Dave Banks

Los Angeles, California

Dave Banks— 30 years of network and cable television production, , international documentaries, news and reality program experience.
Partial Client List: ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, Discovery Channel, Mark Burnett Productions, Warner Bros, History Channel, PBS, MPH Entertainment, Channel Nine Australia, BBC 1 & 2, NHK-Japan, German Television, Canal Television-France.
Positions Held: Photojournalist, Producer, Director, Writer, Production Coordinator, Risk Management, and Technical Director.
Served as a solo Photojournalist in Afghanistan for ABC’s "Profiles from the Front Lines.” Profiles Television produced the 13-hour documentary in association with Warner Bros. Later contracted with the Department of Defense in covering the war.
2001 - 2008 - Contracted by MPH Entertainment and Carl Sagan’s Cosmo Studios as a Senior Producer to take HDTV on location into the Sahara Desert and to the Barents Sea in the Artic Circle (Russia).
2006 to 2012 - Represented by Geo Cinema/Lewis Williams Agency. Toured as a guest speaker for college & university film lecturer series.
2014 - Book Release, “Cue the Camels” – Memoir of behind the scenes mishaps and misadventures of a documentary filmmaker in remote and hostile locations. Presently working on the second book, “Atlantis of the Sands “ and researching his third book, “Life in the City of Angels.”
2016 - Present - Contracted photojournalist. Between assignments I conduct my own photography workshops and documentary filmmaking in Los Angeles using DSLR cameras.
Achievements: 13 Emmy Award nominations. Has won 3 Emmys, 2 International Monitor Awards and one ADDY Award for writing.
Professional Organizations:
International Cinematographers Guild
Adventurers Club of Los Angeles Chapter
Frontline Freelance Register
National Press Photographers Association
Reporters Without Borders
Rory Peck Trust
Frontline Club
Television Academy of Arts and Sciences (inactive)Volunteer Work:
AA Hotline, Food Forward, Blessed Sacrament Homeless Shelter, NABET-CWA Union Employee Assistance Program for substance abuse intervention.
Geographic Assignments:
Afghanistan: Kabul, Kandahar, and Bagram.
Australia: Sydney, Cairns, Mareeba, Atherton, Gordonvale, Undara, Chillagoe, Mt. Bartle Frere, and Queensland Outback.
Egypt: Saqqare, Giza, Red Sea, The Nile River, Cairo, Valley of Kings, Hatshepsut, Abu Simbel, Armant, Aswan, Luxor, White Desert, Thebes, Safaga, Marsa al Alam, Karnak, Al Harrah and Baharia Oasis
Fiji: Suva and Koro Island
France: Paris, Le Mans, Nice, Cannes, Toulon, Marseille, Toulouse, Montpellier and Corsica
Greece: Athens, Thessalonique and Island of Patmos.
Israel: Jerusalem, Golan Heights, Ramallah, Bethany, Jericho, Temple Mount, Nazareth, Gethsemane, Kasr el Yahud, Allenby Bridge, Caphernaum, Sepphoris, West Wall Tunnels and Judea.
Italy: Rome, Naples, Florence, Solerno and Island of Ischia.
Jordan, Mount Nebo, Tell Mar Elias, Mukawer and Amman Citadel.
Morocco: Quarzazate, Sahara Desert, Oued Amsailikh, Tagounite and Atlas Mountains.
Mexico: Chihuahua, Sierra Madre Occidental and Barrancas Del Cobre
New Zealand: North Island, South Island, Southern Alps, Mt. Cockayne, Lake Catherine, Lake Coleridge, Black Hill, Glenfalloch, Potts River. Mt. Peel, Forest Creek and Lake Tekapo.
Russia: Moscow, Murmansk, Severmorsk and Barrents Sea Artic Circle.
Scotland: Edinburgh, Inverness, Orkney Islands, St. Andrews Highlands.
Turkey: Istanbul, Van, Doğubayazıt, Tabriz, and Erzurum.
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