Who We Are
Renée McKay and Joani Livingston have received numerous awards for their production work. EMMY® award-winning producers and directors with 40 years combined experience in film and live broadcast production, their credit list is long and varied – from commercials to corporate videos to music videos; documentaries to entertainment programs to national live events.
McKay leads the logistical aspects of Livingston+McKay productions. Proven adept at coordinating multiple production schedules and budgets, location scouting, and large crews, her artistic skills also come into play when conceiving and executing a production. Keeping a realistic eye on the production money has endeared her to fellow producers and funders alike. Her finesse in putting out fires and problem solving on the spot has kept many a production running smoothly.
Livingston leads the technical aspects of their productions. Proficient in creative execution in all stages of production, she has been on the forefront of technology creating content in High Definition (since 1998) and now Ultra HD (since 2013.) Livingston has created national content for PBS for over 18 years and served thirteen of those years on the NETA Production Council of PBS stations. In a national competition honoring the best of public media productions, she's received the following NETA awards: Best Documentary Program, Best Information Program, and the rarely given "Best of the Best" Program Production.
Livingston+McKay LLC is known for creative excellence in storytelling. Both Livingston and McKay are driven by a passion to communicate well-crafted stories which inspire and connect with a broad worldwide audience. They have an unshakeable belief in the power great stories wield to shine a light on tough subjects, to raise awareness about the world and human condition, and to promote changes for the better. Recently, they were chosen to lead as Executives In Charge of Production on a personal project for former President Jimmy Carter – a live-by-satellite broadcast event to multiple remote venues in major metropolitan areas, encouraging cross-cultural engagement in social justice issues.
McKay and Livingston are both active members in their regional chapters (Southeast and Lone Star, respectively) of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS,) and are frequent speakers at national conferences and university campuses on the power of great stories to effect change for good.