Biography: David Bartis serves as executive producer of both Covert Affairs and Suits on USA.
Since 2001, Bartis has been a partner in Hypnotic, a film and television production company he co-founded with the critically-acclaimed director, Doug Liman. In 2003 and 2004, Bartis and Liman were executive producers on the hit Fox series, The OC. In 2003, Bartis also produced the critically-acclaimed series of successful commercials and short films for Reebok, "Terry Tate, Office Linebacker," which was also a Super Bowl spot. In the 2005-2006 season, the duo produced the pilot and series Heist for NBC. In 2008, Bartis produced the television movie remake of Knight Rider for NBC as well as the subsequent series it spawned that aired the following season. Most recently, he produced the feature film "Fairgame." Directed by Liman and starring Naomi Watts and Sean Penn, it premiered in competition at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.
Prior to forming Hypnotic, Bartis was senior vice president, primetime series, NBC Studios. During his tenure there he supervised the development and production of all primetime comedy and drama series for NBC Studios including "Providence" and "Will & Grace," both of which achieved breakout hit status during their freshman seasons. Prior to that he served as HBO’s vice president, original programming, west coast and vice president, creative affairs, HBO Independent Productions (HIP).
Bartis was HIP’s development executive and also supervised production of the long-running Fox comedy Martin and was the development and current production executive on the critically-acclaimed and Emmy Award-winning CBS comedy Everybody Loves Raymond, as well as the animated series Spawn. He has also supervised the production of Fox’s Roc, The Ben Stiller Show, Daddy Dearest, Get Smart and The Last Frontier.
Prior to joining HBO, Bartis was director of programming at Quincy Jones Entertainment, where he was involved in the development and launch of NBC’s The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
Producing credits on feature films include "Mail Order Wife" and the thriller "Cry Wolf" from Focus Features. Bartis began his career in 1985 as an intern at Fox Lorber Associates in New York.
A native of Providence, R.I., Bartis earned a B.A. in English and American Literature from Brown University. Following graduation, he was the president and co-founder with Doug Liman of the National Association of College Broadcasters and University Network. He currently resides in Los Angeles. (Courtesy USA Network, 2011)