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Don Sweeney


Playing drums since he was eleven, he studied percussion with Tonight Show drummer Ed Shaughnessy in New York City. Don later moved to Los Angeles in 1973. In 1976 he became one of Doc Severinsen's assistants and eventually became the assistant music conductor until Johnny Carson retired in 1992. When Jay Leno took over the Tonight Show, Don was ... See full bio »

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 2011-2013 The John Kerwin Show (TV Series) (associate producer - 26 episodes)
- Sebastian Saraceno (2013) ... (associate producer)
- E.G. Daily & Jael De Prado (2013) ... (associate producer)
- Sharna Burgess (2013) ... (associate producer)
- Tanna Frederick (2013) ... (associate producer)
- Gildart Jackson (2013) ... (associate producer)
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 2012-2013 Apollo Live (TV Series) (music coordinator - 10 episodes)
- Finale (2013) ... (music coordinator)
- Episode #5.9 (2013) ... (music coordinator)
- Episode #5.8 (2013) ... (music coordinator)
- Episode #5.7 (2013) ... (music coordinator)
- Episode #5.6 (2013) ... (music coordinator)
 1998 The Howie Mandel Show (TV Series) (music coordinator)
 1997 The Keenen Ivory Wayans Show (TV Series) (music coordinator)
 1992 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (TV Series) (music supervisor)
 1992 The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (TV Series) (assistant music supervisor - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 22 May 1992 (1992) ... (assistant music supervisor)
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  The John Kerwin Show (TV Series) (opening titles and graphics - 5 episodes, 2011 - 2012) (show opening & in 3 words graphic - 4 episodes, 2011 - 2012) (opening titles & graphics - 1 episode, 2012)
- Betsy Brandt (2012) ... (show opening & in 3 words graphic)
- Thom Barry (2012) ... (opening titles and graphics)
- Marisol Nichols (2012) ... (opening titles & graphics)
- Matthew Moy (2012) ... (show opening & in 3 words graphic)
- Jonathan Winters and Brandi Glanville (2012) ... (opening titles and graphics)
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  The John Kerwin Show (TV Series) (graphics - 4 episodes, 2013) (announcer - 2 episodes, 2011) (stage director - 2 episodes, 2011) (Bumpers & 3D Graphics Created by - 1 episode, 2013)
- Sebastian Saraceno (2013) ... (graphics)
- E.G. Daily & Jael De Prado (2013) ... (Bumpers & 3D Graphics Created by)
- Johnny Littlefield (2013) ... (graphics)
- Don Sweeney (2013) ... (graphics)
- Joanna Cassidy (2013) ... (graphics)
 1962 The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (TV Series) (production assistant)
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 2012-2013 The John Kerwin Show (TV Series) (camera operator - 9 episodes)
- Sebastian Saraceno (2013) ... (camera operator)
- Gildart Jackson (2013) ... (camera operator)
- Austin Brown (2013) ... (camera operator)
- Johnny Littlefield (2013) ... (camera operator)
- Don Sweeney (2013) ... (camera operator)
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  The John Kerwin Show (TV Series) (5 episodes, 2012) (graphics & animation editor - 1 episode, 2013)
- Gildart Jackson (2013) ... (graphics & animation editor)
- Jordan Wall (2012) ... (show opening)
- Eriq La Salle (2012) ... (show opening)
- Kevin Ryan (2012) ... (show opening)
- Jonathan Winters and Brandi Glanville (2012) ... (edited by)
 2013 Blonde Instinct (Short)
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 2013 The John Kerwin Show (TV Series) (bumpers & 3D Graphics - 2 episodes)
- Sharna Burgess (2013) ... (bumpers & 3D Graphics)
- Tanna Frederick (2013) ... (bumpers & 3D Graphics)
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 2013 The John Kerwin Show (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Austin Brown (2013) ... (Bumpers & 3D Graphics Created by)
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 2013 The John Kerwin Show (TV Series)
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- Don Sweeney (2013) ... Himself - Guest

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Author: "Backstage at The Tonight Show, from Johnny Carson to Jay Leno", with a foreword by Ed McMahon, published Taylor Trade Publications, a division of Rowman and Littlefield See more »

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During his time with the Jay Leno show, Don often played on camera in the various sketches. Mostly he was seen as one of the jurors in the many skits about the O.J. Simpson trial. See more »

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