Daniel Reisinger (affectionately known as Reiso) is a visual director with a flair for mining the comedy out of moments of pathos and a passion for helping actors craft great performances. He recently co-created, executive produced and directed his first US TV show Sideswiped to great reviews. Vanity Fair called it a “thoroughly modern romantic comedy” while Indiewire called it “hilarious” and “truly heartfelt.” It stars Rosanna Arquette, Jason Sudeikis, Carly Craig, Peter Gallagher, and Thomas Lennon. The pilot alone has been watched more than nine million times and counting. He followed this with successfully launching the Australian version of the Emmy award-winning show Drunk History (although let’s face it in Australia it should’ve just been called – History). It featured Rhys Darby (Flight of the Conchords, Jumanji). It was the number one rated pilot in Network Ten’s pilot week and topped its time-slot in the under 50’s and number one trending program in Australia upon its launch.
Reiso’s short film Status Update playfully lampooned the effects of social media on our love lives. It picked up the Special Jury Prize from the Friars Club in New York, as well as a Vimeo Staff Pick and Short Of The Week. According to Vimeo it has been watched in 207 countries and territories. Dan started out in news and documentaries at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation – where he was nominated to be their representative at the Young Australian Leaders forum. Eventually he decided making comedy would be more fun and moved to NYC to do just that. He started making comedy YouTube vids with his friends with no money. Happily they received millions of views and he soon found himself drawn into the world of advertising.
Reiso’s clips and commercials have received numerous awards around the world including four Cannes Lions and a D&AD pencil. His work has received press from publications as diverse as Fox News, The Sydney Morning Herald, Variety, Deadline, Indiewire, CNBC, ABC, Wired and Ain’t It Cool News – who recently described him as; “a force to be reckoned with.” He has had a lot of laughs – punking US congressmen, smashing pianos with trains and blowing up microwaves with teddy bears. He is looking forward to the next unusual request his job makes of him— if it makes people laugh.