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A native of Providence, Rhode Island, David Bartis earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and American Literature from Brown University and subsequently became president and co-founder, along with Doug Liman, of the National Association of College Broadcasters and University Network.
The two formed a business partnership in 2001 with their film and television production company Hypnotic/Dutch Oven. Both served as executive producers on the hit drama series "The O.C.," and together they produced the pilot and series "Heist" for NBC.
In 2003, Bartis produced the critically acclaimed series of successful commercials and short films for Reebok ("Terry Tate, Office Linebacker"). Most recently, he produced two pilots for the 2007-08 television season - including one for NBC.
Prior to starting Hypnotic, in 1997 he was appointed Senior Vice President, Primetime Series, NBC Studios, where he supervised the development and production of all primetime comedy and drama series for the studio arm of NBC. Among the hits he oversaw were "Providence" and "Will & Grace," which both achieved breakout hit status during their freshman seasons.
Before joining NBC Studios in 1993, Bartis served as HBO's Vice President, Original Programming, West Coast, and earlier held the position of Vice President, Creative Affairs, HBO Independent Productions. He developed and helped supervise production on projects including "Martin," "Everybody Loves Raymond," the animated series "Spawn," "Roc," "The Ben Stiller Show," "Daddy Dearest," "Get Smart" and "The Last Frontier."
Prior to joining HBO, Bartis was Director of Programming at Quincy Jones Entertainment, where he was involved in the development and launch of "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air."
Bartis has also produced the independent feature film "Mail Order Wife" as well as the thriller "Cry Wolf" from Focus Features, both of which were released in 1995.
Bartis began his career in 1985 as an intern at Fox Lorber Associates in New York. He currently resides in Los Angeles.