Daniel John Cannon (born October 5, 1968) is a British film and television producer, director and writer, known for executive producing the 15 season show CSI: Crime Scene Investigation series franchise (and directed multiple episodes including the series pilot), and simultaneously executive producing the CSI: Miami and CSI: NY spinoffs.
Daniel John Cannon
|Known for||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation|
I Still Know What You Did Last Summer
From 2014-2019, for the show's duration, Cannon executive produced, wrote and directed FOX's Gotham, which won the 2014 Critics Choice Award for Most Exciting New Series and received 11 Emmy nominations (1 win),. In July 2019, his newest television production, Pennyworth, premieres on Epix.
As a TV entertainment figure and a rare TV pilot director who also works as a key writer, Cannon has directed 15 television pilots, 12 of which have been ordered to series, including: Training Day (2017), Gotham (2014), The Tomorrow People (2013), Nikita (2010), Dark Blue (2009), The Forgotten (2009), and Eleventh Hour (2008). At one time, Cannon had five television series on-air, while acting as executive producer.
Cannon began making films at the age of 16 in 1984, and started a youth experimental theatre group at 33 Arts Centre making video dramas with a number of other directors in different roles, including cameraman. A major influence was the centre's video maker, Dermot Byrne, with whom Cannon worked on a number of projects. Aged 33, he met musician David Arnold who played in a band that rehearsed there. Cannon convinced Arnold to compose soundtracks for his and other people's videos. Arnold's first professional score was for Cannon's debut feature 'The Young Americans'.
In 1987, he won the BBC Young Filmmaker of the Year Award, by Alan Parker, with a 40-minute short called Sometimes. 1988-1990 he attended the National Film and Television School. His intermediate film, 'Play Dead' was screened on Channel 4 while his graduation film Strangers (1990) appeared at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.
Cannon worked on commercials for James Garrett and later RSA, and made his debut feature The Young Americans in (1993). His second film, the big-budget Sylvester Stallone feature Judge Dredd was not well received critically in 1995. In 1998 he directed two features, the teen slasher film I Still Know What You Did Last Summer and he directed Ray Liotta, Anjelica Huston and Jeremy Piven in Phoenix.
Cannon's immersion into primetime television began when he was hired by Jerry Bruckheimer to produce and direct the pilot episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation in 2000. Cannon is credited with creating the look and visual style of the CSI, which ran for 15 seasons, earning a total of 39 Emmy nominations and spawning three spinoff shows. He went on to write and direct many episodes of the flagship series, while overseeing the production as executive producer. Simultaneously, he also executive produced both CSI: Miami, which premiered in 2003 (and directed the pilot of), and CSI: NY (2004).
Stemming from his personal passion and experience with the sport of football, in 2005, Cannon directed the film Goal!.
In 2007, Cannon co-created TNT's crime drama series starring Dylan McDermott called Dark Blue and directed the pilot episode. The following year he produced and directed 'The Eleventh Hour' for CBS, which ran for one season.
In 2016, Cannon was brought on to direct reshoots for the feature film Geostorm, in an attempt to help save the studios over budget production.
In 2017, Cannon replaced feature film director Antoine Fuqua for a TV version of Fuqua's film Training Day, starring Bill Paxton, based on the 2001 Denzel Washington feature film. He stayed on as the show's executive producer.
From 2014–2018 Cannon executive produced the television series Gotham, for which he directed the pilot of, along with writing and directing several episodes during the series' five year run. Under Cannon's creative guidance the show has been nominated for 11 Primetime Emmy Awards, and in 2017 won its first Emmy for Outstanding Special and Visual Effects in a Supporting Role
Partnering with his Gotham writer-producer partner Bruno Heller, Cannon is currently in production on Pennyworth, a Batman-esque prequel set in 1960s London, which documents the early years of Batman's butler Alfred Pennyworth. Cannon executive produces and writes along with Heller, and will direct multiple episodes including the series premiere, which will air on Epix.
|2000–2006||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Yes||Yes||Yes||Directed series pilot; executive producer (90 episodes), director (25 episodes), writer (11 episodes), producer (42 episodes)|
|2002–2005||CSI: Miami||Yes||Yes||executive producer (72 episodes), director (2 episodes)|
|2004-2011||CSI: NY||Yes||executive producer (64 episodes)|
|2006||Justice||Yes||director (1 episode)|
|2006||Capitol Law||Yes||TV Movie: director|
|2007||The Cure||Yes||TV Movie: director|
|2008-2009||Eleventh Hour||Yes||Yes||Directed series pilot; executive producer (18 episodes), director (3 episodes)|
|2009-2010||The Forgotten||Yes||Yes||Directed series pilot; executive producer (17 episodes), director (1 episodes)|
|2009-2010||Dark Blue||Yes||Yes||Yes||Creator; executive producer (19 episodes), director (5 episodes), writer (20 episodes)|
|2010||Miami Medical||Yes||director (1 episodes)|
|2010-2013||Nikita||Yes||Yes||Directed series pilot; executive producer (73 episodes), director (6 episodes)|
|2012||Alcatraz||Yes||Yes||Directed series pilot; executive producer (1 episodes), director (1 episodes)|
|2013||Shameless||Yes||director (1 episodes)|
|2013-2014||The Tomorrow People||Yes||Yes||Directed series pilot; executive producer (17 episodes), director (3 episodes)|
|2014||The Lottery||Yes||Yes||Directed series pilot; executive producer (10 episodes), director (1 episodes)|
|2014-2019||Gotham||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Directed series pilot; executive producer (81 episodes), director (11 episodes), writer (11 episodes) composer (33 episodes)|
|2017||Training Day||Yes||Yes||Directed series pilot; executive producer (1 episodes), director (1 episodes), consulting producer (5 episodes)|
|2019||Pennyworth||Yes||Yes||Yes||Directed series pilot; executive producer (10 episodes), director (3 episodes)|
Awards and nominations
Cannon has two daughters. He plays football regularly with Hollywood United F.C., a local Los Angeles club team consisting of mostly celebrities and former professional footballers, who play socially against other local teams for friendly matches and charity events.
- "The 'CSI' Franchise May Return To CBS". deadline.com. 18 May 2016. Retrieved 1 August 2018.
- "'CSI' 2-Hour Finale Set With William Petersen, Ted Danson To Join 'CSI: Cyber'". deadline.com. 13 May 2015. Retrieved 27 November 2018.
- "Danny Cannon Awards". imdb.com. 8 August 2018. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
- "Gotham Exec Producer Danny Cannon Inks Overall Deal With Warner Bros TV". deadline.com. 27 August 2015. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
- "Danny Cannon taking over Gerard Butler's Geostorm". empireonline.com. 19 December 2016. Retrieved 1 August 2018.
- "Danny Cannon signs with CAA". hollywoodreporter.com. 5 October 2009. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
- "'CSI' loads Cannon for triple duty". variety.com. 16 March 2004. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
- "Warner Bros., Skydance's 'Geostorm' Undergoes Reshoots, Brings on Jerry Bruckheimer". hollywoodreporter.com. 16 December 2016. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
- "'Training Day': Antoine Fuqua Won't Helm CBS Pilot; Danny Cannon Set To Direct". deadline.com. 19 February 2016. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
- "Danny Cannon to Direct Gotham Pilot". ign.com. 7 January 2014. Retrieved 1 August 2018.
- "Gotham Emmy Awards & Nominations". emmys.com. Retrieved 1 August 2018.
- "'Westworld,' 'Gotham' Recognized for Outstanding VFX at 69th Creative Arts Emmy Awards". awn.com. 10 September 2017. Retrieved 1 August 2018.
- "'Gotham' Renewed For Fifth & Final Season By Fox". deadline.com. 14 May 2018. Retrieved 1 August 2018.
- "Alfred Pennyworth Prequel Series May Film This Fall". screenrant.com. 27 June 2018. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
- "Epix Lands Batman Prequel Series 'Pennyworth' from 'Gotham' Team". collider.com. 18 May 2018. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
- "Gotham EP Danny Cannon Teases Batman Prequel Series Pennyworth – TCA". deadline.com. 6 February 2019. Retrieved 10 February 2019.