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With over two decades of experience, David Semel is recognized as one of the entertainment industry's most versatile and successful producer/directors. Semel began his career working with some of television's most prominent writer/producers, and directing multiple episodes of such shows as "Ally McBeal," "The Practice," "Party of Five," "Chicago Hope," "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Beverly Hills, 90210."
While honing his craft, Semel developed a strong understanding of talent and a distinctive visual style which propelled him to become producer/director of the ground-breaking first season of "Dawson's Creek”" From there, he added "pilot director" to his list of accomplishments by directing the highly regarded "Chaos Theory" for NBC.
Semel went on to direct a number of other successful pilots, including "Going to California" and "Windfall."
He also directed the pilot for "American Dreams," and served as executive producer and director of the musically -driven period drama which garnered over 50 awards, including the Family Television Awards for "Best Drama Series," the Young Actor Awards for "Best Family Television Series," the TV Land Awards for "Future Classic," and the Emmy Award for "Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series."
Semel marked his feature film debut with Screen Gem's comedy caper "Lone Star State of Mind," starring Joshua Jackson, Jaime King and DJ Qualls.
He then directed NBC's apocalyptic mini-series "Revelations," which became one of the most watched and talked about events of the season, earning rave reviews from top industry trade publications and media audiences.
Under an exclusive overall deal at NBC/Universal Media Studios, Semel was co-executive producer and director of the top 10 rated medical investigation drama series "House," and directed and executive produced the pilot of the hit series "Heroes," for which he received an Emmy nomination for "Best Directing." He then went on to direct and executive produce the successful pilot for "Life."
Semel most recently directed and executive- produced the pilot for "Cleaner," starring Benjamin Bratt for A&E.
He currently has a number of film and television projects in development, working with some of the entertainment industry's most talented producers and writers. Included in those projects are "Technophobia," written by Mark Frost ("Twin Peaks"), "Welcome to Bedlam," written by Kip Koenig ("Grey's Anatomy"), and the feature film "The Couriers" for Universal Studios.