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THE MINDS BEHIND MAD FUSION
Danielle Weiss Medina | Executive Producer + CEO
Danielle Weiss Medina is an Emmy Award-nominated producer who specializes in developing and producing thought-provoking, entertaining and authentic television that resonates with viewers. In total, Danielle has produced more than 175 hours of television on subjects including pop culture, pro-social topics, politics, music, current events, lifestyles and more.
From casting and concept development to field and post-production, Danielle is an expert in bringing non-fiction programming to the screen. As a principle at Mad Fusion, she is not only developing new projects, but is also highly sought after as a consultant to networks and production companies on how to create compelling, visually stunning and real shows that strike a chord with the audience.
A graduate of the Newhouse School at Syracuse University, Danielle started her career as an assistant at MTV and worked her way up through the ranks of the News + Docs department to Executive Producer. Throughout her 15-year career with the network, she produced episodes of many of their marquee series, including Sex in the 90’s, True Life, Ultrasound, Diary, Uncensored and Cribs.
Danielle also developed several noteworthy series for MTV, including MTV Vice, Scandalicious! and My Super Sweet 16, which had the highest rated series premiere in MTV history when it debuted in January 2005. After executive producing 100+ episodes of My Super Sweet 16, Danielle developed and Executive Produced the spin-off Exiled!, and served as the network Development Exec and Executive Producer on the docu-series I Used To Be Fat.
While producing series for News + Docs, Danielle also covered presidential campaigns for Choose or Lose and red carpets for the Video Music Awards, Grammy Awards and MTV Movie Awards, shot and directed movie specials with talent including Johnny Depp, Matt Damon and Cameron Diaz, and produced live performances for bands and artists including My Chemical Romance, Kanye West, Rihanna, Timbaland, the Beastie Boys, David Bowie, Sheryl Crow and more.
Since leaving MTV and taking the reins at Mad Fusion, Danielle has been busy show running, consulting, and developing and pitching new projects. Mad Fusion was one of the first companies to develop programming for Nickelodeon’s Nick Mom block, including the Mom Shopping Network series, which Danielle created, wrote, directed and produced. In the past five years, she has executive produced and consulted on shows and series for networks including OWN, A&E, MTV, Food, VH1 and Bravo. Danielle also directed and executive produced a groundbreaking 12-hour live-stream competition for The Art Institutes.
Jan Medina | Founder + Chairman
After more than a dozen years on Wall Street, Jan Medina decided to blaze a more creative path and launched Mad Fusion in 2009. Utilizing his experience in the technology sector and the investment world, he focused on producing content that is technically savvy and always entertaining.
After graduating from the Tulane University School of Engineering with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering, Jan worked in communications and investor relations before launching a career on Wall Street that included stints at respected firms like Credit Suisse First Boston, Deutsche Bank, Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette and ABN AMRO.
As a co-owner of Mad Fusion, he enjoyed dressing down and tackling all facets of the crazy world of production – on the financial side as a line producer, in the field producing sizzles and overseeing edits.