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Rob Shuter
He's an old friend who gossips for a living and is always a blast to talk to. Rob Shuter's in my phone as "Naughty but Nice Rob" because that’s also the name of his gossip website where he dishes on everything but is never mean. I met Rob working together on a fun idea for a show we cooked up based around his hilarious and outgoing personality. We talk about how even ended up in the gossip game and he gives us a behind the curtain look at how the whole publicity game is actually played. Enjoy!
May 20, 2019
The Podcast Gals - Erin Martin/Mary Payne Gilbert/Jessica Zadeh
When you meet on Facebook, do each others podcasts, but never meet in person, there's every chance your new besties will turn out to be serial killers. Well, that's still possible - but if so, they're the most fun, murderers I've ever met! Erin, Mary Payne, Jessica and I recap our amazing dinner with the one and only Countess Luann, her "we should have been drunk" cabaret show and of course dish Housewives galore. Chic c'est la vie!
May 06, 2019
LaKendra Tookes
Excited to finally have the fabulous and hilarious LaKendra Tookes on the podcast. I first heard LaKendra on Amy Phillps' radio show on Radio Andy and laughed so hard I became obsessed with her and her housewife and reality TV musings. She’s a comedian, actress and pop culture TV host who wrote for Saturday Night Live a few years ago. We talk about that great story and of course dish on all the housewives drama. Come for the Drake story and stay for the Dorit and PK rant!
Apr 23, 2019
Lynne Kirby
Lynne Kirby is a talented development producer, brilliant creative mind and all around amazing human being. Lynne’s managed to parlay that brilliance to television somehow - both as a network executive and producer. She now works as a development executive for Nutopia where she created the hit show FINDING JESUS for CNN and also created a documentary about water that found it way to the Sundance Film festival (!). But knowing Lynne… we haven’t even seen the best of what she can do just yet.
Apr 08, 2019
Matt Hanna - VH1, Esquire & more!
Matt Hanna is a longtime friend and former colleague who’s toggled between the network and production company side for many years. Chances are if you’ve been in the industry a while, you’ve either worked with him or pitched him at VH1 or Esquire. He now runs the US arm of Our House Media doing some cool projects including a top secret Jenna Lyons show. He’s got some great stories from his storied career and turns the tables at the end for a very obnoxious conversation about Los Angeles. Is there any other kind?:)
Mar 25, 2019
Today on the podcast, my first repeat guest since I started the pod almost 3 years ago. And you’ll know why I broke my own rule for this one. After watching the incredibly powerful documentary LEAVING NEVERLAND, I knew I had to speak to Criminal Behaviorlist Analyst Laura Richards. Laura is not just a friend but has been my partner in crime on several big projects over the years. We break down the psychology of predator behavior and coercive control, not just in the Michael Jackson case but in the incredibly bizarre but must see doc ABDUCTED IN PLAIN SIGHT. Warning - we do touch on some sexually explicit material so this is not one you want to listen to around the kids.
Mar 11, 2019
Beth Greenwald
She's an old and dear friend and great producer to boot: Beth Greenwald. Beth and I met many years back when she was the VP of development at E! She’s had super interesting jobs before and after that gig and we get into all of it. Beth is an independent producer now who hustled really hard to get her new series on the air. So it’s fitting that new series is called HUSTLE and it’s airing on Viceland right now. It’s all about pursuing your dream and making it happen which is what Beth personifies. Enjoy!
Feb 25, 2019
As a huge fan of MILLION DOLLAR LISTING on Bravo, I was thrilled to talk to the only (finally) female agent on the show Tracy Tutor. Tracy was already a big shot realtor in Los Angeles before she joined the cast last season she wasn’t just cast because she’s gorgeous and has great style. She is a top seller, has great relationships and knows how to stay above the fray and be a mature adult when her male co-stars are acting like children. I had a great time talking to her about it all - her career, the end of her marriage - some of the more emotional scenes we’ve seen so far this season - and of course - where she gets all those fabulous clothes!
Feb 11, 2019
Kevin Bartel
As soon as I saw the fabulous Netflix doc-series MADE IN MEXICO, I knew I had to interview this producer. Kevin Bartel runs the American arm of Love Productions who are probably best known for the GREAT BRITISH BAKEOFF - a huge hit in the UK and now the US. Kevin started on the agent's desk and worked his way up through the production world and then to the network side. The story of how he ended up at Spike is a good one that includes a death threat - so you gotta hear how that turned out!
Jan 28, 2019
Sean Rankine
What's it like to run a hit show for 11 seasons?! I asked uber producer and Show Runner Sean Rankine who's done just that for VH1's BASKETBALL WIVES. We talk about what he learned from EP'ing that show, working with P Diddy, Tyra Banks and starting his career with reality pioneers Bunim/Murray. Sean's also got an envious passport and we talk about how he plans to merge travel and producing in the next chapter. Enjoy!
Jan 15, 2019
K.P. Anderson - The Soup, another (great) Kardashian story and more!
If you’ve been a rabid SOUP fan for many years like me then you know K.P. Anderson's work very well. K.P. became showrunner and headwriter of the show on E! back in 2004 when Joel McHale took over. He ran the show until the end in 2015 and a few years later, he and Joel re-vamped it and took it to Netflix for a reboot where it's just as great as the original. KP’s brand is comedy - running Norm McDonalds show at Netflix and Kevin Hart’s show with Lyft all under his company’s overall deal with Lionsgate. He's one of the best talkers I’ve ever interviewed and his Kardashian story is gold!
Dec 31, 2018
"Stuttering" John Melendez
This one's a real treat for all you Howard Stern fans out there! John Melendez - better known as Stuttering John - spent a long time working for Howard and being a staple on the show. He was best known for his celebrity interviews which often times went sideways but were always hilarious. When he left to go work for Jay Leno he shook up his life and the show and the rest is kind of history. He’s out with a new book - EASY FOR YOU TO SAY - that’s a memoir of his life and spills a TON of juicy stuff about Howard, Gary, Artie, Jackie, the list goes on. And we get the whole story of his latest and maybe greatest prank so far - talking to President Donald Trump on AirForce One.
Dec 17, 2018
Pam Healey - RHONY and more!
All roads lead to Bethenny Frankel. But to get there you have to go through Pam Healey! Pam runs the very successful production company Shed Media which of course produces Real Housewives of New York. But Pam (and Shed) have a broad spectrum of shows like WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE and LONG LOST FAMILY for TLC and 12 seasons of VH1's hit show Basketball Wives. Pam and I have a great chat about her career and how she ended up going from a childhood in New York City to working in Denver and finally to Los Angeles. She’s an inspiration to producers and women everywhere. Enjoy!
Dec 03, 2018
Mark Herzog - DIRTY JOHN
For all you fans of the true crime podcast DIRTY JOHN - brace yourself! My guest Mark Herzog is an Executive Producer of the series and tells some behind the scenes scoop on how they made both versions of the amazing true crime show. Mark is a long time producer who got his start in feature films and went on to produce many documentaries and docu-series that have garnered him Emmys and a great reputation in our industry. Make sure you tune in to the Bravo scripted series DIRTY JOHN premiering Nov 25th (it's really good!) and the 2 hour documentary airing on Oxygen this January!
Nov 19, 2018
****Podcast update 11/12
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Nov 12, 2018
Joe Livecchi
Joe Livecchi is a seasoned producer with years of experience on the network and cable side. His TV career trajectory is definitely not the usual one, but it's definitely entertaining. Joe tells a great story about how he got DEAL OR NO DEAL sold to NBC after it getting rejected everywhere, and what it was like to be on the network side running unscripted at CMT. And then what happens when that all goes away... As owner of the production company NOBLE SAVAGES, Joe is always looking for great stories to tell and producers to partner with. Let him tell you why he's the guy you should bring your ideas to!
Oct 30, 2018
Lauren Gellert
If you’ve been in the industry a while you have probably either worked with her, pitched to her or maybe even been pitched BY her. You’ll hear how Lauren Gellert went from an aspiring choreographer, to getting her TV education at VH1, to getting pushed over the edge by a powerhouse producer at Tru TV, to her current job as EVP of development and programming at WETV. Lots of good lessons baked in along the way on this one so pay attention!
Oct 15, 2018
Cedric the Entertainer
Cedric the Entertainer is someone I’ve been lucky to know for almost a decade. As you’ll be able to tell from this interview, he's a down to earth, smart, cool and of course very funny guy. You know him from basically everything including the barbershop movies, the Steve Harvey show, Soul Man, Who Wants to be a Millionaire and now his new show premiering October 1st on CBS, The Neighborhood. I loved talking to him about his journey from his St Louis roots, to his start in standup comedy, to his amazing movie and tv career. It’s a fun, wild and unpredictable ride. Enjoy!
Sep 30, 2018
Deanna Cheng
She's a hilarious actress, writer, director and pop culture guru. Deanna Cheng has been such a great guest on so many great shows like Bitch Sesh and Reality Checked so I wanted her on to talk about all things Bravo and of course 90 Day Fiancé. Deanna makes a very funny appearance in season 2 of GLOW and she’s got a fabulous new digital show coming up on Comedy Central called UNSEND with fellow actors/comedians Paul Sheer and Matt McConkey. Enjoy!
Sep 17, 2018
Gretchen Bonaduce
She's a reality star turned normal person - as much as that’s possible:) We first got to know Gretchen Bonaduce about 13 years ago with the show BREAKING BONADUCE which was some of the best real documentary programming I had ever seen. We saw a lot of intense scenes with her (then) husband Danny - who was struggling with addiction and his marriage. But the woman behind the man often gets overlooked. Gretchen not only survived the dysfunctional marriage and the show, but she’s got a lot of story to tell. Her awesome book "Surviving Agent Orange: And Other Things I Learned From Being Thrown Under the Partridge Family Bus" is out on Amazon now - and I highly recommend it!
Sep 03, 2018
Shannon Beador
She’s America’s favorite Orange County housewife and my personal favorite. Shannon Storms Beador has been through it all in her 5 seasons on Bravo’s Real Housewives of Orange County and she talks about it all very openly and honestly on the pod. From her horrible first season, to her vow renewal to her eventual divorce - Shannon has never been afraid to put her struggles front and center, which is what makes her relatable and so likable. I loved spending time with her at her beautiful new home and of course getting to meet the very famous Archie the dog. Enjoy!
Aug 21, 2018
Courtney White
It's a real treat to have the fabulous Courtney White on the podcast. She’s a big shot network executive at Scripps (now Discovery) where she has spent a lot of years climbing the ranks — starting at HGTV then Travel Channel then to her current position as EVP of HGTV and Food Network. Courtney’s been a friend since the day I walked into her office 12 years ago and every time we see each other, our conversation goes in about 20 directions. You’ll definitely see that today not the podcast.
Aug 06, 2018
Amy Savitsky
She's a network executive very well known in our business - Amy Savitsky. Amy is the SVP of development and programming and A&E - where she helped develop and is an Executive Producer on Leah Remini’s hit show on Scientology and the series The Murder of Laci Peterson (obsessed). Before Amy joined A&E in 2015 she had spent more than a decade at Discovery and we talk all about those years including how a little hit show called Here Comes Honey Boo Boo came to be. Amy is very open and honest and someone I know I can always get a straight answer from. Enjoy!
Jul 23, 2018
Leslie Greif
He's a legend in our industry - both in unscripted and unscripted. Leslie Grief is the founder and owner of Thinkfactory Media. They are well known in unscripted for hits like Gene Simmons Family Jewels and Marriage Boot Camp. On the scripted side, he actually created Walker Texas Ranger in the early 90’s and then the hit series Hatfields and McCoys for History Channel. Leslie grew up in the entertainment business and when you hear about his amazing journey from NBC page to big shot producer it will become clear he was destined for this business. **PLEASE GO TO ITUNES TO GIVE ME A 5 STAR RATING AND SHORT REVIEW -THANK YOU!!
Jul 09, 2018
Yun Lingner - SHARK TANK
It's the day I’ve been waiting for since the day I started this podcast more than 2 years ago. Anyone who listens, knows the one show I mention over and over again is SHARK TANK. It’s my absolutely favorite unscripted show and I am beyond privileged to talk to Executive Producer Yun Lingner. Yun has been with the show since the pilot, and we talk all about how the show started and how it's evolved. She answers some of my burning questions of how the donuts are made and shares some good gossip on the Sharks! **PLEASE GO TO ITUNES TO GIVE ME A 5 STAR RATING AND SHORT REVIEW -THANK YOU!!
Jun 25, 2018
Jason Sarlanis - The E! story of The Kardashians
He’s a great producer, great network executive and a great friend. Jason Sarlanis is the head of development for TLC where he brought back Trading Spaces to killer ratings is always looking for another big hit like 90 Day Fiance and all the great spinoffs. Jason started his reality career at E! back in the day where he oversaw shows like Keeping up with Kardashians, the Soup and Fashion Police. He went on to become VP of development of programming at ABC with a quick stop in between at Ryan Seacrest’s company. He’s smart, creative and one of the savviest people i know. Enjoy! **PLEASE GO TO ITUNES TO GIVE ME A 5 STAR RATING AND SHORT REVIEW -THANK YOU!!
Jun 11, 2018
Ramy Romany & Sharra Romany
Ramy and Sharra Romany are (successful)partners in business and life. Together they own Romany Films which is a full service production company specializing in documentary, branded and basically anything you need filmed and crewed - they do it. They are 2 of the top Directors of Photography here in LA but it's the story of how they met and what happened after that, that will blow your mind. It's like the BIG SICK meets EXODUS - you'll see what I mean when you hear it. No spoilers!! **PLEASE GO TO ITUNES TO GIVE ME A 5 STAR RATING AND SHORT REVIEW -THANK YOU!!
May 28, 2018
Countess Luann de Lesseps
Whether you call her the Countess, Luann, Lu, Darling, or the former Mrs. D'Agastino, just don't be all uncool! Lu is an an OG of The NY housewives and if you’re a fan you’ve seen her through 2 marriages, 2 divorces, 2 falls, 1 arrest, one pirate, 1 eggs de la francais, a pandora station and so much more. I sat down with here while she was out in LA performing her cabaret show and as usual she did not disappoint. Ladies and gentlemen - This is the countess speaking. **PLEASE GO TO ITUNES TO GIVE ME A 5 STAR RATING AND SHORT REVIEW -THANK YOU!!
May 14, 2018
Kyle Richards - RHOBH
Whether you know her from her acting past (Halloween, Little House on the Prairie!) or from her 8 years as one of the OG’s from The Housewives of Beverly Hills, Kyle Richards needs no introduction. Kyle was born into show business, left to get married and raise her 4 daughters & then went back into the game for what she thought would be an easy low key show. How did that turn out?:) We have a lot of fun talking about the Housewives and her new show American Woman premiering June 7th on the Paramount Network. We go deep into her childhood growing up as a showbiz kid the 70’s, talk about why Mauricio's family didn't want her to marry him and how she became an extroverted introvert. Enjoy! **PLEASE GO TO ITUNES TO GIVE ME A 5 STAR RATING AND SHORT REVIEW -THANK YOU!!
May 01, 2018
Latter Day Jew **BONUS Episode
If you’re in a creative field, you likely have a passion project you’re doing (or want to do someday) and you’ll do anything to make it happen. That happened to me when I met H Alan Scott, former Mormon, Gay comedian, Cancer survivor and Jewish convert. On this podcast, we’re talking about the documentary I’m directing and producing about his journey; and we're asking for your help in making my dream a reality. You’ll hear about his story, what we’ve filmed this last year and how we plan to bring this film into the world. Check out where you can see the trailer, and press on the donate button to make a tax-deductible donation. Every little bit helps! **PLEASE GO TO ITUNES TO GIVE ME A 5 STAR RATING AND SHORT REVIEW -THANK YOU!!
Apr 16, 2018
Erika Jayne - RHOBH
It IS expensive to be her because she is the one and only ERIKA JAYNE. To most of you, Erika needs no introduction. She’s in her 3rd season of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and splits her time and personalities being Erika Girardi and Erika Jayne - singer, performer and gay icon. Her autobiography PRETTY MESS is on sale now and its great - we talk all about her past, present and future and she doesn't hold back on anything. Enjoy! **PLEASE GO TO ITUNES TO GIVE ME A 5 STAR RATING AND SHORT REVIEW -THANK YOU!!
Apr 10, 2018
Eliot Goldberg - the REAL story of the Kardashians
It's the REAL story of that Krazy family from the guy who brought them to your screen 10 years ago. Eliot Goldberg took a flyer on a Hollywood clan who seemed so weird and wacky he didn’t know what to make of them at first. You may have heard a lot of versions of how the Kardashians came to be, but this is how it really happened, from the very first meeting on that fateful day in 2007. I have a great chat with the head of unscripted at AMC and Sundance Channels. Eliot oversees some great series like THE TALKING DEAD AND the "Visionaries" anthology series including James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction and Eli Roth’s History of Horror. **PLEASE GO TO ITUNES TO GIVE ME A 5 STAR RATING AND SHORT REVIEW -THANK YOU!!
Mar 26, 2018
Brent Montgomery
He's one of the biggest names in our industry and one of the smartest. Brent Montgomery made big headlines back in 2014 when he sold 80 percent of his company Left/Field to ITV for what was widely considered the biggest payday to date in an unprecedented deal. He started his company with 10k and soon was creating and producing hits like PAWN STARS and AMERICAN RESTORATION for History Channel. He was a shrewd businessman early on, making strategic moves that would pay huge dividends later like buying other companies before he had the deep pockets to even do that. We get into all of that and how he went from getting bought by ITV to running ITV to now starting his latest venture all over again. **PLEASE GO TO ITUNES TO GIVE ME A 5 STAR RATING AND SHORT REVIEW -THANK YOU!!
Mar 12, 2018
Ryann Lauckner
She's a powerhouse executive who works behind the scenes to quietly run one of the biggest production companies in our industry. Ryann Lauckner's quiet calm and smarts is what made her climb the ranks at Asylum Entertainment - from a low level producer to the Executive Vice President of Programming where she’s overseeing shows for major networks and keeping the train on the tracks every day - no easy feat. Ryan's road is not a traditional one — starting as a poor kid in North Dakota, to film school at USC, to her first job on one of the biggest competition reality series, to reluctantly climbing the ranks, to grabbing the bull by its horns at Asylum, Ryann is a true inspiration. **PLEASE GO TO ITUNES TO GIVE ME A 5 STAR RATING AND SHORT REVIEW -THANK YOU!!
Feb 27, 2018
John Hill
Today on the podcast, TV producer, actor, radio personality and Andy Cohen bestie John Hill. I first heard of John when I started listening to Andy Cohen’s radio show a few years back and had no idea he was a prolific reality producer who has worked on shows like Tori and Dean, Project Runway, Top Chef and Watch What Happens Live. John started as an actor and still gets to let that personality shine on Andy’s radio show and his own show on Radio Andy THE FEELS. John and I have a lot of fun talking about his non-traditional career trajectory and he tells me the real story of how he and Andy met-cute. **PLEASE GO TO ITUNES TO GIVE ME A 5 STAR RATING AND SHORT REVIEW -THANK YOU!!
Feb 13, 2018
David Collins
He's an amazing person AND an amazing producer who I absolutely adore and he’s responsible for one of the reality TV’s earliest hits. David Collins created QUEER EYE FOR THE STRAIGHT GUY back in 2003 with his partner Michael Williams at Scout Productions. It was a totally unique idea that turned Bravo, a network no one had ever heard of, into a household name. It was such a revolutionary show, that 15 years later, Netflix had the brilliant idea to re-boot it with a new Fab5 and a new location. David and I talk the inspiration for Queer Eye and the rest of his interesting and sometimes surprising career. Make sure you stream the new Queer Eye starting Feb 7th on Netflix! **PLEASE GO TO ITUNES TO GIVE ME A 5 STAR RATING AND SHORT REVIEW -THANK YOU!!
Jan 30, 2018
A very exciting day on the podcast! I sit down with a guy I watch every week on my TV screen, at least when the show is in season. James Harris is one half of the dynamic British real-estate duo selling multimillion dollar homes every Thursday night on Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles. James started doing real estate at 16 years old and hasn’t stopped since. We talk about how he really feels about his fellow realtors on the show, how the show is produced and why its worth it to spend 30 thousand dollars on a lavish open house. **PLEASE GO TO ITUNES TO GIVE ME A 5 STAR RATING AND SHORT REVIEW -THANK YOU!!
Jan 15, 2018
Howard Owens
He's a very well known name in our industry who's worked in every pocket of unscripted. Howard Owens started as an agent, moved to the production side, then jumped to the network side, then came back to the producer's side a few years ago with Propogate Content, a company he started with Ben Silverman, his former partner at Reville. Needless to say -it’s been quite a ride - and we get into all of it: the journey from Law school, to outdoor billboards, to the agency mailroom, to one of the most prolific producers in our industry... Howard is in a league of his own!
Jan 02, 2018
Damla Dogan
She's a fierce woman and network executive who's responsible for some of your favorite guilty pleasure shows. Damla Dogan is the SVP of Programming Development at E! Entertainment where she oversees unscripted series and live events. She’s led some series you may have heard of like KEEPING UP WITH THE KARDASHIANS, TOTAL DIVAS, SECOND WIVES CLUB and REVENGE BODY with Khloe Kardashian -just to name a few. Damla’s been at the network 10 years and counting. She spent time producing scripted and unscripted content before that, so that makes her one of those execs that producers just love working with!
Dec 19, 2017
Robyn Lattaker-Johnson
Today on the podcast, another kick ass amazing rock star in our industry - Robyn Latteker Johnson. Robyn stands out because she’s done something very few people have done in unscripted - going from producer to network executive to manager. Robyn’s had great success on the network side as a development executive at SyFy and BET, but her move to become manager surprised even her. Yet, in many ways, it was the perfect culmination of her illustrious career that proves saying "yes" and making your own destiny will get you places.
Dec 05, 2017
Kate Casey
Today on the podcast, comedienne, writer, entreprenuer and all around super impressive uber reality fan, Kate Casey. Kate hosts a successful podcast called REALITY LIFE WITH KATE CASEY and also recaps reality shows on her website Love and Knuckles She’s spoken to more present and former reality stars than maybe anyone on the planet and is even friends with a bunch of them. Kate has had a wildly fascinating life - from her former (unexpected) career to her rough childhood, she’s refreshingly honest about all of it.
Nov 21, 2017
Joel Gallen
He's a legendary producer and director with a long and storied career. Joel Gallen has carved out a unique niche as THE go to guy for live events, music, comedy and even as “the disaster guy.” He’s produced 17 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies, countless award shows, A list comedy concerts, every Comedy Central Roast and the list goes on. I have to say Joel’ story about Prince might be my very favorite story on the podcast to date. Enjoy!
Nov 07, 2017
Chachi Senior
Another network executive sitting down for the podcast and this time it's producer turned exec Chachi Senior. Chachi is now Senior vice President of Original Series at the Paramount Network (nee Spike) where he’s also in charge or development. The fact that Chachi's even AT a network at all might surprise you when you hear about his career path from a filmmaker to a reality producer with a REALLY fascinating stop in between (hint - not in television).
Oct 24, 2017
Jonas Larsen
Excited to have another accomplished network exec on the podcast! Jonas Larsen is Comedy Centrals Executive Vice President of Talent and Development. He hails from Denmark - a first for this podcast - and his amazing journey from Denmark to LA has a lot of twists and turns - and may not be what you expect from the guy who went after Charlie Sheen to be roasted on the Comedy Central Roast. We’ll hear all about how he got to where he is and how Temptation Island and the Joe Schmo Show turned out to be pivotal moments in a very interesting career path.
Oct 10, 2017
Drew Tappon
Today on the podcast, one of my favorite people, not just in the business but in life! My good friend Drew Tappon finally came to the hot seat which he found out wasn’t so hot and we actually had a great time. We talked about his long successful career on the network side, studio side and now the production company side. He’s currently the chief creative officer for Sally Ann Salsano’s hugely successful 495 productions which created mega hits like Jersey Shore and Party Down South. Drew is an EMMY winner for a wonderful show on A&E called BORN THIS WAY and you maybe shocked where he stores those Emmys..
Sep 25, 2017
Jacqui Pitman
It’s our second casting guru on the podcast. Jacqui Pitman is widely known through Hollywood as, "the Casting Director with an Executive Producer's eye.” She started her casting career in the late 80's then detoured into producing for 10 years and has run her own casting and production company since 2009. She's cast basically every single show you’ve ever heard of and her resume is too long to list but she tells us the highlights. Jacqui's story is not just impressive but incredibly inspiring too.
Sep 11, 2017
Sasha Alpert
Sasha Alpert's a rare gem in this business because she does 2 very different jobs at the same company. She's in charge of casting at Bunim Murray and also created and runs their documentary division. She's produced award winning films like VALENTINE ROAD and AUTISM THE MUSICAL and her latest doc is called THEY CALL US MONSTERS - now streaming on Netflix. Sasha's also cast some of the most well known shows in the history of reality TV and I loved talking to her about her illustrious career.
Aug 28, 2017
Alec Shankman
It's our first agent on the podcast! Alec Shankman has created a powerhouse division at Abrams Artists not just representing talent and producers in unscripted, but he's created and runs the digital, licensing and branding division where his clients are making waves and money running their own shows online. We talk about how to make it in the digital landscape and why producers need to think differently when it comes to this space.
Aug 14, 2017
Jarrett Creative (Julie Insogna & Seth Jarrett)
Here's proof that being married for over 20 years and working together side by side most every minute of that time can actually work! In fact, it doesn't just work - it can be extremely successful. Julie Insogna and Seth Jarrett happen to be two of my favorite people in the business and interviewing them was a blast. You'll hear their meet cute story, find out the secret recipe to building a wildly successful company and why they've turned down big bucks to follow their dreams.
Aug 01, 2017
Brian Moylan
He's one of the funniest human beings I had never even seen a picture of before we met in the studio. Brian Moylan is someone I've been dying to meet forever. He writes hilarious recaps of the REAL HOUSEWIVES for Vulture and I've always wondered about the genius behind the genius. We find out his favorite and least favorite housewives, the worst husbands and who's crazier: Ramona or Vicki? (Spoiler alert : it's a tough call!)
Jul 18, 2017
Lara Spotts
Here's another kick-ass woman who proves there's not just one way to go anywhere or get anywhere. Lara Spotts is someone I've always admired since my days of pitching her at Bravo where she brought in hits like SOUTHERN CHARM and THE PEOPLE'S COUCH. She also brought Bravo into the scripted world with GIRLFRIEND'S GUIDE TO DIVORCE AND ODD MOM OUT - which is the show she now Executive Produces. The third season of this hilarious show premieres July 12th at 10pmET and you can watch the trailer here:
Jul 04, 2017
Ben Relles
Today on the podcast, I’m continuing to dive deep into the world of digital content with the head of unscripted content at YouTube. Ben Relles figured out the power of the internet early on. In 2007, his digital short “I Got a Crush on Obama” became a huge breakout hit and started what would be a successful career combining comedy and YouTube. We talk about the inspiration for that video and how Ben came to climb the ranks - now working on big shows with Kevin Hart, Demi Lovato and Ellen. He just struck big with Katy Perry’s Worldwide Online Experiment which attracted fans from 190 countries(!) and is buying lots more content — so producers take note. Ben has only one regret, which may very well become yours too…
Jun 20, 2017
Josh Zeman
If you’re a fan of true crime you probably know Josh Zeman’s work. His award winning documentary CROPSEY put him on the true crime map and is a must see. We talk about how he became interested in the subject and made that film. Josh went on to do another successful doc called KILLING LEGENDS which you can see now on Amazon Prime. Most recently, he did the in-depth docu-series THE KILLING SEASON on A&E. Even though Josh got his start in feature films, he’s firmly planted his flag in the true crime genre, which lucky for him is as hot as ever.
Jun 06, 2017
Marc Marcuse
Here's a guy who keeps reality stars going long after their day in the sun is gone. Marc Marcuse is the founder and owner of Reel Management. His company works with reality stars to make money after their reality paycheck is gone. Our talk may make you think differently about the industry and the value of reality stars. Plus, Marc has some great insight on being a reality star since he was one himself - which is how this all started...
May 22, 2017
The Jay & Tony Show
It's the famous and maybe even infamous Jay and Tony Show! You may know them from their fantastic podcast - the aptly named Jay and Tony Show. If you don’t listen - you should - because they say everything we all are thinking and their refreshing honesty has given me me life every Thursday for the last few years. These 2 are like an old married couple who love each other like crazy and drive each other crazy too. We go back to the college days when it all began and find out how they came together to become a successful producing duo.
May 09, 2017
Jon Collins
You may not know his name but you’ve probably seen his brilliant work. The brilliant and talented Jon Collins is behind the iconic movies that get a round of network notes. You can find them on his blog “Jeez Jon” - In real life, Jon is not just a great writer with his eye and ear firmly on the pulse of reality TV, but also a senior story producer who’s come up in the business in the edit room. So when he writes those fake network notes, he knows exactly what he’s talking about.
Apr 24, 2017
Jodi Flynn
Adding to the roster of powerhouse women who own production companies! Jodi Flynn is the president of Outpost Entertainment which produces lots of unscripted content for lots of networks and digital outlets. Before launching Outpost Entertainment, Jodi was in development at Cineflix and Screaming Flea Productions where she developed and sold a bunch of successful series, including the Emmy-nominated Hoarders for A+E, Three Sheets for Spike and My Shopping Addiction for Oxygen. Jodi’s successful show on the History Channel FORGED IN FIRE - now in season 4- premieres April 11th so be sure to check it out. It’s kind of like Chopped but for weapons.
Apr 10, 2017
Stephanie Drachkovitch
The amazing Stephanie Drachkovitch founded the company 44 Blue with her husband Rasha back in 1984 (!) She and I talk about her early roots in TV news through her many years on the studio side then back to producing with her very successful company today. 44 Blue is known for hits like PITBULLS and PAROLEES, WAHLBERGERS and HOLLYWOOD MEDIUM. We break down how some of those famous shows came to be and why passion is EVERYTHING when you’re trying to make great TV.
Apr 04, 2017
Scott Carter
Scott Carter's the Executive Producer of Real Time with Bill Maher that airs live every Friday night on HBO. He's been the EP on the show since it debuted on HBO in 2003 AND he produced the first 1,100 episodes of "Politically Incorrect With Bill Maher" from its 1993 Comedy Central debut. Scott and I talk about his career producing and writing and even his short lived stint as a standup comedian. He has incredible stories including a gem about Carrie Fisher and George Lucas and some very interesting insight on the very big recent controversy on Real Time.
Mar 20, 2017
Josh Entman
It's a different kind of guest - but its really about time. In the unscripted world, we’ve been slow to get into the digital space and today's guest is one of its huge success stories. Josh Entman is the co-founder and Chief Development Officer for Jukin Media. Jukin has been in the news a lot lately because of their huge success. Their core business: acquiring videos and making them go viral. Josh tells us how that business has blown up and why what they're doing is indeed the future of our industry.
Mar 07, 2017
Aliyah Silverstein & Sara Quick
Two superstar show runners who have deep experience and insight: Aliyah Silverstein and Sara Quick. They're both top of their game and specialize in different genres but have incredibly similar ways of seeing their jobs and their approach to every show they tackle. I loved talking about everything from what it means to be a show runner to their particular experiences as women in the industry. Enjoy!
Feb 21, 2017
Andy Dehnart
He's someone who spends every day of his life immersed in reality television: Andy Denhart. Andy created the blog REALITY BLURRED, a great place to get news on the industry, Andy’s take on specific shows, trends in the industry and interviews with some of the creators behind the shows. Andy and I talk about the state of reality TV and go in depth on his favorite shows of the year. Enjoy!
Feb 07, 2017
Eddie Schmidt
The incredibly talented Eddie Schmidt is quite the multi-hyphenate. He’s an award winning prolific documentarian and and a very seasoned unscripted show runner. And now that those 2 worlds are intersecting in a really interesting way in our business, it’s a great time to be Eddie! Eddie is a special gem in our business and I urge you to watch all his work as soon as you can!
Jan 24, 2017
Doron Ofir
He's probably the most well known casting person in our business. Doron Ofir has notoriously cast some the most iconic reality shows of all time including Jersey Shore, Ru Paul's Drag Race, Joe Millionaire and Party Down South. He's done hundreds more and has got some incredible stories of how he finds and connects with random people to turn them into great characters for television. He also waxes philosophical about how reality TV got us into the presidency and why he wants every show he casts to look like a John Hughes 80 movie. You won’t find a better(or more insightful) talker in this business!
Jan 10, 2017
Aliza Rosen
For the 20th episode of the podcast, we're turning the tables. My friend and colleague Tim Duffy is asking me the questions. Yes, I am my own guest. I’ve been hearing for a while now that at least some of you want to know more about me and my background. So I'll answer burning questions like: how did I end up starting my career in Bangor Maine and getting chased by men with machetes into the Thai jungle. I have been very humbled by all the feedback I get from my listeners and appreciate everyone who listens. I would love for you to follow me on social media at @realityofreal and spread the word to your friends in and out of the business. Thank you for all the love and support!!
Dec 27, 2016
Lisa Rinna
It's OUR FIRST REALITY STAR and bono-fide celebrity - Lisa Rinna! She went from actress to big-time reality star a few years ago when she joined the cast of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. It wasn’t her first foray into reality but she’s definitely made quite the splash -feuding with everyone from Kim to Yolanda to Lisa Vanderpump. She’s not afraid to take anyone on and that’s what makes her so much fun to watch and talk to. She’s gorgeous, funny smart and inspiring and I’m so glad I had the chance to sit down with her the same week of the RHOBH premiere. PS - I'm on Twitter @realityofreal.
Dec 13, 2016
Julia Cunningham
This podcast is where reality TV and pop culture intersect in one human being! Julia Cunningham is host of EW's SiriusXM radio show LA Daily and her job it is to watch TV all day, every day. We dig deep into reality TV and she explains why the Bachelor is the best reality show ever. Julia’s also a true crime junkie and a BRAVO lover - where she especially loves a good “shape shifter” - she’ll explain. Enjoy!
Nov 29, 2016
Dwight Smith & Michael Agbabian (Mission Control)
They're famous for producing hit shows like FACE OFF on Sy Fy and HOLLYWOOD GAME NIGHT for NBCToday. Dwight Smith and Michael Agbabian- are co-owners of the company Mission Control. Dwight and Michael have been producing partners for a long time and shockingly have never gotten into one fight! You’ll hear them break down how they created Face Off and about the incredible night when Hollywood Game Night became a reality. Plus the joys of working with a celebrity EP who really gets his hands dirty (you'll have to listen to find out who!)...
Nov 15, 2016
Steve Harris
Today on the podcast: my first guest to run a celebrity production company. Steve Harris runs the unscripted division of Marlan Wayans company Workaholics Entertainment. Steve met Marlon in college and the road to their partnership was paved with a first (unsuccessful) attempt to move to LA, lots of producing gigs and network executive gigs including one at A&E where Steve put icons on the air like MC Hammer, Shaquile O'Neil and the Jackson family. You’ll hear what it took to convince Papa Joe to put his family on TV and what happens when Michael (yes that Michael) calls you out of the blue. And Steve's biggest regret is my favorite one to date. Enjoy!
Oct 25, 2016
Darrell Miller
Today on the podcast I'm going out of the box -just a little - but whether you're in this industry or not I think you'll find this interview as fascinating as I do. Darrell Miller is a very well known and respected entertainment attorney here in Los Angeles He runs the entertainment practice of Fox Rothschild where, as one client says he's more of a "consigliere" than a lawyer. Darrell's got a lot of famous clients in reality, scripted, film, and music. He takes each of them on as a brand which he talks about in his book The "16th minute of fame" which is part instruction, part memoir and many parts inspirational -like Darrell himself.
Oct 10, 2016
Jim Clemente & Laura Richards
If you watched the Case of JonBenet Ramsey on CBS you'll be familiar with my two guests Jim Clemente and Laura Richards. They aren't just the lead investigators on the documentary-series but they're also my Co-Executive Producers. While there's a lot of information about the case out there, this is a peek behind the curtain of how we put the show together and sold it and what it took to do an in-depth investigation on a crazy production timetable. We also talk about some of the footage that didn’t make it to air that will air internationally on the 6 hour version.
Sep 27, 2016
Amy Phillips
An exciting day on the podcast with the Queen of all things Bravo: AMY PHILLIPS!! If you watch WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE and any of the Housewives shows, you have probably seen her spot on impressions of the ladies which are hilarious and brilliant. Amy hosts the Sirius XM radio show REALITY CHECKED every Tuesday and Thursday morning and she's game to do anything which makes her a fantastic guest!
Sep 13, 2016
Tim Duffy & Mike Duffy
Today on the podcast - 2 of the best guys in the business - Tim Duffy & Mike Duffy - twins and co-partners at Ugly Brother Studios. They’re on fire with lots of new exciting projects including the much buzzed about Emeril Eats the World premiering on Amazon Sep 2nd. We talk about the incredible places they got to see and eat producing this show (you will salivate) and have some REAL talk about the business. Truth telling never felt so good!
Aug 30, 2016
Jason Carbone
This week on the of the best-known and well-respected producers in the business Jason Carbone. He started on some of the best early MTV shows (Real World, Road Rules) and was the first producer hired on a little show called The Bachelor. Now considered one of Godfathers of “celeb-reality” (remember Run’s House?) he’s producing one of the best shows on TV right now - Barely Famous - on VH1. He’s got so many great stories, I could have talked to him for hours. Enjoy!
Aug 16, 2016
Douglas Ross & Alex Baskin
If you can't get enough of the Real Housewives, you have these two Reality heavyweights to thank. Evolution Media partners Doug Ross and Alex Baskin have a stellar reputation in the industry not just for making great television - but also for being great guys which I can vouch for. They produce some of my personal favorites like RH of Orange County and Beverly Hills and talk all about how the franchise started and what it really takes to get a housewife through a season. You'll also hear how their hit show BOTCHED for E! came to be and a tease of the spinoff that's on deck.
Aug 02, 2016
Dave Broome
A lot of people in our industry take credit for creating the BIGGEST LOSER but only Dave Broome can make the claim for real. We’ll hear all about how he came up with the idea and the journey to make the show - now a billion dollar international franchise as well as his other hit shows and an exciting new one in the works for Netflix. Dave's company is 25/7 because that’s how much he works. His work ethic is only matched by his intense passion which is incredibly infectious.
Jul 19, 2016
Eric Evangelista
Today on the podcast: kick- ass producer Eric Evangalista - co-founder of Hot Snakes Media who’s best known for creating the hit shows AMISH MAFIA and BREAKING AMISH. Eric and his wife Shannon own Hot Snakes together and their new show RETURN TO AMISH premieres July 10th on TLC @9pm. He tells me how he survived 14 years in news before making the move to reality and why he’s allowed to film in some of the most dangerous places in the world. Enjoy!
Jul 05, 2016
Brian Balthazar
If you don't know him already, you'll wish you did after this interview. Brian Balthazar's a HUGE personality who's a network executive with HGTV, a pop-culture expert who’s a regular on Wendy Williams and The Today Show and has a website called Pop Goes the Week. He also crushes it on social media so follow him immediately and enjoy this entertaining chat!
Jun 21, 2016
Jennifer O'Connell
What’s the real reason Bethenny and Jill are no longer friends?? These and other burning questions will be answered on today’s podcast with our first studio executive, Jennifer O’Connell! Jen is the head of unscripted at Lionsgate Television and knows all about the Real Housewives of New York drama because she was one of the producers who helped get the show off the ground. She’s had a big career overseeing some of the biggest shows in reality TV (see: Biggest Loser) and is one of those people in the business that everyone just seems to love - including me!
Jun 07, 2016
Brant Pinvidic
It's heavy hitter time with reality producer Brant Pinvidic. If you're a network executive, you know his pitches are among the most creative in the business. And if you've seen his documentary, you know why he's not on Facebook. Brant's created hit shows like Bar Rescue and almost passed on another that became a huge hit anyway (gotta listen to find out). He hangs with reality royalty like Spencer Pratt and David Foster and has worked with just about everyone else in between. Enjoy a really fun and enlightening conversation!
May 31, 2016
Sabrina Soto
How do you turn a TV hosting gig into a lifestyle brand?? Just ask Sabrina Soto - my guest on this week's podcast. Sabrina’s come a long way from our days working on a TLC daytime show together.You might recognize her from her Target commercials and hundreds of episodes of many shows on HGTV. We had a totally unfiltered conversation about her career path, how seriously she takes her brand and how bloggers are taking over the lifestyle space. Oh, and her passionate love of the Golden Girls!
May 24, 2016
Sara Auspitz...
This week on the podcast.. it's our first network executive: Sara Auspitz, VP of programming at GSN. She's a reality vet who truly loves the business and goes all in with every show she does. We talk all about Sara's illustrious career, our scary (but classic) moment working on a pilot together and how to stay cool when a producer threatens to punch you in the face.
May 17, 2016
Eli Holzman &Aaron Saidman - Part2
This week on the podcast… PART 2 of my fantastic conversation with uber producers Eli Holzman and Aaron Saidman. You’ll hear all about their new company IPC and their thoughts about the current state of TV and where it’s headed. If you’re a producer with your own company or thinking of striking out on your own - you won’t want to miss their insights on how to build a company in 2016. Enjoy!!!
May 10, 2016
Eli Holzman & Aaron Saidman
Whether you’re in “the biz” or not, you’ll definitely want to tune in to Part 1 of my talk with uber producers Eli Holzman and Aaron Saidman. Known for hits like Undercover Boss and Project Runway they've got fascinating backgrounds working in film and TV and have some priceless Harvey Weinstein stories. We also talk about their phenomenal documentary called The Seven Five (run don’t walk). Hope you love the conversation as much as I did!
May 03, 2016
Jenny Daly
On this weekly podcast, long-time TV Producer and Development Executive Aliza Rosen interviews people in all aspects of the unscripted business. First up - TGroup owner and producer dynamo Jenny Daly - who shares her experience coming up in the biz and her insights about the future of reality. A must listen!
Apr 26, 2016
Brian Samuels
Here's a guy in reality TV who really does give zero f*&ks. Brian Samuels, talent manager,casting gur and self-described Jack of all Trades, talks completely unfiltered about his job, networks, agents (spoiler alert - he hates them) and difficult talent. And I guarantee he watches more TV than you.
Apr 26, 2016