About Me




Recent Projects:

Food Tech – History Channel - field director/producer - series examines mass production of classic American meals.

What Went Down – Creative Differences/History Channel – re-creation director and on-camera host - six one hour episodes

Fraud Squad - FSTV Productions: A 13-part, half-hour series profiling frauds, scams and real-life stories from actual fraud cases. Airs prime time on CourtTV Canada.

Atlas Shrugged - The Strike Productions - feature film - SFX storyboard designs

SportsCenter's Kenny Mayne Takes On Wuss Golf - field director - viral videos for Top-Flite

Knight School with Bobby Knight. Dea directed four one-hour episodes of this six camera HD reality series currently airing on ESPN. Sixteen Texas Tech students compete for a single walk-on spot on the Red Raider men's basketball team, coached by the infamous Bobby Knight.

MotorSport Ranch. Dea directed, wrote and edited this one-hour HD pilot. Based on the pilot, 13 episodes were recently sold to Voom HD Networks. MotorSport Ranch is a lifestyle/reality racing show with everyday people competing in dangerously fast cars.

REALITY
Passport Love: Kiev – SpotOn – Pilot Director Knight School – ESPN – Director Disney Lunchtime - Disney Channel – Director MotorSport Ranch – Voom HD Networks / HD Republic - Pilot Director, writer & editor
Fool for Love (pilot for Fake-A-Date) - GSN / Montana Prod. – Pilot Director
Rock & Roll Hotel (pilot) - VH1/Film Garden – Pilot Director
The 5th Wheel - Universal – Field Director
Mostly True Stories - TLC / Burrud Productions – Field Director/Segment Producer
Weekend Flash/Man on the Street - Playboy TV – Field Director / Producer
Worst Case Scenario - Sony Tri Star / TBS – Field Director
Audio File - Tech TV - Host Wrap Director
Planet TV - Plant Hollywood Ent. - Chuck Cirino Productions – Director
Movies for Guys Who Like Movies - TBS /Norsemen Prod. – Host Wrap Director
Brain Attack (with Stefanie Powers) - A Doctor in Your House.Com - Director
Drive On (pilot) - Warner Bros. - Director
AXN TV - Columbia Tri Star - Studio Host Wrap Director
Extreme World Records - UPN / The Gurin Company - Host Wraps - Field Director
The World’s Funniest Kids - Fox / Brad Lachman Prod. - Field Director
Extreme Weekend - ABC / InterSport - Field Director
Sightings - Fox / Berkley Group – Field Director/Producer
Final Vision - NBC / Greystone - Field Director
New Visions of the Future - NBC / Greystone - Field Director
Secrets Revealed - NBC / Dave Bell & Associates – Field Director/Producer
Masters of Illusion - NBC / GRB Ent. - Director
Movie Magic - Discovery / GRB - Field Director
World's Greatest Stunts - Fox / GRB Ent. - Seg. & Host Wrap Director (4 specials)
MTV Music News - MTV- Seg. Director
Playboy 360 - Playboy - Seg. Director
Playboy Behind The Scenes - Playboy - Seg. Director
A Tribute to Ian Fleming - Robert Halmi Jr. / GRB Ent. - Director
Roller Games - Quintex - Seg. Director


DOCUMENTARY
What Went Down – Creative Differences/History Channel – re-creation director and on-camera host - six one hour episodes
Wild Things - UPN / WT Productions - Field Director
What a World - Discovery / Film Garden Ent. - Field Director
A Wedding Story - TLC / Film Garden - Senior Director – Pilot & 48 of 65 episodes
Real Romance - Romance Classics / AMC / Film Garden - Field Director
The Majic Bus - Film Garden - Director (feature-length independent documentary)
DRAMATIC
Dracula the Series - Robert Halmi Jr. / GRB - Directed Pilot
Americas Most Wanted - Fox - Dramatization Director
Missing Reward - Four Point Ent. - Dramatization Director
Scandals - ABC / Steven J. Cannell - Dramatization Director
Secrets and Mysteries - ABC / Greystone - Dramatization Director
Max Headroom - ABC – Creative Consultant - designed effects, miniatures & storyboards
COMEDY
How to Cook a Turkey with Ellen DeGeneres - Beserkely Ent.- Director
Three Men and a Bogey - Media Home Ent. - Director
Jocks - Comedy Central / Popular Arts - Seg. Director
Comedy Break - Viacom - Directed comedy sketches
VIDEOWEST Productions - Senior Director - Comedy (4 years)
· Take Off / Night Flight - USA Network
· ABC Rocks - ABC
· Backstage Pass - ABC
· Best of Video West - KQED/PBS syndicated nationally

FEATURE FILMS
Perfect Shadow - Fast Bojum Prod. - 2nd Unit Director
Terror Squad - Materhorn Prod. - Art Director & 2nd Unit Directing

VARIETY
Disney World’s 25th Anniversary - Disney / Brad Lachman Prod. – Field Director
USA Hot Spots - USA - Associate Director (multi-camera concert show)

MUSIC VIDEOS
Music Video Director - over 30 music videos (see awards)

COMMERCIALS
Burt Reynolds One Man Show - Burt Reynolds Ent.- Director
Polygram Distribution Group - Gary Group - Director
Little Fred's Revenge - Federated /Shadoe Stevens Ent.- Director

Multi-Media - Apple Media Lab - consultant

CORPORATE - AMGEN, American Film Institute, Mattel, USC Medical Center, Top-Flite

AWARDS
Toulouse International Cinema & Stunt Festival - 2nd Place Comedy - I Love Ta Lose
Emmy Award: Creative Technical Crafts - Secrets and Mysteries - Animated Titles - Director & Designer
Emmy Award: Directing - Single Camera - Reunited (Greg Kihn Band)
Rolling Stone Magazine's Music Video Hall of Fame:
Commander Cody: Two Triple Cheese
Rolling Stone Magazine's All-Time Top 100 Videos:
Greg Kihn: Jeopardy & Happy Man
Jon Butcher Axis: Life Takes a Life
Krokus: Screaming in the Night
Billboard Award nomination: Directing - Single Camera - Life Takes A Life (Jon Butcher Axis)
Emmy Award: Directing - Single Camera - Happy Man (Greg Kihn Band)
Emmy Award nomination: Directing - Single Camera - Down on the Border (Sir Douglas Quintet)
Athens Film Festival: 1st. Place Best Comedy Short: Two Triple Cheese
Emmy Award: Directing - Single Camera - Two Triple Cheese
JVC's Tokyo Video Festival: Best Comedy Short - Two Triple Cheese
Two Triple Cheese is in the permanent collection of the NY Museum of Modern Art.

EDUCATION - BFA - Hartford Art School - Design / Painting /Sculpture

TEACHING
California Collage of Arts and Crafts: Intro to Video as Art
UCLA - Guest Lecturer
UC North Ridge - Guest Lecturer

OTHER SKILLS
Shooting (small HD cams) - Editing: Avid & Final Cut Pro – Previs Animatics. Story & Concept Board Design – Photoshop - Sketchup

I have been in the industry since 1980.

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