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Director - Development and Production

Susy Garciasalas Barkley joined the Birman Productions development and production teams in 2015.

Barkley recently completed Breakthrough: Earliest Americans for CuriosityStream, a documentary about a controversial discovery in Southern California that challenges pre-existing theories about human migration into North America.  She also produced Hunting Dark Matter, a documentary for CuriositySteam about a new technological advancement.  She was also associate producer and assistant editor on Sentencing Children, a series about juvenile sentencing reform in Tennessee. 

She is also developing a slate of documentary and docu-series projects.

Prior to joining Birman Productions, she was an associate producer on CNN’s Declassified: Untold Stories of American Spies, and PBS’ award-winning documentaries Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle and On Two Fronts: Latinos & Vietnam.  Before making the jump to producing, she worked as a researcher for more than 10 years.  

Barkley began her career in the world of academia before finding her passion for television production.  She has dual bachelor's degrees in visual anthropology and broadcast journalism from the University of Southern California.  


Barkley is a national active member of the Television Academy in the documentary peer group.

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