Michael Pack is President of the Claremont Institute and Publisher of its Claremont Review of Books. Appointed in 2015, Mr. Pack joins Claremont after a successful career as President of Manifold Productions, an independent film and television production company, which he founded in 1977.
From 2003-2006, Mr. Pack served as Senior Vice President for Television Programming at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, where he restructured the programming department and launched several new initiatives. These included: America at a Crossroads, a series of 20 documentary films addressing issues facing America in the wake of the attacks of 9/11, and the American History and Civics Initiative, a program comprised of innovative, new media designed to address the crisis of historical amnesia in middle and high schoolstudents.
In 2002, President Bush nominated and the Senate confirmed Mr. Pack to serve on the National Council on the Humanities, which oversees the National Endowment for the Humanities. He served from July 2002 to February 2005.
In 1993, Mr. Pack served as Co-Chair of the International TV Council at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. In this capacity, he oversaw the Council’s efforts to determine the feasibility of launching a cooperative program between American public television producers and stations and their counterparts in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.
Previously, Mr. Pack received a political appointment as Director of WORLDNET, the U.S. Information Agency’s global satellite network. WORLDNET produced, acquired, and distributed programs to over 127 countries and over 200 cities on all continents twenty-four hours a day. WORLDNET, now called VOA-TV, has merged with the Voice of America.
Mr. Pack attended Yale College, the University of California at Berkeley, and studied film at New York University.
Mr. Pack has written, directed, and produced numerous award-winning, nationally broadcast documentaries, principally for PBS, as well as corporate and educational films. His major credits include: RICKOVER: The Birth of Nuclear Power, narrated by Joan Allen (2014); Rediscovering Alexander Hamilton hosted by Richard Brookhiser (2011); God and the Inner City, narrated by Phylicia Rashad (2003); Rediscovering George Washington, hosted by Richard Brookhiser (2002); The Fall of Newt Gingrich, narrated by Blair Brown (2000); The Rodney King Incident: Race and Justice in America, narrated by Robert Prosky (1998); Inside the Republican Revolution: The First Hundred Days, hosted by Don Lambro (1995); Hollywood vs. Religion, hosted by Michael Medved (1995); Campus Culture Wars: Five Stories about Political Correctness, narrated by Lindsay Crouse (1993); and Hollywood’s Favorite Heavy: Businessmen on Prime Time TV, hosted by Eli Wallach (1987). The Last 600 Meters, which tells the story of the biggest battles of the Iraq war, Najaf and Fallujah, will be released next year.
Gina Cappo Pack
Gina Cappo Pack serves as the President of Manifold Productions. Mrs. Pack's background is in development and film promotion, corporate management, marketing, and personnel. Her early skills and experience as a corporate executive have lent direction to Manifold Productions, while helping to maintain an efficient use of resources. She has contributed to a variety of Manifold film projects since 1987, through fundraising, promotion, management, and as an executive producer.
Mrs. Pack worked in operations planning and new product development before she left corporate management at Pandick Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of a financial printing firm in 1987. Along with coordinating the expansion of offices in twelve cities, she worked closely with regional sales and operations, and corporate management, while reporting to the president. Previously, Mrs. Pack consulted for a variety of expanding businesses, both for-profit and not-forprofit. Prior to this, Mrs. Pack managed a division of TemPositions, Inc., a New York temporary help firm, where she was initially responsible for personnel interviewing and placement; later assisting the sales force, coordinating training, and managing departmental operations.
Mrs. Pack is a graduate of Hunter College of the City University of New York. She is married to Michael Pack; they have three sons and split their time between Claremont, California and Chevy Chase, Maryland.