Dan McKenna

Dan is an experienced director, producer, and cameraman. He supervised the production of hit documentary television series, like Yukon Men on Discovery, Garage Gold on DIY Network, and the Buying Alaska on Destination America. At Paper Route Productions, Dan was the Director of Talent and Casting. He booked people for documentary and reality shows all over the country, finding entertaining characters with unique lifestyles. Dan’s strategy is to constantly think outside of the box to attract a new audience. With a focus on great storytelling, Dan produces original, entertaining, and …

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Garage Gold, DIY Network

Supervising Producer and Director, Winter 2015 – Summer 2015 (26 Episodes)

  • Shot and directed 3 camera scenes, mostly run-and-gun style.
  • Managed cast and crew during field production.
  • Produced story, including improvisational comedy moments.

‘Buying’ Series, Destination America

Series Producer, Winter 2014 – Winter 2015 (60 Episodes)

  • Managed the overall production of four shows for Destination America: Buying the Beach, Buying the Rockies, Buying Alaska, and Buying the Bayou.
  • Staffed, wrote production bible, and created workflows for each show.
  • Wrote episodic treatments for network approval, and wrote shooting outlines for the field. 

Supervising Producer and Director, Spring 2013 – Winter 2014 (40 Episodes)

  • Shot and directed 3-camera scenes in the field
  • Managed talent and crew in the field.
  • Produced story and conducted interviews.

Yukon Men, Discovery Channel

Supervising Field Producer and Shooter, Fall 2012 – Spring 2013 (12 Episodes)

  • Lived and worked in the remote Alaskan village of Tanana during the harsh winter environment.
  • Became immersed in the local culture and community to produce potential storylines.
  • Worked with team of producer/shooters to sculpt story lines based on true experiences and challenges of the community.
  • Directed multiple camera scenes, shot single camera scenes, and conducted interviews with cast.
  • Managed cast and crew schedules.

Additional Credits:

Brothers On Call, DIY Network, Supervising Producer/ Director

Buying Alaska S1, Destination America, Field Producer/ Director

Ghost Lab, Discovery Channel, Field Producer (Season 2), Production Coordinator (Season 1)

Extreme Cleaners, TLC, Producer

Bloody Good, 3Net, Production Manager                                                                          

Alaska Baseball Pilot, MTV Networks, Development Producer/ Shooter

Inside the Actors Studio, Bravo, Camera Operator

Paranormal State, A&E, Associate Producer

Hip Hop for Health, Breathe Entertainment, Shooter/Producer                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Camera Experience: Canon: C300, 5D; SONY: FS700, EX3, Z7U; Panasonic: HVX, HDX900

Education: B.A. in Media Study: Television Production from SUNY at Buffalo – Spring 2007

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