About Don Mischer Productions
Don Mischer is an internationally acclaimed producer and director of television and live events. He has been honored with fifteen Emmy Awards, a record 10 Directors Guild of America Awards for Outstanding Directorial Achievement, two NAACP Image Awards, a Peabody Award for excellence in broadcasting, Europe's prestigious Gold Rose of Montreux and the 2012 Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television from the Producers Guild of America.
As President of Don Mischer Productions, his credits range from We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial, The Kennedy Center Honors, and the 100th Anniversary of Carnegie Hall; to Super Bowl Halftime shows (Prince, The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen), the Democratic National Convention, Events Celebrating Hong Kong's re-‐unification with China, and the Opening Ceremonies of both the Winter and Summer Olympic Games.
His recent works include producing and/or directing the 83rd, 84th, and 85th Academy Awards, and the Oscar Red Carpet shows, which were produced by DMP's Charlie Haykel and Juliane Hare.
Don has also produced specials with Beyonce, Bono, Prince, Rihanna, Britney Spears, Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor, Taylor Swift, Stevie Wonder, Sting, Adele, Mary J. Blige, Elton John, Justin Timberlake, Barbra Streisand, Justin Bieber, Jon Bon Jovi, and Carrie Underwood, among others.
He has received the Governors Award from the National Association of Choreographers, and is a member of the Event Industry Hall of Fame, the Producers Guild of America, the Directors Guild of America, where he was recently elected to the Board; and the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, where he has served two terms on the Board of Governors.
Don holds a Master of Arts degree from the University of Texas in Austin.
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Twenty one years ago, Charlie Haykel left behind all the glitz and glamour of Buffalo, New York – as well as his beloved football and hockey teams -- in order to come to Los Angeles and become a producer. Starting out as a production manager and ultimately becoming a line producer, Haykel was able to learn the nuts and bolts side to producing, which led him to Don Mischer, who gave him the opportunity and first hand knowledge to make the transition into creative producing.
In his over 15 year association with Don Mischer Productions, he's collaborated in the producing of shows from, We Are One, the official kickoff to the Obama Inaugural, held at the Lincoln Memorial, to the 61st and 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, starring Neil Patrick Harris & Jimmy Fallon, respectively. Haykel recently was co-executive producer of the 2013 Billboard Music Awards and executive producer of Oscars Red Carpet: Live, the official Academy Awards pre-show, on ABC. In addition to serving as an executive producer on 2011 & 2012's The Comedy Awards, Eddie Murphy: One Night Only, the 2007 Miss America Pageant, and Moving Image Salutes Will Smith, he was also producer on the Super Bowl XXXIX and XL Halftime Shows (Paul McCartney and the Rolling Stones) as well as the 2004 Democratic Convention.
Some of his other producing credits include the Oxygen series, "Dance Your Ass Off," the NBC series The Singing Bee, the ABC primetime series, The Wayne Brady Show, and numerous specials including; Movies Rock, Fashion Rocks 5, John Leguizamo's, Sexaholix, Christmas in Washington and The Tony Awards.
Since joining Don Mischer Productions, Juliane has worked on some of the world's largest events, including the Salt Lake City Olympic Ceremonies, the Opening Ceremonies of the Special Olympics in Shanghai, and the Super Bowl XXXIX, XL, and XLI Pre-Game and Halftime Shows.
She produced the 2011, 2012 and 2013 Billboard Music Awards, the 2011 and 2012 Comedy Awards, the 62nd and 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, James Taylor: One Man Band, Fashion Rocks, Movies Rock, and the 2007 Miss America Pageant. In 2011, 2012 and 2013, she Executive Produced the official Academy Awards pre-show, "Oscars Red Carpet Live." In 2009, she was honored to receive a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Children's Series as a producer of the PBS series "From the Top at Carnegie Hall."
Ben joined Don Mischer Productions in 2010 as Don's assistant. Before joining DMP, he worked in casting at DreamWorks Studios and then in film at Warner Bros. Pictures Group. When the opportunity came to work for Don, he simply couldn't resist, as he grew up watching Don's incredible work.
An alumnus of Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications (go Orange!), he packed up his car and moved to L.A. a week after graduation. With no job and never even having visited L.A., it was a terrifying decision to make, but after two weeks he landed a position as a Production Assistant on an NBC special and hasn't looked back since.
Now, as Director of Development at DMP, he's helping the company expand into the scripted and non-scripted world. He couldn't work with and learn from a better team and he looks forward to the many great projects to come.