Dan Pasternack is currently the head of Big Beach TV, a brand new television company based in New York City. Previous Dan worked at IFC, where he was vice president of development and production for the cable network during their first significant push into original programming, helping to forge the channel’s identity as a comedy brand. During his tenure at IFC, some of the programming Dan helped to develop and oversee included Portlandia, Whisker Wars, The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret, Comedy Bang! Bang!, Out There, Bunk, The Birthday Boys, The Spoils of Babylon and Garfunkel and Oates.
Prior to IFC, Dan has held creative executive positions at Turner Broadcasting, Carsey-Werner, Studios USA (now NBC/Universal), Granada Entertainment USA and the Fred Silverman Company. He has also served as a producer on numerous TV pilots and series as well as web content including Gravity (Starz), The Maria Bamford Show (SuperDeluxe), Frances and Angela (Fox), Starved (FX), The Offensive Show (Showtime) and Beggars and Choosers (Showtime).
Dan began his career as a writer and stand-up comedian and has written for Emmy Magazine, McSweeney’s and began contributing to the Huffington Post way back in 2005 when it was still a mimeographed newsletter. (It wasnt really.) Dan also donates his time to the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences on their Archive of American Television which he helped to initiate. Dan has conducted lengthy interviews for the Archive with Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Jonathan Winters, Bob Newhart, Sherwood Schwartz, Bernie Brillstein, Dick Ebersol, Jeff Zucker and Les Moonves, among many others.