James Forsher is a retired Associate Professor in Communication, having taught at California State University, East Bay, Seattle University, Temple University and Florida State University. He has served as a Fulbright Specialist and guest professor at Klagenfurt University in 2015 and the University of Vienna in 2018. His background is a blend of an interest in American cultural institutions and communication studies, which he has examined both in written works and as a television producer.
His television programs include the twenty-six part HOLLYWOOD CHRONICLES for the Discovery Channel (1990), the eight-part CHANGING CULTURE OF THE WORKPLACE (1995), THE HOLLYWOOD CENSORSHIP WARS for the Arts & Entertainment Network (1994), LOST WARRIORS for PBS (1998) and the thirteen part THE 1960’s for Encore! Feature length specials include HOLLYWOOD UNCENSORED and HOLLYWOOD GHOST STORIES (which have aired on such systems as Cinemax and The Movie Channel). He recently developed and narrated the ORF/Langbein production of ELVIS UND DAS MADSCHEN AUS WIEN (2017) which aired throughout Europe, Australia and Israel.
Dr.Forsher wrote THE COMMUNITY OF CINEMA: HOW CINEMA AND SPECTACLE TRANSFORMED THE AMERICAN DOWNTOWN (Praeger, 2002). Michael Wiese Productions is releasing his most recent text, STOCK FOOTAGE AND EVERYTHING ELSE UNDER THE SUN in January, 2019.
He has served as a consultant for a number of organizations, including ABC News, PBS Marketplace. He also was a producer of visual content for Pearson and Allyn & Bacon Publishers.
One tremendous resource of James Forsher is his in-house archive that has over 5000 elements. For nearly 30 years the archive has been a resource for hundreds of documentaries, rock videos and television commercial producers. The archive is rich in Americana and entertainment related footage that spans the era before the turn of the century through the 1990’s.
Dr. Forsher received his PhD in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Southern California with an emphasis in community studies and information technologies