Amy Unell serves as a catalyst and liaison to create, connect and collaborate in arts entrepreneurship across the University. In addition to her role with the Duke Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative, Amy works with the Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts to curate and promote initiatives in all facets of arts education at Duke.
A graduate of Duke University, Amy is an Alumna in Residence at the Duke Career Center and teaches seminar courses at Duke focused on entrepreneurship and multimedia storytelling.
After six years as an Emmy-nominated producer for NBC’s Today Show, Amy launched the multimedia production company, StoryTales Productions. She produced and directed the documentary film, “Starting at the Finish Line: The Coach Buehler Story,” about Duke’s legendary Olympic Coach Al Buehler, narrated and produced by NBA All-Star Grant Hill. The film inspired her book, “Starting at the Finish Line: Coach Al Buehler’s Timeless Wisdom” (Penguin Random House 2012).
A second documentary soon followed, “Duke ’91 & ’92: Back to Back” (Turner Sports), which she co-produced/directed with Duke alumna Madeleine Sackler (“Dangerous Acts”). The film reunited the Duke men’s basketball team on the 20th anniversary of their back-to-back NCAA Championships from executive producers Grant Hill and Christian Laettner.
A proud Midwesterner at heart, Amy was born and raised in Kansas City and is an avid Cameron Crazy.