WHO WE ARE
David Stern is a multiple Emmy Award Winner, Telly Award Winner, NY Film Festival Gold Medal Winner, and Videographer Award of Excellence Winner, who is one of the few producer/directors to be recognized for his work in entertainment shows, live special events, news, and sports. Under his leadership, BARD Entertainment has produced an incredible array of diverse broadcasts both in his native New York and around the world. From the live 24 camera, 25-hour Millennium broadcast originating in Times Square, to the Bahariya desert in Egypt, to the Roman ruins and amphitheatre in Caesaria, Israel, to the waters off of Bikini Atoll, Stern has executive produced and directed truly unique programming, amassing over 175 Emmy nominations, winning 26 times.
Annette Jolles has created a diverse body of work as a director and producer for stage and television, receiving seventeen Emmy Awards. As a director for Live from Lincoln Center, broadcasts include NY Philharmonic’s New Year’s Eve: La Vie Parisienne; Stars in Concert: Sutton Foster; Stars in Concert: Leslie Odom, Jr.; Norm Lewis: Who Am I?; Patina Miller in Concert; 50 Years of Mostly Mozart; and three Richard Tucker Galas: From Bocelli to Barton, A New Century, and Richard Tucker at 100. Her work as a stage director has encompassed theater, opera and special events. Theatrical concerts include co-producing Project Broadway at Symphony Space where she also directed ten seasons of New Voices Concerts, Wall to Wall Sondheim, Wall to Wall Schwartz, Wall to Wall Cabaret, Frank Sinatra at 100, and more. She teaches musical theater performance at Yale.
For the past 30 years, David Stern and Annette Jolles have combined their areas of expertise to produce, write and direct television specials that incorporate their passion for music and theater. Their broadcasts of musical stage events, concerts and spectacles have included the tree lighting from Bryant Park, multiple live and taped Broadway concerts, numerous musicals for A&E and PBS, and several live theatricals for high definition simulcasts to cinemas. They have brought to the screen performances ranging from the incomparable Brian Bedford as Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest to the joyous performance of Lang Lang celebrating Liszt’s 200th Birthday with The Philadelphia Orchestra, to Ira Glass in a special edition of This American Life.
Together, Stern and Jolles have produced and directed television specials featuring an incredible range of pop, Broadway and classical artists including Michael Jackson, Tony Bennett, Usher, Alicia Keys, Avril Lavigne, Sheryl Crow, Bette Midler, Bebe Neuwirth, Ben Vereen, Jane Krakowski, Kristen Chenoweth, Placido Domingo, Yo Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Marc Anthony, Sting, Phil Collins, Paul Simon and Elton John. Other broadcast coverage of special events includes the 48-hour visit of Pope Francis from touchdown to liftoff in New York City, the annual world-wide feed of the 9/11 Memorial from Ground Zero, and numerous cultural parades that bring dozens of floats and thousands of marchers up Fifth Avenue each year.