Mr. Barnhart has recently finished his third novel titled, 'Crooked Road, Straight'. His first novel, 'Jacks and the Jills' and his second novel, 'Our Father's Sons', were completed in 2007 and 2009. Three more are set to follow. He loves the writing process and has created a number of screenplays and television concepts. Don's movie company, MaxxaM Entertainment, is currently in the arduous task of securing funds to produce his original screenplay, 'Vegas Wedding Blues', which he is set to direct.
Prior to his current writing career, Mr. Barnhart has Directed, Assistant Directed and Stage Managed hundreds of Network television shows in all formats, including single and multiple cameras, on stage and on locations, featuring book shows, musicals and commercials.
His directing credits include, but not all, Mork & Mindy, Benson, Full House, Hardknocks, pilots; Here To Stay and The O'Brians. He also directed 85 episodes of the syndicated series, Comedy Break, multiple episodes of Down To Earth, Safe At Home, Rocky Road, Madam's Place and a three hour live Network show entitled Celebrate America.
He's also had the privilege of directing eight (8) seasons of the extremely popular NBC Network teen-age series, Saved By The Bell (over 200 hundred episodes seen here and in 85 countries during its hey-day and is currently still on the air!) Plus, three (3) seasons of California Dreams (over 40 episodes) to boot.
When 'SBTB' became a huge success, Mr. Barnhart directed the NBC Movie of the Week, "Saved By The Bell, Hawaiian Style' to huge ratings. Swapping a Speedo for snowshoes, he traveled to Montreal, Canada to direct multiple episodes of Fox's popular teen-age show, Student Bodies.
Don recently finished his ninth year of directing the annual "Meet The Nominees' for the Director's Guild of America and in 1996 received the prestigious Franklin J. Schaffner Award. He has also had the wild and unique experience of directing both Robin Williams and Jonathan Winters at the same time. No award for that, however, but he did learn some comedy.
If you're scoring, it's well over 350 directed shows.