The Production Team
The National Memorial Day Concert is brought to the screen by hundreds of dedicated professionals working to ensure a meaningful and memorable experience for honorees, performers, audience members and viewers at home.
Michael Colbert is the Executive Producer of two of television’s longest-running and multi-award winning live programs that commemorate America’s freedom and independence at the U.S. Capitol. A Capitol Fourth, America’s national Independence Day party, celebrates its 38th annual broadcast in 2018. The National Memorial Day Concert, which marks its 29th anniversary this year, has become the nation’s premier tribute to our men and women in uniform, their families at home, and all those who have given their lives for our country. Capital Concerts was founded by Michael’s father, Jerry Colbert, who passed away in January, 2017. Michael Colbert, who managed the organization in partnership with his father for over 20 years, continues to direct Capital Concerts year-round. He is the primary liaison with the over twenty government and non-governmental Washington agencies and organizations that contribute to the shows, and oversees the hundreds of television professionals who participate annually. In addition to his annual work on these patriotic events, Colbert’s credits include major national television specials on CBS, Fox, PBS and Comedy Central in locations ranging from Washington, DC, New York and Los Angeles to Nashville. He has also produced a wide range of major corporate events.
Paul Miller is a veteran television director and producer whose credits include The Carol Burnett 50th Anniversary Special on CBS, The Country Music Awards, The Tony Awards,Saturday Night Live, Star Spangled Spectacular: A Celebration of the 200th Anniversary of our National Anthem, In Living Color and many specials and series for all the major broadcast and cable television networks. He won a 2016 Emmy Award as Executive Producer of It’s Your 50th Christmas, Charlie Brown. Paul has received an additional six Emmy nominations, and won for directing the Tony Awards and the ABC News coverage of the Inauguration of President Barrack Obama. He has also been nominated twice for the Directors Guild of America Award in the Musical/Variety category and won for directing the Tony Awards. Paul has directed the annual PBS broadcasts of A Capitol Fourth and the National Memorial Day Concert for the past twenty years. He is a partner in RickMill Productions, a Hollywood based entertainment company that has produced numerous series for Comedy Central as well as specials for HBO and Showtime.
Barr Weissman has produced and edited the documentary segments for the National Memorial Day Concert since 1998. Mr. Weissman edited and helped produce several independent documentaries; including the Academy Award winning film, The Stonecarvers and Mr. Justice Brennan. He has directed and edited biographical films for the Kennedy Center Honors for CBS (including films on The Who, Mel Brooks, Bruce Springsteen and Tom Hanks). In addition, he has produced and edited documentaries for the Discovery Channel, National Geographic, NBC, PBS, and others. His work has been recognized by the Emmy’s, received awards at film festivals worldwide, and screened at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Weissman’s most recent film, The Secret To A Happy Ending has screened at film festivals and theaters world-wide and received 4 stars from Rolling Stone. In 2016, Mr. Weissman produced and edited 10 films for the Musical Crossroads gallery at the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. A native Washingtonian, Mr. Weissman produced and independently distributed two critically acclaimed documentaries about the city - Home: The Langston Terrace Dwellings and A View From The Street: The Art Of Lily Spandorf.
Joan Meyerson's entertainment industry career has been extensive; one of her first producer credits, with David L. Wolper Productions, was for the Oscar-nominated documentary Say Goodbye. She has written and produced frequently for PBS, including writing for more than fifteen years the National Memorial Day Concert, for which she has won two Writers Guild of America awards for Outstanding Script (nominated for a third). Other PBS credits include one of its top-rated miniseries Walking The Bible, based on the New York Times bestseller of the same name, Japan: Memoirs Of A Secret Empire, nominated for an International Documentary Association award, and Michiyo And Kelly: A Quest For Education. A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, she also attended its Graduate School of History and special programs at the Sorbonne in Paris and the University of Mexico. She has been a guest lecturer at UCLA, USC and at many industry conferences on the art and craft of writing documentaries.
The National Memorial Day Concert and A Capitol Fourth have become American traditions, consistently ranked among the highest rated programs on PBS over the past decade. The extraordinary talents of the production teams have led these holiday specials to earning more than 70 awards, including the New York Film Festival Award, the Telly Award, the Golden Cine Award, the Videographer Award, the National Education Association Award, the Aurora Award, the Christopher Award, the Communicator’s Award, the AXIEM Award, the Omni Award and the Writers Guild of America Award.