Daniel (Dan) Weiss is presently Publisher at Large at St. Martin's Press. He has worked for over thirty-five years in the fields of communications, publishing and entertainment, producing books, magazines, television and digital media. A graduate of NYU's School of the Arts in Film and Television, Dan began his career in educational television, making short animated films for Sesame Street, documentaries for the government and public service organizations, and political commercials. In the early seventies, he transitioned into book publishing with positions at Golden Books, Scholastic and Simon and Schuster, eventually forming Daniel Weiss Associates, Inc. (DWAI), in 1980, an independent producer of books, television and merchandise for children and adult audiences. Dan sold DWAI in 2000 to AlloyOnline, a teen marketing company. In 2001, Dan initiated and closed the transaction wherein SparkNotes.com, a start-up online publisher, was acquired by Barnes & Noble, Inc. Until 2009, Dan was President and Publisher of Spark Publishing, including Quamut.com and Flash Books, units of Barnes and Noble. Dan is on the boards of Charity Navigator, the leading online charity evaluator, and Figment.com, an online community for young writers.
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