Democrats tap Kirshner for DNC

Emmy winner pairs with party strategist Squier

Three-time Emmy Award winning producer Ricky Kirshner has been named exec producer for the 2008 Democratic National Convention, to be held in Denver next August.

Kirshner, who will mark his fourth stint as DNC producer, will be paired with veteran Dem party strategist Mark Squier.

“Together, Kirshner and Squier will…make this convention as inclusive, accessible and engaging as possible using new technology and other creative means,” the Democratic National Convention Committee said in a statement Monday. “As executive producers, the pair will be responsible for the overall look and execution of the convention program including the design, staging, lighting, audio and entertainment.”

DNCC chief exec Leah D. Daughtry was highly enthusiastic about the Kirshner-Squier combo.

“Pairing Ricky’s unparalleled production experience with Mark’s strategic political insight will make an unbeatable team,” Daughtry said.

Kirshner emphasized how important the conventions are for conveying the broad themes and political messages that Dems are trying to get across to voters.

“It’s our job to make sure the millions of people watching from home and inside the (convention) are informed, entertained and inspired by this four-day celebration,” Kirshner said.

According to the DNC, Kirshner has produced television specials as well as sporting and political events over the last 20 years. Earlier this year he produced the Super Bowl half-time show, featuring rocker Prince. Also this year he snagged his most recent Emmy for his work as producer of the 2006 Tony Awards.

“For more than 25 years, Mark Squier has been a media consultant and strategic adviser to Democratic candidates for federal and statewide office and Democratic party committees,” the DNC said. “As executive producer for the 2008 Democratic National Convention, he will spearhead the strategic communications behind the program that will put the party’s nominee on the path to winning the White House.”

“I am very much looking forward to creating a convention program that helps communicate the voice and vision of our party and our nominee,” Squier said in a statement.