President / Creative Director
Joseph Finneran is an award-winning broadcast and special event producer based in Washington, DC. He supervises concept development, design and production of entertainment, celebratory and policy events as well as multi-camera broadcast and technical production of national and international televised specials. He has extensive experience in multi-platform design, production and distribution, and often consults in clients’ internal facilities and capabilities development.
Joseph recently produced and directed “100&Change – The Finalists Live” for the MacArthur Foundation. The Podium Arts team worked closely with the Foundation over several months to develop the complex ‘live pitch’ event for four competing organizations, vying for a $100 Million grant. As part of the event’s development Podium supported each finalist organization’s presentation development with design & coaching services and on-site exhibit design & fabrication, as well as creating the full branding and show graphics package, detailed event rundown, design of the overall site & décor, and management of logistics & registration. Finneran also recently led the design, live production and direction of the “2018 DC Blockchain Summit” for the Chamber of Digital Commerce at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. The event included both session and site design, sponsor and Chamber branding, activation and exhibits, site logistics, registration and two days of live streamed general sessions, as well as multiple breakout sessions.
Finneran was also the lead event producer for the Emmy-winning “Not The White House Correspondents’ Dinner with Samantha Bee” broadcast, shot live at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, DC for TBS, Full Frontal Productions and Bond Events. Prior to that he was the supervising producer of televised coverage for the Papal visit to Philadelphia. In that role he ran the master control facility for the event, calling nine live remote feeds over two days and coordinating directly with the US and International TV pools that carried those feeds. In advance of the broadcast he supervised development of all remote facilities and shooting plans, and ran the production team creating detailed rundowns, schedules and interstitial graphic and playback elements. His team also supervised the live translation and captioning of the event and distribution to over 60 LED screens throughout the city. The production was completed with longtime production partner ESM Productions.
Finneran is also the Digital Producer for the perennial “National Memorial Day Concert” and “A Capitol Fourth” live specials both for PBS, producing digital broadcast and social media content as well as supervising the live streams of both programs to multiple platforms. He recently led the two concerts through major digital upgrades, including their first-ever full-length live streams, Facebook Live celebrity appearances from the West Lawn of the US Capitol, and implementation of a new live clipping system that pushes live HD show clips to social media within minutes of their live broadcast.
He also recently served as executive producer and creative director for two large, multi-day events for his long-standing client the Advisory Board Company. Both involved thousands of participants engaged in simultaneous sessions, breakouts and expo interactives. Podium Arts provided turnkey production services for both events, including all A/V and lighting systems, multi-camera live coverage, production design, site planning & operations, staging, signage, staffing, labor and event content post-production.
Finneran was the technical producer for the NATO and G8 Summits at Chicago’s McCormick Place Center and the Camp David Retreat. The four days of combined summit events required months of planning and a production team of over 500 staff and crew. Finneran was responsible for developing the integrated scopes of work and supervising the entire technical team from lighting, sound and video systems to a vast array of office, IT and telecom services for the delegates. He was also responsible for creating the master production schedules for the primary NATO and G8 events as well as multiple offsite events around Chicago. He also supervised the development and implementation of the Host TV system and International Media Center that presented the combined summits to the world.
He also served as Executive Producer of the “Workers Stand For America Rally,” the inspiring national unity event for organized labor gathering over 50,000 attendees in the lead-up to the 2012 National Political Conventions. Finneran provided turnkey production services to his union consortium clients, led by the IBEW, including all site and production planning for the outdoor Ben Franklin Parkway venue in Philadelphia, as well as staging, technical production, media services, graphics, talent booking and a seven camera HD pool that was also streamed live on the Rally’s official website.
Finneran was also supervising producer of broadcast operations for the Mexican Bicentenary, including more than 12 hours of live broadcast events from Mexico City. The project, shot entirely in HD, combined four network production partners and over 70 cameras integrated over a five-kilometer site. Finneran was responsible for conceiving and managing the overall production plan, from facility integration and production scheduling down to lens selection and individual camera placement. He personally produced coverage of the main Grito Celebration in the Zocalo main square, led production negotiations with all local network partners as well as the national and local government, and supervised unilateral press services.
Other broadcast events and campaigns include the “Born HIV-Free” campaign with former French First Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, and a high-profile identity campaign featuring Madame Bruni-Sarkozy, Bono, Bill Gates, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Kofi Annan, both for the Global Fund in Geneva. He also produced “A Celebration of Country Music at the White House” from the East Room of the White House for Great American Country Television in Nashville, featuring Brad Paisley, Alison Krauss and Charlie Pride. Finneran was also the webcast producer for the first two years of Budweiser’s “Made In America” music festival in Philadelphia.
Finneran has also been responsible for some memorable political events, including digital media design and production for the 1992, 1996 and 2000 Democratic National Conventions, the last of which included the first live streaming of the event and host HD broadcast for multiple international networks. He co-produced election night 2003 in Boston, including site-prep, staging and the multi-camera DNC host broadcast. In 2008 he directed then Senator Clinton’s 3-night live campaign launch and directed and co-produced two national town hall events, including a simultaneous 22-city live satellite event from New York that had a combined Lifetime broadcast and live stream audience of more than 1.25 million viewers. Joseph also created and produced the Center for American Progress’s Progressive Dinner for its first eight years.
Dorie D'Amore is an experienced producer who excels at creating compelling events, top-to-bottom, working closely with clients from initial concept to actualizing a successful program. She produces events of all sizes, from content-heavy corporate meetings to very complicated multi-media, experiential productions. She also has a deep background in major live broadcast specials and widely-promoted live-streamed events.
She is one of the lead show producers for the multi-million-dollar marketing extravaganza, the “NBCUniversal Upfronts”, in which she works directly with the client to develop and oversee all the content going to the screens and stage from over 25 different vendors servicing all the brand networks under the NBCUniversal umbrella.
Dorie’s has worked on multiple programs for television - including PBS Television’s “In Performance at the White House,” “Great Performances” and “Library of Congress Gershwin Prize” at the White House. She has orchestrated master schedules for week-long events such as “Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show” (both in U.S. and abroad) to live broadcasts such as TLC’s The Royal Wedding w/ITV London, and National Geographic’s “Live from Space” which followed the International Space Station’s full orbit of the earth, interacting with the astronauts.
Dorie was recently one of the producers for “Stand for Rights: A Benefit for the ACLU” (a 4-hour special event launched on Facebook Live). She organized master broadcast and content for screens for the World Meeting of Families’ “Visit of Pope Francis” (in Philadelphia), production supervised ABC’s Earth Day special - “Seven Continents, Seven Ways to Save the World,” NBC’s “Concert for America”, Amnesty International’s “Secret Policeman’s Ball”, IBEW’s “Worker’s Stand for America” and “Yes We Will” a BET special celebrating the inauguration of President Barack Obama.
Dorie’s credits include associate directing “You-Tube on Stage at the Kennedy Center,” and supervising “TED Talks Live”, a series of specials highlighting outstanding speakers on the topics of education, science and war & peace, which aired on PBSand YouTube; On TED Talks she briefed 8-10 speakers a day on their presentations (including their script, video content & cues).
Project Manager / Operations Supervisor
Kyle Bozarth is a project and production management professional with more than a decade of experience providing senior-level operations management and client services support at the national level, to a diverse array of clients in the special event and trade show industries. Kyle is a results-oriented problem solver and task-focused manager with well-developed analytical skills, who has proven highly effective in fast paced, high-pressure environments. He has experience working in partnership with the largest general services contractors in the country with demonstrated excellence in event logistics, strategy and execution, vendor selection and management, project staffing and labor management, project estimating, schedule management and financial planning.
Kyle has managed contractor, vendor and labor teams ranging in size from 10 – 500 people and budgets/accounts up to $15 million. A sample of his project credits includes the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, the 2012 NATO Summit in Chicago, the 2012 Obama Campaign “Election Night in Chicago”, 2002-2012 Buyers Market of American Craft in Philadelphia, and 2007 ACE Hardware in Philadelphia. Kyle has been senior project manager of the Washington Auto Show from 2013-2015.
He has held additional supervisory operations positions managing budgets, project schedules and overall logistical operations for various event and trade show clients. Sample projects include 2002-2011 Philadelphia Antique Show in Philadelphia, Cambridge Health Institute in Cambridge, the Military Vehicle Expo in Ottawa, Canada, the 2002-2011 Philadelphia Auto Show, and 2007-2008 AUSA (Association of the United States Army) in Washington DC. In addition, Kyle managed various aspects of onsite production and logistical operations for the 2000 Republican National Convention in Philadelphia, 2004 Republican National Convention in New York, 2002-2007 New York Auto Show in New York and 2004-2007 Fancy Food Show in New York.