For the past 20 years, EMMY Award-winning Producer / Director Lauren Thompson has travelled the globe, bringing to light authentic stories that shape our understanding of life, and connect us as individuals and cultures. Her devotion to exploring our shared humanity through story began as a young child, and hasn’t stopped since.
She has shot, produced and directed dozens of award-winning shows for CNN, ABC, PBS, BBC, History, Food Network and Smithsonian. Most recently she served as senior producer on the CNN documentary, The End – Inside the Last Days of the Obama White House – a vérité documentary following several key staff members of Obama’s White House during his final days. Prior to that she was an executive producer on the Emmy nominated PBS series Moveable Feast – a traveling doc food series hosted by Australian chef Pete Evans. She was executive producer and director on Smithsonian Channel’s first unscripted doc series, L.A. Frockstars – an episodic series following fashion icon Doris Raymond. She’s worked closely with celebrity chef Bobby Flay for over 10 years – directing / producing his most iconic food series. She was honored to travel with playwright Eve Ensler to Afghanistan in the wake of 9/11, to shoot and produce stories around women empowerment for the Lifetime doc, Until the Violence Stops.She’s currently developing a global documentary series Two Parts Grace, showcasing triumphant stories of female refugee chefs. She lives between New York and Los Angeles, ready to go wherever the next story takes her.