Executive Producer

Bob Chitester is founder and president of Free To Choose Network and its production and educational initiatives Free To Choose Media and  With more than 40 years of experience creating programs and series for public television and as former president of the Erie public television station WQLN, Bob Chitester continues to be creatively involved in the creation of programs and series for Free To Choose Media and

In partnership with his colleague Tom Skinner (senior executive producer at Free To Choose Media) Bob has served as executive producer for The Power of Choice: the Life and Ideas of Milton Friedman (on PBS), The Ultimate Resource (American Public Television), The Power of the Poor (PBS), Globalization at the Crossroads with Hernando de Soto, and Turmoil and Triumph: The George Shultz Years, a three-part documentary series for PBS, Free or Equal, Testing Milton Friedman, Economic Freedom in Action: Changing Lives, Unlikely Heroes of the Arab Spring, Walter Williams: Suffer No Fools, Power to the People and India Awakes.

In 1980 Bob Chitester brought Milton Friedman to public television and was responsible as executive producer for Friedman’s landmark PBS series Free To Choose and the best-selling book that emanated from the series. 

Bob Chitester holds BA and MA degrees from The University of Michigan and has received an honorary Doctor of Literature degree from Allegheny College.

On the personal level, he pursues physical fitness (running, biking, weight training), indulges in wood and clay sculpture, reads poetry publicly, hunts once a year with his son and grandsons and enjoys sing along with his family, when he is not flying about in airplanes as part of his responsibilities at Free To Choose Network.  Bob and his wife, Carol, have 4 children and 8 grandchildren, one of whom they raised from age 3 months.

Executive Producer

Tom Skinner is executive producer of all Free To Choose Media productions.

Tom is an award-winning television and film executive producer, most notably of the National Geographic specials and Planet Earth. He is an experienced innovator and administrator with a solid academic background, and extensive national and international production credentials in public and commercial television.

From 1970 through 1993, Tom Skinner served as vice-president, executive vice-president, and chief operating officer of QED Communications, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 1993, he left to pursue opportunities in independent production for A&E, Discovery and Turner Broadcasting. From 1994 through 1999, he was vice president for programming at Resolution Productions.

Prior to his tenure at QED Communications, Tom was assistant manager at WITF-TV in Hershey, Pennsylvania and associate professor of Radio and Television and executive producer at San Diego State University. He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards including: four national Emmy Awards, three George Foster Peabody Awards, and a Columbia/DuPont Award; and was director of the Academy Award-winning film Journey Into Self.

Tom holds a BA degree in Speech and Education from the State University of New York, Fredonia; an MA in Communications from the University of Michigan, and a Ph.D. in Communications and Theatre from The University of Michigan.

Tom is married to Marlis Mann of Leland, Michigan; he has 3 children and 7 grandchildren.


Tony is an award-winning multi-media artist who has worked as a potter, performance artist, essayist, and independent producer of television documentaries for the public broadcasting service (PBS). He is the founder and president of Machi & Machi Communications, Inc. in Rochester, New York. In addition to his documentaries in the areas of the arts and public affairs, he also produces field pieces for numerous news and cable networks, commercials, industrial productions and educational videos for non-profit organizations.

With Wildwood Creative Enterprises he published the children’s storybook I Wish I Could Fly Like A Bird! based on Chic L. Dee a character that Tony created. Chic is an 11-year-old Black-capped Chickadee who, because of his learning disabilities, doesn’t fly. He is also the author of In Case of Laughter, Break Glass: The Recession Essays.

Tony’s last documentary, Albert Paley: In Search of the Sentinel won a New York Emmy and his third CINE Golden Eagle Award. Narrated by Jane Alexander, Sentinel chronicles many of Paley’s iconic, large scale, site-specific metal sculptures. Tony is currently developing a documentary biography on sculptor, designer and educator Wendell Castle, the father of the art furniture movement in America.

Tony has four children, and in his spare time enjoys touring with them on their Harley-Davidson motorcycles.

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