Danny Cannon

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Danny Cannon
Danny Cannon at NY PaleyFest 2014 for Gotham.jpg
Cannon at the 2014 NY PaleyFest for Gotham.
Born
Daniel John Cannon

(1967-10-05) October 5, 1967 (age 51)
NationalityBritish, American
OccupationDirector
Executive Producer
Screenwriter
Years active1984–present
Known forCSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Gotham
Nikita
Judge Dredd
I Still Know What You Did Last Summer

Danny Cannon (born October 5, 1967 in Luton, England) is an Emmy-nominated[1] film and television producer, director and writer, known for executive producing the billion dollar[2][3] CSI: Crime Scene Investigation series franchise (also responsible for directing the pilot episode), as well as simultaneously executive producing the CSI: Miami and CSI: NY spinoffs. At one time, Cannon had five television series on-air, while acting as executive producer.

One of the top paid television directors in the entertainment industry[4] and the only TV pilot director to also operate as a key writer, Cannon has directed 15 television pilots, 12 of which have been ordered to series, including: Training Day (2017), Gotham (2014), The Tomorrow People (2013), Nikita (2010), Dark Blue (2009), The Forgotten (2009), and Eleventh Hour (2008).

Feature film directorial credits include Geostorm (2017)[5], I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998), Judge Dredd (1995), and The Young Americans (1993).

Cannon is currently the executive producer (and a writer/director) of FOX's superhero series Gotham (2014-2019), which won the Critics Choice Award for Most Exciting New Series in 2014. Following the show's season five series finale in Spring 2019, Cannon will executive produce a 10-episode, straight-to-series Batman prequel for Epix, titled Pennyworth, and will direct the premiere episode.[6]

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

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. The following year he attend the National Film and Television School, 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.

1990s[edit]

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 Sylvester Stallone Sci-Fi Judge Dredd in 1995. In 1998 he directed two features, the teen slasher film I Still Know What You Did Last Summer and he directed Ray Liotta, Anjelica Huston and Jeremy Piven in Phoenix.

2000s[edit]

Cannon's immersion into primetime television began when he was hired by Jerry Bruckheimer to produce and direct the pilot episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation in 2000. Cannon is credited with creating the look and visual style of the CSI[7], which ran for 15 seasons, earning a total of 39 Emmy nominations and spawning three spinoff shows. He went on to write and direct many episodes of the flagship series, while overseeing the production as executive producer. Simultaneously, he also executive produced both CSI: Miami, which premiered in 2003 (and directed the pilot of), and CSI: NY (2004).[8]

Stemming from his personal passion and experience with the sport of football, 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 along with J. J. Abrams,for 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.[9]

In 2017, Cannon replaced Antoine Fuqua as the director of the CBS drama series pilot Training Day[10], starring Bill Paxton, based on the 2001 Denzel Washington feature film.He stayed on as the show's executive producer.

From 2014–2018 Cannon executive produced the television series Gotham, for which he directed the pilot of[11], 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[12], and in 2017 won its first Emmy for Outstanding Special and Visual Effects in a Supporting Role[13]

In 2018, it was announced that Gotham will produce its fifth and final season, premiere in 2019.[14]

Upcoming projects[edit]

Partnering with his Gotham writer-producer partner Bruno Heller[15][16], Cannon is currently in production on Pennyworth, a Batman-esque prequel set in 1960s London, which documents the early years of Batman's butler Alfred Pennyworth. Cannon executive produces along with Heller, and will direct multiple episodes including the series premiere, which will air on Epix.

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Title Credited as Notes
Writer Director Executive Producer Composer
2000–2006 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Yes Yes Yes Directed series pilot; executive producer (90 episodes), director (25 episodes), writer (11 episodes), producer (42 episodes)
2002–2005 CSI: Miami Yes Yes executive producer (72 episodes), director (2 episodes)
2004-2011 CSI: NY Yes executive producer (64 episodes)
2006 Justice Yes director (1 episode)
2006 Capitol Law Yes TV Movie: director
2007 The Cure Yes TV Movie: director
2008-2009 Eleventh Hour Yes Yes Directed series pilot; executive producer (18 episodes), director (3 episodes)
2009-2010 The Forgotten Yes Yes Directed series pilot; executive producer (17 episodes), director (1 episodes)
2009-2010 Dark Blue Yes Yes Yes Creator; executive producer (19 episodes), director (5 episodes), writer (20 episodes)
2010 Miami Medical Yes director (1 episodes)
2010-2013 Nikita Yes Yes Directed series pilot; executive producer (73 episodes), director (6 episodes)
2012 Alcatraz Yes Yes Directed series pilot; executive producer (1 episodes), director (1 episodes)
2013 Shameless Yes director (1 episodes)
2013-2014 The Tomorrow People Yes Yes Directed series pilot; executive producer (17 episodes), director (3 episodes)
2014 The Lottery Yes Yes Directed series pilot; executive producer (10 episodes), director (1 episodes)
2014-2019 Gotham Yes Yes Yes Yes Directed series pilot; executive producer (66 episodes), director (11 episodes), composer (33 episodes), main title theme (2 episodes)
2017 Training Day Yes Yes Directed series pilot; executive producer (1 episodes), director (1 episodes), consulting producer (5 episodes)
2018 Pennyworth Yes Yes Yes Yes (In production)

Film[edit]

Year Film Writer Director Producer Actor Notes
1993 The Young Americans Yes Yes
1995 Judge Dredd Yes
1998 The Phoenix Yes
1998 I Still Know What You Did Last Summer Yes
2005 Goal! The Dream Begins Yes

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2018 ASC Award Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Episode of a Series Gotham Nominated
Teen Choice Award Choice TV Action Show Nominated
Saturn Award Best Superhero Adaptation Television Series Nominated
2017 American Society of Cinematographers Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Episode of a Series Nominated
Emmy Award Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series Nominated
Outstanding Special Visual Effects in a Supporting Role Won
Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Drama Series, Limited Series, or Movie Nominated
Teen Choice Award Choice TV Action Show Nominated
Saturn Award Best Superhero Adaptation Television Series Nominated
2016 American Society of Cinematographers Television Movie, Miniseries or Pilot Nominated
Art Directors Guild Excellence in Production Design - One Hour Period or Fantasy Single-Camera Television Series Nominated
Emmy Award Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series Nominated
Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series Nominated
Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Drama Series, Limited Series, or Movie Nominated
People's Choice Award Favorite TV Drama Nominated
Teen Choice Award Choice TV Show: Drama Nominated
Saturn Award Best Superhero Adaptation Television Series Nominated
2015 ASC Award Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Television Movie/Mini-Series/Pilot Nominated
Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Episode of a Series Nominated
Art Directors Guild Excellence in Production Design - One Hour Period or Fantasy Single-Camera Television Series Nominated
Emmy Award Outstanding Costumes for a Contemporary Series, Limited Series or Movie Nominated
Outstanding Special Visual Effects in a Supporting Role Nominated
Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Contemporary or Fantasy Program (One Hour or More) Nominated
Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series Nominated
Gracie Award Outstanding Drama Won
Kids' Choice Award Favorite Family TV Show Nominated
People's Choice Award Favorite New TV Drama Nominated
Saturn Award Best Superhero Adaptation Television Series Nominated
2014 Critics Choice Awards Most Exciting New Series Won
TV Guide Award Favorite New Show Nominated
2013 Teen Choice Award Choice TV Show: Action Nikita Nominated
2012 Teen Choice Award Choice TV Show: Action Nominated
2011 People's Choice Award Favorite New TV Drama Nominated
2006 ASC Award Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Episode of a Series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Won
People's Choice Award Favorite Television Drama Won
2005 ASC Award Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Episode of a Series Won
People's Choice Awards Favorite Television Drama Won
PGA Award Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television - Drama Nominated
2004 Golden Globe Award Best Television Series – Drama Nominated
People's Choice Award Favorite Television Dramatic Series Won
PGA Award Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television - Drama Nominated
Emmy Award Outstanding Drama Series Nominated
Saturn Award Best Network Television Series Nominated
2003 American Society of Cinematographers Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Movies of the Week/Pilot (Network) CSI: Miami Won
People's Choice Award Favorite Television Dramatic Series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Won
Emmy Award Outstanding Drama Series Nominated
Satellite Award Best Television Series, Drama Won
Saturn Award Best Network Television Series Won
2002 Golden Globe Award Best Television Series – Drama Nominated
Emmy Award Outstanding Drama Series Nominated
Television Critics Award Outstanding Achievement in Drama Nominated
2001 Golden Globe Award Best Television Series – Drama Nominated
PGA Award Vision Award (Television) Won
Television Critics Award Outstanding Achievement in Drama Nominated
Outstanding New Program of the Year Nominated
TV Guide Award New Series of the Year Won
1996 Saturn Award Best Science Fiction Film Judge Dredd Nominated
Best Special Effects Nominated
1995 Universe Reader's Choice Award Best Director for a Genre Motion Picture Won

Personal life[edit]

Cannon has two daughters. He plays football regularly with Hollywood United F.C., a local Los Angeles club team consisting of mostly celebrities and former professional footballers, who play socially against other local teams for friendly matches and charity events.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Danny Cannon Awards". imdb.com. 2018-08-08. Retrieved 2018-08-08.
  2. ^ "The 'CSI' Franchise May Return To CBS". deadline.com. 2016-05-18. Retrieved 2018-08-01.
  3. ^ "'CSI' 2-Hour Finale Set With William Petersen, Ted Danson To Join 'CSI: Cyber'". deadline.com. 2015-05-13. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  4. ^ "Gotham Exec Producer Danny Cannon Inks Overall Deal With Warner Bros TV". deadline.com. 2015-08-27. Retrieved 2018-08-10.
  5. ^ "Danny Cannon taking over Gerard Butler's Geostorm". empireonline.com. 2016-12-19. Retrieved 2018-08-01.
  6. ^ "Batman Prequel 'Pennyworth' From 'Gotham' Duo Gets Series Order At Epix". deadline.com. 2018-05-16. Retrieved 2018-08-01.
  7. ^ "Danny Cannon signs with CAA". hollywoodreporter.com. 2009-10-05. Retrieved 2018-08-10.
  8. ^ "'CSI' loads Cannon for triple duty". variety.com. 2004-03-16. Retrieved 2018-07-06.
  9. ^ "Warner Bros., Skydance's 'Geostorm' Undergoes Reshoots, Brings on Jerry Bruckheimer". hollywoodreporter.com. 2016-12-16. Retrieved 2018-07-06.
  10. ^ [hhttps://deadline.com/2016/02/training-day-antoine-fuqua-exit-director-danny-cannon-pilot-1201706160/ "'Training Day': Antoine Fuqua Won't Helm CBS Pilot; Danny Cannon Set To Direct"]. deadline.com. 2016-02-19. Retrieved 2018-08-10.
  11. ^ "Danny Cannon to Direct Gotham Pilot". ign.com. 2014-01-07. Retrieved 2018-08-01.
  12. ^ "Gotham Emmy Awards & Nominations". emmys.com. Retrieved 2018-08-01.
  13. ^ "'Westworld,' 'Gotham' Recognized for Outstanding VFX at 69th Creative Arts Emmy Awards". awn.com. 2017-09-10. Retrieved 2018-08-01.
  14. ^ "'Gotham' Renewed For Fifth & Final Season By Fox". deadline.com. 2018-05-14. Retrieved 2018-08-01.
  15. ^ "Alfred Pennyworth Prequel Series May Film This Fall". screenrant.com. 2018-06-27. Retrieved 2018-07-06.
  16. ^ "Epix Lands Batman Prequel Series 'Pennyworth' from 'Gotham' Team". collider.com. 2018-05-18. Retrieved 2018-07-06.

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