Mostly Credited As: Dan Pasternack
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California
Los Angeles native Dan Pasternack paid his way through the USC School of Cinema/Television as a writer and performer during the stand-up comedy boom of the mid to late 1980s and early 1990s. Beginning in 1995, Dan worked as a television creative executive for Fred Silverman, Barry Diller and Carsey-Werner, overseeing the development and production of pilots and series for ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, the WB, Showtime, USA, Bravo and Sci-Fi. Along the way, Dan also served as Co-Producer on “Beggars and Choosers” for Showtime and Executive Producer on “Starved” for FX. In addition, he Executive Produced the sketch comedy pilot “The Offensive Show” for Showtime, Executive Produced the half-hour comedy pilot “Frances and Angela” for the Fox network, co-created and co-wrote the Showtime pilot “The Brick Wall” (with “Aristocrats” director Paul Provenza) and co-created the series of hit comedy-reality specials "When Athletes Attack" (with Jimmy Kimmel and Sal Iacono), which ran on the ITV network in the UK.
In 2007, Dan moved to Atlanta, Georgia to head up all content for Turner Broadcasting’s comedy broadband network Super Deluxe, working with talent such as Bob Odenkirk, Brad Neely, Maria Bamford, Tim and Eric, Aaron McGruder, Dave Foley, Norm Macdonald and even Master P (in a series Dan created, directed and produced entitled “Master P Theatre”). 2009 saw Dan’s return to stand-up, performing with the likes of Kevin Nealon, Robert Klein, Emo Philips, Roseanne Barr and Garry Shandling.
In his spare time, Dan has donates his time to the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences on their Archive of American Television project, which he helped to initiate and for which he has conducted on-camera interviews with numerous industry giants including Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Jonathan Winters, Bob Newhart, Mickey Rooney, Sherwood Schwartz, George Schlatter, Bernie Brillstein, Fred Silverman, Michael Eisner, Dick Ebersol, Jeff Zucker and Les Moonves. He has also written articles for the Academy’s Emmy Magazine and was one of the earliest regular contributing bloggers to The Huffington Post. In April of 2008 Dan and his wife Amy returned to the United States after six and a half weeks in Bogotá, Colombia where they adopted their daughter Abby.