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Early Life Edit
Newsom was born in North Caldwell, New Jersey to a mother who managed an employment agency and an investor father. Newsom has a degree in film production from Ithaca College. He has worked in the past as a band singer, alternative newspaper editor, writer, waiter, delivery man, blasting worker, beer bottler, fence installer, dish washer, and in film production as well as set construction.
In 2005, Newsom began producing movies, starting with his first short film Mother, written and directed by Sian Heder.
In April 2006, Mother won the Grand Jury Award for Best Narrative Short at the Florida Film Festival, a victory which automatically qualified the film for a potential Academy Award nomination. Mother was also selected for the May 2006 Cinefondation Competition of theCannes Film Festival, where it won third place in a field of 18 films from around the globe. The film was then selected for many other festivals, including the prestigious Seattle International Film Festival, where it received the "2006 Short Film: Narrative Special Jury Prize". "Mother" continues to play globally and recently took the Grand Jury Award-Narrative Shorts at the Oxford Film Festival.
In early 2007, Newsom and Heder partnered with The Mark Gordon Company and are in pre-production on the feature film, Tallulah.
Newsom also produced Open Your Eyes for director Susan Cohen in the summer of 2007. Cohen, a recipient of a 2007 AFI Directing Workshop for Women grant, wrote OYE as a tribute to the women she had known who battled and lived with cancer. In May, 2008, "Open Your Eyes" was awarded the AFI "Jean Picker Firstenburg Award of Excellence".
In recent years, Newsom has been busy producing adventure/reality television for such networks as: Discovery Channel, Nat Geo and History.
From 2010-2011, he was a field producer, cameraman and story producer for Season Seven of Discovery's Deadliest Catch.
In fall of 2011, he was a field producer/cameraman for Seasons Two and Three of Nat Geo's Wild Justice.
In January 2012, he teamed up with Undertow Films and began as senior producer on a new series for the History Channel, about the largest study of sharks ever conducted off the coast of South Africa.
Personal Life Edit
Newsom lives in Los Angeles with his wife, writer/director Sian Heder.
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