Personal Genetics Education Project

Interfacing with producers and writers in the entertainment industry

pgEd is working with writers and producers of the television and movie industry through Hollywood, Health & Society at the USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center, the Science & Entertainment Exchange of the National Academy of Sciences, and Shaftesbury Productions of Canada.


Here are examples of pgEd’s work to bring accurate and engaging information about genetics to a broader audience.


pgEd dedicated a session at GETed 2013 to the topic of entertainment. This session, moderated by Paul Szauter from the University of New Mexico, featured:

  • Ann Merchant, Deputy Executive Director for Communications, The National Academies, The Science & Entertainment Exchange
  • Tom Chehak, Executive Producer, ReGenesis
  • Jay Clayton, Director, Curb Center for Art, Enterprise & Public Policy, Vanderbilt University

pgEd also brought the theme of entertainment to the 2013 GET Conference through a presentation by Sandra de Castro Buffington, then Director of Hollywood, Health & Society.


Photo credit: ABC/Danny Feld