WHAT WE DO
Our mission: to discover the best in you, your organization, or cause and create superior quality video telling that story. Visitors to your website, LinkedIn, YouTube, and Facebook will see, hear, and immediately understand your message. Working with corporations, TV networks, and nonprofits, "we give a voice to your truth."
WHO WE ARE
Eager to embrace growing opportunities in video production, Jonathan Dann founded Jon Dann Communications in 2013. His endeavor broadens a successful career in broadcasting to encompass new delivery platforms for digital storytelling. The company portfolio includes video profiles of clients: corporations, nonprofits, and others.
One example: U.C. Berkeley and Studio B Films hired Jon Dann Communications to produce a mini-documentary on a breakthrough malaria treatment funded by a $40 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Other clients have included Cisco, WaterSmart Software, and XOMA, a Berkeley-based biotech company.
Dann is also a member of TrustedPeer, an online consulting firm. He advises clients in Digital Storytelling.
30 YEAR BROADCAST CAREER
Jonathan Dann has worked at the highest levels of network broadcasting (NBC. CBS, PBS, CNBC, A&E) collaborating with some of the most respected names in the business. He has received the industry’s top awards, including three Peabody Awards, three duPont-Columbia Awards, and a Certificate of Special Merit from the Academy Awards. He won his third duPont-Columbia Award for producing the PBS special "War Stories from Ward #7D," which followed the struggles of Iraq War veterans suffering from traumatic brain injury. In 2011, he was a finalist for a Gerald Loeb Award for financial reporting.
Dann also produced the highest rated documentary in CNBC history, "Marijuana Inc: Inside America’s Pot Industry." The hour-long documentary has aired more than 100 times and was nominated for a national Emmy. His other productions include "Tom Brokaw Reports: Boomer$!" a two-hour documentary on the legacy and challenges of the baby boom generation, reported by NBC Senior Correspondent Tom Brokaw, with whom Dann collaborated closely for nearly a year as the program’s creator and senior producer.
Before his death in 1998, TV news legend Fred Friendly (George Clooney’s character in the movie "Good Night and Good Luck") praised Jon Dann in a speech before the Radio and Television News Directors Association. In her published memoir, San Francisco television anchor/reporter Belva Davis wrote the following about Dann: "… a high-octane producer… fearless – a guy who felt endowed to crack open the earth if necessary to get the news."