Peter Johanns

Peter Johanns

Associate Professor, Media Arts, Sciences and Studies
Faculty, Sports Media
Faculty, Television-Radio
Faculty, Documentary Studies and Production

Specialty:Television Production: Multi Camera Studio Production; Documentary Production
Phone:(607) 274-3911
Office:352 Roy H Park Hall
Ithaca, NY 14850

I am an Associate Professor for the Television-Radio degree in the Roy H. Park School of Communications.

Among the courses I teach include; Advanced Studio Production, Broadcast Performance, Senior Media Thesis, Documentary Journalism Workshop, Senior Seminar, Television Production and Direction, Introduction to Audio Production and Introduction to Television Studio Production.

I am also the co-founder of Ithaca Talent Coaching, a consulting firm providing coaching, guidance and feedback for individuals pursuing a career in on-air broadcasting. 

Additionally I am the Creator and Executive Producer of a reality TV game show entitled Assemble THIS. The concept of the show pits two couples against each other as they compete to assemble a typical frustrating household item like a bookcase or a bicycle. I hired over 30 students and used 10 HD cameras to produce 3 pilot episodes. I am pitching the concept to networks like TLC or HGTV. A crowd funding campaign was used to pay all of my students who worked on the show. 

Prior to coming to Ithaca, I worked in a variety of capacities in various television stations, including as a News Producer and Reporter and newscast Director as well as numerous other production positions. Additionally I worked for a number of years at the PBS affiliate in Syracuse, WCNY-TV 24,  as a Producer/Director overseeing a variety of studio and remote productions. 

While at WCNY, I received several grants from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to produce and direct nationally distributed documentaries on issues including homeless people, working poor families, struggling dairy farmers, "behind the scenes" of television news and local currency systems. I have also served as a consulting producer and editor on documentaries focusing on minority owned radio stations, the history of social change, and ethic-centric neighborhoods.  

In 2001 I joined the Ithaca College faculty. During my time at the Park School,  I completed a documentary entitled Never Too Old for Gold showcasing the athletes and competitions of the Empire State Senior Games. This documentary was distributed nationally by American Public Television.

I have also worked with the Duke University Center for Documentary Studies as part of it's Groundwork media initiative covering the issue of natural gas drilling in the Tompkins County Town of Caroline.  I have also worked with the Shoah Foundation Institute at the University of Southern California conducting a video ethnographic study of holocaust survivors.

Currently I am in production on a documentary entitled Listen to the Silents in association with the Ithaca College Gerontology Institute focusing on the "Silent Generation", Americans born between 1925 and 1942 which will be broadcast on public television. 

I earned a Master of Science degree in Television Production from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies from SUNY Cortland.