John Summerlin

Need an experienced producer/director?

Whether your project calls for a cool-under-pressure director of live, multi-camera broadcasts, or a mature producer who’s as adept at working with high school students as celebrities, Summerlin delivers. Perhaps best of all, with many years working in corporate communications, Summerlin is particularly adept at producing multi-layered coverage of live events where several components must happen simultaneously, and failure is not an option. That said, he produces for your budget: big or small – for a day or a week or a month.

He opened The Summerlin Group in 2005, handling projects for former employers, clients and new clients, then re-incorporated the company in California after moving there in 2006.

Summerlin was previously Director of Production at Vidicom in New York, where he oversaw all production work including Video News Releases, Satellite Media Tours, B-Roll packages and Radio News Releases. In addition, he produced APPLEVISION and CHICAGOVISION, two monthly half-hour shows playing in upscale hotels in New York and Chicago.

Prior to that, Summerlin came up through the ranks at WestGlen Communications in New York – from production assistant all the way to Senior Vice President of Production – where he was responsible for maintaining major client relationships, producing/ directing/ writing live and taped projects, ensuring profitability through Open-Book Management, working with celebrities, overseeing video editing & duplication facilities, and doing voice-overs.

Celebrity Work (Notables): Britney Spears, Paul Newman, Donald Trump, Shaquille O’Neal, Colin Powell, Christie Brinkley, Spike Lee, Julius Erving, Gladys Knight, Phylicia Rashad, Dr. C. Everett Koop, Jean-Claude Killy, Regis Philbin, David Hyde Pierce, Cindy Crawford, Danny Glover, Bob Costas, Trisha Yearwood, Loretta Swit, et. al.

Awards: Telly Award: Cisco BizWise TV 30-minute web videos (3-camera studio production)

Creativity in Public Relations Award: Prudential Spirit of Community Awards Promo

Public Relations Society of America: Bronze Anvil, Sandoz Allergy Art Video News Release

Questar Silver Award, PBM All Infant Formulas Alike? Video News Release

Education: Bay Area Video Coalition, San Francisco: Premiere Pro CC, DSLR Videography, After Effects CC

Hobart & William Smith Colleges, New York: Bachelor of Arts, English (Dean’s List), Kappa Alpha Society

Pride and joy: two wonderful sons who graduated from Boston College and Loyola University of Maryland, and now both work in Manhattan

Travels: USA (45 states), Canada, Mexico, England, Germany, France, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Croatia, Montenegro, Greece, Israel, Hungary, Holland, India, Nepal, Indonesia, Guatemala, Bermuda, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, U.S. and British Virgin Islands, and The Bahamas

Mountaineering: Kala Patthar, Nepal (18,513 ft.), Everest Base Camp (17,600 ft.) trek with Jamling Norgay, Mt. Blanc, France (15,777 ft.), Mt. Vestal, Colorado (13,864 ft.), 40 of the tallest mountains in New England. Attended Telluride Mountaineering/Guide School.

Skiing: Canada, Vermont, Utah, Zermatt, Chamonix; now enjoying Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows

Tennis: Captain/player on several USTA 4.0 teams making NorCal District and Sectional Championships; winner of three Marin Grand Prix Doubles tournaments and one Prince International Team Championship

Reading: Averaging 10 books/year, keeping track on GoodReads with my friends and family