Don Mischer

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Don Mischer
BornDonald Leo Mischer
(1940-03-05) March 5, 1940 (age 78)
San Antonio, Texas[1]
OccupationTelevision producer and director

Donald Leo "Don" Mischer[2] (born March 5, 1940)[3] is an American producer and director of television and live events.


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 include We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial, the Kennedy Center Honors, the 100th Anniversary of Carnegie Hall, Motown 25, 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, Donna Summer, 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. On December 11, 2014, Mischer received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Mischer was born in San Antonio, Texas, the son of Lillian and Elmer Mischer.[5] 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 has four children, J.C., Heather Kathleen, Charles Donald, and Lillian Ellison.

2004 Democratic National Convention[edit]

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.[6]


  1. ^ Jack Kuney (1 February 1990). Take one: television directors on directing. Greenwood Press. ISBN 978-0-313-26384-2.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-01-28. Retrieved 2012-09-15.
  3. ^ Broadcasting & Cable. Cahners Publishing Company. October 2009.
  4. ^ "Don Mischer Receives His Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame". Variety. 17 December 2014. Retrieved 17 December 2014.
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ Balloon Drop Failure at 2004 DNC – CNN Snafu on YouTube

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