Jody Eldred

TV Producer

Biography

45 year old Jody Eldred has been a director and cameraman for nearly 30 years. In his first year of college, he was hired as a sports photographer for KSLA-TV(CBS) in Shreveport, Louisiana. He worked there for two years, covering the Dallas Cowboys to the Super Bowl, advancing rapidly from photographer to reporter and moving into news as a reporter/photographer in 1979. Later in 1979 he was hired away by KTBS-TV(ABC), Shreveport, also as a reporter/photographer. In his five years at KTBS, Eldred became Chief Photographer, during which KTBS' 15-man news photography team was named best in Louisiana by U.P.I., beating out teams from much larger stations in New Orleans and Baton Rouge. They would win the title three years straight. During his years at KTBS, Eldred won 19 awards for photography and producing, including Best Feature Story in the United States from U.P.I., Best Feature, State and Region from U.P.I. as well as A.P., First Place, Excellence in Journalism in Spot News, Southeast Region from Sigma Delta Chi/Society of Professional Journalists, and First Place in Spot News and General News coverage from Louisiana U.P.I. and A.P. He left KTBS in 1984, moved to Los Angeles in December, and began work as a freelance director/cameraman. That spring he was hired as a segment director on ABC's "Hollywood Close-up", whereupon he joined the Director's Guild of America. He was subsequently nominated by the DGA as Best Director of a Documentary for "The China Experience: Beyond the Wall", which he also produced, shot, co-edited and co-wrote. Since that time Eldred has directed and shot literally hundreds of documentaries, news reports (for ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, and the BBC) and segments for shows such as "20/20", "Primetime Live", "Good Morning America", "Dateline NBC", "48 Hours", "Eye to Eye with Connie Chung", "Day One", Ed Bradley's "Street Stories", "Entertainment Tonight", "That's Incredible", "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno", "Oprah", as well as many shows for MTV. Recent network assignments range from up-close coverage of the Los Angeles riots, the Malibu fires and the Northridge earthquake, Peter Jenning's ABC Primetime Special on the O.J. verdict, to a BBC interview with Charles Manson, and the acclaimed Lifetime/Christie Brinkley hour documentary, Rocking the Boat: Women Race for the America's Cup. He shot two recent programs which won an Emmy and a Peabody award. Currently, he's working his fifth season on 1st and 2nd units for CBS' primetime drama J.A.G., including the first-ever High-Definition shoots for the series. Plentiful assignments as a director and producer in multi-camera live and tape have prevailed as well. Eldred’s slate is quite expansive: from a daily eight-hour live three-camera fashion program, to four-camera sports/comedy shoots for ESPN, the three-camera live audience cut for ABC's prime time sitcom Family Matters and Warner Brothers' Too Something, an hour-long four-camera TV special with Steve Allen and Michael Medved, and a multi-camera live special on the Moscow Dance Theater. He recently executive produced, directed and wrote 7 national commercials for crisis pregnancy centers, and a Hi-Def 24P music video with Billy Preston, Ray Parker, Jr. and Deniece Williams. Jody Eldred currently resides in Marina del Rey, Ca. where he continues his work producing, writing, directing and shooting specials, documentaries, multi-camera shows, commercials, music videos and news/reality segments. Eldred has a BA in Sociology from Centenary College of Louisiana, and he did graduate studies at LSU.