David Semel

David Semel

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Since beginning his directorial career in television with five episodes of the studio-exec-turned-realtor sitcom "Open House" (1989-1990), David Semel has been at the helm of a string of TV's monster hit shows. The first mega-hit Semel directed for was the superficially sunny teen soap "Beverly Hills, 90210," on which he also began his extensive producing career in 1994. Coming off that success, he brought his knack for helming dynamic young casts to series as diverse as the wholesome family drama "7th Heaven" and the cult genre-mash-up hit "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," directing several episodes of each. Semel helped shepherd characters across the cusp of adulthood as a recurring director of such other popular series as the tumultuous,1960s-set saga "American Dreams" and the beloved "Dawson's Creek," a coming-of-age drama set mostly in a small coastal town in Massachusetts. In the interim he also managed to make his feature-film directorial debut with "Lone Star State of Mind," a crime caper starring breakout TV star Joshua Jackson. In high demand during the mid-to-late 2000s, Semel parlayed his chaotic approach to the fast-paced "Mind" into directing and executive producing such increasingly kinetic series as the superpowered epic "Heroes" and the lurid yet charming doctor drama "House M.D.." Injecting his glossy new style with a bit of his old, youth-oriented ways, he helmed the 2009 TV movie "Limelight," about a group of students at a performing arts school in New York City.

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 81% Lone Star State of Mind Director - 2002
No Score Yet 31% Campfire Tales Director - 1997

TV

Credit
50% 83% The Nevers Director 2021
96% 56% Watchmen Director 2019
No Score Yet 84% Code Black Director,
Executive Producer
2015-2018
26% 84% Pure Genius Executive Producer,
Director
2016-2017
82% 65% Goliath Executive Producer 2016
92% 76% Person of Interest Director,
Executive Producer
2011-2016
No Score Yet 78% Madam Secretary Executive Producer,
Director
2014-2015
14% 40% Ironside Executive Producer 2013-2014
38% 61% Intelligence Director 2014
85% 86% Homeland Director 2012
No Score Yet 85% CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Director 2012
71% 80% No Ordinary Family Executive Producer,
Director
2010-2011
70% 80% Life Executive Producer 2007-2009
73% No Score Yet My Own Worst Enemy Executive Producer 2008
42% No Score Yet Six Degrees Director 2006
90% 96% House Director 2005-2006
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Practice Director 2001
83% No Score Yet That's Life Director 2000
No Score Yet 90% Angel Director 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Judging Amy Director 2000
No Score Yet 89% Roswell Director 1999
No Score Yet 79% Dawson's Creek Director 1998-1999
83% 92% Buffy the Vampire Slayer Director 1997-1998
14% No Score Yet Love Boat: The Next Wave Director 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Chicago Hope Director 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet 7th Heaven Director 1996-1997

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