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 ten Directors Guild of America Awards for Outstanding Directorial Achievement, two NAACP Image Awards, a Peabody Award for excellence in broadcasting, Europe's prestigious Golden Rose of Montreux and the 2012 Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television from the Producers Guild of America.
As a producer/director, 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 the 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.
Don has also produced specials with Beyonce, Bono, Prince, Rihanna, Britney Spears, Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor, Taylor Swift, Stevie Wonder, Sting, Garth Brooks, Mary J. Blige, Elton John, Justin Timberlake, Barbra Streisand, The Black Eyed Peas, 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, and the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, where he has served two terms on the Board of Governors.
Don's long and illustrious body of work ranks among the best and most watched in the world of entertainment.
Nineteen 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. Ever since, Haykel has been fortunate enough to work on shows both big and small, and along the way he has learned from some of the greatest talents in entertainment and media worlds.
In his over 12 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 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’s The Comedy Awards, the 2007 Miss America Pageant, Moving Image Salutes Will Smith and BRAVO’s 2008 A-List Awards, 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; 2011 Billboard Music Awards, Movies Rock, Fashion Rocks 5, John Leguizamo’s, Sexaholix, Christmas in Washington and The Tony Awards.
Haykel also had the pleasure of being on the producing teams for the millennium documentary by Steven Spielberg titled The Unfinished Journey and the independent feature films Bad City Blues and Ring Girls.
Juliane joined Don Mischer Productions in 1996, moving to Los Angeles from Washington, D.C. She has worked on the Atlanta and Salt Lake City Olympic Ceremonies, the Opening Ceremonies of the Special Olympics in Shanghai, five Emmy telecasts, as well as the Super Bowl XXXIX, XL, and XLI Pre-Game and Halftime Shows. She was also a producer on Movies Rock, Fashion Rocks, the 2007 Miss America Pageant and Moving Image Salutes Will Smith.
In 2009, she received a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Children’s Series as a producer of the PBS series “From the Top at Carnegie Hall.”
In addition to working on DMP’s various productions, Juliane also develops new projects for the company.
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.