David Semel/ Director
With over two decades of entertainment 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." Semel went on to direct a number of other successful pilots, including "Going to California" and "Windfall."
Semel 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 for both "House" as well as the pilot for "Life." He later served as executive producer on the drama "My Own Worst Enemy."
His work directing the pilot of "Heroes" garnered him an Emmy nomination for "Best Directing."
Semel most recently directed and executive-produced the pilot for "Cleaner," starring Benjamin Bratt.
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.
Day & time: Mondays 8/7c
Season 3 premiere date: September 22, 2008
Starring: Jack Coleman, Noah Gray-Cabey, Greg Grunberg, Ali Larter, James Kyson Lee, Masi Oka, Hayden Panettiere, Adrian Pasdar, Zachary Quinto, Sendhil Ramamurthy, Dania Ramirez, Milo Ventimiglia
Executive producers: Tim Kring, Dennis Hammer, Allan Arkush, Greg Beeman
Co-executive producers: Michael Green, Adam Armus, Kay Foster, J.J. Philbin, Jim Chory
Producer: Aron Eli Coleite
Co-producers: Lori Motyer, Cathy Mickel Gibson
Writers: Tim Kring, Michael Green, Adam Armus, Kay Foster, Aron Coleite, JJ Philbin, Joe Pokaski, Chuck Kim, Joy Blake, Melissa Blake
Directors: Allan Arkush, Greg Beeman and various
Casting directors: Jason La Padura and Natalie Hart
Production designer: Ruth Ammon
Art directors: Matthew Jacobs and Tom Taylor
Directors of photography: Nate Goodman and Charlie Lieberman
Editors: Lori Motyer, Mike Ketelsen, Michael S. Murphy, Donn Aron, Scott Boyd, Kristopher Lease
Special effects supervisor: Gary D'Amico
Visual effects producer: Mark Spatny
Costume designer: Debra McGuire
Music composers: Wendy Melvoin, Lisa Coleman
Artists: Tim Sale, Alex Maleev
Origination: Los Angeles
Produced by: Universal Media Studios in association with Tailwind Productions