About Us

Blue Bear Films is a leader in design and production of traditional and experiential media, including immersive, interactive, and integrated film, video, and 2D/3D animation.  Its founder, Maggie Burnette Stogner, is a seasoned professional with over 20 years of experience in film, video, and interactive multimedia storytelling and production.  She brings creative, high-quality talent to every project, and is known for her ability to get the best results, on time and on budget.

Maggie Burnette Stogner

Portrait of Maggie Burnette StognerIn early 2005, Maggie Burnette Stogner launched Blue Bear Films to provide creative and production services with excellent value and quality.  She specializes in film and video production, multimedia storytelling and design, and creative consulting.  Prior to founding Blue Bear Films, Maggie was with National Geographic TV & Film for ten years, as a producer and then Senior Producer of National Geographic’s documentary series Explorer and Ultimate Explorer. These programs include In Search of the Afghan Girl and Africa Extreme, and were winners of numerous Emmys, a Peabody and a Dupont award under her supervision. In her earlier years at National Geographic, she produced, directed and wrote films for Explorer including Mystery Tomb of Abusir, Surviving the Sahara, Mystery Rider, Flying Off Rooftops, Passion for Pythons, and many others.

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Prior to National Geographic, Maggie worked on the cutting edge of interactive multimedia, first as an Executive Producer at Apple Computer, and then founding her own company, 100th Monkey Media, Inc. Her knowledge of convergence technology is particularly relevant today.

Photo of Maggie on a shipMaggie has a Masters in Communication and Documentary Film from Stanford University. She began her career in San Francisco, working on a wide range of nonfiction programming for PBS, NBC, TBS, as well as on feature films for LucasFilm. She is a recipient of the prestigious Nicholls Screenwriting Fellowship, serves on the Board of CINE Golden Eagles, and is a voting member of the Academy of TV Arts and Sciences.

 

Accolades:

Pixie Gold Award, Animation, “The Greeks/Agamemnon to Alexander the Great” -Museum Exhibit Intro, 2016

Pixie Gold Award, Animation, “The Greeks/Agamemnon to Alexander the Great” -Museum Exhibit Zone 2- Lifestyle and Religion 2016

Pixie Platinum Award, Animation, “The Greeks/Agamemnon to Alexander the Great” -Museum Exhibit Zone 3- Heroes and Warriors 2016

Pixie Gold Award, Animation, “The Greeks/Agamemnon to Alexander the Great” -Museum Exhibit Zone 1- The Aegean Prelude 2016

Best International Shorts, Award of Excellence, “Roads of Arabia” 2015

Cindy Gold Award, “Roads of Arabia” -Museum Exhibition Film, 2015 

Cindy Special Achievement, “Roads of Arabia” Original Music Composition, 2015

Best International Shorts, Award of Excellence, Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archeology”, 2014

Cine Golden Eagle, Accolade Award of Excellence, “Roads of Arabia” – Exhibition Intro Film 2014

Cine Golden Eagle, Best International Short, “Roads of Arabia” – Exhibition Intro Film 2014

Annapolis Film Festival, Best Environmental Short Film, “Hawks in the City”2013

Newport Beach Film Festival, Best Short Documentary, “Afghan Gold” 2009

Cine Golden Eagle, Historical Broadcast Film, “Afghanistan Hidden Treasures”2008

Cine Golden Eagle, Exhibit Films, “Afghanistan Hidden Treasures” 2008

Cine Golden Eagle, Exhibit Films, Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship” 2007

Cine Special Jury Award, Exhibit Films, “Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship” 2007

 

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ServicesPhoto of Maggie at the Emmy Awards
Blue Bear Films offers content development and production services for broadcast, exhibits, and new media. Its clients include National Geographic, Discovery Communications, Arts and Exhibitions International, conservation organizations, foundations, and others. We are a full service company, tailoring each production to fit your specific needs.Photo of Maggie directing a poolside scene
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