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Michael Charles Tobias
The President and CEO of the Foundation is Michael Tobias, a global ecologist, anthropologist, historian, explorer, author and filmmaker.
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Tobias is the author of more than 45 books (both fiction and non-fiction, as well as several edited anthologies). In addition to his numerous books and published research papers, Tobias has written, directed, produced, executive produced or co-executive produced well over 100 films – TV series, documentaries and dramas, most pertaining to environmental, cultural, social or scientific issues. Tobias' field research has taken him to some 80 countries where he has specialized in an interdisciplinary approach to environmental history, animal rights, scientific, ethical and philosophical frameworks for policy research, strategies and documentation, demographic analysis, ecological anthropology, biodiversity conservation, and non-violence activism. In 1996, Tobias received the "Courage of Conscience Award" for his commitment to nature and non-violence. In 2004 he was the recipient of the Parabola Focus Award for his long-standing body of work aimed at creating a better world. Watch Michael in “Compassion: The biological bottom line”
Jane Gray Morrison
Executive Vice President Jane Gray Morrison is an ecologist whose work has taken her to over 30 countries. > READ MOREAs a filmmaker, Ms. Morrison has produced numerous films for such networks as Discovery, PBS (where she also Co-Directed "A Day in the Life of Ireland" for Irish Television and WNET/New York) and Turner Broadcasting for which she served as Senior Producer for "Voice of the Planet," a 10-hour dramatic series based upon the history of life on Earth. Ms. Morrison recently completed a feature film documentary trilogy, "Mad Cowboy," "No Vacancy" and "Hotspots," as well as her recent short film, "Yasuní – A Meditation on Life" for the Rio+20 Summit.
For eleven + years Ms. Morrison has served as the Executive Vice President of Dancing Star Foundation.
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The Vice President, Finance and Operations, Don Cannon is a seasoned financial executive with extensive entertainment industry expertise. > READ MOREDuring the 18 years prior to joining the Foundation, he was the SVP, Finance and Administration for International Creative Management, a major talent agency. He directed the accounting, finance and administrative functions for this agency having over 2,500 clients and 385 employees.
Don also held senior positions at A&M Records, Elektra Records, and several television production companies including Hanna Barbera Productions.
A C.P.A., with an M.B.A. from Loyola-Marymount University, Don brings considerable industry, finance, human resources, and accounting expertise to the organization and, in his words is "thrilled to be able to help increase awareness of animal protection and biodiversity conservation."
Don is the Co-Executive Producer of the new Dancing Star Foundation feature film documentary, "Hotspots."