Mischa Scorer

Mischa Scorer

Mischa Scorer worked as producer for BBC Television from 1965 to 1979, first in the Religious Broadcasting Department where he made such documentaries as “Padre Pio” (1968) for which he won the first prize in the WACC Monte Carlo Film Festival and in 1969 “The Vatican”, the first ever major televised documentary about the Vatican.

In 1970 he moved to the celebrated BBC Documentary Department under Richard Cawston where he made a number of films in the series “One Pair of Eyes”, including “Poets in a Barren Age” with Michael Tippett, two films about the KGB and its operations, and four films in the groundbreaking series “The Long Search” with Ron Eyre about the great religions of the world.

In 1981 he became one of the founders of Antelope Films in London, one of the first British independent television production companies, writing and directing four films in the classic 13-part series “The Heart of the Dragon” about China. For the opening programme in the series “Remembering” he won an International Emmy. He went on to make two films about Venice with Gore Vidal “Vidal in Venice” (1984). From 1986 to 1988 he produced and directed a seven-part series, “Testament,” for Channel Four about the history of the Bible, with John Romer.

In 1989 Scorer set up his own production company, Scorer Associates. He produced and directed for the BBC a documentary, Songs of Experience, to mark the 85th birthday of the composer Sir Michael Tippett. During the 1990s he made a number of documentaries in the BBC’s “Omnibus” series, including films with Jung Chang, Isabel Allende, Joshua Bell, András Schiff, Roland Petit and Zizi Jeanmaire.

In 2003 he wrote and directed “Degas and the Dance” for PBS “Great Performances” series, a film in HD about the painter Edgar Degas and his obsession with dancers. This was co-produced with the BBC, Arte and NHK and the film won him a Peabody Award.

In 2006 Scorer established The Masterclass Media Foundation, a non-profit organisation devoted to filming and recording the world’s great musicians giving masterclasses and teaching.

Poets in a Barren Age is our featured film this year – see programme