Viral Social-First Creator
Boasting an impressive 25+ year career in media production, Mike has cultivated a comprehensive skill set encompassing virtually every facet of film, video, and digital media. His expertise ranges from production, direction, and editing to sound mixing, motion graphics, and on-camera interviews. Exceptionally adept in storytelling, Mike excels in crafting narratives for documentaries, brand films, and social-first vertical videos. Additionally, his marketing prowess and content distribution acumen contribute to his all-encompassing proficiency in the industry.
“(deAvila’s) black-and-white film, which looks quite handsome for a low-budget production, is essentially a manipulation of cinematic mood that, as the central character appears to come apart, shifts in attitude from anxious curiosity into terror. Among the movies to which it alludes are "The Shining," "Psycho," and “Repulsion.” Stephen Holden, New York Times
“Lunkerville is a fun, fresh concept for a fishing show. Mike D does a fantastic job as host and his easygoing style has a way of getting folks to open up and pulls the viewer in to the great fishing stories that exist in every town." Jeff Macaluso - Senior Director Programming, NBC Sports
“(Burnzy’s Last Call) is a really cool slice of Manhattan life. Everything about this film was truly great, in my humble opinion. If you're into the old-school feel of cinema or a fan of yesteryear-styled television, then this one is definitely for you. I give "Burnzy's Last Call" an easy but well earned four out of five stars.” Rick Murrin - 22 Indie Street
“Lost Prophet” is like a lot of the first groping moves turned out in the ‘50s, ‘60s, and ‘70s by people who went on to become Paul Schrader or Roman Polanski, or Martin Scorcese. In one shot toward the end, our view of the hero (Jim Burton) sitting in the corner of the shower is from a camera shining in and out like a pendulum, as in Able Gance’s “Napoleon”. You can see a filmmaker in the making. Jerry Tallmer - New York Post
"Lunkerville is a perfect addition to our lifestyle and travel programming at Discovery. Every episode is unique, exploring the personalities and passions of people who don’t make their living from fishing but who live to fish." Aymon Demauro - VP Branded Content, Discovery Channel
“Lunkerville has been able to sustain longevity through interesting storytelling and that’s not easy to do in television these days. The popularity is testimony to the sport of fishing and its renewed passion among young and old." Monte Daniels - Director of Programming, OSG Networks
“Mike D. is a wonderfully creative producer and host. Lunkerville was one of the anchor fishing series in the beginning years of Sportsman Channel. It was and still is one of the most unique fishing series on the air.” Jim Seeley - Director of Programming, Sportsman Channel
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