We take our core values of Creativity, Knowledge, and Innovation to heart. We believe these characteristics should influence what we do in business and in life. We enjoy the work we do and our clients get to reap the benefits of a well rounded, talented, seasoned, and dedicated team.
Dan is the inspirational chieftain of Team DDG’s creative geniuses. He’s a team-building, “Think-Meister” who lives the founding principles he used to establish his company more than 30 years ago -- Creativity, Knowledge and Innovation form the keystone of his company’s success in captivating television viewers around the world.
A Jersey boy who grew up in Arizona, Dan’s creativity is fueled by two passions: his wonderful wife, and the pursuit of excellence. When not in his office in the hills overlooking Santa Barbara, he traverses high country trails on a mountain bike. These soul replenishing rides are bounded by discipline but nourish unbridled creativity.
The inspiration from these frequent adventures through breath-taking scenery, coupled with Dan’s technological expertise is the blend that produces amazing scenery of another type -beautiful and technologically advanced scenic storytelling environments that have been awarded Set of the Year six times, the PromaxBDA Gold Award for a record breaking five consecutive years, and more than a dozen Emmy Awards. Dan brings a competitive edge to all he does. He firmly believes, if you can imagine it... you can create it.
Kartik is Team DDG’s inspirational Spirit Leader. With an uncanny ability to collect input from seemingly disparate sources, he pulls it all together to create designs that surprise and amaze clients and enthrall audiences. He says his most creative time of day is sometime after 2 am when distractions are at a minimum and his full creative energies are at their zenith.
Kartik grew up in India on a road to become a heart surgeon. As a college student, he sought balance in his world by back-packing through India, a path that led him to turn down a full scholarship to one of India’s most prestigious medical schools and follow his creative passions... much to the delight of Team DDG clients around the world.
Kartik finds balance through his life with his amazing wife and daughter. His passion is fueled by the desire to be the very best... a goal fulfilled with every one of Team DDG’s award-winning designs. Kartik’s eyes light up when someone says... “I know this isn’t possible, but what if...” That is the precise moment Kartik begins crafting the design that transforms their ideas into stunning reality!
DiFi is legendary in the TV biz for her breakthrough designs. A Michigander happily transplanted to Florida’s Gulf Coast, she’s taken home professional awards and honors by the armful. A strategic thinker who’s “been there” in stations and networks, DiFi delights clients with multiple solutions for their every design challenge.
A classical pianist who’s as comfortable with Bach and Brahms as she is with generating new and exciting designs, her branding prowess is perhaps matched only by her talents in the kitchen, much to the appreciation of her husband and friends! And she gets as much pleasure from being around positive people as she does wading into brainstorming sessions with seasoned professionals.
Already an animation and graphics guru, DiFi’s recently added ‘internet entrepreneur’ to her resume, creating getgabby.com, an innovative product that simplifies social communications for individuals, non-profits... like Special Olympics which spurred the idea, and small businesses. What sets DiFi apart in the intensely competitive world of scenic design is her passion for learning, her ability to share that knowledge, and her delight in mentoring people and watching them soar.
Hannes is as complex as he is focused. Hannes’ dad, the scientist, taught him the analytic approach to every challenge, while his artist mom imparted a love of light, color, and shadows.
Now a husband and father himself to two young men, Hannes is inspired by them and finds creativity by looking at the world through the eyes of the child that’s still within him, ever inquisitive, compassionate and hopeful. Hannes is an accomplished musician...you just might catch him at a gig around San Diego.
Respected around the world for his artistry in lighting and staging his creativity and knowledge are evident in his focused approach to finding the latest in technological solutions for DDG’s clients. “The answer is yes” says Hannes, “now what is your question?”
With an interest in photography, theatre and film that goes back to childhood, Bruce had his first camera at age 6, shot his first film at age 13, and was lighting theatre performances at age 14. Long before lighting and production were his profession, they were his hobbies. Today they remain one of his passions.
He learned the fundamentals of lighting from the pioneers of television lighting, including Imero Fiorentino, Bill Klages and George Spiro Dibie. From that base, Bruce has gone on to win recognition for his work, including Emmy and Telly Awards, PromaxBDA Gold and Newscaststudio Set of the Year, and the Illuminating Engineering Society’s international award for merit.
Amongst Bruce’s past and current projects are a national network series, symphony orchestra broadcasts, talk shows, network news remotes, commercials, promos, telethons, theatre, cultural events... and quite a few news sets!
Bruce lives in Seattle where he enjoys his other passions. the local art scene, hiking, travel, and getting together with friends.
“On time. Every time. No surprises.” That’s the Laurel mantra for every single client. She gets it done whether it’s on a world-class Team DDG project, being a mom to two daughters, or managing their horse ranch with her outdoorsman husband.
A natural-born organizer, Laurel knows how to juggle all of the moving parts of a scenic project, anticipate challenges and address them before they become problems. Her background in interior design is a great asset to Team DDG and their clients.
Propelled by positive energy, her brain never stops working for customers. She finds balance through a ‘work hard, play hard’ approach…she’s quick to call you, and just as quick to laugh. What puts a smile on her face every time… spending time with her family taking in the beauty of the mountains on horseback.
Mary is the glue that holds Team DDG together. Not an easy feat, but her job as the Principal Landscape Architect for the City of Chula Vista, California prepared her perfectly. Think about it. She led creative people from diverse backgrounds, working with beautiful components and resources to create an awe-inspiring environment. That’s a pretty good description of what Team DDG does with each and every project and Mary knows how to help us do it.
Mary’s creative outlets include designing and caring for her own landscape, which includes an orchard of fruit bearing trees. She puts her crops to good use, creating a feast for the eyes, and tantalizing tastebuds, with her own brand of gourmet vegetarian cooking.
An artist at heart, Mary’s regard for the well-being of others is a kind of quiet magnetic force that connects us to each other and us to our clients. Creative, competent, curious and compassionate, Mary makes everyone feel important--now that’s magic glue!
Koda Dan and Mary adopted Koda, via the Alaskan Malmute Rescue of Arizona, in July 2011. Her original name was Nala, but Dan thought Koda fit her spirit and northern breeding. She is a sweet girl, a real love bug; she often performs her favorite downward dog pose with a twist to belly up pose for all humans who want to pay her some special attention. Koda is definitely an alpha female! When she visits a dog park she’s all about establishing the pack and the order, with herself as the female alpha before launching into play groups. A survivor, (she was rescued just before euthanasia) she’ll eat just about any kind of food she can scavenge, which means a lot of “Leave-it” commands that go ignored! A lover of toast, pizza crusts, and oatmeal, she has the ‘dog-eyes’ down pat when it comes to human meal times. Mary is steadfast, but Dan’s a softy! A goof ball and a youngster at her core, she loves to dig, play with her favorite ball and mostly rough and tumble wrestle with her adopted brother Yuki.
Yuki Originally from Montana, Yuki was adopted him from Moonsong Malamutes out of Utah in May 2013. Koda, needed a bro! Yuki, (originally named Drifter) was a survivor of a significant rescue operation conducted by the Lewis and Clark Humane Society in Helena, MT. Yuki, was renamed because ‘Drifter’ just didn’t seem like an auspicious name for a Malamute that Dan and Mary wanted to keep track of! Yuki means ‘snow’ in Japanese. After a few names considered on a drive from Utah to Colorado, Mary looked at Drifter and said ‘Yuki’…his ears popped up and he looked her right in the eye! He also has the nickname ‘Batman’, because the markings on his face look just like the bat signal in the sky! He is a vocal boy. He likes to make sure you know he is trying to get your attention. He’s a little attached to Mary (aka the feed bag, daily dog walker,) so he follows her from room to room until he gets tired of all the moving around-lol! He likes to be your personal foot warmer, and enjoys watching TV from the couch and sleeping at the end of the bed! Following the alpha female of the pack, he has also established a taste for pizza crusts, toast and oatmeal, using his vocalizations to let you know he’d like to share your meal with you! Yuki and Koda are perfect playmates, and are the treasured mascots for the entire DDG Team. Team retreats include hikes in Moab, Utah led by Yuki and Koda.