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

Planet Hollywood TV – Planet Hollywood / Chuck Cirino Prod. (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.