|Steven Dunning is a producer/ director/ writer/ actor, producing domestic and international feature and television programming. Working in the professional film industry for the past ten years, he delivers feature films, television shows, and commercials to the major Hollywood studios, networks, and bi-coastal advertising agencies.
Having previously worked for Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment inside of Universal Studios, his weekly delivery to NBC of prime time shows strengthened his production and post-production expertise. He has worked in varying capacities over the years with the following: Universal Studios, Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros., Wayfarer Studios NYC, Amblin Entertainment, HBO, NBC, PBS, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Nike, Coca-Cola, Pepsi, General Motors, Levi-Strauss, American Red Cross, BMW, McDonald’s, AT&T...& many more, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Metallica, George Burns, Boyz to Men, Mariah Carey, Silk...& more.
Along with continuing independent feature projects and international co-productions he works on domestic projects like the Tom Hanks production of the Emmy Award winning HBO series “From the Earth to the Moon,” and for Twentieth Century Fox with Chris Carter at 1013 Productions. Most recently overseeing the HBO syndication projects for “Sex and the City”, “Sopranos” and “Arliss.” Now mixing music and film work and producing creative show elements for Lionel Richie’s European tour.
In his personal life, Steven was raised in a small farming community of rural Pennsylvania. His strong work ethic and individual dreams pushed him to tell stories for the masses that could inspire the individual in us all. Leaving everything behind he came to Los Angeles alone ten years ago. Going door to door and working endlessly for six months with no pay, he proved his desire. This led to paid work, but still at the very bottom of the ladder. Determination and a clear goal kept him climbing over the bumps along the way. Production Assistant, Production Coordinator, Production Manager, Post-Production Supervisor, Associate Producer, Director of Photography, Writer, Producer, Director. This was the path taken over the years.
At Darque Pictures he wrote, produced and directed the multi award-winning feature “Now Chinatown” which traveled and scored on the world festival circuit and now resides at Blockbuster and many other major retailers. Voted Top Ten dvd of the year by Einsiders.com with Lord of the Rings, Monsters Inc., Beauty and the Beast, Amelie, Reservoir Dogs and E.T.. With great reviews from The Los Angeles Times and four-star reviews from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Steven was happy to screen it for the Golden Globe members in a private and very well received setting.
Now he adds a record label Darque Records to his stable releasing “The Next Santana”- Cesar. Cesar has performed all through Europe as a solo artist. He also performed with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Frank Sinatra, Al Dimeola, recorded with producer Bebu Silvetti (Luis Miguel, Placido Domingo), and currently courted by Andrea Bocelli and The Gipsy kings for performing services. Also Mr. Dunning has successfully partnered with the Bob Hope Hollywood USO and Armed Forces Entertainment with the Pentagon for tours of Darque Records recording artists such as a Middle East tour including Iraq with 'Cesar.' Concurrently shooting pilots for MTV and the Discovery/Travel channels.
Mr. Dunning has also recently agreed to open a joint-venture with Beijing (Peking) University for a film/television/music college in China for the famed oldest and most prestigious university in the one billion plus emerging market. He is frequently invited as a special guest lecturer at American and International universities such as The Beijing Film Academy, Florida Pacific University, California State University, Cal Poly, etc.. The school in China will also include a separate commercial entity for producing and promoting foreign film/tv/music productions. Mr. Dunning now serves on the California State Polytechnic University Advisory Council for their new Entertainment Business, Law and Marketing degree program.
He has also established “The Greater Good Award” to recognize those who sacrifice themselves in order to benefit many more around them.
Contact: Steven Dunning, 323-669-1188 Los Angeles office, Steve@DarqueRecords.com
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