I am am director and producer, and this blog is an opportunity for me to share my thoughts on storytelling, television and other media. I am the show runner of the James Beard award-winning series Salt, Fat, Acid Heat, the Netflix food/travel series based on the best-selling book by Samin Nosrat.  I recently directed and produced two episodes of Death Row Stories, a true crime documentary series for CNN. Told by current and former death row inmates, the series poses tough questions about the U.S. capital punishment system.

I am proud to serve on the board of directors of New York Women in Film and Television to support the careers of women in the entertainment industry. My commercial reel is part of #FreetheWork, which advocates on behalf of women directors for equal opportunities to bid on commercial jobs in the global advertising industry.  And I am a member of the Emmy Television Academy.

I’ve worked in television, advertising and web media for over fifteen years, producing shows for Netflix, ABC primetime, Discovery Channel, Esquire Network, Animal Planet, OWN, ESPN, MTV, and The Sundance Channel.  I’ve provided content for such distinguished clients as NASA, IBM, Gucci, Ford Motor Company, Nike, Kelloggs, AMC, The Rockwell Group, Gillette, Budlight and Grey Goose.

Working with both verité and interview-driven approaches, my strength is telling character-driven stories featuring wide-ranging subject matter including science, business, entertainment, sports, and fashion.

I have crafted narratives as diverse as “Mission Juno,” which documented NASA’s probe to Jupiter,  “Master Class,” the 8-part flagship series for Oprah Winfrey’s network OWN which won an NAACP Image award and “San Quentin Film School,” a six-part documentary series for Discovery Channel following nine prisoners during the first ever film making class in prison.

I regularly film behind-the-scenes vignettes with cast and crew of “The Walking Dead” and “Fear the Walking Dead” for the AMC hit show “Talking Dead” with Chris Hardwick. Recent commercial projects include assignments for United Airlines, SAP, and the Carolinas Healthcare System.

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For commercial/branded content inquiries, please contact:

Dana LocatellEPS-mark-for-email
Founder, Executive Producer

Women in Television panel at Australian International Screen Forum 2019. From left to right: Meggie Palmer, Kathryn O’Kane, Laura Eason.

  1. Hi Kathryn, This is Jan Mickey’s wife. I have your blog flagged, and I am following your blog. Please check out my blog. You can find it at http://janokane.blogspot.com. My blog is far more mundane than your’s. Someday when I get one of my novels in print, I will do something different with a blog. I am currently working on two novels. I do work on two magazines, one online one in print. However, I will not meet your level of professionalism. But I am proud to be able to say, not only do I know Kathryn…we are related.
    Take care and God Bless,
    Jan & Mickey

  2. Suzanne said:

    Thanks for your comment on my blog. I loooove comments! And blogs! Look forward to reading yours.


    • busyk said:

      I loved your statement. Thanks for checking out my site.

  3. Suzanne said:

    P.S. I am very intrigued by all you do/have done. Sounds like an awesome life. I am trying to figure out how I would like to make my life a little bigger. To live my life to its fullest. I’m on my way!

    I looove to dance and want to send my resume to SoulPancake! I want to be in a music/dance video. I do Acroyoga performances sometimes, and musical performances. I am trying to gravitate towards my soul’s purpose. I currently run a business teaching Tai Chi, Qigong, and yoga, which I feel passionate about. I feel very passionate about my writing as well. So many things I love. I want to turn my blog into a book. So much I want to do. Sometimes it’s hard to know which direction to go. I looove to sing and want to improve in that area as well, for more performing. And I love children and want to help make sure they are healthy and have loving upbringings.

    Maybe TMI. Haha! I just thought you being in the field you are in, and a successful woman, you may have some words of wisdom for me and my passionate self! 🙂

    I used to want to have a documentary made about my life and transition from being married for 23 yrs to being a single mom of two sons. I have spent the past three years putting my energy towards self growth. It’s been very difficult and very amazing. 🙂

    Thanks for listening. Any bit about your journey or advice welcome.
    If it would make more sense…here is my email address – suzannenorton22@gmail.com
    I hope you find time to read some of my older posts as well. I feel strongest in poetry, flash fiction, and quotes these days.

  4. Hi Kathryn, TY for visiting my baby site! Decided to blog for two reasons: I love to write and I wanted to be part of a creative community. After viewing your site, I am quite impressed with you! I’ve got a big smile on my face thinking of you on my site!
    Best, Michele

    • busyk said:

      That’s so sweet of you to check out my site. And congrats on setting up your own. I try to post something once a month. Sometimes it’s a struggle, but then I remember what Maya Angelou said: “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” Keep at it!

  5. Hi Kathryn, While poking around reading this morn, I came across this…thought of you

    • busyk said:

      Wow, so many of these thoughts resonate. Thanks for sharing that. I’ve been saying for years that if we can get in the room, we can get the job. And I absolutely believe that is true. What I’m only starting to learn is how the system has been developed to keep that room firmly locked from women storytellers. But we’re chipped away at it one film, one essay, one commercial at a time, and momentum is growing. Onward!!!

  6. Hi Kathryn, I’ll be staying Brooklyn a few days! I know you’re BUSY, but I’d love to buy you a coffee on March 2,3, or 4?! M from the pink shed

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