Early Career / Philadelphia
After responding to a call for help from Banyan Productions in Philadelphia in 2004, I formed a relationship with the staff of several shows in production. I was soon asked to intern for TLC's Perfect Proposal, a role that helped me learn the ins and outs of non-fiction television production.
Whether it was choosing music for editors or sitting in on a creative meeting, my voice was always heard and my input was always taken into consideration. This was not the coffee-gopher internship you often hear about. My close work with the producers led to employment on their future projects, thus securing my place in the television industry.
During the mid-90s, Banyan Productions was the go-to production company for daytime reality television. It's most popular show was probably Trading Spaces, on which I was hired from time to time as a Production Assistant.
After some time assisting on shows and commercials in Philadelphia and New York, I decided that I needed to follow the work, so I took a chance in 2007 and moved to Los Angeles. Shortly thereafter, I was hired by A. Smith & Co Productions to work on a popular show they had resurrected; Trading Spaces. After two days as a Post Production Assistant, I was promoted to Post Production Coordinator.
As a Post Production Coordinator, I managed the schedule, staff, and completed all required deliverable material. I also stressed the importance of a fun workplace and helped increase productivity during long work-days. I even stayed after-hours to help the story staff.
By the end of the season of Trading Spaces, I was given the opportunity to produce story for the final three episodes. Having the opportunity to conduct interviews and assure that we had all of the necessary footage to edit a great show was incredible and further shaped my television career.
After Trading Spaces, I went on to produce story for shows such as:
- Whale Wars (Animal Planet)
- The Invested Life (MSN.com)
- Swamp People (History)
- My Big Redneck Vacation (CMT)
- Redneck Rehab (CMT)
- Flip Men (Spike)
- Escape Routes (NBC)
- Full Throttle Saloon (TruTV)
- Wicked Tuna (NatGeo)
- Mountain Movers (NatGeo)
- Swamp Pawn (CMT)
- Ghost Planes (H2)
- #BikerLive (Discovery)
- The Ultimate Fighter 21 (FOX Sports)
Being a Story Producer means wearing many hats. It involves writing voice-over, interview questions, occasionally interview answers, episode titles & descriptions. In episodic non-fiction, storyboarding is an enormous part of the process and can change from day to day. In post production, a story producer creates a preliminary edit and then fine-tunes it with a team of editors. Essentially, a story producer is a project manager and writer bundled into one person.
In early 2016, I joined forces with a vegan travel & culture magazine called Driftwood. Though I joined the team to manage their advertising and partnerships, I quickly began to integrate new media such as a podcast and a video web-series.
Driftwood in motion
The sponsored video web-series, Driftwood in Motion, is a multi-cycle collection of videos that follow vegans of all ages, races, sizes & shapes as they explore the world. Each multi-episodic cycle has a different theme and coincides with the release of the magazine. The first cycle, for example, is called S'mores Stories and follows a group of fun-loving vegans on an overnight wilderness camping trip.
For Driftwood in Motion, I am the Producer, Director, Director of Photography, and Editor. To date, all of my work with Driftwood has been voluntary.
Due to the success of Hey, Teens! with Jon & Eric, we were asked to host a show for the FilmOne channel on SkyTV (UK). Jon & Eric Hang Out and Do Whatever was a live, interactive program that combines live musical performances and guest interviews. All the while, a live chatroom scrolls on the side of the screen, encouraging a fully interactive experience between us and the audience.
FilmOne cancelled all shows after acquiring HologramUSA and converting their studio to a hologram studio.