Chris O'HARA

Dir. of Prod. | ABC ENTERTAINMENT

Chris O’Hara is the Director of Production for ABC Network’s Entertainment Marketing Department.  Getting his industry start in the crazy world of independent film in NYC, Chris found his way into the marketing production department for USA Cable (at the time, USA Network and Sci Fi Channel).  When USA Cable was bought by Universal Networks and the small cable network called Trio was purchased, he transitioned from short form marketing production to long form series and specials. After a stint in Miami starting up his own company he made his way to LA where The Mouse came knocking on his door.  He lives in Silver Lake with his wife and dog. 

questionnaire

1.)     What was your very first job? Newspaper Boy at Newsday on Long Island

2.)     Please describe, in your own words, what your job is and what work it entails. I am responsible for the production of originally shot content for marketing campaigns for all ABC Network shows and specials. 
 

3.)     How did you discover that the creative world was right for you? Was there a time in your life that you credit to this discovery? What was there train of events that brought you to where you are today? I was a bit lost during my sophomore year of college so I decided to take a production course.  My professor was this amazing guy who wanted to go beyond just teaching us the basics… he wanted us to create.  The only rule he had was to break all of the rules, but with a purpose.  It was an experience I will never forget.  It gave me the passion to create and I never looked back. 

4.)     In your constantly growing and expanding industry, how do you find inspiration to keep your work fresh, innovative and relevant? My amazing team gives me all of the motivation I need.  They are some of the best in the business.
 
5.)     If you had to pick one piece of work or project that you are most proud of, more for the creative work and innovation it required, rather than its recognition or industry “success,” what would it be? I’ll go back to a project that I was brought in to ABC to start.  It was called Lost Untangled and it was quite frankly the most fun I’ve had.  Action figures, miniature sets, a Henson created puppet…. It was magic. 

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