DANABDana Dunbaugh Burnell


A freelance writer whose work has appeared in American and English publications, I recently completed a novel, THE TAME MAN, and a screenplay adaptation, DEVOTED LADIES.  I’ve published essays, articles, cover pieces, as-told-to articles and reviews–plus a deliciously anonymous film and pop culture blog. I am a former Editorial Assistant at Harvard Review, and was the Arts Editor at Inside New York. I worked in publicity at New Yorker Films, was a co-founder of Firewater Films, and currently am a writer and production manager at the acclaimed educational movie website, BrainPOP.  I was awarded a Mellon Foundation Grant, and received two Fellowship Grants from Columbia University.

Specialties: Film, arts, fiction, humor, travel.

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY, Writer and Production Manager. November 2010Present New York, New York

Writing, Editorial, and Production work for the international educational film company. I’ve written features, quizzes, game content, FYIs, activities, and researched artifacts and primary sources for the BrainPOP site. I write and edit for the BrainPOP Educators site, and supervise the SEO content on their pages. I also work on the CCSS alignments on the Games Pages, inputting the Feature and Spotlight Movies, and copy edit. I have experience  with film transcoding and compression for iPod and iPad apps for the American, English, and Spanish markets. Assign projects, scale workload, produce content for this international educational film resource.

Self-Employed Freelance Writer & Editor, New York City

 November 2007 – Present

*I’ve written a noir dark comedy called Mistaken Nonentity and recently completed a second book, The Tame Man. It’s a dark comedy about Midwesterners in London. I have also completed a screenplay adaptation, Devoted Ladies. 

*Wrote recaps of the 15th series of A&E’s Intervention for the AfterPartyChat website. Many of these recaps brought the week’s highest traffic to the site.*Freelance work published in The London Times Sunday Magazine, The Columbia Law Report, London’s Guardian Weekend Magazine, Show Business Weekly,, and others.
* Fact-checked manuscript and researched photo permissions for author Susan Hertog’s Random House book, Dangerous Women: Dorothy Thompson and Rebecca West, New Women in Search of Love and Power.
*Editing film-related and closed captioning copy for, the educational film website. This involves research, fact-checking, and copy-editing, plus knowledge of HTML, Mac and PC, while consistently matching the voice of these highly successful educational films. I also assist with film compression and transcoding, converting from flash to iPod and iPad compatible files.
*Editorial and Research Assistant for writer and historian Patricia O’Toole in creating a book of Theodore Roosevelt quotations for Cornell University Press.
*Writing (with filmmaker Courtney Williams) a Web-based continuing sitcom with suspense elements, called Bistro X.
*Hired by writer Jill Hamburg-Coplan to edit Business Weekly service pieces for
*Writer, Editor, and Consultant for Hired by the administrators to write and provide editorial analysis for WeBook’s first suspense novel, Pandora. Three chapters of mine were selected for publication, and I was offered renewed contracts throughout production.

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