TRENDER: Emmy-Winning Producer Peter Bredemeier
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Homegrown factor: Grew up nearby in Rehoboth, MA. Graduated from St. Raphael's Academy in Pawtucket.
1. You won a national Emmy, which is a big deal. How much did this mean for you?
It means a lot. I've been working on Jack Hanna's TV shows for a number of years and we're really proud of the show and his message of conservation. So it feels great to get recognized.
2. You moved your video production company, Bunkr, to Rhode Island. Why?
Quality of life and the extraordinary growing design community are the main reasons. My wife and I lived in Los Angeles, and in Tampa, Florida, over the last decade. When our second daughter was born in 2009 we really wanted to be close to family and friends and live in a nice community to raise children. So we moved to Providence—we moved the company here primarily because we wanted to live here—and with the extra bonus of like-minded and talented people around, it's worked out better than we ever imagined.
3. What's the film and video community like here in Rhode Island. What have been your challenges settling in here?
Most of my work still comes from out of town, so I haven't been as involved as some in the local film community. But I have met several individuals working on exciting projects, and I think the potential exists for the film and video community to grow in Rhode Island.
4. What does RI have that Los Angeles doesn't?
Affordable houses—by comparison—and reasonable commute times. But more importantly for us is the sense of community. Los Angeles has a lot of transient people and unless you're from there you don't get to build the lifelong bonds with friends that you do here. We missed the seasons as well. The older architecture, the walkability of the city... there are really so many things Rhode Island has. Those are some of the first that come to mind.
5. What's Jack Hanna like?
Jack's cool. He's really high energy and really smart. He sometimes gets a little silly on TV but that's just part of his way to break down barriers and get people to care about animals, and care about conservation, which is what he really cares about.
6. What are the favorite 3 things you've discovered about RI since you moved here?
How good the restaurants are. How friendly the people are. And how beautiful the city is.
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