Matt Danzico

matt danzico

selected works

 
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A self-described imaginator at large, I’m a roving American journalist, filmmaker, tinkerer and executive producer.

I’m also an unabashedly enthusiastic experimental media creator and have crafted TV shows, founded documentary units, jumpstarted video labs and designed digital products from scratch at BBC and NBC.

From BBC World News’ first crowdsourced documentary show to NBC’s award-winning video lab to BBC’s 10-million strong Instagram account, they all first started as sketches in my notebook.

I have recently opened my own studio and am deep in development on a batch of TV shows and films that blur the line between documentary and drama.

 

timeline

2019: Opened GrrCo Studios in US and Spain

2018: Crafted NBC documentaries across Asia

2017: Founded NBC Left Field Studios

2016: Made BBC films in Russia, India, Kenya

2015: Launched BBC Pop Up internationally

2014: Launched BBC Pop Up bureaus in US

2013: Created BBC video innovation lab in UK

2012: Jumpstarted digital video for BBC in US

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Prior to opening my studio in 2019, I spent two years at NBC creating Left Field, a visual journalism lab aimed at toying with new technology, style and creative formats. During my time there, Left Field filmmakers received a dozen awards in the team’s first twelve months, among them the Overseas Press Club Award.

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Before NBC, I founded and hosted my own documentary show, called BBC Pop Up—a program that relocated to new cities and countries each month to unearth and film untold stories. I also led the BBC's video innovation lab in London, jumpstarting new units and programs. I helped craft new websites for BBC News and designed mobile accounts and services.

I've reported throughout India, Africa, Russia, Europe, North America and Southeast Asia. And for those efforts as well as team contributions, we’ve seen Webby Awards, a Peabody and various others land on our desks. I was also nominated in 2019 for a Shorty Award for best journalist for my work crafting NBC Left Field.

In past lives, I’ve worked at Discovery Channel, the Tokyo Shimbun—a large Japanese newspaper—and a brewery in coal-mine-country, Pennsylvania, the mountainous region from which I originally hail.

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I now live between Barcelona and New York and am branching into entertainment and larger-scale programs.

When not working, you can find me surfing, drawing inspiration from my incredible peers or promising to get a degree in behavioral psychology.



 

timeline continued

2011: Reported for BBC, began The Time Hack

2010: Helped launch BBC News website in US

2009: Spearheaded Simons Foundation video

2008: Worked as Discovery Channel producer

2007: Created Internet’s first online travel show

2006: Reported on media for Tokyo Shimbun

2005: Graduated college and moved to Japan



Talks

Ted-Ed

SXSW

Story Collider

Nordiske Mediedager

Immovator

News-Rewired

Social Media Week