Daniel Pasternack

Development Studio Mentor; Adjunct Instructor

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For more than two decades, Dan Pasternack has been in the business of making television and digital entertainment in various roles including producer, programmer, studio/production company executive and writer. He is currently developing a feature film with Lorne Michaels’ company Broadway Video for Paramount Pictures and is the showrunner on a presentation for Amazon being produced by Critical Content. Pasternack also heads his newly formed Little Bear Bear Productions, through which he has produced a special for Adult Swim, is in development on another project for Adult Swim and is in production on a comedy documentary series for Audible, which he is writing, producing and hosting.

Most recently, Pasternack was the founding head of Big Beach TV where he developed and produced television and digital projects for Comedy Central, ABC, Starz, AMC, Seeso and Fusion. Prior to BBTV, Pasternack was VP of development and production for the IFC cable network where he oversaw the development of Portlandia, Comedy Bang! Bang!, Whisker Wars, Out There and The Spoils of Babylon, among other series. He previously held positions at Carsey-Werner, Studios USA (now NBC/Universal), Granada Entertainment USA and the Fred Silverman Company. Pasternack was also the VP of content for the launch of Turner Broadcasting’s digital comedy platform Super Deluxe, working with established and emerging talent alike including Bob Odenkirk, Brad Neely, Maria Bamford, Tim and Eric, Aaron McGruder, Nick Kroll and Norm Macdonald. In addition, Pasternack served as co-producer on the Showtime series Beggars and Choosers, executive producer on the FX series Starved and as a writer and executive producer on the Starz series Gravity.

Since 1996, Pasternack has donated his time to the TV Academy on their Archive of American Television project, which he helped to initiate and for which he has conducted on-camera interviews with numerous legends including: Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Jonathan Winters and Bob Newhart. He has written articles for Vulture, Emmy Magazine, Paste, Splitsider and The Huffington Post and has a recurring column for McSweeney’s entitled “My Signed Comedy LPs: One Comedy Nerd’s Obsessive Journey.” In 2016, Pasternack joined the faculty of NYU as an adjunct professor, teaching a course in television and digital development to third year graduate students at the prestigious Tisch School of the Arts.