Production Team

BOB CHITESTER
Executive Producer / Producer

Bob Chitester is founder and president of Free To Choose Network and its production and educational initiatives Free To Choose Media and izzit.org.  With more than 40 years of experience creating programs and series for public television and as former president of the Erie public television station WQLN, Bob Chitester continues to be creatively involved in the creation of programs and series for Free To Choose Media and izzit.org.

In partnership with his colleague Tom Skinner (senior executive producer at Free To Choose Media) Bob has served as executive producer for The Power of Choice: the Life and Ideas of Milton Friedman (on PBS), The Ultimate Resource (American Public Television), The Power of the Poor (PBS), Globalization at the Crossroads with Hernando de Soto, and Turmoil and Triumph: The George Shultz Years, a three-part documentary series for PBS, Free or Equal, Testing Milton Friedman, Economic Freedom in Action: Changing Lives, Unlikely Heroes of the Arab Spring, Walter Williams: Suffer No Fools, Power to the People and India Awakes.

In 1980 Bob Chitester brought Milton Friedman to public television and was responsible as executive producer for Friedman’s landmark PBS series Free To Choose and the best-selling book that emanated from the series. 

Bob Chitester holds BA and MA degrees from The University of Michigan and has received an honorary Doctor of Literature degree from Allegheny College.

On the personal level, he pursues physical fitness (running, biking, weight training), indulges in wood and clay sculpture, reads poetry publicly, hunts once a year with his son and grandsons and enjoys sing along with his family, when he is not flying about in airplanes as part of his responsibilities at Free To Choose Network.  Bob and his wife, Carol, have 4 children and 8 grandchildren, one of whom they raised from age 3 months.

TOM SKINNER
Executive Producer

Tom Skinner is executive producer of all Free To Choose Media productions.

Tom is an award-winning television and film executive producer, most notably of the National Geographic specials and Planet Earth. He is an experienced innovator and administrator with a solid academic background, and extensive national and international production credentials in public and commercial television.

From 1970 through 1993, Tom Skinner served as vice-president, executive vice-president, and chief operating officer of QED Communications, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 1993, he left to pursue opportunities in independent production for A&E, Discovery and Turner Broadcasting. From 1994 through 1999, he was vice president for programming at Resolution Productions.

Prior to his tenure at QED Communications, Tom was assistant manager at WITF-TV in Hershey, Pennsylvania and associate professor of Radio and Television and executive producer at San Diego State University. He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards including: four national Emmy Awards, three George Foster Peabody Awards, and a Columbia/DuPont Award; and was director of the Academy Award-winning film Journey Into Self.

Tom holds a BA degree in Speech and Education from the State University of New York, Fredonia; an MA in Communications from the University of Michigan, and a Ph.D. in Communications and Theatre from The University of Michigan.

Tom is married to Marlis Mann of Leland, Michigan; he has 3 children and 7 grandchildren.

DAVID deVRIES
Malmö Director

David deVries has produced, directed, written and often photographed television documentaries in twenty-six countries for American and international networks. He has created films on subjects from wildlife and the environment to science and the arts. In recent years his work has focused on historical subjects. Credits include: T.R.: An American Lion (The History Channel), Egypt: Beyond the Pyramids, and The True Story of the Bridge on the River Kwai.

One of David’s most recent projects is Fields of Freedom, a widescreen film which he wrote and directed for a new visitor center at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The thirty-minute, pay-per-view drama recreates Pickett’s Charge, the heroic but suicidal action on the third day of this critical battle.

David has developed and created work for the award-winning nature series Survival for Britain’s Anglia Television and The World About Us for the BBC. In addition, he has created documentary programming for CBC, NBC, A & E, The Discovery Channel and Time-Life, among others.

His dramatic credits include writing and directing Home At Last, a period drama starring Adrien Brody for PBS. He's directed episodes for Laurel Entertainment’s syndicated series Tales From the Dark Side and the Fox Network series Class of 96. He has developed numerous dramatic projects as a producer/director for Disney Pictures and Disney Television.

David studied acting and directing with Uta Hagen at the Berghoff Studio in NYC. He lives on a farm in upstate New York.

MARTIN BORGS
Field Report Director

Martin Borgs is an independent filmmaker and co-founder of the film production company Devell/Borgs. 
In his debut 1200 Billions, Borgs traveled Sweden in an old sheriff car, pursuing waste of tax money using humor as a weapon. It aired on national television a few days before the general election in 2006 and earned widespread recognition.  His latest work, Overdose ­– The Next Financial Crisis, is an award-winning documentary that has been broadcasted in over 50 countries. Based on Johan Norberg’s Financial Fiasco, the documentary tells the story of the biggest economic crisis of our time – the one that’s ahead of us.

Borgs was named "Lobbyist of the Year 1997" as a 23-year old, after preventing an attempt from the government to thoroughly regulate Sweden’s newly born commercial radio. The award brought him to international PR firm Hill & Knowlton, where he went on to become Director of Public Affairs at the Swedish office. In the Swedish election 2002, Borgs headed the Moderate party's media relations. Since then, he’s written two books on the art of communication.

Martin Borgs lives on the Swedish countryside with his wife and their three daughters, and enjoys writing and running.

HENRIK DEVELL
Field Report Producer

Henrik Devell is a project manager and executive producer with broad experience ranging from television production to international film projects and corporate films with the film production company Devell/Borgs.

He has been producer for over sixty film and television programs in diverse genres and has experience as an executive producer, CEO, and film and television producer. In his role, he has been in charge of developing projects, work lead, financing, budgeting, content, marketing, packaging, web and interactive media, sales, and distribution of films and television productions to more than a dozen international markets as well as Sweden. He has been in charge of the process of full and part-financing and distribution chains, both in Sweden and internationally.

He produced the documentary film Overdose – The Next Financial Crisis which was shot in the U.S. and Europe with host Johan Norberg.  His latest project was as producer of Europe's Debt:  America's Crisis? which was a co-production with Free To Choose Network, featuring field segments with Donald Boudreaux and Johan Norberg.

He has run three production companies, where he held the positions as CEO, partner, executive producer and film and television producer. He has also been a writer and critic for The Province in British Columbia, Canada and a board member for several companies.

He lives in Nacka outside Stockholm, Sweden and is interested in skiing, mountain biking and floor hockey. He likes researching new and exciting technology, especially in video cameras and editing.