1895 Films is a Peabody Award and Emmy Winning production company based in Los Angeles, California.  Headed by journalist-turned-filmmaker Tom Jennings, 1895 Films specializes in creating and producing high quality documentary programming for most of the major television cable networks.  The company’s films feature dynamic storytelling on topics ranging from politics and religion to history, crime, sports, mystery and travel. 1895 has produced documentary films around the globe, from major world capitals to some of the most remote places on earth – always looking for new ways to tell stories that are both informative and entertaining.


Tom Jennings is a Peabody and Emmy award-winning documentary filmmaker and journalist. He has written, produced and directed more than 400 hours of programming on topics including politics, religion, history, crime, sports, mystery and travel. He has produced films all around the globe, always looking for new ways to tell stories that are informative and entertaining. Jennings’ award-nominated and winning body of work includes Smithsonian Channel’s MLK: The Assassination Tapes (George Foster Peabody Award); National Geographic’s Challenger Disaster: Lost Tapes (Emmy Award winner and Royal Television Society nominee) and National Geographic’s The Lost JFK Tapes (Emmy Award nominee). Tom’s company, 1895 Films, is currently producing Smithsonian Channel’s award-winning series The Lost Tapes. He is also producing a new series for National Geographic titled In Their Own Words – a spin-off from his company’s highly successful profile of Princess Diana, called Diana: In Her Own Words.  Tom also produced a special for National Geographic titled Apollo: Missions to the Moon, which aired in July 2019 to mark the 50th anniversary of NASA’s historic moon landing. Tom started his career as a print journalist, writing for publications including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and Associated Press.  In 1994, he was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in journalism for investigative reporting. In 2019, Tom was the recipient of The William Taylor Award from his alma mater, Kent State University.  The prestigious award is given each year to an outstanding alumni of KSU’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication.