Shining Red Films

About Us

Shining Red is a film company devoted to  cutting-edge documentaries and dramas. It was started by anthropologist and twice Emmy-nominated filmmaker Graham Townsley in 2008.  We have made independent films for theatrical release and high-end documentaries for PBS, National Geographic and the Discovery channel. Our films have also been shown on the BBC, Channel 4, ARTE and around the world. Our subjects range from contemporary realities to ancient cultures, from musicians to great thinkers, from human origins to the frontiers of science.

Meet Our Team 

Graham Townsley


Twice Emmy nominated and with a doctorate in Anthropology from Cambridge University, Graham Townsley has been making films for twenty years.  After many years in the Amazon as an anthropologist, he has made ethnographic, historical films and scientific films for the BBC, PBS, National Geographic and many others.  He currently has three screenplays in development: “Singer”, based on the true stories of Jewish artists struggling to survive in 1930’s Berlin, “Yucatan”, set in the Mexican Revolution, the true story of a love affair between an American journalist and a Mexican revolutionary and “Casement”, the remarkable life and Times of the Irish Revolutionary, Roger Casement. Graham founded Shining Red in 2008.

Francis Cordero Ramirez

Francis Cordero Ramirez has over ten years experience working in development, production, and post-production for non-fiction programming. She has field produced, written shows, and supervised posts  for programs that have aired on National Geographic Channel, Smithsonian Channel, PBS, ESPN, and independent docs that have screened at various festivals including Sundance Film Festival.  She has a passion for topics that include natural history, science, technology, conservation, history, and social issues. 


Francis is currently the line producer and a researcher at Shining Red. She also enjoys volunteering her producing and photography skills for non profits and encouraging visual storytelling for social justice.

Bill Morgan

Supervising Producer 

Bill Morgan works as the Supervising Producer for Shining Red Productions, where he supervises the financial, technical, business affairs and risk-management components of Shining Red’s work.  He is also responsible for network compliance as it relates to delivery of all elements of Shining Red’s projects.


n addition to Bill’s work with Shining Red, he is also a founding partner of JWM Productions, LLC.  He started JWM Productions with Jason Williams in 1997.  His work with JWM spans a 25+ year history.  Programs on which he has worked as producer or executive producer have appeared on virtually all US based non-fiction networks, NBC and PBS. Overseas, networks include BBC 1, 2, 3, 4, Channel 4, Channel 5, ITV, Discovery and National Geographic in the UK, as well as broadcasters and cablecasters in over 200 territories worldwide.


Bill started his career at National Geographic Television, working as a business affairs coordinator and production manager on the multiple Emmy award winning National Geographic Explorer for TBS.  He then moved to Time Life Video and Television where he worked as Coordinating Producer on numerous projects, including the landmark Lost Civilizations and The History of Rock and Roll.


He holds a Primetime Emmy award from ATAS as well as a national Emmy from NATAS.  He is also an International Emmy nominee.  He is a lifetime voting member of ATAS for the non-fiction peer group.

Christine Haley

Associate Producer/Assistant Editor

Christine Haley is an associate producer working on the Lineage project.  She has previously worked as an associate producer and assistant editor on projects for Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, and corporate clients.  She has also worked as a production coordinator, media manager, and researcher.  She received a BA in both History and Film Studies from the College of William and Mary.