Executive Producer Johnnie Burrell

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Johnnie Burrell is an independent internet television producer in San Francisco, California.

From 2007 to 2010, he hosted Johnnie Burrell Presents, which aired twice a month on cable television stations Channel 29 in San Francisco, California (now BAVC-Bay Area Video Coalition) and the Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN) in New York.

Johnnie's previous show was titled Enterviews and sought to expose San Francisco viewers to a wide variety of cultures and viewpoints. He has also produced films of numerous public and private events for a variety of clients.

Johnnie has 30-plus years of experience practicing and teaching martial arts, self-protection, and self-defense. He won a Gold Medal at the Pan American Karate Championships in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, as a member of the United States Karate 'A' Team. These experiences led him to develop the concept of Selfprotectiontaishe, which he teaches in seminars and on a DVD that he filmed and produced. To learn more, please visit his Selfprotectiontaishe website.

Johnnie is a long-time member of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA). You can see him on both the big and the small screen. He had a prominent role in Ralph Ellison's King of The Bingo Game (PBS).

He played James Caan's karate teacher in the feature film The Killer Elite, also starring Robert Duvall and directed by Sam Peckinpah. Film producer Tiana Alexandra (Thi Thanh Nga) played the part of James Caan's wife in the film. She's pictured here on the set with Johnnie. Her husband, screenwriter and producer Stirling Silliphant, wrote the screenplay for the film, in addition to screenplays for such Hollywood blockbuster films and television series as In the Heat of the Night, Route 66, Towering Inferno, The Poseidon Adventure, Naked City, Longstreet, and many others. Tiana was Bruce Lee's first and only female student. Stirling was also a student.

Johnnie's other activities include volunteering for the nonprofit Access Adventure, which provides wilderness and open space access for people with disabilities using innovative, wheelchair-accessible horsedrawn carriages.

Last but not least, Johnnie is also an accomplished disk-jockey and party-planner whose corporate and other clients have included People Magazine, American Express, Yahoo, Intel, KCBS radio (San Francisco), the international touring company of A Chorus Line, Stanford University, the Screen Actors Guild, Sun Microsystems, Pepsi-Cola, Prudential-Bache Securities, Genentech, San Francisco's historic John's Grill (home of the Maltese Falcon), Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati, Standard Oil, Macy's, Goodby Silverstein & Partners, Sheraton Hotel Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco, General Electric, Autodesk, CBS5 San Francisco, and more. Click to read letters of appreciation from the Chorus Line touring company and People magazine.

The link that draws together all these paths he has taken is his passion for teaching self-empowerment and making connections between people and cultures.