HUMANS OF THE U: ANA BRETON

From left to right: Tzvia Berrin-Reinstein, Ana Breton and Samantha Bee at the Democratic National Convention in 2016.

“I’m a digital producer at “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee.” On a daily basis, our digital team will pitch and execute ideas for original videos, tweets and content for our social media sites. My main focus is working on original videos, most of which I produce, direct and edit. On show nights I’m in charge of building the website, SamanthaBee.com. Since the show revolves around politics, we’re also constantly finding funny and sharp ways to respond to the news – which will either become a breeze or a horrible, terrible nightmare in the next four years.

I graduated from the U with two degrees: film studies and communication. After I graduated, I worked on shooting documentaries, which I loved. Three years ago, however, I decided to move to New York (with my amazing husband, who I met at the U) to pursue comedy. I was a member of the improv/sketch group Friday Night Live at the U, and I always had a career in comedy in the back of my mind. I’m insanely lucky to have a career now that perfectly combines my two passions: videos and comedy. (My third passion is burritos.)

I’m grateful for the U for giving me the opportunity to spend countless hours editing in that one tiny room behind the film classroom. My dream is to Shonda Rhimes my way to the top and buy the U a second, even tinier editing room.”

— Ana Breton, alumna and digital producer at “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee”

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