Director and Executive
Producer, ABC News All Media
Bednar began his career at ABC in the early 1980s first as a
producer for the Series unit, then 20/20 and Primetime
Live. His stories have taken him from the Amazon to
the North Pole. He has documented the nuclear fallohut in
Lappland, the conflict of cultures in
Tibet, and the seeds of terrorism in the Comoros Islands.
Domestically, Rudy told stories about children and violence,
the farm crisis, and the spread of AIDS. Investigations
include the terrorist bombings of Pan Am Flight 103 and elephant
poaching in Kenya.
During the early 1990s, Rudy and three senior ABC producers
launched the weekly hour documentary series Turning Point.
the Exxon Valdez oil spill, heroine addiction in small-town America, and serial killer Charles
By 2000, Rudy became Executive Producer of the newly-created
Longform Unit, which continues to provide prime time audiences
with originals hours and multi-part series. Topics
include: global warming, the war in
Iraq, and the empowerment of
urban city children. The Longform Unit began a run of
single-subject series, starting with
Next, there was Hopkins 24/7—which would become
the verité brand for similar observational series—followed by
In the Jury Room, and
The Staircase with Academy-Award winning Maha Productions,
two Paul McCartney Specials and the Christopher Reeve story.
Rudy also works with the ABC Television Network, producing
entertainment and music specials, some of which he has directed.
Rudy has won ten Emmys, four duPonts, as well as many other