Yao has won awards for both hour-long broadcast documentaries and shorter, snappier web videos.

Wynette Yao is an award-winning filmmaker who has produced, directed and written films on subjects as wide-ranging as Egypt, bees and bog mummies. She relishes image-making and storytelling that brings alive the human experience behind history, science, or modern life. 

In the past year, Yao has turned to the web to make videos for companies and organizations that want to add the human touch to their websites.  Adding the skills of shooting and editing, she has used video to make an impact by profiling the head of a successful gymnastics organization and producing a PSA for the Redford Center about water conservation. 

Previously, Yao worked as a web producer/editor for Conservation International, expanding into new platforms such as websites, social media and e-bulletins. She edited or wrote articles on issues like climate change, plastic pollution, and the value of the ocean. The special she produced for Conservation International won best in its category at the Blue Ocean Film Festival.

Her recent broadcast work includes "Modern Marvels" for the History Channel, and multiple shows for Discovery ID and Discovery Health for Sirens Media. In 2009, her documentary for the National Geographic Channel, “The Mystery of the Mummy Murders,” won a 2009 Telly Award.

Yao is currently in development on “E-Snaps,” a series of shorts that focus on the environment. Her first “E-Snap” won a 2009 Telly Award for Educational Short.

In 2004, Yao received numerous awards for “Who Betrayed Anne Frank?” including a Gold Remi Award from the Worldfest Houston Film Festival and a Cine Golden Eagle. 

Yao received a national Emmy nomination for “All Quiet on the Western Front" in 1998. Yao’s other award-winning films include “Understanding Fat,” on the science of weight, and “Angels of Mercy,” a profile of three oncology nurses and their patients. 

From 1993-1998, Yao was Director of Coproduction for National Geographic Television. She developed stories that kept alive the Geographic identity, and supervised their filming and editing.

With over two decades of experience, Yao knows the production process inside-out. Her expertise and comfort level help her to work efficiently, economically and with a deft touch.

Web Clients

National Geographic Channel, Dynamite Gymnastics, Blue Tang Inn, Beth Singer Design.

Broadcast Clients

Discovery Channel, Discovery Health Channel, Discovery ID, National Geographic Channel, Smithsonian Channel, History Channel, Sirens Media, Half Yard Productions, Conservation International.


Nominated for an National Emmy for "All Quiet on the Western Front"

Gold Remi Award at Worldfest Houston Film Festival for "Who Betrayed Anne Frank?"

Winner in "Innovations and Solutions," Blue Ocean Film Festival, for "Oceans at the Tipping Point"

Telly Award for National Geographic documentary"The Mystery of the Bog Mummies"

Telly Award for Educational Short, "E-Snaps: Plastic Bags"

Clarion Award for Discovery Channel's "Under-standing Fat"

Communicator Award for On-line Education for "My Water, Your Water"