Doug Smart

Director-in-Residence, Media Communication and Journalism
CCA CA 216
(859) 858-3511 ext. 2398

Who is he? 

Doug Smart joined the faculty of Asbury University in 2007, after more than 20 years as a professional TV Director and broadcaster at the network level in Hollywood, and more than ten years of university teaching experience.  His professional credits include:

  • Empty Nest (NBC)
  • The Golden Girls (NBC)
  • Newhart (CBS)
  • The 51st, 52nd and 54th Academy Awards (ABC)
  • Benson (ABC)
  • The American Film Institute Lifetime Achievement Tributes to Alfred Hitchcock and Jimmy Stewart (CBS)
  • The Lawrence Welk Show (Syndicated)
  • A Country Christmas (CBS)
  • The Monte Carlo Show (FOX)
  • A Gift of Song: The Concert for UNICEF (NBC)
  • Musical-Variety Specials featuring Pearl Bailey, Debby Boone, Dolly Parton, Neil Diamond, Alabama, Kris Kristofferson, Donna Summer, The Bee Gees, Rod Stewart, Cher, The Oak Ridge Boys, and more…

Doug has written and directed seven episodes of “Friends Like You,” Asbury University’s award-winning original situation comedy, and is in pre-production for the eighth episode, which will be taped in front of a studio audience in October 2015.  

Doug has received six EMMY nominations, and in July of 2014 Doug was awarded the EMMY for “Outstanding Directorial Achievement – Live or Live to Tape” by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.  The EMMY was awarded to Doug for his work directing “The Word,” episode #505 of Asbury University’s original TV Sitcom, FRIENDS LIKE YOU.

In August of 2010, Doug produced a series of short films for the Opening Ceremonies of the World Equestrian Games.  These films have received the EMPIXX Award of Excellence in Film, and the AVA awards.  In Sept. of 2010, Doug directed the television coverage of the Alabama Gubernatorial Debates, which was broadcast live fromthe campus of the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.

In November of 2011, Doug traveled to the Dominican Republic to produce and direct a video for the missions organization SCORE International.

As a frequent director of the broadcast of “The WoodSongs Old Time Radio Hour,” Doug continues to direct episodes featuring Judy Collins, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, guitarist Tommy Emmanuel, pianist George Winston, The Cherryholmes, Billy Bragg and Wanda Jackson, blues stylist Janiva Magness and seminal reggae artists The Wailers.   In March of 2011, Doug directed a special episode of “WoodSongs Old Time Radio Hour,” featuring Emmylou Harris, which was taped before a live audience at the Lexington Opera House.  The program was awarded a national TELLY award for excellence.

 

 

 

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