John Del Cecato: Political Ad Maker

Series: Inside MSU

Montclair, New Jersey — John Del Cecato is a political ad maker for the Obama administration. He has written and produced many of President Obama’s ads. Since joining the AKPD media firm in 2001, Del Cecato has worked closely with politicians offering his creative and professional strategies for successful campaigns including Barack Obama’s in 2008 and 2012.

“I did my first campaign when I was 20. It is all I have ever done. I learned advertising after David Axlerod hired me.”

-John Del Cecato [political ad maker]

Cecato visited Montclair State to shed light on campaign tactics and inform students on what is like to create a message for the entire nation to see.

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Steve McCarthy

Steve McCarthy is an Emmy Award winning network TV news producer. A former staff producer for "60 Minutes" and "Dateline," he formed McCarthy Productions, Inc in 2001 and produced, photographed and edited projects for "60 Minutes," "Dateline," "Charlie Rose," MSNBC, PBS, BBC America, Reuters and others. In 2006 he directed and wrote an independent film "Finding Paddy" and he is currently in production of a pilot for a series called "Who Says I Can't" which will feature extreme athletes with disabilities. Steve McCarthy is a member of the Director's Guild of America.