Danny Cannon

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Danny John Cannon
Danny Cannon at NY PaleyFest 2014 for Gotham.jpg
Cannon at the 2014 NY PaleyFest for Gotham.
Born October 5, 1968
Luton, England
Occupation Screenwriter, Director & Executive Producer
Years active 1984–present
Children 2

Danny John Cannon (born 1968 in Luton, England) is a British film and television producer, director and writer, known for executive producing and directing television shows, including the Emmy-winning CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (and subsequent spinoffs CSI: Miami and CSI: NY), the Emmy-winning Gotham, Nikita, The Tomorrow People, and for directing feature films such as Geostorm (reshoots), I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, Judge Dredd, andThe Young Americans.[1]

Cannon, a go-to director for Jerry Bruckheimer's biggest projects, has directed 11 television pilots, nine of which have gone to series.[2]


Cannon at the 2017 WonderCon.

Cannon began making films at the age of 16 in 1984, and started a youth experimental theatre group at 33 Arts Centre. Using the centre's facilities, he was a prolific director of video dramas and collaborated with a number of other directors in different roles including cameraman. A major influence was the centre's video maker, Dermot Byrne, with whom Cannon worked on a number of projects. It was at 33 that he met the future film composer David Arnold who played in a band that rehearsed there. Cannon convinced Arnold that he could compose soundtracks for his and other people's videos. Arnold would later compose his first professional score for Cannon's debut feature 'The Young Americans'.

In 1987, he was awarded the BBC Young Filmmaker of the Year Award by Alan Parker for a 40-minute short called Sometimes. Parker suggested he attend National Film and Television School in 1988, from which he graduated in 1990. His intermediate film, 'Play Dead' was screened on channel 4, a rare honor for a student still at the school. He then wrote and directed his graduation film Strangers (1990) which premiered at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.

Cannon's professional career began with adverts for James Garrett and later RSA. This led to his debut feature The Young Americans (1993). He then signed on to direct the big-budget film Judge Dredd, starring Sylvester Stallone in 1995. He also directed Phoenix (1998) and the box office success I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998), which spawned two sequels.

Much of his professional notoriety comes from his work on Jerry Bruckheimer's CSI television series and subsequent spin-offs. Cannon is credited with creating the look and visual style of the CSI franchise[3], having produced and directed the 2000 pilot of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. The series ran for 15 seasons, earning a total of 39 Primetime Emmy Award nominations, and becoming an over 400 million dollar franchise[4]. Cannon stayed on as the show's executive producer through 2011, and went on to write and direct many episodes. In 2003, he directed the pilot of CSI: Miami, and in 2004 directed the CSI: NY pilot.

Stemming from his personal passion and experience with the sport of soccer, in 2005, Cannon directed the film Goal!.

In 2006, he returned to television with the CBS television pilot, Capital Law, about a group of legal associates trying to make partner at a powerful Washington, D.C.–based law firm.

In 2007, Cannon co-created TNT's crime drama series starring Dylan McDermott called Dark Blue and directed the pilot episode. The following year he produced and directed 'The Eleventh Hour' for CBS, which ran for one season.

In 2010, Cannon joined The CW action series Nikita, as director and executive producer. It successfully ran for four seasons on the network.

In 2011, he executive produced and directed the pilot FOX crime/mystery series Alcatraz for J. J. Abrams and WBTV.

In 2016, Cannon was brought on to direct reshoots for the feature film Geostorm, in an attempt to help save the studios over budget production.[5]

From 2014–2018 Cannon executive produced the television series Gotham, for which he directed the pilot of[6], along with writing and directing several episodes during the series' five year run. Under Cannon's creative guidance the show has been nominated for ten Primetime Emmy Awards[7], and in 2017 won its first Emmy for Outstanding Special and Visual Effects in a Supporting Role[8].

In 2018, it was announced that Gotham will produce its fifth and final season, premiere in 2019.[9]

It has been announced that Fall 2018, Cannon will again partner with Gotham writer-producer Bruno Heller[10], on a superhero television series prequel titled Pennyworth[11], which will be set in 1960s London and follow the story of Batman's butler Alfred Pennyworth. Production is set to film in London, late 2018.

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • Universe Reader's Choice Award: Best Director 1995 Judge Dredd People's Choice awards for CSI, CSI:Miami.

Personal life[edit]

John Danny Cannon was married to Nicole Suzanne Freeman from 1997-2017, they have 2 children. Cannon plays football regularly with Hollywood United F.C., a local club team consisting of mostly celebrities and former professional footballers, who play socially against other local teams for friendly matches and charity events.


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