New York is the birthplace of the first television
broadcast in the United States, and its where you'll
find Donna Pennell, a Schenectady native, who has
created, developed, and produced over 585 television
shows aired on major networks and cable affiliates.
Pennell has been working in the entertainment
business since age 3, performing as a dancer, model, and
theatre actor. Her first experience with film came at
age 16 when she took a cinematography class, and from
that point on was hooked. She wrote,
produced, and directed three short films by age 20.
During her time in Los Angeles she assisted with
numerous productions, also appearing on-camera as an
actress and TV host.
Upon her return to upstate
New York, she became a regional Producer/Director in the
Albany market for World Media, handling several weekly
series and creating new programming. In 1996 Pennell
established Destiny Productions, and in 2012 Electric
City Entertainment (a salute to Schenectady, which is
known as the Electric City)
honored to be appointed in 2016 by the Mayor of
Schenectady as a new Film Commissioner, serving to bring
film and TV productions to Upstate New York.
Other broadcasted series and television specials
produced by Pennell include HomeView TV, Dining Out, A
Saratoga Summer, Open House, Out & About, Holiday,
Showcase Of Homes, TV AutoShow, Here Comes the Bride, At
Home, and Real Estate Deal$.
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