Stephen Lyons

Stephen Lyons is an award-winning writer and producer with 25 years of experience in television, newspapers and magazines.

sm-slyons.jpgHe has written grant proposals and film treatments that have helped raise more than $25 million for a dozen PBS series and specials. And he has been a writer and producer on three documentaries for the long-running PBS science series NOVA, as well as on shorter pieces for other programs.

After four years as Senior Editor for Program Development at the WGBH Science Unit, Lyons left to form Moreno/Lyons Productions with his wife Aida Moreno, another longtime WGBH producer. He served as project director for NOVA’s Percy Julian Biography Project, a five-year effort to call attention to the life and career of the late African American chemist Percy Julian. The project, funded with major grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, will culminate in a two-hour biography of Julian, written and produced by Lyons and director Llew Smith, and starring Tony Award-winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson in the title role. It will be broadcast on NOVA in 2006.

Lyons is currently developing a multimedia chemistry project called The Mystery of Matter, with support from the Chemical Heritage Foundation and the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation. A Web series called Chemical Explorers has just been launched.

He is also developing a 90-minute documentary on a milestone in the history of aviation: the 1935 crossing of the Pacific by the Pan American Airways flying boat known as the China Clipper. That film will combine dramatic re-enactments, interviews with scholars, and films and photographs drawn from the rich archival record about Pan Am and the early years of commercial aviation. “China Clipper” is intended for broadcast in 2010, marking the 75th anniversary of the Clipper’s flight. An application for NEH support is pending.