|Born||Donald Leo Mischer
March 5, 1940
San Antonio, Texas
Mischer 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, 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, and the Opening Ceremonies of the Centennial Olympic Summer Games and the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics. Mischer has also produced specials with Beyoncé, 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, Yo Yo Ma, 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.
Mischer was born in San Antonio, Texas, the son of Lillian and Elmer Mischer. After graduating from Douglas MacArthur High School in San Antonio, Mischer attended Texas Lutheran University and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1961. He was married in the 1960s. He had two daughters Jennifer Christine, and Heather Kathleen. In the 1980s he re-married Suzan Warne Reed. Together they had a son Charles Donald (August 1991) and daughter, Lillian Ellison (November 1994).
2004 Democratic National Convention
In 2004, he produced the Democratic National Convention. He was caught on microphone yelling out a profanity during the end of CNN's coverage of the convention. After John Kerry's acceptance speech, there were supposed to be balloons and confetti on the ground of the convention. However, Mischer was not satisfied with the results, and his displeasure was aired accidentally by CNN.
- Don Mischer Productions official website
- Don Mischer at the Internet Movie Database
- Crafting a Successful Career, an interview with Mischer from the University of Texas at Austin website