For more than two decades, Dan Pasternack has been in the business of making television and digital entertainment. During his career, he has worked as a producer, a programmer, a studio and production company executive and a writer. He is currently an independent producer running his newly formed company, Little Bear Bear Productions. LBB is currently in preproduction on a special for Adult Swim, with several other deals in the works. This follows Pasternack’s two-year stint as the founding head of Big Beach TV where Pasternack produced projects for ABC, Comedy Central, Fusion and Seeso.
Prior to Big Beach, Pasternack was the VP of development and production for IFC where he oversaw the development of Portlandia, Comedy Bang! Bang!, Whisker Wars, Out There and The Spoils of Babylon, among other series. Pasternack has also held positions at Carsey-Werner, Studios USA (now NBC/Universal), Granada Entertainment USA and the Fred Silverman Company. While living in Atlanta, Pasternack was the VP of content for the launch of Turner Broadcasting’s digital comedy platform Super Deluxe, working with established and emerging talent alike including Bob Odenkirk, Brad Neely, Maria Bamford, Tim and Eric, Aaron McGruder, Nick Kroll and Norm Macdonald. In addition, Pasternack has served as co-producer on the Showtime series Beggars and Choosers, executive producer on the FX series Starved and as a writer and executive producer on the Starz series Gravity.
Since 1996, Pasternack has donated his time to the TV Academy on their Archive of American Television project, which he helped to initiate and for which he has conducted on-camera interviews with numerous legends including: Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Jonathan Winters and Bob Newhart. He has written articles for Vulture, Emmy Magazine, Paste, Splitsider and The Huffington Post and has a recurring column for McSweeney’s entitled “My Signed Comedy LPs: One Comedy Nerd’s Obsessive Journey." . As of the fall of 2016, Pasternack has joined the faculty of NYU as an adjunct professor, teaching a course in television and digital development to third year graduate students in the prestigious Tisch School of the Arts.