Paulist Father Ellwood (Bud) Kieser was the founder of Paulist Productions and the highly acclaimed television series Insight. Beginning in 1960 he worked in the entertainment community in Hollywood as a priest-producer, using television as a vehicle of spiritual enrichment.
Born in Philadelphia in 1929 and graduating from that city's La Salle University in 1950, he joined the Paulist Fathers the same year. The Paulists are an order of Catholic priests dedicated to ministry to those outside their church through the media.
In 1973, Kieser received a Ph.D. in the theology of communication from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. His dissertation was titled "Cinema as Religious Experience."
He was ordained to the priesthood in 1956 and assigned to the Church of St. Paul the Apostle in West Los Angeles. He also served as Chaplain of the UCLA Medical Center for the next two years.