Active Communications | About Us
Active Communications is a full service media production company located near Boston, MA. Active serves local, regional, and national markets, focusing on corporate, broadcast, web and film projects. We offers a wide variety of services ranging from HD video production and post production to digital photography and event support. We have developed thousands of creative, cost effective projects for a national and international clientele. We also work with individuals in the local community on personal projects or events. Typical projects include: Web and Streaming Video, Marketing Projects, Commercial Messaging, Broadcast Field Production, Events, Meetings, and Conferences, Short and Feature Length Films, Educational and Training Video, Documentaries, Personal Media Projects. With over 30 years of experience in the communications industry and a large array of resources, Active Communications is well prepared to meet your needs. We look forward to partnering with you or your organization on your next project!
Active Communications, media production, video, videography, video Streaming, multicamera, Boston, multi-camera, photography, arial photography, Jimmy JIb, camera Jib, 24 foot Jimmy Jib, web video, broadcast, marketing, event video, conference video, films, educational video, documentaries, training, duplication, DVD, production, video drone, video lighting, podcasts, audio editing, DVD authoring
page-template,page-template-full_width,page-template-full_width-php,page,page-id-18859,ajax_fade,page_not_loaded,,select-theme-ver-3.6,wpb-js-composer js-comp-ver-5.0.1,vc_responsive



Active Communications was founded by Dan Hnatio.  Dan started his career in academia working as the Director of television services for Boston University Schools of Medicine and Nursing, and later as a faculty member at Framingham State College where he helped develop the Television Production and Media Communication program.


Since Dan founded Active Communications in 1984, we have worked on a large variety of projects for a national and international clientele mostly focusing on Broadcast, Corporate Communications, and Documentary/Film projects.



Massachusetts CANS

Active worked with director Paul Roselli on this multi-camera production for the Massachusetts Child & Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) program

We partner with clients on a wide variety of media production and communications projects including:


  • Commercial Messaging
  • Corporate Communications
  • Video Streaming
  • Video Support for Events, Meetings, and Conferences
  • Jib and Camera Support
  • Podcasts
  • Media Arts
  • Broadcast Field Production
  • Educational and Training Video
  • Short and Feature Length Films
  • Documentaries
  • Personal Media Projects
  • Format Transfers and Duplication



Our core team members are listed below.  Additionally, we have a wide network of media and production specialists that we collaborate with on larger or specialized projects.



The driving force behind Active Communications is Dan Hnatio. Dan has over 30 years of experience in the communications industry, has won a variety of awards, and achieved a reputation for excellence within the field. He has developed a number of contacts and relationships within the industry, particularly within the New England region. In addition to running Active Communications, Dan teaches courses at Emerson College and Framingham State College's International Program. He holds an Ed.M. degree from Boston University and an M.F.A. degree from Goddard College. You can reach Dan at



Jeff has worked in the media production field for over 10 years both with Active Communications and as a freelancer. He is an experienced videographer, having worked on a wide variety of projects, including field work as a director of photography, camera operator, lighting director and sound engineer. He is an experienced Final Cut editor and currently the primary editor for Active.
Project experience includes: documentaries, training videos, dramatic pieces, marketing videos, web and cable broadcast, live event video streaming, and more. He holds both B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.



Joe has been part of the Active team for several years and brings a variety of technical and production skills to the table. He is an experienced Jimmy-Jib operator/assistant, camera operator and general production assistant.