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David Tarleton
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David Tarleton

Assistant Professor,
Film & Video Department




David Tarleton

M.F.A., Cinema-Television, University of Southern California.

An award-winning producer, director and editor, David has created programs for Sony Pictures, The Muppets, The Sci-Fi Channel, Walt Disney Pictures, Fox, Comedy Central, Disney Channel, Tokyopop, Mattel, Universal, Warner Brothers, Baby Einstein, Showtime and more. He is executive producer, director and editor of the new media comedy series Dorkumentary, starring Adria Dawn, and was editor of the Webby Award-winning Muppets series Statler and Waldorf From The Balcony, for Disney.

His breakthrough film as producer/director/editor, the gothic fairy-tale Dinner, premiered at Slamdance, played on the SyFy Channel, and was released on DVD. David produced and edited the award-winning feature documentary What Babies Want, narrated by Noah Wyle, and its follow-up Reducing Infant Mortality. He produced and edited a series of documentaries for Sony Pictures, as well as serving as senior editor of The Pat Kilbane Show for Comedy Central.

Before joining the faculty at Columbia College, David worked in Hollywood for 14 years and taught documentary production at UCLA.