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Earning creative, technical, and production credits on programs for CBS, NBC, ABC, ESPN, TNT, TSN, PBS, Paramount Pictures, NASA, HBO, Showtime, DirecTV, Sony, USA, MTV, VH-1, ABC Australia, among others in sports, entertainment, news, & documentaries, Dan now leads the Dream Catcher DigitalWorks team having recently retired with 10 EMMY® nominations, winning 3 EMMY® Awards, 8 Telly® Awards accompanied by over 50 additional industry-related awards for excellence in technical and creative accomplishment.

With eight years of contributing to the academic advancement of our next generation of digital media professionals, Dan also retired from his collaborating academic career as an Adjunct Professor and student mentor in 2022. He continues to serve on the board of The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Board of Governors, (NATAS). Elected to serve as Vice President of the nonprofit, 501c3 Rocky Mountain Emmy® Foundation, he has been lead on establishing new scholarships and expanding established scholarships with Universities within the Rocky Mountain Southwest Region (ASU, NAU, USU, U of NM, U of A, AWC). Dan and his NATAS colleagues developed “Lunch & Learn” professional workshops for high school and college digital media, journalism, and communications students. These workshops are presented with industry-leading media companies, studios, and production facilities and are staples of Dan’s work as a NATAS Board member.

He continues to serve as a program entry judge for the National Daytime Emmy® Awards, National Children’s & Family Emmy® Awards, and U.S. Regional Emmy® Awards and International Telly® Awards.

Dan attended the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Radio/TV/Film, from the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh. He earned credits in a Master of Business Administration degree from Regis University in Denver, Colorado receiving a Masters of Education in Educational Technology with Distinction from Northern Arizona University.

Dan and his wife Felice call the Southwest home and have blended their lives with the culture and lifestyle of the Rocky Mountain Southwest. Their family is active in supporting the Missionaries of Charity Gift of Mary Shelters in Phoenix, Arizona, Gallup, New Mexico, and Tijuana, Mexico with additional support to MyCYP450.org, American Porphyria Foundation, American Red Cross, World Apostolate of Fatima, Northern New Mexico Fire & Flood Relief, St, Maria Goretti Church, New Turning Point Women’s Center, Arizona Department of Public Safety, The 100 Club, St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance, Alice Cooper’s “Solid Rock Foundation”, Styx’ “Rock to the Rescue Foundation” and Celebrity Fight Night.

Dan J.P. Ciernia, M.Ed., Executive Producer


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