Free To Choose Network | About

Free To Choose Network is a global entertainment and distribution organization focused on creating compelling documentaries that stimulate thought and cultivate conversations. Our award-winning productions offer fresh perspectives on important issues; they are real stories about real people. Equally important to our productions is our commitment to educating children and opening their minds to a world of possibilities. Through our educational initiative,®, we produce and distribute video-centric educational teaching units that encourage thoughtful consideration and critical thinking. By way of powerful storytelling, Free To Choose Network inspires curiosity, elicits emotion, and opens the door for real conversations about issues that affect all of humanity.

Free To Choose Network is a global media 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Our mission is to use accessible and entertaining media to build popular support for personal, economic, and political freedom thus advancing human well-being.


In 1977, former public television executive Bob Chitester and Nobel laureate winning economist Milton Friedman and his wife, Rose, began collaborating on a film project which became Free To Choose, an award-winning PBS television series and an international best-selling book based on the series, with sales in the millions. On the heels of that success, Chitester founded Free To Choose Network in order to continue creating documentaries for public television which offer a fresh perspective on a range of important global and national issues. More than 30 years and 500+ projects later, FTCN continues to bring thought-provoking and entertaining productions to public television audiences.


Bob Chitester
Founder & Chairman

Robert Chatfield
President & CEO

Tara L. Schupp
Chief Operating Officer

Cindee L. Behrendt
Vice President of Administration

Thomas Skinner
Senior Executive Producer

Pagona Manologlou
Vice President of Marketing

Jeff Kelman
Vice President of Development

Dean Graziano
Vice President of Education

Susan Gable
Director of Education

Amanda Pierson
Executive Assistant and Foundation Liaison
James J. Bochnowski
General Partner
Menlo Park, California
Robert Chatfield
President & CEO
Cape Elizabeth, Maine
Robert J. Chitester
Founder and Chairman
Media Executive
Erie, Pennsylvania
Preston Cody
Managing Consultant, Wood Mackenzie
Houston, Texas
Maryjo Cohen
President and CEO
National Presto Industries, Inc.

Eau Claire, Wisconsin
David Jorgensen
Portola Valley, California
Wes Kemp
Executive in Residence
University of Arkansas

Fayetteville, Arkansas
Stephanie Giovanetti Lips
Philanthropic Advisor
Donors Trust Inc.
Alexandria, Virginia
Thomas Martin
Glenview, Illinois
Ronald H. Muhlenkamp
Investment Management
Wexford, Pennsylvania
Wayne Olson
Senior Advisor
Foundation for Economic Education

Atlanta, Georgia
Chris J. Rufer
Vice Chairman
The Morning Star Company
Los Banos, California
Brian Singer, CFA
Head, Global Macro Strategies
William Blair and Company

Glencoe, Illinois
Andy Walters
Manager, National Industrial Supply Company
San Marino, California

Free To Choose Network has acquired many awards and accolades through its various projects over the years.