Dan Hackett


Dan Hackett

Adjunct Faculty

Dan Hackett started his career at Doner Advertising when he was hired as an Art Director in 1973.

He quickly climbed the corporate ladder getting promoted to VP-Creative Director in 1978, Executive VP, Executive Creative Director in 1980 and became a partner in the company in 1982.

Hackett has worked on many regional and national TV commercials, as well as print and alternative media, and wrote much of his own creative. His awards include the Clio, Cannes Lion, One Show, N.Y. Film Festival, British Art Direction, and Caddies.

In 1990, Hackett resigned from the ad world to focus his efforts on directing television commercials. He's currently represented by reel exposure, U.S. and Maxx Films, Canada and has been awarded Cannes Gold Lion, Clio, N.Y. Film Festival, One Show and many local Caddy Awards.

His Highland Appliance commercial, “Piano,” was voted one of the Ten Best Commercials Of All Time by the Ad Crafter Club.

Currently, Hackett is Directing television commercials, teaching, working on the pre-production for the documentary “Bomber City,” and painting.

Hackett enjoys a fulfilling career writing and directing, but has always had the desire to teach. One of his favorite responsibilities while at Doner was hiring new recruits and training them to be writers, art directors and producers.