gibney’s Jigsaw Productions for National Geographic. She was also Executive Producer on Jigsaw’s feature documentary Water & Power: A California Heist, which premiered at Sundance and had a theatrical release in 2017.
Prior to that, Erica created a series of films for UNICEF on polio eradication, directing shoots throughout Somalia and India. She was Series Producer for the landmark 7-hour series Belief for OWN, overseeing a team of over 75 people shooting all around the globe, and also directed multiple shoots.
Erica was Series Producer on National Geographic Channel’s popular series Border Wars, following Custom and Border Protection agents as they confront the complexities of illegal immigration and drug smuggling on America’s front lines. She shot in prisons across the United States as Producer on the series Lockdown, looking at the state of incarceration in America and issues such as inmate rehabilitation and education. Her film Life on the Outside follows an inmate released after 14 years behind bars, as he faces the challenges and pitfalls of living with a criminal record. Erica was the Field Producer for the award winning feature documentary Defiant Requiem: Voices of Resistance, the story of an artistic uprising at Terezin concentration camp during WWII.
Erica’s credits also include the acclaimed PBS series Exposé: America’s Investigative Reports for which she looked at mental health care in the U.S. Armed Forces through the lens of soldier suicides. Erica has also worked on projects for Frontline with longtime Frontline producer Ofra Bikel. She directed/produced multiple shows for Discovery Channel and produced the iconic National Geographic specials Inside Grand Central, Inside the United States Secret Service and Air Force One.