Don Downie is an award-winning director, writer, and producer.
A native of Detroit and a self-taught filmmaker, Don recently directed season one of Royally, a comedic web series that won the Critics Award at the 2017 New York Television Festival.
Don wrote and directed the short films Le Creuset, an irreverent comedy about adultery - and Pepper & The Salt Sea, a magical realism drama about a photographer and a mermaid in post-Sandy Brooklyn. Both films toured festivals nationally and internationally, garnering awards.
Don’s short screenplay Adultnapped was the First Runner Up at the 2015 DC Shorts Film Festival Screenplay Competition, and was a finalist in the Screencraft Short Film Fund Competition. He was a finalist for the Jerome Foundation Grant for his feature screenplay The Spirit of Detroit.
Previously, Don directed the ground-breaking web series podOpera Brooklyn, the digital pilot Exit Strategy for TeenNick, and served as cinematographer for the award-winning short Cake, directed by Anne Hu, and the feature film Wedgerino, directed by Aaron Wertheimer.
Selected TV credits include Saturday Night Live, The Biggest Loser, Brain Games, and Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation. Don recently served as supervising producer on the documentary digital series Go B4 It’s Gone and SRSLY Science for The Weather Channel on Facebook Watch.
Don founded his production company, Small Media Extra Large, in 2008. He is currently putting the finishing touches on the short action comedy Viola 2: Unfinished Business, and has several series in development.
Don, his wife Stacie, and their cute dog, Lucy split their time between Brooklyn and Los Angeles.