Tommy Burke’s concept of the Hollywood TV Experience emerged from supporting top notch production teams and A-list celebrities with the development of feature films, hit television sitcoms, and popular music videos in the star-studded entertainment capital of the world: Hollywood, California.
A devotion to his blue collar east coast roots, combined with a keen eye for business and passion for TV/film, led the Boston-native to develop a concept that would allow “Joe and Jane-public” the opportunity to peek behind the scenes and actually experience what their favorite actors and actresses go through on a daily basis when they report to work.
A graduate of Boston College, Tommy started out in television as a Production Assistant while working other odd jobs, from bar bouncer, golf caddy to factory assemblyman, in order to sustain the meager TV industry income. His height and physical build came in handy, scoring him a gig loading grip trucks for
Powerhouse Films, which further exposed him to commercials and films in and around the New England area. He soon became the ‘go to’ guy of Production Assistants in Boston, working every motion picture produced in Massachusetts.
After a move to Los Angeles in 1990, Tommy quickly moved up the production ranks, working as First Assistant Director on an independent film with Johnny Depp. Nicknamed “the Irish Bull” by his west coast colleagues, Tommy went on to secure Assistant Director credits including, Jerry Bruckheimer’s acclaimed TV series Skin, Close to Home, CSI Miami, and the pilot for Desperate Housewives.
In 2003, Tommy was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Three years of doctor visits, nine operations and chemotherapy treatments were all included in part of his rigorous 14-hour shoot day routine. To no surprise, given his well-known tenacity, Tommy conquered the disease into remission mostly by himself.
The experience empowered him to take inventory of his life, specifically his trade, leading him to approach his career from an alternative perspective that was better aligned with his personal values. Tommy is best known in the industry for his talent, perseverance and respectful collaboration with colleagues on all levels.
To let those who wouldn’t otherwise have had a chance to experience the magical world of television, the Hollywood TV Experience invites cancer-challenged youths to the set. The afternoon after the paid experience is over, they will come to the stage, meet the crew and actors, and enjoy the set, They will experience activities like hair and make-up. wardrobe, glamour photo shoot, an on-set screen test, stunt demonstration, and more.