Dan Eckman

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Dan Eckman
Born Dan Eckman
(1984-01-27) January 27, 1984 (age 33)
Manchester, New Hampshire
Occupation Director, Writer, Producer
Years active 2002–present
Spouse(s) Meggie McFadden
Website http://www.daneckman.com

Dan Eckman (born January 27, 1984) is an American director, writer, and producer. Eckman first came to attention for his work in the sketch group Derrick Comedy.

Early life[edit]

Eckman was born on January 27, 1984 in Manchester, New Hampshire. He has been writing, producing, directing, and editing short films since the age of 15, and his work has been screened at numerous film festivals across the country.[1] He graduated from New York University with a B.F.A. in Film and TV Production in 2005.[2]


Eckman's career began when he started making sketch videos for the Derrick Comedy group along with fellow members Donald Glover, Dominic Dierkes, DC Pierson, and Meggie McFadden. His NYU undergraduate thesis film, CHECKOUT, won several awards, including Best College Short at the 2006 HBO US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen.[1]

In 2009, Derrick Comedy released the film Mystery Team, Derrick's first endeavor into the feature film world. The film premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.[3]

Before making Mystery Team, Eckman was the Video Production Director for Blue Man Group, where his work was seen on the 57th Primetime Emmy Awards, the 2005 Billboard Music Awards, on PBS, at Universal Orlando and in the Boston Children's Museum, among others.[1]

Eckman, along with his other Derrick partners with the exception of Glover, made a guest appearance on Community as Pierce's joke writers.

In 2011, Eckman directed the MTV film Worst. Prom. Ever. which starred Daryl Sabara and was produced by DC Pierson and Meggie McFadden.

In 2011, Eckman directed the very first Childish Gambino music video, Freaks and Geeks[4] and the video for his single "Bonfire". In 2011, Dan directed the thirteenth episode of the third season of Community. His next directorial project will be an adaptation of his friend and Derrick partner DC Pierson's book, The Boy Who Couldn't Sleep and Never Had To. Eckman co-wrote the script with Pierson and Meggie McFadden.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Eckman was married to Meggie McFadden on July 10, 2010 in Paris.[6]


Year Title Role Notes
2005 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards segment director
2006 Channel 101 Various TV Movie
Keyboard Kid director/editor video short
Bro Rape: A Newsline Investigative Report director/editor video short
National Spelling Bee director/editor video short
Celebrity director/editor video short
Self Defense director/editor video short
Girls Are Not to Be Trusted director/editor video short
2007 Jerry director/editor video short
Emo Song director/editor video short
Blowjob Girl director/editor video short
Memory Loss director/editor video short
2009 Mystery Team director/editor/producer/writer Feature Film
2011 Worst. Prom. Ever. director/editor TV Movie
2012 The Boy Who Couldn't Sleep and Never Had To director/writer


Year Title Role Notes
2005 Billboard Music Awards segment director
2012 Community director Episode: Digital Exploration of Interior Design


  1. ^ a b c "Dan Eckman Biography". www.derrickcomedy.com. Retrieved 2011-08-26. 
  2. ^ "NYU Tisch Alumni appearing at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival". 
  3. ^ "CinemaBlend Mystery Team Review". cinemablend. Retrieved 2011-08-27. 
  4. ^ "IAMDONALD Freaks and Geeks". iamdonald. 2011-02-25. Retrieved 2011-08-26. 
  5. ^ "Dan Eckman Directing Boy Who Couldn't Sleep and Episode of Community". Moviemaker Magazine. 2011-08-12. Archived from the original on 2011-09-26. Retrieved 2011-08-26. 
  6. ^ "Just Married". Twitter. 2010-07-23. Retrieved 2011-08-26. 

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