Richard Karz is an independent documentary filmmaker and the producer of The Millennium Dinners documentary series. The series to date includes "If Women Ruled the World" (released in March 2002 and broadcast on PBS), "9/11/03: A Day in the Life of New York" (released in September 2005 for theatrical distribution), and "Legacy: Black and White in America" (released in February 2008 for PBS broadcast).
In the fall of 2001, Karz was Chair and Executive Director of The Barnard Summit on Women, Leadership, and the Future, which was hosted by Barnard College in New York City. The Barnard Summit featured Janet Reno, Gwen Ifill, Marian Wright Edelman, Governor Jane Swift, General Claudia Kennedy, Carol Gilligan, Naomi Wolf, and Harvard’s Rosabeth Moss Kanter, among others. The summit was sponsored by J.P. Morgan Chase, the Goldman Sachs Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the New York Times, and Seventeen magazine. For more information on The Barnard Summit, please see the website, www.barnard.edu/newnews/news080901.
From 1992 to 1996, Karz was a producer for special programming at the two state television networks in Russia: Ostankino/ORT (Channel 1), and RTR (Channel 2). He arranged for the Russian broadcast of American and British programs and was Executive Producer on two of the prime-time “If” programs, hosted by Vladimir Posner: one dealing with women’s rights (funded by the MacArthur and Eurasia foundations) and the other dealing with intellectual property rights (sponsored by Microsoft).