Duane Mason Barnhart is an award-winning director and producer of television, documentaries and narrative films. He has produced and directed projects with many talented actors including James Earl Jones, Gary Sinise, and Sir Ben Kingsley to name a few. As an entertainment entrepreneur and 20 year veteran in creative media, Duane has a wide range of experience in both the entertainment and new media industries, including spearheading the launch and marketing strategies of an independent television network in 1998.
In 2006, Duane expanded his interest in the convergence of traditional media with the new media world and was asked to be one of the first of a select group of people to help Google create and launch their radio and television ad division. Soon after, he became one of the first independent producers to sign a partnership agreement with YouTube to produce content for ad sponsored channels. In 2011, Duane launched the tech-blog, Daily Disruption, which featured stories on Google News and other partner sites. In 2012 he produced and directed a feature length documentary that was seen in theaters on over 600 screens nationwide. In 2014 he rebranded and relaunched The Doorpost Project, a film contest and podcast show. Currently, Duane’s time is spent in development and/or production on a variety of projects including television pilot and 2 feature films. He also serves as a Silver Council Member and Judge for the Telly Awards.