Filmmaker, Former History Channel Exec Comes to Campus

BUFFALO, NY ― Charlie Maday ’67, former senior vice president, military programming and public affairs for The History Channel, will speak on Tuesday, April 16 at 7:00 p.m. in the Marie Maday Theatre in Lyons Hall.  Maday’s talk, entitled “Making History: Behind the Scenes at the History Channel,” is free and open to the public.         

Maday will discuss traditional documentary production vs. narrative filmmaking/docudrama, how the television business works and how ideas get pitched, the impact of reality shows on The History Channel, and changes in the cable television landscape. He will also offer advice to student filmmakers and media producers who dream of making movies.

A veteran of documentary programming and production, Maday is principal in the consulting firm C. Maday & Associates based in New York City. Previously he was senior vice president, military programming and public affairs, for The History Channel, and was the executive in charge of program development and strategy for seven years. Under Maday, The History Channel received numerous awards, including Primetime Emmy, Emmy News & Documentary, and Peabody Awards.  Prior to The History Channel, he had been with A&E Television Networks since 1987, where he supervised a wide variety of documentary projects including a number of award-winning international co-productions.

Maday holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and economics from Canisius College, a master’s degree in public administration from The Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in speech, television and film from Northwestern University.

The award-winning Canisius College Video Institute provides students with opportunities to put their classroom lessons to work on projects that enrich their learning and benefit the greater community.  Students produce social documentaries and service-oriented videos – all connected by the theme of social justice – to promote discourse on ethical, social and cultural issues relevant to the world today.  The Video Institute is co-directed by Barbara J. Irwin, PhD, professor and chair of communication studies, and Jamie O’Neil, associate professor of digital media arts and director of the Digital Media Arts Program. 

For additional information about the event, contact Irwin at (716) 888-2108 or send an e-mail to

Canisius is one of 28 Jesuit universities in the nation and the premier private university in Western New York.