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Producer Profiles

Learn about the diverse group of creators who help make QPTV one of the world’s premier community media centers.


Oswald Williams

QPTV is proud to announce that QPTV Producer, Oswald Williams, has once again taken top honors in the 2023 Hometown Video Festival competition.

Oswald won in the category Best of Experimental Independent Producer for his program Asencion produced as an episode of My Block T.V. Mr. Williams and Gregory Roessler produced the program.

As a community producer, Mr. Williams writes about “ordinary characters dealing with real life. We all come from different circumstances but we can’t let those circumstances define us.”

Mr. Williams said that coming to QPTV was the best second phase of his life. The first phase was to receive validation for his creative vision and abilities, which he certainly has achieved.

Mr. Williams’ next project will deal with the subject of stereotypes.

Bircan Unver

Light Millennium TV

Prior to becoming a QPTV producer, Bircan was an Art Journalist and freelance Art Correspondent for several Turkish publications. As an independent Access Producer, Bircan has created many programs about art and culture including: 19th Century Women ComposersPeace: Reality or Utopian DreamContemporary Turkey and Max Ernst at MOMA. In 1998 Bircan won first prize in the Arts category of the Hometown Video Festival for her program entitled “Walls of the World”. In January 2000, Bircan created the series The Light Millennium TV. Ms. Unver has produced programs through Queens Public Television for 32 years. Bircan’s program, Our Groundwater : How Can We Work Together To Manage it Sustainably?took first place in two categories in 2023: Web Based Programs Independent Producer and  Virtual Events Independent Producer

Kelly Somersall

Kelly came to QPTV in 2018 as she was attending classes at Queens Borough Community College studying music production. She sought out the opportunity to become a QPTV Access Producer because she thought it would be the perfect marriage: music production and producing a television show. Kelly's "New York Talent Uncovered TV" show is conversation and performance based. Kelly gives a platform to talented individuals to share their artistic journey and to perform or display their art form.

Michael Allsop

Michael Allsop graduated from Fashion Institute of Technology with a Bachelors of Science in Advertising and Marketing Communications, piquing his interest in the production life cycle. Michael is a family man with a wife and four children living in Far Rockaway. His strong beliefs in family and the community has led him to focus on the issues humanity faces with climate change, resiliency and sustainability in our communities. His desire for ecological justice has inspired him to become a QPTV Producer and create a program to feature the voices in the fight for a better home planet for generations to come.

Lisa Baxter

Lisa Baxter is a Social Worker, an author, host and actress since childhood. Lisa spreads kidney awareness through her show and through her travels speaking as the CEO of Blessed Kidney Connections. Serving others is her passion: Lisa has a patient and widow hotline, volunteers at Jamaica Hospital Juvenile Justice, LiveOn NY and works at Rogosin Institute as a Health Ambassador. 

Joe McLaughlin

Joe McLaughlin produces experimental music & avant-garde TV programs, organizes underground music gigs across NYC and is a guitarist, synthesist and composer. He is the creator the weekly QPTV show "NYC Noise" along with "Count The Blood Cells", the experimental live music show, cablecast from the QPTV studio in Flushing. Joe is very interested in working with other producers to create some excellent underground TV. 

Pastor Samuel C. Morris

Pastor Samuel C Morris Sr. started his spiritual journey in 1973 at the New Greater Bethel Ministries in Cambria Heights under the tutelage of the late Apostle John H Boyd Sr. He was ordained an Elder By the Church Of Our Lord Jesus Christ of The Apostolic Faith in 1985 by the Late Apostle William Bonner. He has taught many years at The Tehillah School of Urban Ministry in Jamaica under Drs. Caesar Cabiness and Margie Reed. He is currently Associate Minister & Men's Department Chair at The Sanctuary Church in Elmont under Pastor Omar Jolly. He has produced the The Oasis, a Bible teaching program, on QPTV for several years.

Mel Berkowitz

A QPTV Certified Access Producer since 1995, Mel Berkowitz' shows are diverse: topics and features include science presentations, off-off Broadway shows, rock music productions, senior citizens, music groups, monologues, interviews with lawyers, politicians and professors.

Mel's had a long career in science and education: he worked as a biochemist research assistant from 1960-1981, high school science teacher from 1981-2004, an assistant professor in Biology at four different colleges as well as an adjunct professor at St. Johns University. He also worked part-time for the CBS Evening News.


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