Researched and produced by Emmy-Award-winning film maker Spencer Briggs and narrated by renowned journalist, WEDU host and area resident Jack Perkins, Venice, Florida: Moving Forward by Looking Back showcases the history one of Florida’s first planned communities and chronicles the challenges and opportunities facing its leaders and citizens today.
Spencer Briggs has been involved in the writing and production of broadcast quality marketing, training, news, and documentary projects for over 30 years. He has worked as a news and documentary producer for six network news affiliates of CBS, NBC, and ABC. In addition, he has produced numerous documentaries and specials for WEDU, west central Florida’s primary PBS station, involving topics such as Breast Cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, Social Security Reform, Civil Rights, and World War Two. He is also an experienced Political Producer, producing the Florida debates for Attorney General, Senate, and Governor. Spencer has worked for several years on “A Gulf Coast Journal” with Jack Perkins. He has won three Emmy awards the following documentaries: “Desert Storm Diary” focusing on the 1991 Gulf War; “Central Avenue Remembered” (2007) about Tampa’s black community, and for his 2008 documentary “Heroes from the Bay” about Bay Area Veterans of World War II. His 2006 documentary “Extraordinary Grace’ was also nominated for an Emmy award. In December of 2009, he received two Emmy nominations for “A Gulf Coast Journal” with Jack Perkins.
Spencer has written, produced or developed hundreds of broadcast news specials and documentaries as well as numerous marketing and training videos
for corporate and business clients. Clients include the St. Louis Symphony, Maryville University, Eckerd Drugs, URS Engineering, and the Home Shopping
Network. He is also an award winning speaker, having competed in the Toastmaster’s International Speech Contest six times. Spencer also currently
working on the web portal Autistictv.com, featuring the webcast “Autism This Week,” focusing on the needs of the Autistic community. He and his wife, Ann, live in Clearwater and have two children, Eric, age 13, and Gemma, age 11.