James Duvardo

Petaluma, California

About Me

Jim has had a long and productive career in the broadcast industry, on both the technical and creative sides. Most recently, he ran all operations at Hoff Productions, an independent television production company in Emeryville, CA. In addition to keeping all technical equipment up and running he also field tech’ed many long-format programs including Secrets of the Wine Country for PBS, Beneath Alcatraz and Escapes from Alcatraz for Discovery Channel and Best Ranger for the Military Channel, among many others. Most involved complicated field production with POV, and remote cameras, others were done in 3D. Jim had a significant hand in both the creative and technical production of these projects.

Prior to Hoff Productions, Jim served as Director of Operations for ZDTV, which evolved into Tech TV. There, he oversaw the design, construction and implementation of a $12 million production facility: which included, three sound stages, nine edit suites and multiple graphics stations. He led a team of 10 employees. After building the facility Jim continued to run its day-to-day operations.

Jim began accumulating this wealth of technical knowledge in the late 70’s at KCMS-TV where he supervised all aspects of production for a weekly half-hour public affairs show. From there, he worked at other Bay Area stations, including KEMO-TV and KOFY-TV, where he directed a weekly live broadcast and supervised a studio crew of eighteen. That experience led me to “Evening Magazine” at KPIX, where Jim managed many aspects of production for this daily half –hour program.

In the early 90’s, Jim transitioned to Preview Media, an independent production company in San Francisco. All technical operations were under his management. In addition, he produced and edited marketing and promotional videos.

Jim is now looking to write his next professional chapter. His technical know-how is expansive and it is combined with a wellspring of creative instincts. Combining all of the technical knowledge needed to work in the emerging field of 3D, plus his creative eye for making good TV. Jim am looking for other opportunities along these lines – projects that tap into my deep knowledge base and at the same time push me to make something new and different.

Jim loves working in a team environment, managing people, and mentoring young talent and build cohesion. He has a history of staying on budget and on schedule. Jim knows how to do live productions or taped ones. He’s covered every subject matter under the sun – from news, to entertainment, long format, short format, reenactment productions, and documentaries, even a dance show.

Jim is enthusiastic about discussing how he can help you create your next production.

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