Bill W.: The Creative Force Behind Alcoholics Anonymous

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Bill W.: The Creative Force Behind Alcoholics Anonymous was named the winner of a 2016 Golden Mike Award in the category of Best Documentary (Division B), a 2017 Bronze Telly Award in the category of TV Biography Programming, and a 2017 Los Angeles area Emmy Award in the category of Culture/History Programming.

Bill W.: The Creative Force Behind Alcoholics Anonymous tells the story of William G. Wilson, co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, a man included in TIME Magazine's "Time 100: The Most Important People of the Century." Interviews, recreations, and rare archival material reveal how Bill Wilson, a hopeless drunk near death from his alcoholism, found a way out of his own addiction and then forged a path for countless others to follow.

With Bill as its driving force, A.A. grew from a handful of men to a worldwide fellowship of over 2 million men and women – a success that made him an icon within A.A., but also an alcoholic unable to be a member of the very society he had created. A reluctant hero, Bill Wilson lived a life of sacrifice and service, and left a legacy that continues every day, all around the world.

Bill W.: The Creative Force Behind Alcoholics Anonymous is co-produced by PBS SoCal and Page 124 Productions, LLC. Produced and Directed by Kevin Hanlon and Dan Carracino, Executive Producer Brenda Brkusic, Associate Producer Michelle Merker.

For PBS SoCal

  • President & CEO: Andrew Russell
  • Station Manager: Ed Miskevich
  • Executive Producer of Program Development & National Productions: Brenda Brkusic
  • Program Development Coordinator: Michelle Merker