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John Biffar one of February, 2017 T.G.I.M. celebrity judges


TGIM FebOne of the celebrity judges for the February 6 T.G.I.M. is John Biffar.

In 1983, John founded one of the first independent production companies in Fort Myers, Florida. Over the next five years, the company expanded in both sales and reputation, evolving in 1987 into Dreamtime Entertainment, Inc. As President and CEO, John has expanded the studio’s client base to encompass both national and international clients. With the company’s award-winning team of producers, directors, camera crews and editors creating superior programming, including broadcast commercials, feature films, corporate videos, web video, and long-form, original programming for national, international and home video release, Dreamtime today is a leader in film and television production.

John Biffar 01Over the past two decades, John has served as a director, producer, writer, cinematographer, and on-air talent. He has directed such notable talent as Don Shula (former coach of the Miami Dolphins), Helio Castroneves (Indy Car Champion and Dancing with the Stars Mirror Ball winner), Ernest Borgine (McHales Navy), Arte Johnson and Norma Miller (Sanford & Son), Bill Cobbs (Night At The Museum, Northern Exposure) Ali MacGraw (Love Story), news legend Walter Cronkite, Olympic skater Dorothy Hamill and Jacques Cousteau.

John began his career in filmmaking at the University of South Florida. His unique on-air abilities and innovative creative approach has garnered him numerous John Biffar 03television and journalism awards and national recognition, including five Emmys.

His company’s first feature film, 1994’s Captiva Island, saw theatrical release and aired on HBO, Showtime, Cinemax, Encore and Starz networks. In the mid-90’s, John worked on a TV series shown nationally on The Travel Channel. Another documentary, The Nazi Plan to Bomb New York, was commissioned by the History Channel in early John Biffar 052002.

John’s other accomplishments include the 90 minute History Channel documentary Fire Boats of 9-11, which has received acclaim for its portrayal of the heroic efforts of the New York Fire Department post 9-11. In 2009, John directed the national PBS documentary Under the Sea on legendary underwater cinematographer Al Giddings.

Other programs include:

  • John Biffar 07Freeze Frame Switzerland for Travel Channel,
  • Water’s Edge The Bahamas for Travel Channel,
  • Wildlife Encounters in Alaska for Travel Channel,
  • Children of the Fourth World for PBS,
  • Uncommon Friends of the 20th Century with Walter Conkite for PBS (a documentary that was considered for an Academy Award).

Dreamtime Entertainment continues to produce award winning commercials & long-form programming.

February 6, 2017.

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