BFCA Member Profile

David Sheehan

Primary Outlet:
Hollwood Close-Ups
Additional Outlets:
Cable TV and Home Video
Website:
http://www.davidsheehan.tv
Biography:
David Sheehan has distinguished himself in the world of broadcasting with a series of trailblazing television firsts. In 1970 on KCBS-TV (then KNXT), Sheehan was the first reviewer/interviewer on a daily local newscast. In 1972, also on KNXT, he was the first commentator to ever critique television on television, drawing �biting the hand� feature articles in both Time and Life magazines. In 1975, he was the first local newsman to ever work for two networks simultaneously: �America Alive� on NBC and �The Big News� on CBS. In 1979 he hosted and produced the first Pay-TV monthly series in history, �Backstage in Hollywood� on HBO. In the early 1980�s, Sheehan produced and camera-directed �Pippin� (with Bob Fosse directing the performances and choreography)---the first Broadway musical ever captured by cameras during live stage performance, for Pay-TV, cable TV and home video. In the 1980�s, at NBC, Sheehan was the first local entertainment reporter to host and produce his own series of network specials, including �Macho Men of the Movies� and �Hollywood�s Leading Ladies�. Sheehan worked the 70�s and early 80�s on KCBS-TV, moved to KNBC-TV from �84 to �94, and finished up his 34 years of daily newscasting back at KCBS-TV from 1994 to 2004. Since then, he has been hosting three national specials every year: �Summer Movie Magic�, �Holiday Movie Magic� and �Academy Awards Movie Magic�, syndicated to 240 stations through his Hollywood Close-Ups, Inc. production and distribution company. David Sheehan also made a mark in live theater as the producer-director of the West Coast Premiere of �An Albee Almanac� by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Edward Albee, and the West Coast Premiere of �Little Murders� by noted cartoonist/playwright Jules Feiffer. And, Sheehan is the author of one published novel �Before I Wake�. He is the father of three children: his son Brian is the owner of the Eclectic Wine Bar & Grill in North Hollywood; his daughter Shannon is a Los Angeles real estate developer; and his daughter Kelly is a New York recording studio producer/engineer.