Dennis O’Brien is the founder of D(Squared) Digital, a new media company that produces documentaries and develops ‘content channels’ for commercial and non-profit clients.
O’Brien is also the Executive Producer of News and Documentaries at HDNet, the national high-definition cable / satellite network. He produces HDNet World Report, the network’s signature weekly news broadcast, which focuses on international affairs in documentary style -- it’s only one of its kind on commercial television. He also oversees original documentaries, and NASA on HDNet, which, through the network’s exclusive relationship with NASA, broadcasts launches in HD.
Since coming to HDNet, World Report has won its first-ever Emmy Awards, Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, several National Headliner awards, 4 CINE awards, and a business-news Emmy (for a co-production with PBS Now). An HDNet documentary Executive Produced by O’Brien, Baker Boys: Inside the Surge, won a 2011 CINE special Jury Prize, and was featured at numerous film festivals.
Before coming to HDNet, Mr. O’Brien spent thirteen years at ABC News. As Senior Producer for Special Events for Good Morning America, O'Brien produced broadcasts from such diverse locations as Istanbul, Kuwait, Paris, Rome, Los Angeles, the White House and New Orleans. He also conceived, planned and produced the first-ever live broadcasts from inside the Vatican, from aboard a US nuclear attack submarine while at sea, and the first live broadcast from inside CIA headquarters. While at GMA, O’Brien also managed the show’s transition to high-definition.
Prior to his time at GMA, O’Brien was a producer for This Week with Sam Donaldson and Cokie Roberts before moving to PrimeTime Live and 20/20, where he produced and wrote political, feature, and breaking news segments and hour-long documentaries.
At ABC, O'Brien was honored with two Emmy awards, and was part of a team that won a duPont-Columbia Broadcast News Award and a Peabody Award.
O'Brien is a graduate of Vassar College, and lives in Denver with his wife and two children.