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 Dana Calvo Biography

Calvo has spent the last several years in television, bouncing between multiple shows and wearing many hats (story editor, producer, writer). But it wasn’t a career she sought out, but rather one that found her.

She grew up wanting to be a writer, earning a degree in English Literature from Swarthmore. But when Calvo graduated from college, she was confronted with a question many writers face: “‘You’ve had this sort of idyllic, wholesome life—what are you going to write about?’”

So she detoured into journalism and spent years writing other people’s stories at publications across the country—the New York Times (NYT), the Los Angeles Times, the Associated Press—until one day she heard from a NYT colleague who told her about a movie (Charlie Wilson’s War) being adapted by celebrated screenwriter Aaron Sorkin (of The Social Network and The West Wing fame).

Sorkin was looking for a writer with a deep knowledge of D.C. politics, which Calvo had acquired during her years as a journalist. Calvo helped craft the screenplay (thought it was uncredited), describing it as a truly intellectually rewarding experience.

"It was very fun, but it was much more cerebral than I expected," she said. "I wasn’t trying to switch careers. I just thought it would be a good project."

Calvo’s experience working on Charlie Wilson’s War opened other doors. She became friends with Sorkin—who attended Calvo’s wedding—and when he began working on Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, he invited her back to L.A. to help.

From there she became involved with NBC’s Journeyman, then Franklin & Bash on TNT, and now, with Made in Jersey, she’s taking the helm of her own show.

“That’s always the goal for every writer,” she said. “You want to create your own (story), not mimic someone else’s.”

The seed for Made in Jersey was first planted when Calvo was watching the Oscar-nominated film The Fighter. She recalled the scene in which main character Micky Ward’s (played by Mark Wahlberg) rough-around-the-edges sisters are sitting around the living room arguing and thought, “What if one of those girls had the audacity to go to law school or medical school and busted out of that neighborhood?”

As she worked on the script, she drew inspiration from other areas, until she ended up with a main character—Deb Garretti Keenan—that’s “a blend of those girls, Melanie Griffith from Working Girl, and a little bit of me,” said Calvo, who visits her folks, who still live in Moorestown, as often as she can.

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    Booking fees for Dana Calvo, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Dana Calvo, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
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Dana Calvo

Dana Calvo / screenwriter

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Dana Calvo Biography

Calvo has spent the last several years in television, bouncing between multiple shows and wearing many hats (story editor, producer, writer). But it wasn’t a career she sought out, but rather one that found her.

She grew up wanting to be a writer, earning a degree in English Literature from Swarthmore. But when Calvo graduated from college, she was confronted with a question many writers face: “‘You’ve had this sort of idyllic, wholesome life—what are you going to write about?’”

So she detoured into journalism and spent years writing other people’s stories at publications across the country—the New York Times (NYT), the Los Angeles Times, the Associated Press—until one day she heard from a NYT colleague who told her about a movie (Charlie Wilson’s War) being adapted by celebrated screenwriter Aaron Sorkin (of The Social Network and The West Wing fame).

Sorkin was looking for a writer with a deep knowledge of D.C. politics, which Calvo had acquired during her years as a journalist. Calvo helped craft the screenplay (thought it was uncredited), describing it as a truly intellectually rewarding experience.

"It was very fun, but it was much more cerebral than I expected," she said. "I wasn’t trying to switch careers. I just thought it would be a good project."

Calvo’s experience working on Charlie Wilson’s War opened other doors. She became friends with Sorkin—who attended Calvo’s wedding—and when he began working on Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, he invited her back to L.A. to help.

From there she became involved with NBC’s Journeyman, then Franklin & Bash on TNT, and now, with Made in Jersey, she’s taking the helm of her own show.

“That’s always the goal for every writer,” she said. “You want to create your own (story), not mimic someone else’s.”

The seed for Made in Jersey was first planted when Calvo was watching the Oscar-nominated film The Fighter. She recalled the scene in which main character Micky Ward’s (played by Mark Wahlberg) rough-around-the-edges sisters are sitting around the living room arguing and thought, “What if one of those girls had the audacity to go to law school or medical school and busted out of that neighborhood?”

As she worked on the script, she drew inspiration from other areas, until she ended up with a main character—Deb Garretti Keenan—that’s “a blend of those girls, Melanie Griffith from Working Girl, and a little bit of me,” said Calvo, who visits her folks, who still live in Moorestown, as often as she can.

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  • How to book Dana Calvo?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Dana Calvo for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Dana Calvo, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Dana Calvo or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Dana Calvo?

    Booking fees for Dana Calvo, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Dana Calvo, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Dana Calvo?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Dana Calvo for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Dana Calvo for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Dana Calvo or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Dana Calvo or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Dana Calvo is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Dana Calvo for your event is available upon request. Dana Calvo generally travels from Los Angeles, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are David Hayter, Kelly Oxford, Kimberly McCreight, Terence Winter and Brian Koppelman. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Dana Calvo for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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