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Dennis O'Neill

An Emmy and Peabody award-winning producer and news manager, Dennis O’Neill is currently the executive producer of RightThisMinute. He manages a staff that produces 624 original half-hour episodes a year—more than any show in national television syndication. At MagicDust, Dennis has created an innovative model to shorten production times, improve productivity and redefine the making of an unscripted daily show.

Dennis began his career in local news at KOOL-TV, later KSAZ-TV, where he produced newscasts, investigative series, documentaries and special projects, including a groundbreaking series of satellite remote newscasts, Celebrate Arizona. In 1986, Dennis moved to KTVK-TV, where, as assistant news director over the next 18 years, he helped to build the then-fourth-rated news broadcast in Phoenix into the most-watched news organization in Arizona.

Dennis helped create MagicDust’s first series, NASCAR Angels, and also served as the that show’s executive producer.

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