BWW TV Exclusive: Konversations with Keeme: A Chat with David Distinti
Thirteen year old Ajibola Tajudeen, better known as Keeme, is the host of New Paradigm Theatre's web series now in it's second season here on BroadwayWorld. "Konversations with Keeme" is show where Keeme interviews seasoned television and film professionals like Tamara Tunie of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit and Renee Lawless of Tyler Perry's The Have and the Have Nots, as well as Broadway veterans such as Emmy and Grammy winner, Paul Bogaev, and Broadway pros Christine Dwyer, Kelly Grant, Juwan Crawley and more.
The series follows Keeme's interviews as he receives advice on "the business", performing, and leadership from the pros in the performing arts industry. These interviews are released weekly on BroadwayWorld.
New Paradigm Theatre Company is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit theatre fostering creative problem solvers, leaders, and global citizens through theatre arts education and productions. This series is one of the ways that NPT features their outstanding Youth Board of directors (all the production and on-camera work is facilitated by our Youth with some guidance from our Pros). Artistic Director and Broadway veteran, Kristin Huffman says, "New Paradigm is a theatre with a social conscience. We produce events and shows that not only entertain with Broadway pros, but that also connect directly to our community and teach youth leadership.
This second seasons leads right up to NPT's Holiday show on Dec 15 and 16 at Fairfield Theatre. Get your tickets here.
Keeme's interview this week: David Distinti worked as a technical director for CNBC, Fox Sports (including the popular Fox NFL Sunday football pregame show), So You Think You Can Dance , Deal or No Deal and many other prime-time specials. His interest interest in television/filmmaking started with a seventh grade assignment in Easton CT. He had to make a short movie using a video camera and VCR -- that was the spark. Dave's television career began with an internship with Cablevision in Norwalk CT.
Now a director at ABC News, Dave directs ABC's network news show - World News Tonight, first with Diane Sawyer and now with David Muir. Dave has won two Emmy awards for his work at ABC. He also directs breaking news coverage and special events for the network -- elections, eclipse, post/pre Academy Awards shows. Dave also founded and runs Connecticut FilmWorks - a local group dedicated to developing short films and training aspiring filmmakers.
Konversations with Keeme is produced with support from the Department of Economic and Community Development, Connecticut Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.