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John Bredar produced his first film for National Geographic Television and Film in 1989. Most recently, he has served as executive producer and co-writer of National Geographic Channel's upcoming special The Gospel of Judas, premiering Sunday, April 9, 2006. Bredar traveled the globe working closely with a dream team of biblical scholars and scientists, tracing the incredible story of what has happened to the Gospel since it was found, the recent authentication process and analysis, and key insight gleaned from its laborious translation and interpretation. Under Bredar's guidance, The Gospel of Judas presents a lost version of the last days of Jesus, using dramatic recreations to portray and clarify the complex story of intrigue and politics of the earliest days of Christianity and to portray the contents of the Gospel itself.

Since joining NGT&F, Bredar has produced more than 20 additional films exploring topics from cockroaches and black widow spiders to sumo wrestlers and combat cameramen. In 2005 he received the Emmy award for Best Director for the National Geographic special, Field of Honor, an unprecedented and poignant look at the inner workings and history of Arlington National Cemetery. He is also producer/director/writer of National Geographic's Inside the White House, a rare look at the people and history behind the most famous house in the world. Inside the White House, was the highest-rated PBS program for the 1996-97 season. As part of the Inside series, which he created, he also wrote, directed and produced, Inside the Vatican, for which he lived outside the Vatican walls for three months to film, and which takes viewers beyond those walls to show the history and modern-day life inside the world's smallest sovereign nation and seat of the Roman Catholic Church.

Bredar began as a radio and print reporter and eventually moved into filmmaking. Though he has produced five films on natural history topics, most of his work has focused on people. His films reflect a keen eye for detail as they explore how people carry on the sometimes tricky business of life whether they be saddle makers, White House plumbers or marine archaeologists. National Geographic Television has provided him the perfect platform for his often quirky films. Through them, he won his first Emmy Award for Combat Cameramen of World War II, the CableACE Award, two Columbus International Festival's Chris Awards, the Houston International Filmfest Gold Award, and most recently in 2006, the New York Film Festival's Gold Medal for the National Geographic Channel production, Inside the Secret Service, which he executive produced and co-wrote.

Originally from Colorado, he holds an undergraduate degree from Northwestern University in radio/TV/film and U.S. history. He has a master's degree in U.S. diplomatic history from Johns Hopkins University's Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.