While working as a journalist for Associated Press, Reuters and Agence France Presse, Charles was also moonlighting as an award-winning music video producer and editor, creating signature videos for artists such as Nelly, Sum 41, and Alien Ant Farm. He then brought both those streams together "for real" as he fully moved into television and film as a writer / producer / editor in the early 2000s, developing his unique writing into documentaries that combined his visual artistry, his narrative chops and journalistic sharpness. Thoses film went on to win Emmys and Peabodies, as well as taking top prizes or being nominated at the Sundance Film Festival, the Berlin Film Festival, the Tribeca Film Festival, and many more. He is also an accomplished screenwriter and has partnered with HBO, Netflix, MTV, PBS, MRC, and Amazon to name just a few.
He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.
• While in film school at NYU, Charles was awarded the school's top prize, a Wasserman Craft Award for both writing and editing. He also won Arista's Clive Davis award for his film scores and music composition.
• His film "Deadline" was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.
• His work in the television series, "10 Days that Unexpectedly Changed America" won an Emmy.
• He won an Emmy again for the film "Brooklyn Dodgers: The Ghosts of Flatbush."
• His film "Magic & Bird: A Courtship of Rivals" earned a George Foster Peabody award. It was also nominated for an Emmy.
• Most recently, his film "The Redeem Team" won an Emmy for best long form documentary and Charles was nominated for an Emmy for his editing of the film.
Charles's work has been called exhilarating, inspiring, electric and intoxicating. Whatever the subject matter, whenever the time period, what is apparent in every piece he crafts is his detailed attention to heart and emotion. His passionate sculpting of human story grips viewers from beginning to end.