David Sheehan's Bio

David Sheehan is currently one of the most successful producer-hosts in syndicated television, with three specials covering movies and movie stars airing on more than 200 stations every year.

“Summer Movie Magic”, “Holiday Movie Magic” and “Academy Awards Movie Magic” give a three-way overview of the performances, the personalities and the pictures dominating each season.

All three are produced by Sheehan’s production and distribution company Hollywood Close-Ups, Inc. www.HollywoodCloseUps.com.

David Sheehan has been a trail-blazer in the world of broadcasting for the past 30 years.  On KCBS-TV, he was the first reviewer/interviewer on a daily local newscast, then the first commentator to ever critique television on television, drawing “biting the hand” feature articles in both Time and Life magazines.

Sheehan was also the first local newsman to ever work for two networks simultaneously: “America Alive” on NBC and “The Big News” on CBS.

Also at NBC, Sheehan was the first local entertainment reporter to host and produce his own series of network specials, including “Macho Men of the Movies” and “Hollywood’s Leading Ladies”. He likewise served as host on a variety of NBC network specials for the Dick Clark Company, “The Sensational Seventies” and “The Oscar Race” among them.

At HBO, he hosted and produced the first Pay-TV monthly series in history, “Backstage in Hollywood”.

Sheehan produced and camera-directed “Pippin” (with Bob Fosse directing the performances and choreography)---the first Broadway musical ever captured by cameras during live stage performance, for Pay-TV, cable TV and home video.

Sheehan worked at KCBS-TV until 1984,  moved to KNBC-TV from ‘84 to ‘94, and finished up back at KCBS-TV from 1994 to 2004.  Since then, he has devoted his time to his three annual syndicated specials.

David Sheehan also made a mark in live theater as the producer-director of the West Coast Premiere of “An Albee Almanac” by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Edward Albee, and the West Coast Premiere of “Little Murders” by noted cartoonist/playwright Jules Feiffer. And, Sheehan is the author of one published novel “Before I Wake”.

He is the father of three children: his son Brian is the owner of the Eclectic Wine Bar & Grill in North Hollywood; his daughter Shannon is a Los Angeles real estate developer; and his daughter Kelly is a recording studio producer/engineer and singer-songwriter.

® All programs are productions of David Sheehan's Hollywood Close-Ups, Inc.