June 11, 1973
Virginia, United States
Dana Brunetti was an American film and television producer perhaps best known for his collaboration with actor Kevin Spacey as the co-founder of the Trigger Street Productions company, whose successes included Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg biopic "The Social Network" (2009) and Tom Hanks-starring piracy thriller "Captain Phillips" (2013), both of which were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Motion Picture of the Year. The pair's other great success played upon Brunetti's specialist entrepreneurial interest in online content, with the Spacey-starring political drama "House of Cards" (Netflix 2013-) debuting on online streaming service Netflix and being hailed by many as the future of television. Raised in Covington, Virginia, Brunetti moved to New York following his enlistment in the U.S. Coast Guard. He later got a job selling cellphones, and it was in this context that he met Spacey by chance; the actor then employed Brunetti as his executive assistant. Brunetti went on to assist Spacey through various of his more high-profile roles before building the Spacey-funded filmmakers' networking site Trigger Street Productions (later Trigger Street Labs). Following this successful start-up, Brunetti and Spacey went into full partnership as producers, initially focusing on documentaries including "Uncle Frank" (2002) and "America Rebuilds: A Year at Ground Zero" (2002). Later successes included the Emmy-nominated "Bernard and Doris" (2006) and the thriller "21" (2008), while "The Social Network" (2009) brought them international critical and commercial success. "Captain Phillips" (2013), a real-life tale of Somali pirates invading an American cargo ship directed by Paul Greengrass, was equally successful, scoring numerous Oscar nominations including Best Picture.