JOHN M. BEST
Producer of Parades, Entertainment Spectaculars, Large-scale events, Television Productions, Corporate Shows, Special Events, Pageants
3-time EMMY winner and multiple nominee – John M. Best received his early start when he was chosen from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst to participate in the Walt Disney World College Program. This opportunity gave him valuable experience coordinating various presentations, special events, and public relations projects for Disney’s College Relations Department. Moving to Magic Kingdom Entertainment, John served as a coordinator and performer in the Main Street Electrical Light Parade, ABC’s “Walt Disney World’s Very Merry Christmas Parade,” various holiday and special event shows, and the SuperBowl XVIII Half- time show.
While attending Adelphi University in New York, John further distinguished himself by producing and directing a magazine show that won him the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Frank O’Connor Memorial Award for the Northeast region. Pursuing an interest in variety television, he produced and directed regional talent shows for both American Express and Crystal Light.
Joining NBC in New York upon graduation, John assisted the producers of variety specials on such shows as the “Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade” and the “Tournament of Roses Parade.” For NBC News, he worked on the “News 4 New York Weekend Report” and the “Decision ’84 Election Coverage” He then went to ABC to help coordinate the “Liberty Weekend Opening and Closing Ceremonies.”
Moving to California, John assisted the Executive Producer at NBC Productions on a number of television movies of the week including “CONVICTED: A Mother’s Story,” “The Abduction of Kari Swenson” and “The Little Match Girl.” While at NBC Productions he also developed Olympic and children’s programming. For four years in a row, John was selected as one of the producers for NBC’s Movies, Mini-Series, and Specials Presentation in which the network announces its new Fall programming schedule.
John freelanced in various capacities from Producer to Production Supervisor on various specials and award shows including: the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta, the Emmy, Daytime Emmy, Grammy, Screen Actor’s Guild, National CableACE, Clio, MTV Video Music, World Music from Monte Carlo, Jim Thorpe Pro Sports Awards, Stellar Gospel Music, Victory, and The Peoples Choice Award Shows, “Funny Women of Television: A Museum of Television and Radio Tribute,” “The 1992 Republican National Convention,” “Unsolved Mysteries LIVE,” “The Judds Farewell Concert,” “SuperBowl XXVII Half- time Show with Michael Jackson,” “The SuperBowl XXXI Half-time Show – Blues Bash,” “The Grand Ole Opry’s 65th Anniversary Celebration,” various Disney TV specials such as “Walt Disney World’s 4th of July Spectacular,” “Walt Disney World’s 25th Anniversary Special,” “The Walt Disney World Very Merry Christmas Parade ” Happy Easter Parades,” “For Our Children,” “The American Film Institute Salute to Sidney Poitier,” “The Kennedy Center Honors,” “HBO Comedy Hour – A New York Night LIVE!,” “Rosie O’Donnell’s Comedy Special for HBO,” “The Miss USA, Universe, Collegiate, and Miss Teen USA Pageants,” “The Wizard of Oz: In Concert,” “Supermodel of the World,” “The Pillsbury Bake-Off,” “Grammy Living Legends,” various MTV Specials, and “Season’s Greetings with the John Williams and the Boston Pops Orchestra.”
His television producing and/or directing credits include the “Show Us Your Shoes Parade” for the Miss America Organization on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City, Magnificent Mile Lights Festival from Chicago, the National Independence Day 4 th of July Parade in Washington D.C., the Miss Florida USA Pageant, The 100 th Anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America Parade in Washington, DC, “The 2002 Olympic Winter Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies” in Salt Lake City,” “The 74 th Annual Academy Awards,” “ several “Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parades” for ABC, “T’was the Night Before Christmas” for Disney and ABC, a segment for “Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve” for ABC, Philadelphia’s 4 th of July and Thanksgiving Day Parades, “Summer Jam Concert Special” for ABC, “The Show for the NBA All-Star Weekend in San Francisco,” “The Grammy Awards Preview Show hosted by Gloria Estefan,” “Philadelphia’s Millennium 24 Hour Party Celebration for 6ABC and the City, “Merle Haggard: For the Record,” “The CMA Awards Backstage Pass,” “Walt Disney World Very Merry Christmas and Happy Easter Parades” for ABC, two 1-hour NASCAR Rocks music specials for TNN, the video segments for CeCe Winans” World Tour, the Closing Ceremony of the “Goodwill Games” in New York City and “Alabama: For The Record – 41 Number One Hits” which aired as a pay-per- view special, a 3 Hour TNN Special and is currently on the market as a video and DVD.
John has also produced and directed various industrial, corporate, live event and live stage productions including The Mohawk Flooring Solutions National Sales Meeting, The Pineapple Awards, a product launch for Samsung Electronics at the new Jazz at Lincoln Center Rose Theatre in New York City, The Queens of Hearts Ball for New Year’s Eve at the Atlantis Casino in the Bahamas, a show called “Elements” for Hardrive Productions which was produced in Shenzhen, China, the Major League Soccer Gala Awards, Liz Claiborne, Town and Country Magazine, Cyndi Lauper, the “D’Arcy Uprising International Conference in Puerto Rico,” “Mercedes Benz “A” Class Launch at the Geneva Auto Show in Switzerland, "The Earth, Wind and Fire Water Spectacular for Mercedes Benz in Las Vegas,” “24 Hour Millennium Party” for the City of Philadelphia, “1999 ShoWest Awards”; for the National Association of Theatre Owners, 7 “Headdress Balls” benefiting the Hope ” Help Center of Central Florida, “Philadelphia’s Marian Anderson Award Honoring Harry Belafonte and Gregory Peck,” The Porsche Boxter launch, “The Harris Corporation’s Rock ‘n Jock Jam,” “The Show at the Theatre at Madison Square Garden for the NBA and TNT,” 6 National Sales Meetings for Karastan Carpets, “The Friday Night Celebration Show for the National CableACE Awards,” “The Walt Disney World College Program 10 and 15 Year Reunion Celebrations,” “Partners for the Long Run,” “Celebrate LA,” the “EFFIE Awards” for the American Marketing Association, “The Icon Awards” for Adweek Magazine and Disney College Program Alumni regional events which are held all over the country. He received the Spot Light Award for Event Professional of the Year by Event Solutions. 3.
John has produced many Gala and Benefit Shows including The U.S. Dream Academy Gala in Washington, DC (6 years) , The Miss America Organization Gala in Las Vegas (4 years) and The Headdress Ball benefiting the Hope & Help Center of Central Florida (14 years).