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Emmy-winning Director Joe Dea's (pronounced Day) work has been showcased everywhere from the New York Museum of Modern Art to prime time broadcast networks. For the past several years, Dea has been working primarily in the reality television genre directing talent and "real people" in both multi-camera and single camera field and studio productions. His career began fresh out of Hartford College Art School with video shows at New York's Whitney Museum, The Kitchen, Global Village, and The Optic Nerve.
From the New York art video scene, Dea moved to San Francisco to become a founding member and creative force behind VideoWest, a groundbreaking comedy/music video/alternative news production company. During that period, Dea also honed his directing skills in the emerging music video field. Today, much of this early, pioneering work is noted in Rolling Stone Magazine’s Top 100 Videos and Rolling Stone’s Music Video Hall of Fame. His video, Two Triple Cheese for Commander Cody and the Lost Planet Airmen, resides in the permanent collection of the New York Museum of Modern Art.
Dea moved from San Francisco to Los Angeles to work in national television. Since then, he has directed hundreds of hours in genres such as documentary, reality, comedy sketches, live music, drama, and animation. His prime-time network specials for NBC and Fox include: Masters of Illusion: The Wizards of Special Effects, and The World’s Greatest Stunts. He has directed many segments for broadcast network, syndicated, and cable network reality series. As Senior Director of the TLC hit A Wedding Story, Dea directed the pilot and 48 cinema verite half-hour episodes, shot all over the United States.
Recently Dea directed a one hour high definition pilot for HD Republic entitled, Motor Sport Ranch HD, a reality racing show with real people competing in very fast cars (airing on INHD).
Some of Joe Dea's many directing credits:
What Went Down (recreation director & co-host) History Channel
Fraud Squad FSTV Canada
Made To Eat History Channel
Knight School with Bobby Knight - ESPN
Motor Sport Ranch (pilot) - INHD
Disney Lunchtime - Disney Channel
On-DirecTV - DirecTV
Movies for Guys Who Like Movies - TBS / Norseman Prod
Rock & Roll Hotel (pilot)- VH1 / Film Garden
The 5th Wheel - Universal
Mostly True Stories - TLC / Burrud Productions (Field Director/Field Producer)
Weekend Flash/Man on the Street - Playboy TV
Worse Case Scenario - TBS
A Wedding Story (senior director - 48 of 65 shows) - TLC - Film Garden
AXN TV - Columbia Tri-Star / Fox Family
Wild Things - UPN - WT Productions
What a World - TLC - Film Garden
Fool For Love (pilot for Fake-A-Date) - GSN / Carsey Warner / Montana Prod.
AudioFile - TechTV
Inside Out - Disney World's 25th - Disney Channel / Brad Lackman Prod
Ancient Prophecies - NBC / Greystone
Brain Attack with Stephanie Powers - A Doctor in Your House.com
Planet Hollywood TV - Planet Hollywood / Chuck Cirino Prod.
DriveOn.com (pilot) - Warner Bros.
Secrets Revealed - NBC - Dave Bell & Associates
Masters of Illusion - NBC / GRB
Jocks - Comedy Central - Popular Arts
Real Romance - Romance Classics / Film Garden
Extreme World Records - UPN / The Gurin Company
Extreme Weekend - ABC InterSport
The Worlds Greatest - Stunts FOX / GRB
Worlds Funniest Kids (wrap arounds) - FOX / Brad Lachman Productions
The Majic Bus (pilot) - Film Garden
Marshal Law - TLC
Burt Reynolds One Man Show (commercial) - Reynolds Productions
Cooking a Turkey with Ellen Degeneris - Beserkly Home Video
Missing Reward - Four Point Entertainment
Final Vision - NBC / Greystone
Tribute to Ian Fleming - Robert Halmi Jr / GRB
Dracula The Series - (pilot) Robert Halmi Jr
Movie Magic - Discovery / GRB
America's Most Wanted - FOX
Scandals - Stephen J. Cannell / ABC
Secrets and Mysteries - ABC / Greystone Ent.
New Visions of the Future - NBC / Greystone Ent.
Comedy Break - Viacom
Playboy Behind the Scenes & Playboy 360 - Playboy TV
VIDEOWEST Productions (San Francisco) - 4 yrs Senior Director - music videos & comedy
VW shows include: ABC Rocks - Night Flight/Take Off - Backstage Pass - Best of Video West - MTV Music News
CORPORATE - AMGEN, American Film Institute, Mattel, Apple, USC Medical Center
Single Camera Directing: Two Triple Cheese
Single Camera Directing: "Reunited" Greg Kihn Band
Single Camera Directing: Happy Man
Main Title Director & Designer: Secrets & Mysteries
Joe has extensive experience shooting DV & editing on AVID and FINAL CUT PRO.