David Wasser
Executive Producer / Writer
202.256.4709
 
David Wasser / Producer
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David Bennett Wasser
1919 Clifden Road
Catonsville, MD 21228
dbwasser@gmail.com
202.256.4709 mobile
http://thevideoconsultant.com
 
Summary: Emmy award-winning producer of top-rated TV series, documentaries, and digital content. Proven abilities in project life-cycle management, workflow optimization, content creation, and on-time on-budget deliverables.  Expertise in stakeholder relations to assess client needs and deliver messaging that resonates with the target audience. Progressive management experience as a journalist, producer, show runner and executive producer.
 
Executive Producer, American Academy of Physician Assistants
August 2013 -January 2015
Alexandria, Virginia
 
  • Developed social media videos to support multiple products and campaigns including the most successful “National PA Week” in AAPA’s history
  • Produced powerful mini-documentary, Boston Marathon Bombing: The PA Perspective
  • Drove membership recruitment and retention with compelling video content
  • Innovated sales videos that engaged conference exhibitors and strategic partners
  • Created multi-platform annual conference promotions that increased attendance 
  • Wrote and produced popular digital vignettes showcasing the accomplishments of outstanding PAs
  • Dual duty as Senior Director of Strategic Planning and Financial Sustainability
  • Spearheaded tutorial upgrade of Learning Central, an online source for accredited Continuing Medical Education (CME) required for PA licensure
  • Orchestrated sponsorship to underwrite CME grant
 
Executive Producer, RLTV (formerly Retirement Living TV)
June 2006 - August 2013
Baltimore, Maryland

Executive Producer: Healthline

  • Created Emmy Award winning franchise of health content for startup cable network with Dr. Kevin Soden of the TODAY Show
  • Administered multi-million dollar budget
  • Recruited a 'dream team' of 14 full time employees, 16 contract producers, and studio crew
  • Infrastructure architect of work flow dynamics, production delivery cycle, set design, and artistic branding
  • 130 episodes delivered on time and under budget; Healthline remains the most profitable franchise on the network
  • Launched and completed 20 episode companion series, Whole Body Health, with existing staff
  • Produced Emmy Award winning documentary, Polio Revisited
  • Launched and completed 20 episode companion series, Whole Body Health, with existing staff
  • Honored with more than a dozen national awards for excellence

Executive Producer: Not Fade Away (2009), To Not Fade Away (2011)

  • Developed Emmy Award winning Alzheimer's documentary in association with Senator Jay Rockefeller and the National Cable & Telecommunications Association
  • Produced follow-up documentary two years later, winning an additional Emmy Award

Network Executive Producer: Now Playing with Gary Collins

  • Collaborated to develop 13 episode Hollywood based entertainment series
  • Negotiated production contracts and remained primary network liaison

Executive Producer: Honoring Flight 93

 
  • Developed one hour special for tenth anniversary of September 11th attacks in association with the National Parks Service and Families of Flight 93

Executive Producer: Making Medicare Work for You

 
  • Created two specials hosted by Deborah Norville subtitled; Boomers-Welcome to Medicare and Your Questions, Your Choices for new and existing Medicare recipients
  • Designed two different interstitial series to support underwriter United Health Care’s Medicare Made Clear campaign
Additional responsibilities: network promo production, series development, special projects for sales and
programming departments, and re-versioning of acquired content
 
Independent Producer
December 2003 - June 2006
Washington, DC

Senior Producer: Hispanics Today (Syndicated, 82 markets, primarily NBC)

  • Operations manager for the production of 26 episode season
  • Served as direct liaison between program owner, distribution syndicator and crew
  • Hired and coordinated freelance producers, videographers, and editors
  • Reviewed segment scripts, and critiqued rough/fine cut edits
  • Wrote show scripts, line produced shows, and posted final cut
  • Navigated emergency relocation to Reuters production facility and negotiated contract
Additional clients:  Medstar Television, National Alliance for Hispanic Health, USAUCTIONS.COM and the
United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
   
Vice President of Production, Medstar Television
June 1999 - January 2004
Allentown, Pennsylvania

Senior Producer:  Forensic Files - Court TV / NBC; Medical Detectives - TLC

  • Designed and implemented infrastructure to expand Forensic Files production from 13 episodes annually to 42
  • Supervised 12 full-time employees and 24 freelancers ranging from producers and editors to graphic artists and reenactment crews
  • Full lifecycle oversight of episode creation including R&D, field production, scripting, and rough cut review
  • Created and managed production budget and schedule
  • Senior producer for 5 one-hour episodes of Medical Detectives
  • Recruited, hired, and mentored employees
  • Negotiated contracts for freelance video crews and editors
  • Oversaw direction of film/video reenactments

Reporter/Producer in Medstar’s medical news division

 
  • Produced and wrote both short and long format syndicated health packages for network and affiliate clients including WCBS in New York City and KNBC Los Angeles
   
Independent Producer
November 1997 - June 1999
Washington, DC

Independent producer working primarily for the United States Information Agency

 
  • Segment Producer for Voice of America’s daily and weekly worldwide television broadcast schedule on Worldnet
  • Created and produced award-winning pilot, Frontiers of Medicine, for PBS
  • Corporate and non-profit clients included: Air Force Association, Gifts in Kind International, Atlantic Video, and Mind & Media, Inc.  Projects included political commercials, educational training tapes, and financial appeals
   
Producer, WPBF-TV, WTVX-TV     
January 1997 - October 1997
West Palm Beach, Florida
 
  • Line Producer for newscasts on both WPBF and sister station WTVX
 
Producer, WSAV-TV
November 1995 - January 1997
Savannah, Georgia
 

  • Created the highest rated news program in the station's history.
   
Bureau Chief, WHAG-TV
July 1991 - November 1995
Hagerstown, Maryland
 

  • Established and ran operations for Frederick, MD bureau
  • Substitute anchor/producer of the morning newscast and weekend public affairs program
   
Videographer, KOLD-TV
May 1990 - May 1991
Tucson, Arizona
   
Chief Photographer, WVIR-TV
November 1987 - May 1990
Charlottesville, Virginia
   
Capitol Bureau Cameraman, WNVC-TV
April 1986 - November 1987
Richmond, Virginia
   
Education:
Virginia Commonwealth University
December 1986
Bachelor of Science, School of Mass Communications

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