© 2016 Jack & Leslie Hamann | no little things Productions

 

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JACK HAMANN and LESLIE HAMANN
are award-winning journalists, writers, photographers and producers.

no little things Productions is renowned for COMPELLING STORYTELLING, offering  professional  video, podcasts, digital and print.

  • > INVESTIGATIVE & JUSTICE

    Sometimes, things don't add up.

    On American SoilWe're drawn to investigative reporting because the first draft of history is usually incomplete. That was the case when we came across the extraordinary World War II court-martial of 43 African-American soldiers for the alleged lynching of an Italian prisoner of war. Years of research led to our book, On American Soil. As a result of our investigation, the US Army's highest court of appeals overturned the soldiers' convictions and ordered monetary reparations for their imprisonment.

    Other investigative reports include:

    • Faith & Fear: An award-winning public television documentary exploring the treatment of Krishna children. (NATAS Northwest Emmy Award)
    • Russia Factor: A CNN documentary examining Russia's emerging middle class. (Chris Award, CINE Award, National Headliner Award)
    • Shelter from the Storm: An eye-opening documentary revealing the plight of working class urban seniors. (Livingston Award Finalist)
    • Ring of Death: An unflinching expos√© about barriers to prosecuting ranchers who poison wildlife. (Houston Film Festival Gold Medal, Chicago Film Festival)
    • Diane Downs: The heartbreaking story of a mother convicted of murdering her children. (New York International Film Festival Silver Medal, NATAS Northwest Emmy Award)
    • Death Trains (CNN), Forgotten Poor (CNN), Nepal (TBS), Dickie Scruggs (CNN)
  • > PROFILES

    Courtney ThompsonHow well did you know your grandparents? Your great-grandparents?

     

    Imagine you could see and hear your ancestors talk about the most meaningful moments in their lives.  It'd be pretty amazing, wouldn't it?

     

    Whenever we produce a profile, we never forget how profoundly powerful and long-lasting a great personal feature can be. From athletes to scientists to jurists to journalists, we unlock the compelling--often hidden--gems that make people unique ... and very, very interesting.

     

    People rarely feel comfortable sharing unvarnished truth. But it's what we do. And it's not just for our journalism clients. Feel free to contact us about creating a professional video profile of a loved one or cherished colleague.

     

    Among the many we have profiled:

     

    • Courtney Thompson (Court & Spark): an exceptional volleyball Olympian unafraid to speak her mind.
    • Federal Judges (Judicial Portraits): surprisingly down-to-earth folks entrusted to make momentous decisions.
    • Ezra Teshome (After the Rains): an unassuming man determined to help eliminate polio from the planet.
    • Matt Taibbi (Russia Factor): a global investigative journalist and all-around muckraker.
    • Mary Decker & Zola Budd (Mary & Zola): unlikely rivals forever tangled in Olympic lore.
    • John Niederhauser (Hot Potatoes): a scientist who helped save one of the world's most important foods.
    • Dickie Scruggs (Dickie Scruggs): a hotshot Mississippi lawyer who brought down Big Tobacco before crashing his own career.
    • Diane Downs (Circle of Abuse): a murdering mom with an unexpected backstory.

     

  • > SPORTS

    Cassie Strickland, Volleyblog SeattleUnderdogs. Overachievers. Champions. Also-rans.

     

    Sports makes for great stories. And great sports journalism succeeds the same way great teams succeed: with passion, practice, calculated risk, and endless perseverance. Sports have always been a big part of what we do.

     

    Our immediate family includes a host of athletes with major-college, and even Olympic, experience. We've played, coached, broadcast, written about and produced award-winning documentaries about athletes, coaches, teams and the intriguing issues they allow us to explore.

     

     Among our many assignments:

     

    • Court & Spark (Poland, USA): a compelling documentary about an unlikely Olympian. (Houston WorldFest Film Festival Platinum Award, Indie Spirit Film Festival Audience Award)
    • Generation IX (China, USA): a thoughtful documentary about the impact of Title IX on women athletes. (Billie Award Finalist)
    • Mary & Zola (Northern Ireland, England, USA): a breakthrough documentary about unlikely Olympic rivals. (NATAS NW Emmy Award, Iris Award Finalist, Livingston Award Finalist)
    • Sportswriting: dozens of freelance assignments for, among others, The Seattle Times, The Los Angeles TimesVolleyball Magazine, The Salt Lake City Tribune, The Eugene Register-Guard, CNN.com, and NCAA.com. We've covered a dozen NCAA Volleyball Championships in arenas across the country.
      Volleyblog Seattle is our comprehensive volleyball blog, featuring hundreds of reports, interviews, photos and videos about USA Volleyball, NCAA volleyball and Pac-12 volleyball.
    • Sports Broadcasting: In addition to our sports documentaries, we've produced news and newsmagazine features for CNN and Seattle NBC affiliate KING-TV.
      We've broadcast televised play-by-play for UWTV and done public address announcing at Pauley Pavilion, Hec Ed Pavilion, Key Arena, San Diego Stadium and San Diego Sports Arena, among other venues.
  • > ENVIRONMENT

    Smith RocksIt's the biggest story of our time. Who wouldn't want to cover it?

     

    In 1990, Ted Turner created a special TBS/CNN Environment Unit. Five correspondents, including Seattle-based Jack Hamann, traveled the world to bring viewers stories about the challenges, successes and failures of biodiversity, sustainability, climate and other emerging topics.

     

    During that same decade, Jack collaborated with producer John deGraaf on two wide-ranging environment documentaries for PBS.

     

     Among our many environment assignments:

     

    • Hot Potatoes (Peru, Mexico, USA): a public television documentary about the threat to one of the world's most important foods. (Columbus Film Festival Silver Chris Award)
    • Greenplans (New Zealand, Netherlands, USA): a public television documentary about landmark efforts to incorporate sustainable development. (United Nations Film Festival, Environmental Film Festival)
    • The Earth Summit (Brazil): a 90-minute CNN Special Report about world leaders' contentious efforts to reach far-reaching environmental agreements. (Cable ACE Award)
    • Biodiversity: For Network Earth/Earth Matters on TBS/CNN, wolf reintroduction in Yellowstone; Bluefin tuna trade in New England and Japan; Bison management in Yellowstone; fire ecosystem management in Montana and Colorado; Microbe bioprospecting in Yellowstone; Black bear hunting in Michigan; Salmon restoration in Idaho, Montana and Washington; Invasive ants in California; Bats as insect managers in Oregon; Prairie dog relocation in Colorado; fur seal protection in Alaska; Illegal exotic animal enforcement in New York and Oregon; Zoo innovations in Arizona and Washington; Timber policy in the West.
    • Sustainablility: For Network Earth/Earth Matters on TBS/CNN, Tourism impact in Nepal; Water allocation in Hawai'i; Waterfowl management in Manitoba; Kenaf cultivation in Texas; Paper recycling in Oregon and Washington; Environmental tourism in Death Valley; Gym shoe recycling in Washington; Dog hair repurposing in Washington.
    • Climate/Pollution: For Network Earth/Earth Matters on TBS/CNN, Drought in California; Nuclear waste in New Mexico and Washington; Icecap thaw in the Arctic; Waste-fueled energy generation in West Virginia; Gold mining pollution in Nevada; Poulty industry pollution in Virginia; Snowmobile pollution in Yellowstone.
  • > TRAVEL

    Tioga Pass, Jack Hamann & Leslie HamannWe got married. We bought a camper van, grabbed our cat, and drove to the four corners of the Continental United States. San Diego. Key West. Maine. Seattle.

     

    Forty years on, we've never stopped traveling. With a new camper van and new cats, we continue to find backroads across North America and the world.

     

    We've driven across the United States dozens of times. All 50 states. Most of Canada. Driven to the Arctic Ocean. Driven throughout Europe. One year, we bicycled through Europe, bringing just two sets of clothing each.

     

     Among our many travel assignments:

     

    • Cross Country: we're retracing the route of a little-known but surprisingly significant and entertaining 1950 Los Angeles to Washington, DC journey. (in production)
    • Drive North/Winter: a November/December adventure through Canada and Alaska for Expedia and CNN.com.
    • Drive North/Summer: a July journey to the Pribilof Island, Aleutians, Yukon Territory and the Arctic Ocean,, for Expedia and CNN.com.
    • Expedia Radio: Travel features from around the world, from Kathmandu to the crater of Mount St. Helens, including interviews with E.O. Wilson, Tom Brokaw, and others.

OUR STORIES

 

 

JUSTICE ... ENVIRONMENT ... SPORTS ... PROFILES ... TRAVEL

From a groundbreaking investigative book about civil rights history and military justice ... to globetrotting documentaries about sports, health, environment and politics ... to engaging multimedia travel journalism ... we have a broad range of interests and expertise.