FDN was created in 1992 as the public outreach program of the American Association of Women, a 501(c)(3) educational organization. The goal and mission of this Emmy®Award winning public affairs programming known as “The News Behind The News®” is to promote and encourage public awareness and discussion of critical issues that are rarely covered by the mainstream media.
Over the years FDN has featured in-depth interviews, debates and documentary videos featuring national and international experts, government officials as well as civic and community leaders on issues impacting the American public. The programs bring together contrasting views to promote public education, understanding and solutions.
FDN launched the development and implementation of a Digital Asset Management System to preserve an accurate record of the debates that took place during our 25 year history with many famous and expert guests. Preservation is necessary to facilitate distribution/access to archives for future productions and digital distribution of content, so that future generations can learn how we got to where we are today.
Our secondary priority is development of a distribution methodology using the latest digital analytics to identify and engage audiences, opening unlimited opportunities to reach the largest potential audience with our unique content.
Full Disclosure Production Credits
LESLIE DUTTON: EXECUTIVE PRODUCER – In the ’70s the young Ms. Dutton became a civic activist, heading local volunteer campaigns for community and regional projects. During that period she developed extensive experience and contacts as a manager and speaker. This varied background eventually led to becoming an Account Executive and Vice President of a national public/government affairs firm. She represented diverse clients relating to the media, the U. S. Congress and the California State Legislature. As founding President of the American Association of Women, Ms. Dutton also spearheaded issue-oriented campaigns. These range from community Charter Amendments to University of California tuition policies. As producer for the Full Disclosure Network®, she has received the 2001 Emmy for public affairs series programming from the Academy of Television of Arts and Sciences. She also served on the Academy LA Area Executive Peer Committee and the National Awards Committee for Prime Time Emmy. (2002-2004)
T.J. JOHNSTON: PRODUCER – Was Production Manager for ABC Television (Los Angeles) for fifteen years. His shows included the Academy Awards, the Emmys, as well as General Hospital among others. TJ retired to write screenplays and offer armed and unarmed self-defense to civilians at AllSafe Defense Systems (He holds a fourth degree black belt and is an NRA Certified Firearms Instructor). In 1999, T.J. joined the Full Disclosure Network® as a Co-Producer of the Forum 2000 “The Prosecutor & The Presidency” which was videotaped in Washington, DC. He continues to work on content development and to co-produce our programs. He received a 2008 Emmy nomination for public affairs series “FEDS Nail OC Sheriff” covering the prosecution of Michael Carona for jury tampering.
ROBERT REIKEBERG: EDITOR/CREATIVE CONSULTANT
Special Series: Prosecutor & The Presidency Forum
Esther Rushford Greene
Thomas Kallay, Esq.
Robert Destro (Dean, Catholic University Law School)
All Five Members of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors signed a Proclamation which read: “With sincere congratulations and best wishes the Board of Supervisors of the County of Los Angeles does hereby join in your celebration on September 29, 2002” in honor of the Full Disclosure Network® 10th anniversary Breakfast held at the California Yacht Club and presented to Leslie Dutton by L. A. County Sheriff Lee Baca.
Hawthorne California Mayor Pro-Tem Ginny Lambert presented a proclamation to Leslie Dutton declaring July 22nd “Full Disclosure Network® DAY in the City of Hawthorne. The proclamation was in honor of the EMMY AWARD won by Dutton for having produced and hosted the best local Public Affairs programming in the Los Angeles Area.
Full Disclosure Network® 2001 L. A. Area EMMY AWARD winner for Informational/Public Affairs series entitled: L.A.’s War Against Terrorism. Series featured law enforcement, labor and elected officials who are responsible for the public’s safety and cooperating with the Federal agencies in the War on Terrorism. EMMY Awards are presented every year to honor the best in local broadcasting by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS).
FULL DISCLOSURE® began production of a Special Documentary Series of Interviews in 1999 featuring all the U. S. Attorneys General and Special and Independent Prosecutors who have been involved in Presidential Investigations over the past thirty years, this series of one-hour interviews, entitled “THE RULE OF LAW & THE SPECIAL PROSECUTOR PROCESS” is for national broadcast. In March 2000 Full Disclosure Network® produced a videotaped Forum entitled “THE PROSECUTOR AND THE PRESIDENCY” .The Forum was held in Washington D.C. and featured the Attorneys General and Prosecutors in studio, via satellite and with posthumous clips from the Full Disclosure Network® interviews.
The GOLD ANGEL AWARDS are sponsored by the Excellence in Media organization, and sparingly given to those who have worked tirelessly to make this world a better place through communications. Previous recipient of the GOLD ANGEL Award was DIANE SAWYER for Prime Time Live news magazine and the CBS production of Touched by an Angel. In both 1995 and 1996 Full Disclosure Network® received the “Programming Excellence” Award from the South Bay Producers Guild.