I’m a television writer and producer with twelve years experience in features, reality, game show, sports, format development, and news.
Multi-faceted from the deal memo to the deliverables; specialized in studio contestant experience, multi-cam field shoots, talent, and copywriting.
Intellectually curious by nature, I love new challenges in any genre. My bread and butter is geek, tech, and entrepreneurship programming.
Los Angeles is where I call home, but I’ve traveled with camera crews across America, from the swamps of Florida to the top of the Empire State Building.
From scripting, scheduling, and securing releases, to directing the shoot and delivering the goods; I’ll captain your multi-camera crew or ENG run-n-gun squad. Moving sit-down interviews, in-the-moment OTFs, and killer b-roll… everything your post-department needs for a great cut. I’ve secured releases at DreamWorks Animation, the Empire State Building, the Fontainebleau Hotel, and other major locations across the country.
A contestant having a great experience is a contestant that is easy to produce. I’ll make sure your contestants get the most out of their television appearance experience by making them a partner in telling their story. I’m a great contestant producer because I’m genuinely interested in each contestant and the unique, personal story they have to tell.
I’ve been a gamer my whole life. Whether it’s robot combat or a quiz show, I can help your host talent see fresh new angles, pontificate on competitor strategies, and find the perfect talking point for pre-game and post-game segments.
I pride myself on my adaptive writing voice. Whether you need punchy ad-style copy, sarcastic wit, or stoic prose; I’m an accomplished wordsmith that can help script your show. Elements of Style for life!
Legendary Digital Networks / Nerdist Industries
Currently I’m a producer for Project Alpha, the live-streaming SVOD portal for Legendary Digital Networks. I’ve overseen multiple shows including Watch Your Language, a weekly topical from a linguistic perspective; movie-watch-alongs where we book guests to provide commentary for classic Japanese horror and Chinese kung-fu movies; and Public Access, where anyone can come host a show on our Nerdist stage! I manage a small budget, oversee staff hires for the shows, and lead creative. Many hats!
Live broadcast and digital content are exciting new frontiers for me as a producer. As a life-long table top gamer and über-geek, coming to work with the Nerdist and Geek & Sundry families has been like getting picked up by the starship to go home.
ABC / Mark Burnett
On Steve Harvey’s FunderDome, I worked with contestants from mom-and-pop businesses that had a chance to win the funding they needed to jumpstart their businesses and product ideas. It was a great challenge to take what I’d learned from previous entrepreneur shows and apply it to this new, exciting format. You’ll have to wait to see just how the format plays out… but I do believe we have a hit!
ABC / Whalerock Industries
For Season 2 of BattleBots I joined the writer’s team and sat in MCR. I wrote the 122-page research binders used by our analysts and sideline reporter for every fight, produced elements for the Tale of the Tape segments, pitched lines for our announcer, and also supervised graphics — all about freaking robot combat.
TBS / Intel / Mark Burnett
A partnership between Intel and Mark Burnett, on America’s Greatest Makers we shepherded high-level innovators thru a $1 million incubator contest. I produced contestants, filmed multi-day homepackages coast-to-coast, and assisted in post. My work found its way on air and into over 100 digital packages.
Spending time with some of the top minds at Intel and America’s most talented entrepreneur-innovators was one heckuva job perk.
The coolest thing I ever produced.
ABC / Mark Burnett
Though I’d done uncredited producing as far back as 2006, Beyond the Tank made it official. I captained eleven-person, three-camera crews in multi-day shoots across America, often with top-level talent in less-than-ideal locales. It was the time of my life!
ABC / Whalerock Industries
I grew-up watching the original BattleBots on Comedy Central and this was a dream opportunity given to me by Aaron Catling, our showrunner who hired me in the room on our first meeting.
I pre-produced homepackages, ran camera crews in the pits, and passed robot intel on to our sports production team.
ABC / Mark Burnett
What happens after the deal? In making Beyond the Tank we took our multi-camera crews into the trenches of American businesses — the factories, warehouses, distributors, and storefronts of entrepreneurs brave enough to make a deal with the Sharks.
ABC / Bunim-Murray
Chasing the Cure was an amazing pilot for ABC that never got the pickup it deserved, but this where I first worked for Leslie Garvin, the showrunner who would later give me my first producer credit.
GSN / RelativityReal
Game shows are so much fun, especially when teams play for charity! I helped cast the show, pre-produced homepackages, and produced contestants at stage.
The best freelance gig I ever took.
ABC / Mark Burnett
Two seasons of hard work at Shark Tank paid-off when I was promoted to Associate Producer on stage and in the field, a job I held seasons 4-6. Getting to work with hundreds of American entrepreneurs, people who put their livelihood on the line to chase their dreams, was one of the great pleasures of my career.
My life changed forever when I went to work for Clay Newbill, CEO and founder of 310 Entertainment. With Clay and his team I worked on the original pitch of Redneck Island (five seasons on CMT) and the Payload pilot for Speed. During my time there I assisted on seasons 2 and 3 of ABC’s hit show Shark Tank and Family Brainsurge for Nickelodeon.
The second phase of my television journey began when the venerable Spike Jones Jr. plucked me from obscurity to help with the 2010 Creative Arts Emmy Awards and his other projects in development.
Veteran newspaperman Kevin Bronson (18 years at the LA Times) hired me to help cover Coachella for his new music site, Buzzbands.la, a role I continued through 2015. I still contribute to BuzzBands on occasion, allowing me to stay involved in my passion for great music.
For a while I ate ramen, wandered thru dingy Echo Park dive bars, wrote spec scripts, and found spiritual nirvana at DIY indie rock shows. Salad days!
I paid rent by teaching after school programs and summer courses (video animation, Lego Robotics League, Dungeons & Dragons) across Los Angeles county and in some of LA’s top private schools, including Buckley and The Center for Early Education.
I quit my job to follow The Airborne Toxic Event on tour.
Rock n’ roll!
For fifteen months I worked as a development associate for Robert Greenwald Productions, where we made TV movies for the Lifetime network. Credits include Matters of Life and Dating, True Confessions of a Hollywood Starlet, and The Seven Deadly Sins.
CBS / Viacom
Entertainment Tonight saw something in me and I began to help book talent for the show. When I left ET after two-and-a-half years I was conducting junket interviews and producing segments for ET on MTV.
Four months after starting my first job, I became Entertainment Tonight’s sole full-time courtroom representative at the Michael Jackson molestation trial in Santa Maria, CA. I filed twice-daily reports to the news desk and helped produce talent on headline days, giving them full context for the events in court.
CBS / Viacom
I started out at ET and The Insider, working both in the tape vault and in the field. We made an hour of television before noon every day. Cutting my teeth in a breaking news environment was invaluable training for the rest of my career. Back then we got paid $7 an hour!
I loaded-up my graddad’s old Mercury Sable with everything I owned, pulled onto I-70, and drove west — with no apartment or job prospects to speak of! Oh the naivety of youth!
Still from my first short film. (Nope, you can never see it!)
I left Ball State University in Muncie, IN with a Bachelor’s degree in Television. BSU’s program was geared towards local news broadcast but my friends and I were the first to use a $20 million new media grant from Eli Lily to make short films instead. I also minored in Theatre and Japanese Language.
Extracurriculars included Absolunacy (BSU’s premiere improv and sketch comedy troupe), a weekly geek culture column in the Daily News, and countless Friday nights spent playing Dungeons & Dragons in the math building snack lounge.
A proud product of Indianapolis Public Schools, I graduated from both the humanities and theatre magnet programs. BRHS counts David Letterman and Wayne Gretzky (GED) amongst its alumni!
I spent my first 18 years in the same house on the near-Northside of Indianapolis. That was back when kids still had free range of their fenceless neighborhoods to ride bikes, play block-wide capture the flag, read Marvel comics, discover forbidden music, and find other assorted mischief on street corners or under rocks.
The local heroes of my youth were Kurt Vonnegut and David Letterman, two great men from Indianapolis renowned for their acerbic wit tempered by Midwestern compassion.