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 lived in London from 2000 to 2006 and am currently based in NYC. 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 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, Production Associate, promoted to Writer. 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.

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. 

*Recently 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.

Columbia University, Writing Teacher, June 2000August 2000, 2002, 2005

Taught incoming first-year students the basics of writing fiction, non-fiction, plays and screenplays. Dissected sentence structure and the uses of symbolism and voice, analyzed critical theory texts from Aristotle through Forster, and evaluated film narrative from the silent era through to current releases.

Firewater Films, August 1998January 2002 (3 years 6 months)

Founder and Co-director of the Firewater Short Film Series in Times Square. Selected films, arranged screenings, created distribution deals with Public Television, wrote press releases, publicity material, and content of the Firewater website. Firewater Films was covered by Hollywood Reporter, Variety, The Sunday New York Times, Time Out New York, Show Business Weekly, London’s Independent, and the Bravo TV Channel.

Facets, Columbia University Press, Writer and Editor,  April 1997 – June 2000

Worked with the Managing Editor creating copy, reading blue-lines, and meeting with graphics and publications departments. Produced a historical on-line timeline of Columbia University’s 245-year history. Barnes & Noble then selected me to create biographical displays in their local bookstores, listing the achievements of alumni like Paul Robeson, Langton Hughes and Eudora Welty.

Inside New York, Arts Editor and Writer, 2000

Wrote introductions, sidebars, and articles for the Theatre, Fine Arts, Literature and Film sections of a New York City guidebook with national distribution. Managed a small staff of writers, and introduced sidebar interviews with writers, actors, artists, and film makers.

New Yorker Films, Assistant to Publicist, January 1998January 2000

Organized backlog of films, wrote film descriptions for marketing materials, and aided in the publicity and promotion of international films for North America’s premier arts film distributor.

Show Business Weekly, Writer, 1998-2000

Wrote best-selling cover piece in the publication’s history, “Women in Showbusiness.”  Also the cover piece “Stages?  We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Stages!”  Wrote, edited, conducted interviews, and brainstormed article ideas with publisher.

Harvard Review, Editorial Assistant, 1992
Wrote book reviews for the literary quarterly, and was chosen by Editor to help select and edit manuscripts for publication in Harvard Review. Worked with authors and printers to implement editorial decisions.


Columbia University in the City of New York, MFA, Fiction, 2000

Awarded Mellon Foundation Grant
Awarded Fiction Writing Fellowships 1996-7, 1997-8

Bates College,  B.A, English Literature. 1995

Thesis:  “Persuasion” and Jane Austen’s Movement towards Realism.

Université Paris Sorbonne (Paris IV), Certificate, French, Niveau B

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