September? Already?


Holy Earth, Wind and Fire… it’s already September?  I can’t believe I haven’t posted since July.  How’s everything with you? On August 17, YouTube Red launched FIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD: EXPERIMENT 88, an original series I served on as Supervising Producer earlier in the year. Just last week, I started work on a new showContinue reading “September? Already?”

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Pro Tip: Superteases, Teases, Next Ons, and Prev Ons


Since a good friend asked me for my thoughts on these today, I thought I’d share them with everyone. Before you read on, just know that this is how I generally approach this stuff in a vacuum if I’m not given any sort of directive. Mileage and notes pass experience may vary. SUPERTEASES and SUPERTRAILERSContinue reading “Pro Tip: Superteases, Teases, Next Ons, and Prev Ons”

FREE Lecture and Q&A Event: JULY 23 @ THE WRITERS STORE


As part of the celebration surrounding the summer release of the second edition of  REALITY TV: AN INSIDER’S GUIDE TO TELEVISION’S HOTTEST MARKET, I’ll be doing a free lecture and Q&A event at The Writers Store in Burbank on July 23 from 2-5pm. Copies of the book will be available for purchase / signature, andContinue reading “FREE Lecture and Q&A Event: JULY 23 @ THE WRITERS STORE”

‘UnReal’ Season 2 Tackles Gender, Race and Class, Creator Sarah Gertrude Shapiro Says — Variety


Just in case you’ve been living under a rock and missed the first season of UnReal, get yourself caught up and then brace yourself for season two. Like any actual reality program, I love what feels real about it and what’s unreal about it drives me nuts.  I can’t marathon it because it makes meContinue reading “‘UnReal’ Season 2 Tackles Gender, Race and Class, Creator Sarah Gertrude Shapiro Says — Variety”

IfOnly: Dinner with Me at Musso and Frank


Hi, all. If anyone’s interested in landing some one-on-one consult time in person (I usually work by phone or Skype) while also doing a little good, here’s a listing at IfOnly.com that’ll net you a signed copy of my book, a 2-hour dinner consult and a one hour followup call, with a portion of proceedsContinue reading “IfOnly: Dinner with Me at Musso and Frank”

Staying In the Picture


Survival isn’t something I’ve addressed often in this blog before, but with many of reality television’s best (in my opinion, anyway) behind-the-scenes players going through slumps more often than usual these days, I think it’s a good time to bring it up. In 2010, there were just over 760 reality shows in production, according toContinue reading “Staying In the Picture”

“We’d need you to work as a local.”


I don’t complain about much. I’m good with long hours, I don’t mind working a little harder to get a show in good shape and turned in on time.  I can even handle parking blocks or even miles from a location and cramming into a shuttle with 7-23 other people to get to set. Being askedContinue reading ““We’d need you to work as a local.””

Reality Pro Tip: Pay Your Dues, But Get a Receipt


  Let me tell you about an eight-year lesson I learned in reality television: Don’t chase checks. The first three years of my career, I worked for Cris Abrego and Rick Telles nonstop. I started as a logger/transcriber, spent time as a story producer, logged a few weeks with the locations gang looking for spotsContinue reading “Reality Pro Tip: Pay Your Dues, But Get a Receipt”