Nicole Lucas Haimes is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, director and television showrunner known for her compelling portrayals of characters who inhabit a range of worlds, from cutting edge science to unique subcultures, unconventional competitions, true crime and investigations. Her work has played major film festivals and been televised worldwide.
Filled with humor, heartbreak and hotdogs, THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE HUNGRY, Nicole’s recent feature documentary which she directed and executive produced, the clash of three titans in the world of competitive eating as it reveals deep themes to emerge as a portrait of contemporary America. An ESPN Films 30 For 30, it premiered at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival to critical acclaim. The Washington Post called the film, “sharply drawn, surprisingly intimate...brilliant.”
Nicole’s feature documentary, CHICKEN PEOPLE is a funny and uplifting look into the world of show chickens and the people who love them. A New York Times Critics Pick described as "a fun and at times astonishing film," CHICKEN PEOPLE premiered at SXSW 2016 where it was nominated for the Gamechanger Award, and screened at the Nashville Film Festival, receiving a Grand Jury Prize nomination. The film, which she directed and executive produced, was released theatrically in the US and Australia, and streamed and broadcast worldwide.
Haimes’ current project, THE EMPRESS follows the glamorous prizefighter Alicia Napoleon’s quest to become the female middleweight champion of the world – while it explores the taboo subject of female violence and rage.
Nicole’s television work includes PBS, CBS, the ABC News flagship documentary series TURNING POINT, Universal Television and A&E. She was the showrunner for Z Living's Conquered, a 6-part documentary series hosted by Laura Ling profiling extraordinary stories of courage and triumph.
Nicole co-executive produced A&E’s CONFESSIONS OF THE DC SNIPER and was the first journalist to secure an extended interview with killer Lee Boyd Malvo. The broadcast sparked international news coverage and led to police re-examining the case.
Her Emmy nominated PBS documentary CRACKING THE CODE tells the emotionally charged journey of families seeking medical solutions on the cutting edge of gene science. The documentary won the Prix Special du Festival, Montreal Film Festival and the Silver Screen Award, US International Film Festival.
Ted Haimes began his career as a New York-based documentary cinematographer and producer. Projects include the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning VIETNAM REQUIEM - the stories of seven Vietnam Vets serving hard time in US prisons, and the Emmy Nominated AMERICAN INQUISITION, which explores the shattered lives of men and women branded as Communist during the blacklist, despite having no political affiliations. Ted’s first films as director - profiles of artists, including Brice Marden, Aaron Siskind, and Duane Michals, as well as The Alvin Ailey School and The Big Apple Circus - have been broadcast worldwide and presented at international museums and film festivals, including New York, Venice, DC, and London.
DECADE earned MTV its first Peabody Award, defining the attitude and style of MTV News. He broke new ground collaborating with artist MARILYN MINTER, shooting and directing 100 FOOD PORN, the first-ever tv commercial to advertise an artist’s exhibition. AMERICAN GAMBIT, a chronicle of Chess Grandmaster Gary Kasparov's simultaneous challenge to the six strongest American Junior Masters, became one of the first films to screen in Moscow after the fall of the USSR. He continued shooting verité documentaries including THE CHILDSAVERS and MADNESS for PBS FRONTLINE.
Moving to Los Angeles in 1995, he continued making feature documentaries, including DIAL H FOR HITCHCOCK and PUNK!, as well as producing the Emmy-nominated HISTORY OF ROCK ‘n’ ROLL series. His television and showrunner credits include THE LOCATOR, AFTERMATH WITH WILLIAM SHATNER, SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, M*A*S*H: 30th ANNIVERSARY REUNION, THE 70’s: THE DECADE THAT CHANGED TELEVISION, MARRIED BY AMERICA, TEMPTATION ISLAND, and CONQUERED.