Charlie Haykel is an executive producer, and partner in Don Mischer Productions, a global leader in live television and event production. In addition to producing with his partners, he’s responsible for day-to-day operations of the company, and creative and business development.
24 years ago Haykel left behind 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. He started his career in physical production learning on shows as varied as, The Kennedy Center Honors, and The Emmy Awards, to the series Super Dave’s Vegas Spectacular and The George & Alana show.
In 2000 it was Don Mischer who gave Haykel his first opportunity to move into creative producing, and he and his career have grown since. Over the last 15 years 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 five Emmy Awards, including the 2015 show starring Andy Samberg, and the 2011- 2013 Billboard Music Awards, which he helped re-launch.
In addition Haykel served as executive producer of the 2011-2013 Oscars Red Carpet: Live, the official Academy Awards pre-show, where he and his partner successfully expanded it from a 30-minute to 90-minute format, and 2014’s The American Comedy 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 NBC series, The Singing Bee, and John Leguizamo’s, Sexaholix for HBO. Haykel was also on the producing teams for the millennium documentary by Steven Spielberg, The Unfinished Journey and the independent feature Bad City Blues.
In addition to growing the core business of Don Mischer Productions, Haykel is leveraging the company’s brand and global reputation to expand into series, experiential marketing, and emerging forms of entertainment utilizing new technologies.
While an aversion to calculus lead him into entertainment Haykel is a fan of science and technology, loves photography and shares a passion for sports cars with his son, and hockey with his daughter.