PBS develops the first full-length documentary film about Henry Segerstrom.


Henry T. Segerstrom: Imagining the Future premiered on PBS in 2016, after more than six years of development. Directed and produced by Maria Hall-Brown, the documentary follows Henry’s life, achievements and inspirations as he turns the once rural community of Orange County into an international center for culture and commerce.

Henry T. Segerstrom: Imagining the Future premiered on PBS on September 22nd, 2016. Narrated by television and Broadway star Matthew Morrison, the film follows the life, achievements and creative ambition of the philanthropic entrepreneur who brought the world to Orange County. Told through his own words and the words of those whose lives he touched, the documentary features rare archival footage and notable interviews with Frank Gehry, Misty Copeland, Renée Fleming, Nigel Lythgoe and Bruce Nordstrom. Embracing the full breadth and scope of Henry’s legacy in Southern California and the world, the documentary follows Henry as he transforms his family’s lima bean farm into one of the highest grossing retail centers in the world, revolutionizing the commercial shopping experience and propelling Orange County onto the cultural and artistic map.

Henry Segerstrom: Imagining the Future is a PBS SoCal production created and produced by Maria Hall-Brown, Executive Producer for Arts and Cultural Programming at PBS SoCal as well as the producer and host of the weekly program LAaRT. For 16 years Maria worked as producer and reporter for the nightly news program Real Orange and was the producer and host of author interview series Bookmark. She has earned two L.A. Area Emmy Awards and six Golden Mike Awards by the Radio Television News Association for her work.