LOS ANGELES – Talent agency DDA (Dattner Dispoto and Associates) is undergoing some exciting changes, with long-term staff being promoted to helm the agency.
Juanita Tiangco moves into the role of Vice President, Commercials and Music Videos. Juanita studied at New York’s Brooklyn College, majoring in Theatre Arts before starting her career working with a post production house in Hell’s Kitchen. She next worked as production supervisor at New York University’s prestigious Tisch School of the Art’s film department before first joining DDA in 1990. She ran DDA’s New York office for five years, repping superb talent including Harris Savides, Lance Acord, Salvatore Totino, Tami Reiker and Jim Fealy. Juanita returned to DDA in Los Angeles in 2005. She has been an agent for 26 years; 16 of those years with DDA.
Priding herself on maintaining the agency’s top-notch commercial and music video roster, Juanita relishes the company’s reputation for being eager and accessible. “We have a great name in the commercial community,” she says. “I want us to be the top commercial below-the-line agency out there and to always be producers and directors’ first port of call.”
Last month, she represented DDA at the inaugural Cannes Lions Entertainment for Music Awards, where her client DP Malik Sayeed’s FORMATION music video for Beyonce took home the coveted Grand Prix prize.
Dan Burnside steps into the role of Vice President, Features and Television. Dan started with the company in 1999 as an assistant after working in the distribution department of Rysher Entertainment and at several production companies.
Representing many of feature and television’s best cinematographers, including Manuel Billeter, Jim Hawkinson and Rachel Morrison, Dan has been integral to building DDA’s award-winning features and television department. He aims to expand and deepen the agency’s presence, while “always keeping an eye on the artistry and creative integrity of DDA’s clients. I love our client’s craft and the agenting side of this business,” he says. “I intend to maintain our drive to be innovative and smart about what we do.”
The two new VPs join Bill Dispoto, who now assumes the role of company president. Bill joined the company in 1995 as a talent agent, stepping up to VP in 1999. He became partner in 2001. A self-confessed movie geek, Bill’s career with the company has seen him guide and support the careers of many A-list artisans, including Maryse Alberti, Bojan Bazelli, ASC, Christian Berger, Paul Cameron, ASC, Jeff Cronenweth, ASC and Claudio Miranda, ASC.
“It’s an exhilarating time for our team here at DDA,” Bill says. “Both Juanita and Dan are key to the ongoing success of the business. Their experience and expertise underscores our future growth, adding to our already considerable accomplishments.”
Fay Dattner continues in her role of agency founder, where she makes her expertise available to staff and clients.
“From our insightful beginnings in New York, through our commitment to the Los Angeles headquarters, DDA has influenced and served the global community,” says Dattner. “Sage representation, taste and longevity are our points of stability and pride in today’s tumultuous world of talent representation.”