National Emmy Award winning Producer/Director Larry Lancit has over 40 years experience in the media business. Lancit is the founder of Lancit Media Entertainment in 1979, a successful independent production company in New York City for over 20 years during which he served as the President and COO.
Lancit Media was best known for creating and producing READING RAINBOW, winner of 16 National Daytime EMMY Awards over an 18 year period, including 7 Emmys for Best Children’s Series, and Larry Lancit’s own recognition for Best Director. Lancit Media was also responsible for other notable network series, including The PUZZLE PLACE (PBS), OUTWARD BOUND (DISCOVERY), RAMONA (based on the best selling books by Beverly Cleary), THE SADDLE CLUB and THE ZACK FILES (Fox Family). Lancit’s work has been recognized by over 200 broadcast awards including numerous EMMIES, A Peabody Award, Hugo, Prix Jeunesse International, numerous Monitor Awards and many Cine Golden Eagles.
Today, Larry and his partner Cecily Lancit own and operate Lancit Digital Media in Naples, Florida. LDM specializes in multi-platform production of video for the Broadcast, Corporate and Social Media markets. Additionally, LDM owns and operates the Paradise Coast TV Visitor Channel, seen in 30 hotels in SW Florida reaching over 4500 guest rooms. PCTV is a dedicated channel in the hotels helping visitors decide ‘Where to Go, What to Do, and Where to Dine’ on Florida’s Paradise Coast.
Lancit also has a focused expertise in producing video for non-profit organizations. Lancit clients in this area include HAZELDEN BETTY FORD; NAPLES CHILDREN AND EDUCATION FOUNDATION; BOYS AND GIRLS CLUBS OF COLLIER COUNTY; FOUNDATION FOR THE DEVELOPMENTALLY DISABLED; THE GLAUCOMA FOUNDATION (NEW YORK); NEW ALTERNATIVES FOR CHILDREN (NEW YORK); BOOKS FOR COLLIER KIDS; NAPLES BOTANICAL GARDENS “COLLIER GREENS” PROJECT; COLLIER COUNTY CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU; and GULFSHORE PLAYHOUSE.
Larry Lancit was born in Newark, New Jersey, and attended the University of Florida in Gainesville. He has a Bachelors Degree in Journalism and Communications. Lancit served on the University of Florida College of Journalism and Telecommunications Advisory Board from 1997-2000, and was made an Alumnus of Distinction in 1992.