Senior Creative Director
Emmy Award winner Andy Barsh, a twenty-nine year veteran of the industry, currently works as Senior Creative Director for CNBC. During his ten year tenure with the network Barsh has been instrumental in the successful execution of some of the network’s most ambitious productions including: The Republican Presidential Debate (2011, 2015), A Town Hall with President Barack Obama, the 2012 Your Money, Your Vote election coverage and the MBA Challenge a game show special series. Mr. Barsh was a key contributor to the 2010 studio redesign, the complete graphic design and execution overhaul in 2014, and the development of CNBC’s event business.
Barsh is currently leading a team of coders, engineers and visionaries to develop an artificial intelligence system that will enhance CNBC’s enterprise production workflows and external distribution platforms. Applying his vast production knowledge in news, lifestyle and entertainment programming he is directing the project with a laser-focused eye on consumer-centric content creation.
Prior to joining CNBC Mr. Barsh spent over 15 years working in daytime syndication. After serving as an AD for some of the industry’s most well-respected directors he broke out on his own with the launch of The Mark Walberg Show in 1995 and The Daily Show in 1996. He next went on to help with the launch of The View on ABC and served as their back-up director for many years. From there Barsh went on to start-up and run some of the most successful strips in daytime including: The Queen Latifah Show, The Ainsley Harriott Show, Iyanla produced by Barbara Walters, The John Walsh Show and The Jane Pauley Show. Throughout the years Barsh has also directed several lifestyle programs for Martha Stewart, Soap Net, Colin Cowie and TV One.
Barsh is known for his versatility in the control room and on the studio floor. In 2009 he was called by ESPN/ABC to direct College Game Day for the network. The sixteen-hour show day was a complex orchestration of up to five simultaneous games happening in one time slot. His team needed to organize and implement the event’s pre-game, halftime and post-game shows for each region in a live environment where they never knew when the shows would hit air. He was able to further develop these skills as the director of NBC SportsNet’s coverage of the XXX Olympiad in London in the summer of 2012.
Mr. Barsh is a graduate of Skidmore College. He began his career at WBZ-TV Boston in 1988. Quickly rising through the ranks he went from prompter operator to director in his first year. In 1990 he was recruited to work at the start-up cable venture The Monitor Channel. While there he directed live news events including the tearing-down of the Berlin Wall and the dissolution of the Soviet Union.
Barsh currently lives in Summit, New Jersey with his wife Lisa, a practicing OB/GYN, and his four children.