Darcy Bonfils CV

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Summary

Executive Producer with solid track record in network and local television news producing, working closely with high-profile talent. Nationally award-winning writer with exceptional story-telling skills; collaborative leader with strong editorial judgment and seasoned breaking news producer. Experienced in multi-platform, digital content creation. Proven ability to meet tight deadlines and budgets. I’ve done it: breaking news, live and taped studio, live and taped multi-camera remotes, packages and digital media.

Employment History

Senior Executive Producer, “CBS46 News”
11/2016 to Present
WGCL-TV (CBS) - Atlanta, GA

  • Senior Executive Producer overseeing all newcasts for Top Ten Market CBS network affiliate. Third in line management in newsroom- overseeing 100+ newsroom staff with special focus on reporters, producers and writers. Oversee writing, editing and producing scripts, news packages and newscasts. Special emphasis on breaking news. Also supervise daily performance, hiring and personnel issues. Team leader and motivator, optimizing staff talents and productivity.
  • Responsible for producer scheduling and show coverage; while fulfilling company emphasis on budgeting and scheduling efficiency- maximizing most economical show coverage. Responsible for copy-editing across all shows from 4p to 11p: anchor scripts as well as reporters’ copy.  Final eye on all supers and show banners.
  • Involved in daily editorial decision-making; story selection and enterprising. Also heavily involved in managing show blocking and graphic design. Manage breaking news coverage- playing critical role in prioritizing and getting on the air.
  • Rewrote company Producer Guide, updating best practices. Also developed training materials for Producers, Reporters, Anchors and On-Air Meteorologists to ensure consistent quality across all positions. Trained as INEWS Power User, adapting INEWS best practices to current needs of news operation.

Executive Producer, "23.5° with Sam Champion"
01/2016 to 11/2016
The Weather Channel - Atlanta, GA

  • Executive Producer for one-hour weekly taped talk show hosted by anchor Sam Champion, interviewing Thought Leaders, celebrities, environmental innovators and scientific pioneers.
  • Write all anchor copy, research, book guests and write interview packets. Perform all line producer and show blocking duties, helped develop show look, graphic and sonic design. Oversee post-production.
  • Oversee staff of five part-time producers- booking and segment- with editorial guidance and vision. Team leader and motivator, optimizing staff talents and productivity. Developed innovative virtual office, facilitating hiring and retaining of top quality free-lancers without geographic limits, minimizing staffing costs.
  • Manage and helped develop digital media partnership with “Huffington Post”, sharing editorial content, facilitating exposure of “23.5 Degrees” to HuffPost’s 100+ Million monthly unique visitors. Also play key role in show’s social promotion strategy on The Weather Channel’s digital platform, Weather.com, increasing show exposure to site’s 155 Million monthly unique visitors. Helped developed “23.5 Degrees” social media platforms and promotion on Twitter and Facebook, with streaming show clips and Facebook Live posts.
  • Responsible for $400,000 annual show budget, managing expenditures and cost efficiency, achieving budget goals by keeping costs under tight $10K per episode. Created set design, melding cost efficiency with aesthetic emphasis. Through my networking, secured innovative NYC studio location at half cost of regular commercial studios. Shoot on Sony PXW-X70 cameras, more economical than legacy studio cameras, while maintaining excellent production quality.

Executive Producer, "AMHQ with Sam Champion"
01/2014 to 01/2016
The Weather Channel - Atlanta, GA

  • Involved in all aspects of editorial production for three-hour daily morning show start-up; performing critical editorial liaison role with anchor Sam Champion. Oversaw staff of 25+; responsibilities included editorial content, copy-writing, copy-editing and graphic design. Emphasis on live, breaking news.
  • Oversaw show’s social media unit, growing “AMHQ’s” Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts from start-up to six-figure followers, providing editorial guidance and digital promotion strategy. Oversaw daily pre-show Periscope shoots emphasizing breaking news for digital audience. Also worked with digital partner Weather.com, to launch “AMHQ” page, tapping into site’s 155 Million monthly unique visitors. Oversaw social media for anchor Sam Champion’s Fan pages as well, with postings from studio and remote live locations.
  • Created and developed branded show segments providing network sponsorship opportunities with solid editorial content. Through my networking skills, secured sponsorship deals worth $100K+ for the Network, funding multi-camera, full show live “AMHQ” originations from diverse locations.
  • Involved in all decisions of show start-up from developing set design, graphic look, talent hiring, set building and camera shot blocking. Involved in show marketing and PR promotions, broadcast and digital, to help develop name recognition and viewer tune-in for show start-up.

Coordinating Producer, “Good Morning America”
10/2006 to 12/2013
ABC News - New York City, NY

  • Produced all taped spots, remotes and studio segments for ABC News Weather unit and ABC News Weather Editor Sam Champion, on "Good Morning America" and all ABC News & digital platforms.
  • Responsibilities included shooting and writing all unit's stories from breaking news to sweeps to features; vivid story-telling and writing, seeking and pitching fresh story angles; booking compelling sources for optimal story-telling effect; managing editorial production.
  • Produced live remotes covering breaking news, features and specials for GMA and all ABC News & digital platforms. Extensive live, multi-camera production in most challenging of environments. Also production manager on remotes, acting as liaison between editorial and technical crews.
  • ABC News editorial contributor for ABC News/Yahoo! News Digital collaboration, the #1 digital news destination with 100 Million monthly unique visitors. Also developed and maintained social media platforms for ABC Anchor Sam Champion: Facebook, Google Plus and Twitter accounts, growing to six-figure followers.
  • Unit’s editorial contributions credited with helping "Good Morning America" make history, ascending to nation’s #1 morning program, ending "Today Show's" 17-year dominance.

Awards:
*Emmy: Nat'l Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, 2012-2013. "Outstanding Morning Program".
*Peabody Award, 2012. "Coverage of Superstorm Sandy", ABC News.
*Emmy: Nat'l Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences, 2008-2009. “Outstanding Morning Program”.
*Emmy: Nat'l Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences, 2007-2008. “Outstanding Morning Program”.
*Emmy: Nat'l Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences, 2006- 2007. “Outstanding Morning Program”.

Consulting Producer, "Sea Rescue with Sam Champion"
06/2012 to 12/2013
Litton Entertainment- New York City, NY

  • Award-winning syndicated weekly program airing on 98% of country's ABC affiliates. Assisted in copy-editing, voice-over records, pitching stories, and social media promotion.
  • Show growing from start-up to #1 in most of its markets, reaching 30-million viewers, ratings +20% in time period season one to season two.

Awards:
*Telly Award, 2013. “Outstanding Wildlife Television Programming”.
*Parent's Choice Award, 2013. "Television Category".
*US International Film & Video Festival, 2013. "TV: Entertainment Program & Specials”.

Producer, “Eyewitness News”
02/1997 to 10/2006
WABC-TV - New York City, NY

  • Line Producer and Specials Producer for #1 rated broadcast news operation in New York City, “Eyewitness News”, the Flagship ABC O & O.
  • Line produced top-rated “Eyewitness News” programs. Emphasis on live, breaking news, creative production values and excellent writing skills.  Responsible for editorial content, compelling and accurate copywriting, story production and graphic design. Managed newscast's writing staff and field correspondents.
  • Wrote and produced news specials and long-form prime-time specials, managed and produced location shoots, oversaw ENG edit. Also field-produced live remotes for all news programs.

Awards:
*NY Emmy Award, 2002-2003. “Outstanding Entertainment Programming”. *Peabody Award, 2001. “Coverage of September 11, 2001”, ABC News. *Writers Guild of America Award, 2000. “Outstanding Script-TV News” for ‘Hurricane: Eyewitness To A Storm’.

Previous Professional Experience

  • SENIOR PRODUCER, "Inside America's Courts”; Court-TV/New Line Media - New York City, NY
    Managed staff of 50 for daily syndicated news magazine show airing in 116 domestic & int’l markets.
  • PRODUCER/WRITER, “CBS New York”; WCBS-TV - New York City, NY
    Line producer for morning and weekend newscasts, emphasis on breaking news. News writer; Field Producer.
  • DOCUMENTARY PRODUCER, "The Seasons of Change: The Hungarian Virtuosi"
    “Certificate Of Merit”, North Carolina Nat'l and Int'l Film Festival.
  • DOCUMENTARY PRODUCER, "The Colorado Chautauqua".
    "Outstanding Documentary", Colorado "Ace” Awards.
  • CO-AUTHOR, "The Presley Family and Friends Cookbook", copyright 1998

Professional Organizations

  • National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
  • Atlanta Press Club
  • Writers Guild Of America

Skills

Twitter
Skype
MacBook Pro
Facebook
Snapchat
Dalet
Instagram
SONY PD-100
Inews/AVID

Education

  • Master of Arts, University of Colorado - JOURNALISM - Boulder, CO
  • Bachelor of Arts, Middlebury College – POLITICAL SCIENCE - Middlebury, VT

Notable Shoots and Remotes

  • Booked and shot multi-camera ENG interviews with high-profile guests such as Sir Richard Branson, Actor Mark Ruffalo, EPA chief Gina McCarthy for “23.5 with Sam Champion”.
  • Live from St. Augustine, FL. 2015. Produced multi-camera live remote for "AMHQ" on The Weather Channel, multiple locations and action, including live music.
  • Live from New York City: 2012. Superstorm Sandy coverage and aftermath for all ABC News and digital platforms.
  • Live from Moore, OK: 2013. Tornado coverage for all ABC News and digital platforms.
  • Live from Joplin, MO: 2011. Tornado coverage for all ABC News and digital platforms.
  • Live from The Academy Awards: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011. Multi-camera remotes for ABC-TV’s "Good Morning America", covering Oscars. Extensive coverage of red carpet and celebrity events.
  • Live from Aulani Resort, Oahu, Hawaii: 2011. Produced multi-camera live remote for ABC-TV "Good Morning America", multiple locations during show, including live music.
  • Live from Gulf of Mexico locations, 2010. Embedded for extended coverage of Gulf Oil Spill for all ABC News platforms.
  • Gulf Oil Spill Haz-Mat Dive story: 2010. Produced shoot for Sam Champion and Philippe Cousteau, first news team to dive into oil in the Gulf for story airing on all ABC News platforms.
  • Live Flintridge, CA, 2009. Extended coverage of Station Wildfire for all ABC News
  • Live from the Atlantic Ocean on Royal Caribbean Int'l "Oasis of the Seas" cruise ship: 2008. Producer in multi-camera live remote from moving cruise ship in ocean for ABC-TV "Good Morning America".
  • Live from the Brazilian Rain Forest: 2008. Producer on multi-camera remote for live show from Brazil, with multiple, challenging live jungle locations for ABC-TV "Good Morning America's" 'The Biggest' Sweep Series.