Writer and Media Producer
FRANK BEACHAM is a New York City-based independent writer, director and producer who works in print, radio, television, film and theatre.
A former staff reporter for United Press International, the Miami Herald, Gannett Newspapers and Post-Newsweek, Beacham’s articles and stories have appeared in dozens of magazines and newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post and Village Voice. Two stories from his non-fiction book, "Whitewash: A Southern Journey through Music, Mayhem and Murder," are being developed into feature films.
Beacham has written three non-fiction books on video for the American Society of Cinematographers, and has been a long running columnist on television and the Internet for "TV Technology" magazine. He is a contributor to "Toward the Meeting of the Waters," a new anthology on the civil rights movement published by the University of South Carolina Press.
Beacham has conceived and written projects for companies that include Warner Music Group, NBC, Sony, Panasonic, Mindport Communications, Snell & Wilcox, Authentium, Next Level Communications, Ameritech, Pixelmetrix, AMG Media and General Instrument.
Beacham was executive producer of Tim Robbins’ Touchstone feature film, "Cradle Will Rock," which was released nationally in 1999 and is currently available on home video. "Maverick," a new stage play by Beacham and George Demas, is currently in pre-production in New York.
Beacham wrote and directed the American Public Radio drama, "The Orangeburg Massacre," starring David Carradine, Blair Underwood and James Whitmore. It won the 1991 Gold Medal for Best History and the Silver Medal for Best Social Issues programs in international radio competition among 26 nations at the New York Festivals.
Beacham produced, with the late Richard Wilson, the six-hour retrospective, "Theatre of the Imagination: Radio Stories by Orson Welles & the Mercury Theatre" and wrote, directed and produced the documentary, "The Mercury Company Remembers" with Leonard Maltin. Previously, he has written for "Riverwalk: Live From the Landing," a weekly jazz broadcast from American Public Radio.
During the 1970s and 80s, Beacham was owner of Television Matrix, a film/TV production company that developed and produced a wide range of programming for broadcast, cable, syndication and home video markets. The company also supplied video news crews and freelance news reporting teams to the networks and other broadcasters.
Beacham’s clients included ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, BBC, NHK, Canadian Broadcasting and many individual television stations. He provided all west coast production and post-production services for "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous," "The Start of Something Big" with Steve Allen and the Emmy award-winning "Mr. Previn Comes to Town." His company also provided southeast production services for NBC’s "TODAY" show and Paramount’s "Entertainment Tonight."
In 1985, he teamed with Orson Welles over a six-month period to develop a one-man television special. "Orson Welles Solo" was canceled after Mr. Welles died on the day production was set to begin. Beacham’s other credits include "A Tribute to John Huston," hosted by Jack Nicholson and Richard Brooks; "Ronald Neame on the Director;" "Hollywood Chronicles: The Great Movie Clowns," hosted by Jackie Cooper; "Private Lives, Public People," and "A Day in the Life of Hawaii," directed by Gordon Parks.
As a writer/reporter, Beacham was a member of a joint investigative reporting team for New York Times/Post-Newsweek/Miami Herald that spent one year investigating U.S. Sen. Edward Gurney (R-Florida). Gurney was indicted and left office. At UPI, he was assigned to cover the civil rights movement in Mississippi in early 1970s. He was a documentary cameraman at 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago. He provided multi-station radio coverage of flights of Apollo 11 and 13 from the Kennedy Space Center.
In 1977, Beacham provided television coverage of the Begin-Sadat peace talks in Egypt and President Carter’s 1978 trip to France for ABC News. He worked for CBS News in Nicaragua during 1979 when Sandinista guerrillas overthrew President Anastasio Somoza. He covered the exile of Shah of Iran in Panama for NBC News. He also provided television coverage of President Reagan’s 1982 European trip to 25 television stations (working in five countries in ten days).
Frank Beacham has a B.A. in Journalism, 1969, from the University of South Carolina. He did post graduate studies at UCLA, the University of Southern California, and the American Film Institute.
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