I am a reality television Producer, Unit Production Manager, and Episode Writer with 18 years experience, and over 300 shows to credit. I specialize in adventure, food, lifestyle and historical programming, with strong international experience having produced projects in 15 different countries outside of the United States. I am best known as a logistical mastermind creating elegant field productions with smooth schedules, often making successes out of extremely difficult shoots.
As a UPM and Story Producer, I manage all aspects of field production; casting, locations, props, wardrobe, special effects, pyrotechnics, makeup, lighting, local crews, vendors, helicopters, communications, carnets, visas, customs, schedules, call sheets, production reports, risk assessments, insurance, contracts, budgets, and VIP talent.
My most recent project is a new untitled reality series for Animal Planet where I managed a cast & crew of 30 people in very remote locations worldwide. This major production involved solving complicated logistics, releasing difficult locations, creating sophisticated surveillance & sat-com systems and managing extensive helicopter operations.
I have also orchestrated large-scale Civil War battle reenactments with as many as 400 cast and crew members; managing actors, make up, wardrobe, props, locations and pyrotechnics. In South Africa, I successfully negotiated with tribal Zulu leaders to cast 120 warriors on a remote mountaintop, complete with period props and wardrobe. In South America, I produced 5 shows across 6 countries, developing stories, casting, securing archaeological shoot locations and fixing complicated logistical situations.
Paramount to my work as a Producer and UPM is producing experiences for both cast and crew, rather than simply staging scenes. This translates to higher visceral drama on camera, and more authenticity within a show’s story arc, building a stronger emotional connection with viewers.
As a skilled Producer/Shooter, I often operate as a one-man-band in extreme environments, and can shoot with most camera systems. I am an avid climber; comfortable rigging safety lines and hanging from ropes to get the shot. Perhaps my greatest talent is as an interviewer. With a disarming personality, I connect quickly with others, mining great sound from even the most challenging of characters. My interviews are praised by editors and story producers, delivering deep emotions and dramatic bites. I am an accomplished docu-reality Writer having written more than 200 shows and segments, and skilled at editing string-outs on Avid Media Composer and FCP. Above all, I am a storyteller, driven by the challenge to connect compelling characters and subjects with an inspired audience.