Bonnie Silva is a multiple award winning writer and producer. Her work has aired on PBS, Discovery, Animal Planet, Fox, and international outlets. Bonnie’s CINE Golden Eagle award winning PBS documentary Fifteen Legs tells the story of perfect strangers who meet up in parking lots to transport last-chance animals to safety. Her companion book Fifteen Legs: When all that stands between death and freedom is a ride… (Riverbank Press) continues to be sold.
Prior to writing and producing independently, Bonnie was hired as Program Developer for Boston’s WABU-TV. During her five year tenure with the network, she served as Producer on two live-action preschool television series (twenty six episodes), wrote a National Science Foundation and other grant proposals, and developed programming targeting tweens. Her writing and producing garnered many awards for the station including a National Emmy Award.
Before working at the television network, Bonnie developed and produced public service campaigns independently and served as a writer for New England children’s television icon Rex Trailer. The first public service television ad she created, wrote, and produced was nominated for the Ad Club’s Hatch Award, and her first commissioned documentary Turning 22 was used to help change a law and improve the quality of life for young people with disabilities.
Bonnie graduated from Emerson College as a member of Emerson’s Gold Key Society. She later earned a graduate certificate in management with honors from Tufts University. She’s currently producing An Act of Dog, the story of an artist’s quest to paint 5,500 portraits of shelter dogs in association with PBS station KET, and writing/producing a radio drama based on the life of an irresistible young social reformer.
When she’s not writing and producing, Bonnie enjoys time with family and friends, land conservation, and organic growing.