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Board of Directors:

Antonya Blackstone
Jane Brooks 
Candace Falk
Vivian Kleiman
Hilary Read
Sheila Schwartzburg
Susan Spiller

About Us

CATTICUS CORPORATION was established in 1980 as a 501(c)(3)nonprofit by Brian Fagan, a UC Santa Barbara professor of anthropology.

Our mission is twofold: to enable the creation of film and radio programs that enrich our understanding of the world around us, and to prudently manage the funds that foundations, endowments and private donors entrust to our stewardship on the artists' behalf. To those ends, we:

  • Review proposals and budgets and provide informed and knowledgeable feedback.
  • Assist with contracts between artists and funders, ensuring protection for all concerned.
  • Provide documentation and reporting so donors and producers know how funds are being spent.
  • Manage the submission of reports, and fulfillment of contracted obligations.
  • Maintain our IRS status to ensure donations are tax-deductible and essential production funds continue to flow to producers.


Shirley Kessler: Executive Producer & Administrator

Natalie Powers: Financial Officer

Accountants: Bregante and Company, San Francisco

Legal Advisors: Colvin and Adler, San Francisco