David grew up in Rochester, New York, and got his start in filmmaking spooling 35mm film at Kodak during his college summer breaks. After spending countless hours in the dark at Building 38 in Kodak Park, and much to his family’s surprise, he graduated from Syracuse University Cum Laude. For the record, the Cum Laude part was the surprise, not the graduating.
Upon graduation he went into advertising in New York City. After a few years of working at some great agencies in NYC and San Francisco, he decided to get back into filmmaking, but this time in a slightly more creative capacity. He started directing. Once he did, he quickly established himself as one of the commercial world’s top talents. Just after making his directorial debut, David was nominated for the prestigious DGA Commercial Director of the Year award. His award-winning approach encompasses comedy with smart, subtle performances with a cinematic sensibility and an expertise working with high-profile celebrities and athletes. In addition to the DGA nomination, he has received multiple honors from Cannes, D&AD, One Show, AICP, CLIOS, London International Awards and Communication Arts, among others. Most recently winning won a Bronze Lion in Cannes in 2013 for a humorous Cialis campaign that subtly focuses on couples getting some alone time away from their children.
David is represented worldwide commercially by Station Film. For Film and TV he is represented by Resolution in Los Angeles and managed by Smart Entertainment in Beverly Hills