Producer, Shark Tank
Senior Producer, Legendary Digital Networks
For two years at Legendary Digital networks I produced ten shows for Nerdist, Geek & Sundry, and their premium SVOD platform Alpha. I wrote and managed budgets, oversaw staff hires for the shows, lead creative, and directed on stage.
Greatest hits include: Fangirling, a weekly pop-culture talk show; Natural Selection, a science-vs-fiction gameshow starring Dani Fernandez, Dan Casey, and Kyle Hill; Short Ends, a curated short film series hosted by André Gower and Ryan Lambert (stars of The Monster Squad); movie-watch-alongs where guests provided commentary for classic Japanese horror and Chinese kung-fu movies; and Public Access, where subscribers could host a show on our Nerdist stage.
As a life-long über-geek, going to work at Nerdist every day was akin to being picked up by the starship to go home.
Producer, Steve Harvey’s FunderDome
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… by out-pitching a competing idea, as determined by our studio audience! It was a great challenge to take what I’d learned from previous entrepreneur shows and apply it to this new, exciting format. “Some money is better than no money!”
Producer (Writers), Battlebots
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, judges 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.
Producer, America’s Greatest Makers
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.
Associate Producer, Battlebots
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.
Associate Producer, Beyond the Tank
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.
Associate Producer, Chasing the Cure
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.
Associate Producer, The American Bible Challenge
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.
Associate Producer, Shark Tank (S4-S6)
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.
Development at 310 Entertainment
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.
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!
Development at Robert Greenwald Productions
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.
The Jackson Trial
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.
PA, Entertainment Tonight and The Insider
Go West Young Man
I loaded-up my grandad’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!
BA Television Production, Ball State University
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.
Graduated from Broad Ripple High School
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! Sadly, Indianapolis Public Schools shuttered Broad Ripple in 2018.
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.