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Vulcan Productions has closed its doors.

Twenty-three years ago, Vulcan Productions was started with the idea that storytelling can drive real impact. We’ve been nominated for Academy Awards, won Emmys, and screened content for world leaders. Our films both entertained and activated audiences, educating us all about some of the world’s most pressing issues. It’s been an incredible storytelling journey, and while that journey is coming to an end, filmmakers around the world continue to empower audiences to take action and help make the world a better place.

Thank you to all of our partners.

It’s been an incredible storytelling journey, and while that journey is coming to an end, filmmakers around the world continue to empower audiences to take action and help make the world a better place. We encourage you to follow their work and learn more.


If you have questions regarding the status of past and current projects, please contact [email protected]

Stories + Action = Impact

Founded by the late Paul G. Allen and Jody Allen, Vulcan Productions created content across all platforms, with a focus on inspiring change with lasting impact. The team’s award-winning and critically-acclaimed projects include Ghost Fleet, X-Ray Fashion, The Cold Blue, The Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress – The Restoration, Ballet Now, Going to War, USS Indianapolis: Live from the Deep, STEP, The Ivory Game, Unseen Enemy, Racing Extinction, News & Documentary Emmy Nominee Naledi: A Baby Elephant's Tale, News & Documentary Emmy winner and Academy Award®-nominated Body Team 12, Mind of a Giant, We the Economy, We the Voters, Ocean Warriors, #ISurvivedEbola, and Girl Rising. In February 2021, Vulcan Productions closed its doors. If you have questions regarding the status of past or current projects, please contact [email protected] for more information.

  • Great storytelling about the real issues of our time
  • Innovative, large-scale campaigns that turn action into impact
  • Meaningful engagement with audiences to drive change

Meaningful Change

Massive Problems - Extraordinary Solutions

At Vulcan we’re committed to solving some of the most difficult problems the world has ever faced. These are complex issues beyond the ability of most of us to fully comprehend. Climate change, ocean health, animal extinction, human equality - massive problems that demand extraordinary solutions.

Beyond the screen, Vulcan is working to tackle our planet's hard problems by exploring innovative ideas and implementing creative solutions. Driven by the late Paul Allen's desire to make a measurable impact, Vulcan’s philanthropic efforts are tethered to a simple principle: if it has the potential to do good, then we should do it.

Explore the five core problems that Vulcan is engaged in solving, and dig into our film genres that make them accessible and understandable. Together we expose the problems with unsurpassed storytelling and find real-world solutions that everyone can be a part of.

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Through a science-led, data-driven approach, Vulcan provides knowledge about our planet's most imperiled and iconic species. Vulcan jump-starts initiatives to alleviate threats and help secure adequate and healthy habitats. They also use technological developments and storytelling capabilities to drive philanthropic interests, address the current threat of wildlife trafficking, and collect data that will inform long-term strategies to protect endangered species. The Vulcan Productions feature-documentary Racing Extinction supports these efforts with never-before-seen images that transform the way viewers see the planet, and a significant public campaign that gives movie-goers the necessary tools to protect endangered wildlife.


Vulcan supports smart solutions for the management, conservation and protection of terrestrial and marine life and their ecosystems. How? Through a variety of measures that include the collection of foundational data; investigative tools; the monitoring of ecosystems; and the sponsoring of voter’s initiatives like Save Animals Facing Extinction (I-1401). Vulcan Productions’ feature documentary Racing Extinction and its global campaign exposes the hidden world of extinction with never-before-seen images that will not just change the way viewers see the planet—it will inspire them to take action to protect it.

Ocean Health

Ocean health is essential to the health of both human communities and wildlife populations. Our oceans are under threat from climate change as well as a range of unsustainable practices that could lead to the collapse of ecosystems and loss of marine species in the very near future. Vulcan is working to improve scientific understanding of ocean health across a wide range of issues. Through films such as Racing Extinction and its social action campaign, Vulcan Productions introduces audiences to the effects of climate change, the harsh reality of illegal poaching, and their combined effects on oceans and key marine species.

Climate Change

Our climate is on an unsustainable path—Vulcan is acting now to change its dangerous trajectory. The projects and programs that Vulcan supports seek to better understand, adapt to, and most importantly, reduce society’s impact on the climate. The researchers and organizations that we work with are focused on providing solutions, tools, policies and incentives to enable people, species and ecosystems to continue to thrive on a verdant and habitable planet. Through films such as Racing Extinction, Strange Days on Planet Earth and Pandora’s Promise, Vulcan Productions uses storytelling and outreach initiatives to help audiences understand the effects of climate change, spark a dialogue about the solutions, and bring about lasting change.

Ebola Program

Vulcan’s Ebola Program is the only one of its kind solely focused on stopping the West Africa Ebola outbreak. Paul G. Allen is the largest private donor, committing at least $100 million to support innovative and impactful solutions. His pledge has funded a diverse set of projects in areas where donations drive truly effective results. Since July 2014, Vulcan teams have been working with government agencies and aid organizations to address the most urgent needs in the fight against Ebola. Want to see progress in action? Watch Vulcan Production’s critically acclaimed film Body Team Twelve and explore the global campaign #ISurvivedEbola.

Storytelling solutions

Wildlife & Conservation

We tell the stories that provide solutions and incentives that enable people, species and ecosystems to thrive on a verdant and habitable planet.

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Global Health

Whether we’re documenting the courageous efforts to fight Ebola or the prevention of pandemics, we act on the premise that were in it together.

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Science & Technology

From exploring the human brain, to clean energy solutions, to outer space - our stories document tech and science as tools for global change.

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Current Issues

From climate change, to economic downturns, to female empowerment, look for the most pressing issues on the planet, and we'll be there.

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History & Exploration

We seek out stories that play out at the bottom of the deep blue sea, at the fringes of outer space and even in the recesses of the human mind.

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Arts & Entertainment

Sometimes it's just about joy and wonder. These stories allow our experiences to foster empathy and ultimately broaden our sense of humanity.

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Impact First

Measuring Success

Vulcan is tackling our planet's most urgent, most difficult challenges. We will break through with innovative ideas, creative solutions – and measuring all we do. We don't just tell stories that expose valuable truths and activate audiences, we also learn from each project with advanced evaluation programs. Our strategies optimize in real time, and help inform the makeup of future projects.


Vulcan Productions partnered with the most resourceful and innovative groups. From the top NGOs to documentary filmmakers to government agencies, our partners created impact.

Action & Impact

Girl Rising



$5 million+ raised for girls' education programs and awareness efforts

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Peace Corps' Let Girls Learn Fund



$3 million U.S. AID grant for programmatic work in the DRC, India and Nigeria

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#62MillionGirls Yearbook



$1.7M in grassroots donations to the Girl Rising Fund

Meet the Team

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Ruth Johnston General Manager

Ruth Johnston is the General Manager of Vulcan Productions. She leads Vulcan Productions’ creative media projects across...

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Rocky Collins Director of Production

Rocky served as exec producer at Science Channel where he worked...

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Ted Richane Director of Impact and Engagement

Ted Richane has spent 15 years consulting on communications campaigns ...

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Photo of Matt Milios

Matt Milios Creative Director - Emerging Media

Matt Milios manages Vulcan Production's digital strategy ...

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Photo of Kim Nyhous

Kim Nyhous Senior Production Manager

Kim Nyhous joined Vulcan Productions in 2014 as Unit Production Manager ...

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David Wulzen Producer

David Wulzen has been working both personally and professionally in the film industry for over a decade...

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Aimee Link Producer

Aimee began her career as a sports and news editor for a live news network ...

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Photo of Paul G. Allen

Paul G. Allen Founder and Chairman

1953 - 2018

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