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DANA J. OLKKONEN, VP OF DEVELOPMENT
Dana J. Olkkonen joined JV Productions as Vice President of Development in September of 2015. She is responsible for managing the company’s development team through the creation, execution and sale of unscripted content to major cable outlets. Dana is based out of the company’s Los Angeles office.
Prior to joining JV Productions, Dana served as Vice President of Development for Authentic Entertainment. In this role, she oversaw the development and sale of a number of pilots and series to a variety of cable networks. Among these projects were Smartest Guy in the World for History, Guilty Pleasures for Food Network, Waterfront House Hunting for FYI, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo for TLC, Jersey Belle for Bravo and many more. From starting with Authentic in 2009 she had an integral role in building the development team into one of the strongest development teams in the business and looks to bring that same success to JV Productions.
Dana’s passion for finding new and innovative ways to tell incredible stories is what drives her to continue developing unscripted content. She firmly believes that reality is stranger than fiction and has quite a few stories from the field to assert just that.
Dana earned her Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Communications from California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo. She is currently an active member of the International Documentary Association and finds her continued service on the awards screening committees to be one of the highlights of her year.