Don’t miss a BRAND NEW episode of The Women’s Eye with Stacey Gualandi as I catch up with Nancy Glass, six-time Emmy Award-winning writer/producer and CEO of Philadelphia-based Glass Entertainment Group. The former national talk show host is responsible for 1,000 hours — and counting — of programming, and her company recently followed up its successful series Pope: The Most Powerful Man in History with the well-received CNN docuseries Lincoln: Divided We Stand.
I’ve known Nancy since our days working together on the syndicated newsmagazine American Journal, so it is always an honor to check in with her on her latest productions.
We learn why this prolific storyteller wanted to produce a series based on her husband Charles Lachman’s book, The Last Lincolns. “Lincoln is always relevant. I wanted to follow up Pope with something equally singular and impactful on our world…I always believed people don’t know very much about Lincoln,” she says.
Nancy also shares how she filmed during a pandemic; maintaining staff morale; and was struck by lightning as an extra on her own series!
But a high voltage shock hasn’t slowed her down. GEG has a new podcast on the grown children of Columbine; a show on adults adopting other adults for A&E; and a TLC series on botched bariatric surgeries.
Nancy says storytelling is a calling. “There’s all kinds of stories. It’s very nourishing to work in the world of storytelling because you can put your own story behind you and just think about someone else. It’s like being a parent every single day… which can be aggravating. Haha!”
But she also loves managing people. “I have never wanted to do anything else. I’m always working on trying to be better to people, and to do a better job,” says Nancy.
That includes taking on her biggest challenge to date: playing herself on ABC’s The Goldbergs!
“I told the producers I could do it. I look just like her, only fatter.”
Ha! Thank you, Nancy!!! Be sure to tune in!!
Be sure to check out Catherine Anaya’s chat with journalist Fernanda Santos about the power of storytelling: