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From his days introducing the world to The Osbournes, Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica and Punk'd at MTV, to working for Ashton Kutcher, Oprah Winfrey and now NBCUniversal, Rod Aissa has had quite the journey in the reality TV business. He relives the most notable moments in a candid sit down with Jimmy. Twitter: @IamJimmyFox // @realscreen Instagram: @…
 
Fremantle's Jayson Dinsmore stops by for a wide ranging discussion including nearly becoming a pastor, managing a near death experience on set as a young reality executive, how everyone in town passed on Dancing with the Stars and the current broadcast TV "age of the reboot" we find ourselves in. Twitter: @IamJimmyFox // @realscreen Instagram: @Jim…
 
The talented Michael Bloom joins Jimmy for a lively discussion spanning the key stops along his television journey including the classic MTV Spring Break and Beach House era, working with 50 Cent and Paris Hilton, co-creating the Nickelodeon animated series Rocket Power and running the unscripted departments for AMC, Fox Sports and Turner Networks.…
 
From the earliest days of NBC reality, to the pre-launch of OWN, to running ABC's comedy department, Jamila Hunter has a wealth of experience to share with our listeners in this engaging episode. What made her take a break from the reality business and move into scripted? What was her first meeting with Oprah like? And how key is a GREAT title to a…
 
From the creation of Vh1's Behind the Music to Netflix's Rythm + Flow and a LOAD of NBCUniversal stories in between, Jeff Gaspin sits down with Jimmy to relive some of the most prominent moments of his prolific career. Highlights include his contribution to Pop Up Video, what was the view of Donald Trump when The Apprentice was first pitched, how d…
 
Recorded 5/12/20 - Producer/Director Brian Volk-Weiss, CEO of The Nacelle Company and Comedy Dynamics joins Jimmy from his very impressive toy collector's room! Brian discusses the business of producing and distributing stand-up comedy specials and the seven year process of how Netflix's The Toys That Made Us came to be as well as its successful sp…
 
Are You the One? is undoubtedly one of the most successful reality formats of the modern era and in this episode Jimmy meets two of the brains behind the hit series, Jeff Spangler & Rob LaPlante. The two producers open up about their relationships with Lighthearted's founder Howard Schultz and the legacy he left behind as well as choice stories fro…
 
In front of a live audience at 2020's Realscreen Summit in New Orleans, Jimmy sits down with newly inducted Hall of Famers Jane Lipsitz & Dan Cutforth the founders of Magical Elves and executive producers behind such iconic series as Top Chef, Project Runway, Cold Justice and recent hit series Sugar Rush, Nailed It! and Brain Games. The two discuss…
 
From the Realscreen Summit in New Orleans Jimmy kicks back with Brian Speiser of APA to discuss the biggest stories and trends in the non-fiction space over the past year and... they hand out their own special awards! Twitter:@IamJimmyFox // @Realscreen Instagram: @jimmybfox // @RealscreenBy Realscreen Magazine
 
Unquestionably one of the most prolific producers in the history of reality TV, Tom Forman sits down with Jimmy to go over the "greatest hits" including Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Gigolos, Catfish and many more. The producer talks through his pitching philosophies, how he benefited by coming up in the news world, the wild experience at Relativ…
 
Brant Pinvidic sold and executive produced notable series such as Bar Rescue, Extreme Weight Loss and Valley of the Boom. He held major positions at GRB, 3 Ball and TLC, but after a career of working in reality TV Brant decided to take his talents elsewhere and leave the business. Jimmy and him talk about the fears everyone in the reality TV world …
 
Howard T. Owens invites Jimmy into his home for a trip down memory lane and offers a high-level perspective from both the buying and selling side. From his early days in the William Morris mail room to the start of Reveille (Biggest Loser, Nashville Star, American Gladiators, MasterChef) to his days running National Geographic (Brain Games, Killing…
 
"It's all happening!" Troy Searer joins Jimmy to share some fantastic stories from a diverse career spanning both the scripted and unscripted genres. Starting off in the NBC Saturday Morning program world before going on to produce series like Biggest Loser, Breaking Bonaduce, Shooting Sizemore, The Two Coreys and Manhunt:The Unabomber.…
 
Adam DiVello came into MTV as an assistant and left as the creator of one of the most successful reality franchises of all-time, The Hills! Jimmy and Adam discuss the creation of the show, how much was authentic vs scripted, and the thinking behind that memorable series finale. Plus, Adam talks about recent Done and Done Productions hit series Musi…
 
The delightful Cori Abraham joins Jimmy for a lively discussion on why she doesn't go to amusement parks, what it took to sell a show to Vh1 before the reality business "evolved", the golden era of Bravo and Oxygen's recent transition to a crime network. Twitter: @IamJimmyFox // @realscreenBy Realscreen Magazine
 
The quick-witted Jason Sarlanis joins Jimmy from 2019's Realscreen Summit in New Orleans. The two discuss his obsession with Kelly Clarkson, his rise through the ranks early in his career at E!, what it was like working with Joan Rivers and the biggest differences between being an executive in cable versus broadcast. Twitter: @IAmJimmyFox // @reals…
 
The highly entertaining Nancy Glass (Tanked, Pope: The Most Powerful Man in History), stops by for a lively career-spanning conversation. The former on-camera news anchor and host discusses how she began her transition to producing and why basing her company in Philadelphia allows for a unique corporate culture. Also, Nancy's President & General Ma…
 
Fenton Bailey co-founded World of Wonder in 1991 with business partner Randy Barbato. In this live chat in front of an audience at 2019's Realscreen Summit in New Orleans, Fenton recounts his prolific career as a producer and filmmaker. From Million Dollar Listing(s) to RuPaul's Drag Race to prestige documentaries like Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pic…
 
2018 was a big year in the reality business! Companies sold, companies merged, true crime reigned supreme and reboots were all the rage. In this episode, Jimmy breaks down the buzziest stories of the past year and hands out his own personal "NOT the Realscreen Awards" with guest Brian Speiser of APA. Twitter: @IamJimmyFox // @Realscreen…
 
Friend of the show Matt Shanfield joins to put Jimmy on the hot seat! Starting out as a small town radio host at 16 years-old, Jimmy would later find his way to Los Angeles where he would work as a stunt football player in TV & Film, a treadmill salesman and a lowly production assistant before landing his first key jobs as an assistant at CAA and N…
 
JD Roth got his start as a child actor, voicing characters like Jonny Quest before establishing himself as a television host. Then, at 20 years-old he became the youngest executive producer in NBC history. He would go on to launch 3Ball Entertainment and executive produce such reality hits as The Biggest Loser, Beauty and the Geek and Bar Rescue. N…
 
Whenever Jimmy has a question about game shows he turns to one man - Bob Boden! The veteran producer and executive discusses his pick for the greatest game show of all-time (and why), the show that sucked him in from a young age, how he chased executives begging for an opportunity, the death of the game show host, what ratings were like back when t…
 
Some guests play it conservative here on the podcast but Ari Mark, Co-Founder of innovative production company AMPLE let's it rip in a lively discussion with Jimmy. If you crave insight into what it it takes to launch a succesful start-up in today's market, THIS is the episode for you. Twitter: @IAmJimmyFox / @realscreen…
 
The one and only Arthur Smith joins Jimmy to discuss many of his infuential shows that helped define the unscripted business: Paradise Hotel, The Swan, Hell's Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares, Trading Spaces and American Ninja Warrior. Plus, Arthur shares stories from early on in his career running CBC Sports at 28 years-old and what it was like to work…
 
Who else could Jimmy find himself in a conversation spanning topics such as obscure 90's hockey references, politics, relationships, mountain climbing and a little unscripted TV! Rachel currently is the head of unscripted programming at EPIX, the MGM owned cable network. Twitter: @IAmJimmyFox / @Realscreen…
 
When Sacha Baron Cohen returned to TV in his new Showtime series WHO IS AMERICA? there was one man he called to protect him and the network from lawsuits - Russell Smith. In this episode, Russell shares choice stories from personal case studies involving Donald Trump, Sacha, Ice Cube and others. Plus, Russell offers extremely useful legal input acr…
 
Just off the heels of launching Wheelhouse Entertainment, Pawn Stars executive producer Brent Montgomery sits down to discuss numerous topics such as: What tricks did he learn from working on The Bachelor? Would Pawn Stars sell in today's climate? How did he make the transition from producer to studio head? And how does one celebrate selling their …
 
After receiving his Legacy Award at Realscreen Summit '18, co-founder of Bunim/Murray and Television Academy Hall of Famer Jonathan Murray sat down with Jimmy to discuss the greatest hits: Real World, Simple Life, Project Runway, Keeping up with the Kardashians, WWE Total Divas, Born This Way and Ball in the Family. Twitter: @IamJimmyFox / @Realscr…
 
Just in time for the Holidays, Jimmy is joined by friend and Emmy-winnnig producer Mike Duffy of Ugly Brother Studios. Mike discusses the trials of running a start-up production company with his twin brother in today's climate. Plus, Mike shares some hilarious anecdotes from various stops along his career path including brushes with Bill Cosby, Ben…
 
Two months into his new position overseeing programming at HISTORY, Eli Lehrer sits down with Jimmy to talk through the various stops along his career path. Starting out as an assistant to high profile personalities George Stephanopoulos and Michael Ovitz, Eli would then move to the network side where he would grow to become one of the most seasone…
 
In a span of 30 hours, Jonathan Koch, the succesful co-founder of Asylum Entertainment went from the top of his game, to the precipice of death. In this special episode Jimmy, along with Matt Shanfield and Ben Bitoni of Asylum, relive Jonathan's incredible story that all took place during one fateful trip to Realscreen Summit in Washington D.C. Twi…
 
Jimmy sits down with the fantastic Jennifer O'Connell! The two discuss topics such as the art of the "pass", the need for celebrity packagaing in today's cutthroat world of selling and how Bethenny Frankel changed talent deals forever. Twitter: @IAmJimmyFox / @RealscreenBy Realscreen Magazine
 
Jimmy sits down with "The Godfather" of unscripted packaging, Mark Itkin. The two discuss his storied career and various stops along the way including the packaging of The Real World, American Gladiators and Tyler Perry's television dominance. Plus, Mark relives his experiences during the famous William Morris/Endeavor merger. Twitter: @IAmJimmyFox…
 
Reinout Oerlemans has an amazing story! Starting out as a soap opera star in his native Netherlands, he would go on to host that country's versions of American Idol and Dancing with the Stars before founding his own production company Eyeworks. That company would grow to become one of the most valuable international forces in our business, eventual…
 
Recorded live from the 2017 Realscreen Summit in Washington D.C., Jimmy sits down with Eliot Goldberg. Eliot discusses what it was like growing up as one of the only liberal families in New Canaan, Connecticut. His early days working in news production, the unlikely celebrity who helped him land his first production assistant job in Hollywood, open…
 
Ben Silverman, the Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning show creator and media executive, is Chairman and Co-CEO of Propagate Content. In this revealing sitdown with Jimmy, Ben discusses his storied career including: his days of working for TV legend Brandon Tartikoff, selling "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" as a young agent, founding Reveille where…
 
Vinnie Malhotra joined Showtime earlier this year after having launched CNN Films. Before working at the news network, Vinnie was a member of the ESPN team that developed the highly successful "30 for 30" franchise. Jimmy and him discuss the competition among premium cable players when hunting for the next great documentary... they also talk one of…
 
Sharon Levy has guided the Spike network through multiple brand incarnations. From the days of MANswers and 1,000 Ways to Die, to today where they find themselves broadening their audience with breakout hits like Lip Sync Battle and Ink Master. Jimmy sits down with Sharon to discuss the road leading to Spike, her plans to make the network a bona fi…
 
Jimmy sits down with one of his all-time producing heroes, Leslie Greif. A man who has worked with the likes of Kevin Costner, Gene Simmons, Burt Reynolds, Rodney Dangerfield, Don Johnson, Chuck Norris and a host of others. Between unscripted success stories like Gene Simmons Family Jewels and record-breaking hits like Hatfields & McCoys, Leslie ha…
 
Apprentice, Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader, Shark Tank, The Voice... David Eilenberg has worked on some of the biggest shows in the business. Now, he finds himself in a new role as President of ITV Entertainment. Jimmy and him discuss his days at Harvard writing for National Lampoon, running development for Mark Burnett, the pros and cons of bei…
 
Few producers in the unscripted business have a list of credits as diverse as Barry Poznick, President, Unscripted Television, MGM. He and Jimmy discuss his recent move over to MGM, his unique relationship with Joan Rivers, discovering Chelsea Handler and why he has his wife to thank for the creation of Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader. @realscree…
 
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