Emmy-Nominated Producer Visits Binghamton

By Haley Burton

November 14, 2012 Updated Nov 14, 2012 at 1:31 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) An award-winning director and producer stops in Binghamton to share the story of his new film.

Robert Child discussed his Emmy nominated film "The Wereth Eleven, An Untold War Crime" at the Binghamton University Forum breakfast program.

Child has worked in television and film for 27 years.

For fifteen years, he directed and technical directed TV shows such as "Who Wants to be a Millionaire", "Emeril Live" and "The Daily Show with John Stewart."

He then started producing historical films. His film, "The Wereth Eleven" was nominated for an Emmy in June 2012. The film retraces the steps of 11 African-American GI's took when their unit was overrun by Germans at the start of the Battle of the Bulge.

"Obviously it was a story that had to told. It wasn't well known to the general public. It wasn't well known even at the time it happened. So I wanted to bring this story to light and give these 11 men their due," said Child.

"The Wereth Eleven" was shown on the National Geographic Channel. It will be aired on the Military Channel in February as a part of Black History Month.

"I worked with a producer who was really passionate about the story as was I. He spent close to $70,000 in research getting documents classified through the Army through the Freedom of Information Act and once we had those documents in hand, we could piece together a timeline of what happened to the men," explained Child.

Child is the winner of more than 25 writing and directing awards.

He has also worked on the award-winning Civil War films Gettysburg, The Boys in Blue and Gray and the docudrama Gettysburg: Three Days of Destiny.

The Binghamton University Forum is a membership organization comprised of business, professional and community leaders that brings nationally known authorities to speak at functions throughout the year.