Founded by Fay Dattner, Dattner Dispoto and Associates (DDA/DDA Talent) has emerged as one of the world’s highly regarded talent agencies. Based in Los Angeles, it boasts an elite, international group of cinematographers, production designers, costume designers/stylists, editors, visual effects artists and line producers who engage in innovative and stylish work.
Originally known as Dattner and Associates, the company changed its name in 2001 when Fay partnered with long-time Dattner agent, Bill Dispoto.
In 2013, DDA celebrated three Oscar nominations, including Claudio Miranda, ASC’s Best Achievement in Cinematography win for Life of Pi. Academy Awards®, Emmy®, BAFTA, Independent Spirit, ASC, ADG and CDG awards are just a few of the honors earned by the agency's clients on a regular basis.
The agency's clients have been responsible for internationally acclaimed and memorable films over the past years, from modern classics such as Blade Runner, Ed Wood, Being John Malkovich and Edward Scissorhands to groundbreaking cinema like Life of Pi, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Social Network, Collateral, Lost in Translation and Fight Club. Recent blockbusters include The Lone Ranger, Oblivion, Les Misérables, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The King’s Speech and TRON: Legacy. Arthouse fare includes; Fruitvale, Frances Ha, The Kids Are All Right, Control, The Messenger and international hits include; The White Ribbon, Revolver and Mesrine.
The cream of small-screen filmmaking is well represented too, including Revolution, White Collar, Fringe, Hatfields & McCoys, The Kennedys, Upstairs Downstairs, Carnivalé, The Wire, Law & Order and True Blood, alongside thousands of award-winning music videos and television commercials that have changed the art and technique of filmmaking forever.
DDA attracts the very best directors with the most interesting projects; David Fincher, Steven Spielberg, Kathryn Bigelow, Michael Mann, Tom Hooper, Sir Ridley Scott, Ang Lee, Spike Jonze, Darren Aronofsky, Sofia Coppola, Lisa Cholodenko, Gore Verbinski, Doug Liman, Joseph Kosinski, Jim Sheridan, Guy Ritchie and Mike Figgis, to name a few.
The agency's mission is simple but integral: DDA is committed to recognizing and pursuing each and every opportunity that will enrich and expand its clients' professional lives. With its firmly-established track record, Dattner Dispoto and Associates looks forward to leading with the world’s best filmmaking talent for many years to come.