Dez Alvarado  |  |  718.213.3069

Experience Profile                                                                                                                                   

Award winning producer, editor, and creative media specialist with two decades of experience in TV and commercial production. Directed and produced a wide array of content for some of the world's most influential brands and media organizations across the entire chain of production from camera operator to editor. Work spans the gamut from live TV, social, broadcast news, digital, commercial. internal communications, documentary and comedy.

Charter Communications  |  Spectrum   |  Los Angeles (Present)

Senior Producer 

Manage the West Coast production operations responsible for creating media that enhances the Charter Communications and Spectrum Brands.  Responsible for producing a wide range of media content for distribution on internal, external, and social media platforms. Recent highlights include providing Spectrum's brand and marketing team with original content for a national commercial, creating on-demand episodes for Spectrum's first original series "LA's Finest" and leading the team's aerial cinematography shoots in Hawaii, Colorado, and across the country. Prolific content creator for the team often handling all shooting, editing, and production duties.

Freelance Producer & Editor | Los Angeles | 2010-2015

Created meaningful and engaging content for distribution on multiple platforms for a range of tech, media, entertainment clients.  Lead the full production of a variety of projects including national commercials, reality TV, online and social media campaigns, agency pitches, short-form documentaries, branded content and live events.  Highlights include shooting a 'Behind the Scenes' segment for the 2012 season finale of American Idol that was viewed by tens of millions. Created an agency pitch that won the ad agency MKTG their largest project.

 CNN | New York City | 2007-2010


Helped launch some of CNN's most innovative programs including D.L. Hughley Breaks the News, The Roland Martin Show, and Not Just Another Cable News Show. Responsibilities include writing and producing original stories and segments, lining shows and conceptualizing engaging segment ideas.  Highlights during this period include contributing comedy bits for D.L.  Hughley and various other well-known comedians, taking lead on managing the rundown and lining the debut of the D.L. Hughley show, conducting interviews and overseeing edits of daily show opens and promos for three shows, and managed multiple teams of 5 to 10 production staff to guide the workflow to successfully meet deadlines on a tight daily production cycle.


Previous Related Experience

Associate Producer, CNN’S Showbiz Tonight (2004-2006)

Producer, The Biz, CNNfn (2003-2004)

Producer, NBC WTVJ Miami

Promo Producer, NBC WTVJ Miami

Production Assistant, NBC WTVJ Miami

Camera Operator, "Friday Night Lights based reality show project" Core Media

Camera Operator / Editor / Producer, American Idol, 19 Entertainment

Production Coordinator, Seagulls Fly project for Blizzard Entertainment and Chevy

Field PA, Off Their Rockers with Betty White

Editor/Producer, various projects with Pierce Brosnan


M.A., Broadcast Journalism, University of Miami, Miami, FL

B.A., Communication Studies, Seattle University, Seattle, WA

After Effects Level 2 Certified

Digital Marketing, General Assembly Los Angeles 


  • Peabody Award

o   CNN Hurricane Katrina Coverage

  • Du-Pont Columbia Award

o   CNN Southeast Asia Tsunami Disaster Coverage


Digital Marketing & Storytelling | Video Editing & Post Production | Branded Content | Cinematography | Field Production | Documentary Filmmaking | Writing Copy-Editing | Live TV & Control Room Operations