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Professional Development

VPA Alumni Career Chat with Dan Silver ’01, Director of Documentary Feature Films, Netflix

January 13, 2021 at 5:30pm6:30pm EST

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The College of Visual and Performing Arts’ Office of Academic and Career Advising presents an alumni career chat with Dan Silver ’01, director of documentary feature films at Netflix and a member of the VPA Council.

Prior to joining Netflix in December 2020, Silver was vice president of originals – non-fiction at Disney+. He oversaw all of Disney+’s documentaries and docu-series, its wide-ranging unscripted formatted series, and all variety and specials. Previously, he was the head of platforms and content/new media for Marvel Entertainment, where he managed all of Marvel’s digital platforms as well as its new media and non-fiction content. Before that, he was the executive producer for ABC News Digital, where he oversaw ABC News’ entire digital editorial team and helped shepherd various new content initiatives, including the Emmy Award-winning digital short documentary brand ABC News Features. Under his leadership, received the prestigious Edward R. Murrow award for Best Website in 2016.

Prior to ABC News, Silver was the multi Emmy Award-winning senior director of development at ESPN Films, where he worked on nearly every content format conceivable – short-form, long-form, digital, broadcast unscripted, and scripted films. He was integral to the critically acclaimed documentary series 30 for 30, where he oversaw the development and production of multiple films.

Students may register via Handshake.

Other members of the University community may register by contacting Patti Bevans, VPA’s assistant director of career services, at

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This event was first published on January 6, 2021 and last updated on January 11, 2021.

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