Bill began his career at the BBC, where he spent eight years, including two as a producer for the flagship documentary program Panorama. He left the BBC to work as a Senior Producer with CBC’s Fifth Estate in Toronto.
He then moved to the United States, embarking on a long professional relationship with WGBH in Boston. Since then he has made some 50 full-length documentaries and won more than three dozen awards, including 4 Emmys, 4 DuPont-Columbia’s, 2 Peabody’s, 2 Overseas Press Clubs, 2 New York Film Festival Awards, 5 Cine Eagles together with numerous nominations in the US, UK and Canada.
Among his more notable productions are Chachaji My Poor Relation (WGBH), 88 Seconds in Greensboro (WGBH), The Search for Missing Marcos Millions (WGBH/BBC), The Secret File on J. Edgar Hoover (WGBH/BBC), The Mysterious Career of Lee Harvey Oswald (WGBH/BBC), Pablo Escobar the Godfather of Cocaine (WGBH/BBC), Ambush in Mogadishu (WGBH/BBC) and Nelson’s Trafalgar (Channel 4 UK).
In April 2007 PBS used Jihad: The Men and Ideas behind Al Qaeda (WETA & Channel 4 UK) to launch a week of special programming called America at a Crossroads. The program won that year’s DuPont Columbia award and was nominated for an Emmy. He produced Among the Righteous, the story of Jews in Arab lands during the Holocaust. Most recently he has made films about the Arab Spring and four investigative documentaries about the bombing of Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie in Scotland.
Bill has produced seven landmark television series, including The Story of English (9 x 1hr for BBC/WNET), The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money and Power (8 x 1hr for WGBH/BBC), From Jesus to Christ (4 x 1hr for WGBH), Red Files (4 x 1hr for PBS/DDE) and Commanding Heights (6 x 1hr for WGBH/BBC). In recent years he has been the series producer of 1421: The Year China Discovered America? (2 x 1hr for PBS/Pearson), Do You Speak American? (3 x 1hr for ML/WNET), Extreme Oil (3 x 1hr for BBC/PBS/CBC) and The Age of AIDS (4 x 1hr for WGBH/Channel 4).
He developed and executive produced the HBO feature movie Hostile Waters, which starred Rutger Hauer, Martin Sheen and Max von Sydow.