Leon Geršković is the director of video and digital media productions at NIST.
At NIST, Leon is able to merge his love for science and passion for storytelling through filmmaking, resulting in he and his group earning multiple Emmy and other video awards. He focuses on telling compelling stories featuring scientists and their exciting new discoveries. During his long career at NIST, he has worked as a digital media specialist where, in 2002, he brought streaming media to NIST. In 2016, he was given the opportunity to build a highly capable and inspiring team of professionals that brought a new era of creative science filmmaking to NIST.
Prior to NIST, Leon worked as an independent producer and director with a comprehensive background in documentary films. From feature-length documentary films like "Crucible of War," where he documented atrocities after wars in the former Yugoslavia to producing many inspiring short films, Leon's work always captures people in moments when the change occurs. He also served on the board of directors for Docs in Progress for two terms, ushering stability to a newly formed non-profit organization that served emerging filmmakers.
2022: Communicators Award of Distinction for the Post-Quantum Encryption: the Good, the Bad, and the Powerful (Producer)
2022: Communicator Awards of Excellence for the Einstein, Time and Very Small Things (Producer)
2021: Department of Commerce Bronze Medal Award for communications of results of the performance of facemasks during COVID-19
2021: The Communicator Award for NIST on a Chip (Director/Producer)
2020: Shorty Award, Best in Public Health category for "Cover Smart. Do Your Part. Slow the Spread." video
2020: Emmy Award for Rethinking Manufacturing - The Best Documentary Award (Producer)