Dana Gills

Production & Development, Lionsgate

Dana Gills is a storyteller with an uncanny connection to the cultural zeitgeist. After working in advertising and media for seven years in NYC, Dana decided to leave her six figures behind and dive head first into pursuing her true passion—storytelling and producing. Her first foray into producing began with Vh-1’s Emmy nominated documentary, SOUL TRAIN: THE HIPPEST TRIP IN AMERICA.

Dana’s unyielding passion for creating content fueled her co-founding Brown Paper Dolls, a multi-media company that released their first original digital series, MILK + HONEY, with EP Idris Elba. She recently earned her MFA in the Producers Program at UCLA and was awardedthe Audience Award at the UCLA Producers Program Marketplace, where she pitched the first TV project in the program’s history. Dana has produced shorts currently running the festival circuit, partnering with emerging directors and writers and talent, including James Franco, Kate Mara and Amber Tamblyn. Post grad school, she had her first studio job at The Weinstein Company in Scripted and Unscripted TV. Now, she spends her days working in motion picture production/development at Lionsgate.

Dana is on a mission to tell multi-dimensional stories across platforms that reflect and celebrate women, people of color and young adults/teens, ultimately sharing vivid glimpses into global culture and those who influence and shape it.

Dana earned her B.A. in English/Mass Media Arts from Spelman College and participated in the Fashion Studies Certificate Program at Parsons. She is a proud Chicago native.

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Last Updated: December 2017