Monday, October 4, 2010

And the award goes to... Dan Kossoff!

The Jacksonville Film and Television Office is proud to announce that Dan Kossoff will be the recipient of the 2010 Jacksonville Film and Television Industry Award. He will be honored at the 10th Annual Jacksonville Film Industry Reception.

Dan Kossoff has produced, directed, written, and developed literally thousands of television programs, documentaries, commercials, corporate videos and special events. His first job in the business was as a 16-year-old DJ in Superior, Wisconsin. In the early 60’s he helped pay his college tuition with coffeehouse gigs as a folk singer/guitarist.

Kossoff graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1964 and followed with post-graduate studies in film at the University of Kansas. His training as a film editor, cinematographer and TV director took him to the Maine ETV Network where he produced and directed documentaries, sports and specials. While there, he produced "A New England Town Meeting," one of Public Television's first live national broadcasts,

Kossoff moved to Florida in 1968 to direct WJCT’s “Feedback,” the nation’s first interactive nightly public affairs programs. He spent more than 25 years with Channel 7, working in production, special projects and development. He also worked in front of the camera for more than 20 years as a film critic and talk-show host. His folk music program, “String Along,” aired on Stereo 90-FM for six-years. While at WJCT, he developed and produced the nation's most comprehensive state government coverage with "Today in the Legislature," for Florida Public Broadcasting.

Kossoff directed the PBS production of the Jacksonville Jazz Festival from 1981- 83. From 1984-91 he was the Festival’s Executive Director and led its development into a world-class event.

In 1994 Kossoff accepted the position of Vice President/Executive Producer with White Hawk Pictures. He worked with this nationally recognized production company for 10-years, directing and producing commercials and long-form video.

In 2004 he founded Kossoff Productions which focused on assisting non-profit organizations tell their stories through video. He is currently the Director of Marketing for Jacksonville Greyhound Racing and the Poker Rooms at Orange Park Kennel Club and St. Johns Greyhound Park.

Kossoff is a founding member and former chair of the Jacksonville Motion Picture and Television Commission. He also served on the Clay County Tourism and Film Advisory Board. He is a past president of the Jacksonville Film Festival, a former adjunct instructor in broadcast journalism and production at UNF and is active in community affairs.

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