Dan Adler is a longtime entertainment and new media executive whose career began in the infamous Creative Artists Agency mailroom. In the 30+ years since then, that career has spanned two different tenures at CAA, where he conceived of and launched the Agency’s New Media department back in 1991, and where he returned, several years later, to rebuild and run that department at the height of the tech boom. Whether in his roles there, or as VP Creative Development at Walt Disney Imagineering, or in positions ranging from Chief Strategic Officer to Founder & CEO at a range of other companies, Adler has integrated his vast experience and relationships across entertainment, technology, and business to successfully pioneer new initiatives, to launch new companies, and to make compelling content. Along the way, he has worked extensively with Israeli tech companies and has produced arena-level concerts in Tokyo, Yokohama, Osaka, Seoul, Rome, Vancouver, Honolulu, Las Vegas, and New York City; he also has launched celebrity-driven cosmetic and wellness brands in Japan, South Korea, and the US. His comfort in the worlds of business, technology, entertainment, politics, and philanthropy has provided a unique platform from which to launch businesses and to reimagine large-scale philanthropic and advocacy projects.
Adler currently is co-producing BURIED, a four-part true crime documentary series for Showtime which premieres in the Fall of 2021. He also has a full slate of feature and television projects in various stages of development and production, most of which are based on best-selling books or other underlying IP. He was Executive Producer of NOEL, a feature film which marked Chazz Palminteri’s directorial debut and starred Penelope Cruz, Susan Sarandon, Alan Arkin, Paul Walker, and Robin Williams. He has been profiled or quoted in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The International Herald Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, Fortune, Variety, The Korea Times, The Telegraph [UK], The Jerusalem Post and Yediot Ahronot [Israel], among other publications, as well as in several books. He has been interviewed on live broadcasts on CNN and NPR and has been a featured speaker at leading technology conferences in the U.S. and overseas. He is involved in a wide range of charitable and political causes, with particular focus on youth activism, education, and the Middle East. He also served a two-year term on the California Film Commission, as an appointee of the Governor.
At his core, Adler is a storyteller who believes that the power of narrative is what unifies us all, and whose proudest accomplishment is the raising of his two sons.