REALITY OF REALITY

By ALIZA ROSEN

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Podcast by ALIZA ROSEN

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Jason Sarlanis - The E! story of The Kardashians
01:01:02
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!
Jun 11, 2018
Ramy Romany & Sharra Romany
00:46:33
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!!
May 28, 2018
Countess Luann de Lesseps
00:47:45
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.
May 14, 2018
Kyle Richards - RHOBH
00:50:24
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!
May 01, 2018
Latter Day Jew **BONUS Episode
00:33:45
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 latterdayjew.com where you can see the trailer, and press on the donate button to make a tax-deductible donation. Every little bit helps!
Apr 16, 2018
Erika Jayne - RHOBH
00:51:25
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!
Apr 10, 2018
Eliot Goldberg - the REAL story of the Kardashians
01:03:46
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.
Mar 26, 2018
Brent Montgomery
01:01:54
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.
Mar 12, 2018
Ryann Lauckner
00:53:47
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.
Feb 27, 2018
John Hill
00:52:28
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.
Feb 13, 2018
David Collins
00:52:16
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!
Jan 30, 2018
James Harris -MILLION DOLLAR LISTING LA
00:26:03
James Harris -MILLION DOLLAR LISTING LA by ALIZA ROSEN
Jan 15, 2018
Howard Owens
00:58:14
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
00:51:01
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
01:06:11
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
01:06:40
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 www.loveandknuckles.com. 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
01:01:32
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
00:59:40
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
01:15:34
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
01:11:45
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
00:57:24
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
00:45:39
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
00:49:11
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)
00:56:21
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
00:42:46
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
00:53:30
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: http://ew.com/tv/2017/05/25/odd-mom-out-season-3-trailer/
Jul 04, 2017
Ben Relles
00:55:24
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
00:53:38
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
00:54:16
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
01:06:19
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
00:53:56
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” - http://jeezjon.typepad.com. 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
00:57:56
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
01:09:19
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
01:10:14
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
01:03:27
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
01:01:00
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
00:51:00
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
01:05:15
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
01:12:14
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
01:07:53
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
00:51:23
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
00:46:55
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)
01:11:56
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
01:02:32
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
01:01:13
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
00:47:46
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
00:55:31
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
01:26:28
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
01:01:37
This week on the podcast..one 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
00:55:37
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
01:14:55
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
00:55:51
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
00:55:15
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
00:58:24
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
01:09:02
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
00:44:36
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...
00:49:39
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
00:58:45
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
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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
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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
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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