Vanguard Documentaries
P.O. Box 26635
Brooklyn, NY 11202

Vanguard Documentaries is a film development and production company specializing in arts, cultural affairs, and political documentaries. For more than 25 years Vanguard has worked as producer and co-producer with many of the leading broadcast outlets in North America and Europe.

Charles Hobson is founder and artistic head of Vanguard, whose distinguished career spans four decades and who has worked extensively with PBS and the BBC. Charles is winner of an Emmy Award, the Japan Prize 'Special Citation,' and the CINE Golden Eagle Award; has been ranked one of the fifty top producers in the film and television industry by Millimeter magazine; and was a Fulbright Scholar (Germany) in 1996. Among his many credits are From Jumpstreet: A Story of Black Music (a 13-part PBS series), The Africans (a 9-part series co-produced with the BBC), the Emmy Award-winning television series Like It Is (WABC-TV), Global Links (a 6-part series on international development, co-produced with the World Bank for PBS), and Spaces (a 6-part science series, funded by the Department of Education).

Charles Hobson
Executive Producer

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In the News
December, 2012The Flatiron
The documentary, based on Alice Sparberg Alexiou's book by the same title, was presented on national PBS by WNET/Thirteen in time to celebrate the 110th anniversary of the building. Visit Flatiron Film and our 'Projects' page for more details.

October, 2010 — ARTE France broadcast of
Harlem in Montmartre: A Paris Jazz Story

by Dante J. James and Olivier Simonnet

April 29, 2010Harlem in Montmartre: a Paris Jazz Story wins the Japan Prize 'Special Citation', the Best Documentary Prize during the 2010 International Pan African Film Festival, 7th edition in Cannes, France; and the CINE Golden Eagle award.
The film — a co-production with Great Performances, Thirteen/WNET (New York), Ideale Audience International (Paris) and the Independent Television Service (ITVS) — was honored to play at the festival, which showed over fifty narrative and documentary films, and was juried by a panel of international filmmakers, journalists, writers, and professors.
Visit PBS for film details.

February 6, 2010 — Charles Hobson honored by McDonald’s Corporation as a Black Media Legend
Irving Street and McDonald’s have honored Charles Hobson as one of their 18 esteemed Black Media Legends. Among the other honorees were: Roz Abrams, James Brown, Ken Singleton, and Robin Roberts. Photos of all 18 honorees were printed on posters and displayed in the 650 McDonald’s restaurants in the New York Metro region.

July/August 2010 — Charles Hobson taught a summer workshop on documentary filmmaking at the Arts Workshop International in Assisi, Italy.