John Rubin is an executive producer at HHMI Tangled Bank Studios, where he develops and oversees a slate of documentary productions. Rubin, who has won a Peabody and three Emmys, turned to documentaries after completing his doctorate in cognitive science at MIT. He has produced, written and directed films for the flagship PBS series “Nature,” “American Experience,” and “NOVA.” His films often explore the intersection of natural history and science.
At HHMI Tangled Bank Studios, Rubin executive-produced “The Farthest – Voyager in Space,” a feature documentary that was a selection of the Tribeca Film Festival and reached more than nine million viewers during its two PBS broadcasts and streaming windows. Rubin executive-produced “The Gene Doctors,” detailing the fight against genetic diseases with stories about families persevering and doctor–scientists offering real hope through new breakthroughs in science. He also supervised “I Contain Multitudes,” a digital series of shorts about the microbiome—the array of microbes that forms a remarkable partnership with multicellular creatures, including ourselves. The series, based on Ed Yong’s book by the same title, is featured on The Atlantic’s website and PBS Digital Studios’ YouTube channel. Before joining HHMI Tangled Bank Studios, Rubin headed Rubin Tarrant Productions and later founded John Rubin Productions. He worked as producer and head writer on the acclaimed 2005 PBS environmental series “National Geographic’s Strange Days on Planet Earth,” presented by Edward Norton.