Daniel Tibbets has 20 years of entertainment programming and producing experience, and is currently the Senior Vice President Digital Media for Bunim/Murray Productions. In this newly created position, Tibbets leads Bunim/Murray’s digital department including developing short-form programming for the web, mobile devices and other online and connected device distribution platforms. He is responsible for creative development, identifying new opportunities, online show extensions, web series and partnerships with brands for Bunim/Murray’s digital efforts.
Prior to BMP, Tibbets was Senior Vice President and Studio Chief at GoTV Networks where he oversaw all programming, development, production, and licensing of video content for mobile and broadband, as well as new distribution models. Tibbets lead GoTV Studios to become the largest producer and distributor of original video content accessible to mobile users in streaming and on-demand formats on all U.S. based wireless carriers (Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, Cricket, etc.), mobile operating systems (iOS, Android, Brew, Java, etc.) as well as for online and Internationally. GoTV Networks was acquired by Phunware in June, 2011.
Before joining GoTV, Tibbets held the position of Vice President, Production at Twentieth Television, and oversaw FOXLAB, Inc. While at Fox, Tibbets developed a number of successful television programs including the first convergence program to air on broadcast television, “Classmates” with Classmates.com. Tibbets is also credited with creating the “mobisode™” including Executive Producing the first two original content mobisodes™ Love and Hate and Sunset Hotel (winner of the Golden Eagle Award for Excellence) which launched on Verizon’s VCAST in February, 2005.
Previously, Tibbets served as Vice President, Entertainment for Fireworks Television, where he developed live-action dramas for syndication with Tribune Entertainment and children’s half-hour series’ for Nickelodeon and NBC/Discovery Kids, including Strange Days at Blake Holsey High. Tibbets was also responsible for the U.S. sale of the eight-hour miniseries Robocop: Prime Directives to the Sci-Fi Channel as well as the two-hour MOW Stolen Miracle to Lifetime.
From his work at Papazian-Hirsch/Rysher Entertainment Tibbets is credited with the development and sale of the HBO series “ROME” and television films A Mother’s Testimony and Determination of Death for Lifetime and Face Value for Court TV.
Early in his career Tibbets served as a writer and producer on a number of notable television programs and specials including the Emmy-Award winning Streetwise, World Champions of Golf and BuzzTV, and the BBC/PBS mini-series Signs and Wonders starring James Earl Jones.
Tibbets has produced and/or contributed to the production and development of other award-winning, made for television series, including: Martha Stewart Living, Bob Vila, Pensacola: Wings of Gold, Psi Factor – Chronicles of the Paranormal, News for Kids, The Extremists, George Michael’s Sports Machine, America’s Most Wanted, Good Day Live, Judge Alex, On-Air with Ryan Seacrest, and many others.
Tibbets has a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing with an emphasis in International Marketing and Business from Arizona State University. Tibbets serves on the Board of e-publishing company Premier Digital Publishing, is a member of the Emerging Media Task Force for the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and on the Board of Directors for the CINE organization.
About Bunim-Murray Productions
For nearly two decades, television networks and viewers around the world have looked to Bunim-Murray Productions for groundbreaking, unprecedented and unforgettable reality entertainment. Widely credited with creating the reality television genre and known for several hit series such as The Real World (MTV), Road Rules (MTV), The Simple Life (E!), The Bad Girls Club (Oxygen), Keeping Up With the Kardashians (E!) and Starting Over (syndicated), Bunim-Murray Productions infuses its finely tuned sense of dramatic story structure to turn the ordinary tales of real people into extraordinary television programming and filmed entertainment. The company has continued to successfully reinvent the genre with the first-ever game reality show (Road Rules), then with the first-ever reality daytime soap (Starting Over), once more with the first-ever reality comedy (The Simple Life) and the first-ever multi-platform reality series (Road Rules 2007). The company was recently brought on to produce Project Runway and Models of the Runway with The Weinstein Company.