Frederick Rendina has produced, written and directed for A&E, the History Channel, the Biography Channel, the Travel Channel, PBS Wide Angle series, the United Nations, Link TV, National Geographic On Assignment, and while based in Dakar, Senegal, field produced for Associated Press Television News (APTN). His documentary and narrative films have also appeared on PBS, RAI-TV-Italy, NHK-TV Japan, and on Northwest Airlines as part of the Independent Feature Project’s Independents-in-Flight series. His versatility as a filmmaker ranges from writing scripts for History Channel docudramas to directing To Educate a Girl, a feature documentary centered around the UN's Millennium Development Goal of equal access to education, shot in Nepal and Uganda.
Frederick most recently was executive producer, writer and producer of Scars of Nanking, a scripted docudrama for History Channel about the Nanking Massacre that is nominated for two Emmy awards. He was Story Producer for 16 hours of programming for History Channel Latin America, including the International Emmy-winning four-hour mini-series Francisco, El Jesuita. The mini-series Giants of Brazil was one of the highest-rated programs ever for History Channel Brazil, for which he also story produced the four-part mini-series Mil Dias about the building of Brasilia. He was writer/producer of the "extended" international version of the acclaimed History Channel series World Wars.
For A&E’s international division, he produced, directed, wrote and edited new material for their Biography and Investigative Reports series, covering subjects from Anne Frank to Bob Marley and from counterfeiting to human trafficking. He was Field Producer/Camera for the unique multi-year education series Time for School 2003-2016 and also Producer/Writer for a PBS News Hour segment on the program. He very often shoots his projects himself. Films include: To Educate a Girl; Turning the Tide: Tsunami Volunteers, Let Good the Good Times Roll Again, Utopia, A Gang for Good (narrated by Academy Award-winner F. Murray Abraham and featuring Jerry Stiller), After the Gun and Secrets of the Soul.
With a background in dramatic arts, his career began in the Literary Department of Joseph Papp’s Public Theater (New York Shakespeare Festival) where he evaluated playwriting, directing and acting talent. He went on to become Story Editor and Associate Producer for actress/director Lee Grant’s Academy and Emmy Award-winning production company, Joseph Feury Productions. His original screenplays include the award-winning script, Kabi, and his latest, The Elopement (La Fuitina).
Grants and Awards: National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, Best Screenplay — Nantucket Film Festival (Showtime Tony Cox Screenwriting Award), Panavision New Filmmaker, Experimental Television Center, Audience Award (Film Fest New Haven), Independent Images Award (WHYY-TV), Bronze Apple Award (National Educational Film & Video Festival), Best Online Series, Magazine Publishers of America (MPA) and a Special SAJA Award for Tsunami Coverage (South Asian Journalist Association); International Emmy.