A Television Production Company

MainStreet was founded thirty years ago by the eminent journalist Hodding Carter III and Ronald Goldfarb, Washington, D.C. attorney, author and literary agent. When Carter left to run the Knight Foundation, Goldfarb assumed sole ownership. The Internal Revenue Service has granted MainStreet 501C3 status.

Most of MainStreet's work has been with public television, although it has done contract work for public interest organizations. Capitol Journal, a weekly interview show, focused on Congress, and was hosted by Carter. We also produced a segment of Congress for the McNeil/Lehrer News Hour. Devil's Advocate was a weekly roundtable on legal issues, hosted by Goldfarb. Our one-hour documentary about Senator Sam Ervin, The Last of the Founding Fathers, won that year's prestigious Ohio State Journalism award for documentaries. Another one- hour special on Senator Claude Pepper followed.

In 2002, Desperate Hours won the District of Columbia's Independent Film Festival award as the year's best documentary, both the juried award and the audience award. 

MainStreet works on appropriate collaborations with Matador Productions, a for-profit movie, television, web production company, presided over by Nicholas Goldfarb in New York City.

Ronald Goldfarb - Chairman, Board of Directors

Nick Goldfarb - CEO

Nick Goldfarb is founding partner of Matador Productions, which produces film, TV and new media projects. Most recently, Nick produced the film and "Opposite Field" about a team of Ugandan baseball players who made Little League history. The film premiered at DOCNYC and Tribeca Film Festival. It will air on FuseTV in December 2015 and is available on Netflix.  Nick Executive Produced a travel-adventure series for Discovery called Experience 3D, one of the first-ever series for 3D television. It currently airs on 3net.  He recently produced “Everything in The Song is True” a feature length documentary about American cowboy music. Previously, Nick produced the feature film "The F Word" which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and is airing currently on IFC.

Nick graduated from Princeton University with a degree in Politics and a Certificate in American Studies.

He lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife Tracy Gosein, a photography producer, and their two children.



Hodding Carter

Hodding Carter became University Professor of Leadership and Public Policy at the University of North Carolina/Chapel Hill, on January l, 2006. He had previously been President and CEO of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation since February 1, 1998. For the preceding three years, he was the Knight Professor of Journalism at the University of Maryland, following ten years as president of MainStreet Television. From 1980 to 1995, he was involved as anchor, correspondent, panelist or producer of a number of public affairs series and news shows, documentaries and talk shows, winning four Emmys and the Edward R. Murrow Award. During the same period, he was an op-ed columnist for the Wall Street Journal and latterly was a syndicated columnist with NEA. Following seventeen years with his family's daily newspaper, the Delta Democrat-Times of Greenville, Mississippi as reporter, managing editors and editor, he served as State Department spokesman under President Carter from 1977 to 1980. A graduate of Princeton University, he was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard in 1965-66. He served on the Princeton Board of Trustees from 1983-1998, and has been a trustee of the Century Foundation for 40 year. The author of two books and contributor to nine others, he has written for numerous newspapers and magazines over the past 55 years. He is married to Patricia Derian, former Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights.


Joanne Goldfarb

Joanne Goldfarb is an architect, licensed in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. She is currently a principal in Goldfarb Notkins + More architects. She is a past President of the Northern Virginia Chapter AIA and a Director of the Virginia Society. She has served on architectural review boards and juries. She has received design awards from The American institute of Architects, building industry groups and local government.