FRANK is a multi-faceted production company that focuses on non-scripted television and digital content – founded and run by award-winning storytellers with decades of combined experience in creating and producing national television.
PrincipAL - producer - director
For over 15 years Dan Connell has been producing, directing, editing and writing award-winning lifestyle, documentary and reality-based television. His work has earned some of the highest accolades in the industry, including multiple Taste Awards, two James Beard Awards for Best Culinary Program and numerous Emmy Award nominations.
He has created a wide variety of content for Food Network, Cooking Channel, PBS, TLC, HGTV, DIY, National Geographic and several other outlets.
Originally from Rochester, NY, Dan moved to New York City for a job in the mail room at The Late Show with David Letterman.
From there he went on to work his way up through a series of hands-on positions at Cablevision's Rainbow Media and then ABC's Wife Swap - shooting, editing, writing and producing with interesting characters in unique locations all over the world.
He worked as a field producer at The Rachael Ray Show, earning Daytime Emmy nominations for each of his two seasons there.
He then went on to produce and direct several successful food, lifestyle and reality shows including TLC's Moving Up, HGTV's The High Low Project, ABC's The Chew and TLC's America's Worst Tattoos.
As showrunner and director at Follow Productions he directed several episodes of Farmhouse Rules, Southern Fried Road Trip and BBQ Blitz for Food Network.
He is also the driving creative force behind the James Beard Award-winning series Extra Virgin starring Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos and the highly acclaimed, award-winning public television series Pati's Mexican Table - the only show on television to be nominated for both a James Beard Award and Daytime Emmy for best program in the same year.
As principal, producer and director at FRANK, Dan continues to pursue his passion for developing and producing fun-filled, character-driven content for anyone who likes a good story.
Dan lives in the Hudson Valley with his wife and two sons.
PrincipAL - producer - director
Pasquale DeFazio is an Emmy award winning producer, editor and director who has been working in national television and independent film for over 20 years.
His work has been exhibited on major US networks as well as international outlets and prestigious film festivals. His television credits include series for ABC, NBC, FOX, Discovery, TLC, MTV, and Food Network. He has also been an integral creative collaborator on dozens of development projects in television, web, film, and documentary.
His career began in his hometown of Philadelphia where he graduated from the highly-regarded film school at Temple University with a concentration in directing. Pasquale’s award-winning thesis film “Nighttown” sent him off on his career.
After graduation, Pasquale moved to New York City and started working in features. His credits include numerous indies as well as the major studio film “The Sixth Sense.”
While in NYC, he shifted to unscripted and documentary long-form television as a writer/director/editor. Pasquale worked on multiple episodes of TLC’s hit documentary series “Trauma: Life in the ER.”
Pasquale’s work led to a collaboration on the feature length documentary “The Long Journey Home,” where he served as writer and editor.
In addition to scripted and documentary, Pasquale has a long resume in food, travel, and lifestyle television. He has developed, produced and directed hundreds of episodes for every major cable outlet in the US covering virtually every genre – reality, food, competition, travel, relationship, and home renovation, including the first soft-scripted food comedy series for Food Network/Cooking Channel.
More recently, Pasquale developed, produced and directed two hit reality cooking shows for Food Network - Baked in Vermont and Delicious Miss Brown.
As principal, producer, and director at FRANK, Pasquale brings his passion for telling interesting stories, finding unique characters, and developing groundbreaking show formats.
Pasquale lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and three beautiful daughters – his finest productions to date.