Founded in 2002, Original Media is an independent production company specializing in unique films and series for television. The company has built a strong reputation for cutting-edge content and quality production. Its credits range from the Academy Award nominated independent feature films A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, Half Nelson, The Squid & the Whale, to the hit unscripted series LA Ink, The Rachel Zoe Project, BBQ Pitmasters, Storm Chasers to the NBC hour-long drama The Philanthropist.
The company is a subsidiary of Endemol USA, a leading producer of television programming specializing in reality and non-scripted genres for network and cable television.
Original’s feature film credits include The Squid and the Whale, Half Nelson, A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, and August. The company’s latest film, Twelve, starring Chace Crawford and directed by Joel Schumacher, will hit the theatres late summer 2010.
The Squid and the Whale premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2005 and won Best Director and Best Screenplay. The film was released by Samuel Goldwyn Films and Sony Pictures in October 2005, and was nominated for 6 Spirit Awards, 3 Golden Globes, and 1 Academy Award. Half Nelson premiered at Sundance in 2006. The film was released by Think Films in August 2006, and received multiple nominations and awards including Best Picture at The Gotham Awards, 5 Independent Spirit Award nominations (including Best Picture) and won awards for Best Actor and Best Actress, and 1 Oscar nomination for Best Actor (Ryan Gosling). A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints also premiered at Sundance in 2006 where it won Best Director and Best Ensemble Cast. The film went on to win Critics Week at the Venice Film Festival and was nominated for 3 Independent Spirit Awards. August, starring Josh Hartnett and David Bowie, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2008 and was distributed by First Look Media in summer 2008.
Original Media produces hundreds of hours of programming across multiple media formats. The company produced three seasons of the hit television series Miami Ink on TLC. In addition, Original Media launched spinoff LA Ink, which was the highest-rated series premiere ever for TLC among adults 18-34. Returning for its third season in Summer 2010 is Original Media’s hit show for Bravo, The Rachel Zoe Project. Also bowing this year is season four of the highly rated series Storm Chasers for Discovery and the second season of BBQ Pitmasters for TLC. The beginning of 2010 marked the start of our first docu-soap show on the Sundance Channel, Be Good Johnny Weir. Later in 2010 Original also premiered their first season of Dual Survival on Discovery. The docu-soap Tough as Nails as well as the home show Destination Design both premiered their first season in 2010 on HGTV. King of Dirt, now in production on its third season will air on DIY. Original Media is involved in development and production of many other television shows for a variety of networks. Original has series currently airing or set to air on The Sundance Channel, History Channel, HGTV & DIY. In summer 2009, a new drama series aired on NBC from co-creator Charlie Corwin. The Philanthropist is the story of a billionaire who becomes the world’s first vigilante philanthropist; a renegade who uses his wealth, connections and power to help people in need.
On the live music front, Original has also produced the series Live @VH1.com and MTV’s Discover and Download for the past 3 years, as well as VHI Soulstage. Original Media also produced Nokia’s live Rihanna concert debut which was broadcasted on MTV, VH1, BET, Palladia & C4 in London. Currently Original is producing more live music content for the Unplugged series on VH1.
In 2010, Original Media has produced 16 series across 10 different networks.
DANIEL LAIKIND – CEO
Daniel Laikind has Created, Developed, Produced and Executive Produced hundreds of hours of content for over 40 television networks.
His documentaries and unscripted series include Devils Playground, Amish in the City, Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane, American Gypsies, Reporter, #1 Single, Family Bonds and Unraveled.
Prior to coming to Original Media, he co-founded Stick Figure Productions, a leading New York City based production company, which was sold in 2013 to ora.tv, the digital studio founded by Carlos Slim.
He has had 3 film’s premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. His projects have been nominated for multiple Emmy’s although he has never actually won. He hopes to change that soon.
He was born, raised and still resides in the mean streets of Manhattan and is a graduate of Northwestern University.
JOY HUANG – VP, Development
Joy Huang is an Emmy-nominated production executive with extensive experience working in television, film, theater, and publishing. She has produced dozens of non-scripted television programs for MTV, HBO, Oxygen, DIY, and Fuse; produced the critically acclaimed Off-Broadway play “Snakebit” (nominated for the 1999 Outer Critics Circle Awards and the Drama Desk Award for Best Play); co-directed the Nantucket Film Festival; executive produced the Urbanworld Film Festival; and was director of development at Nancy Tenenbaum Films, working on the box office sensation “Meet the Parents.” Joy has overseen numerous web launches, including iVillage, News Corp, Sony, and Oxygen, and began her career at the New York Times Magazine Group, working at Family Circle magazine.
In 2012, Joy co-founded Secret Sandy, an organization that donated holiday gifts and school supplies to over 8,000 families and their children whose homes were destroyed by Superstorm Sandy. She was honored by NBC Nightly News as a person “Making a Difference” and by Metro as one of “New York City’s Local Heroes 2012.” Joy is also a member of Project A.L.S.’s Executive Action Committee, a non-profit research organization committed to eradicating the neuromuscular condition known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
CRAIG JENEST – Executive In Charge
Overseeing several of Original Media’s series simultaneously, Craig manages all aspects of production through the entire project cycle. In the past two years, Craig has overseen series of History, Nickelodeon, BBC America, Logo, Spike and YouTube’s original programming channels.
Craig has been working in television for 15 years. His credits highlight a variety of genres including music specials, news, feature film, episodic, documentary, reality series and live events. Before joining Original Media, Craig worked as a Production Executive for MTV on popular shows such as TRL, Laguna Beach and Unplugged. In addition, he produced live events like MTV Europe Music Awards, Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Awards and MTV’s New Year’s Eve.
MICHAEL SAFFRAN – COO/EVP Production & Development
Michael started in Television working for MTV Networks. There he acted as Vice President of Production Management with VH1 and VH1 Classic, Logo and CMT. He moved on to a position as COO at Ish Entertainment before joining Original Media in October 2012.
Michael is a graduate of Columbia University in the City of New York.
CHARLIE CORWIN – Founder
Charlie Corwin was a leading entertainment executive and award-winning film and TV producer as CEO and co-founder of Original Media. Corwin has led development of some of the US’s most successful TV series and formats, as well as critically-acclaimed box office successes. In television, Corwin is widely considered an innovator for his creation of series such as “Miami Ink” for TLC and its popular spinoffs, “LA Ink” and “NY Ink,” as well as the breakout success “Swamp People” for History. He has also led development for defining shows such as Kevin Smith’s “Comic Book Men” for AMC, “Storm Chasers” for Discovery and “The Rachel Zoe Project” for Bravo. As executive producer, Corwin has overseen the development of Academy Award, Golden Globe, and Spirit Award nominated films, includingThe Squid and the Whale, Half Nelson, A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, August and Twelve. Endemol acquired a majority stake in Original Media in November 2007, after which Corwin remained as CEO and continued to grow the business. Corwin is now the Co-Chairman and Co-CEO of Endemol North America.
CHELSEY TROWBRIDGE – VP, Post Production
Chelsey joined Original Media in 2010 after three years of managing day-to-day offline editorial operations for PostWorks New York. In her current role, she oversees Original Media’s post facilities and post production teams. Prior to her time at PostWorks, she worked on an ESPN documentary series about Muhammad Ali, which featured the Emmy-nominated Ali Rap. She has also freelanced on several studio and remote productions for ABC Sports, ESPN Classic, College Sports Television and SportsNet New York.
Chelsey graduated from the University of Maryland with a BA in broadcast journalism.
JARED JENKINS – Executive In Charge
Before joining Original Media, Jared served as Unit Production Manager at Sesame Workshop and worked on the internationally recognized “Sesame Street” series in addition to many of the Sesame Street home videos. He has worked on shows for PBS, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, and NHK among others. His past projects include children’s television shows such as “Between the Lions” and “The Wonder Pets”, coverage of Presidential conventions, and numerous advertising and corporate campaigns.
As an Executive in Charge at Original Media, Jared oversees a number of shows from development through completion. Initially, he joined Original Media in 2010 as an In-house Line Producer for development projects. He went on to serve as Line Producer on series such as “Louisiana Lockdown” and “The Daily Line”.
Jared holds a BA in Communication Arts from Ohio Northern University and an MA in Puppet Arts from The University of Connecticut.
GENE BOLAN– VP, Finance
A 20 year veteran of the television and entertainment industry, Gene began his career working on iconic television shows, Star Search and Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. From there he played an integral part in the 1994 launch of the FX Network, where he served as Business Manager as well as providing occasional voice over and on air duties.
In 1999 he joined MTV Networks, where during his 12 year tenure, he served as VP Finance for The Music Group, as well as supporting major networks such as MTV, MTV2,CMT & VH1.
Gene joined Original Media in 2012, where he heads up the finance and accounting departments.
A passionate student of television, film and all things pop culture, Gene holds a BS in Finance from Fairfield University.
PATRICK MOSES – SVP, Production & Development
As Vice President of Current Series, Patrick oversees all unscripted programming. He serves as the network contact for all Original Media projects and works with all aspects of creative and production in both New York and Los Angeles.
Before arriving at Original Media, Patrick spent 10 years producing and showrunning cutting edge content for his own company, IKM Productions. Patrick created one of the most iconic television franchises of recent times when he cast, produced and sold The Real Housewives of Orange County to Bravo. He also developed and produced The Girls of Palm Beach Polo for TLC, Project Xtreme for DIY and The 100 Scariest Movie Moments for Bravo, among a host of other successful projects.
Previous to his work as a producer, Patrick was an investment banker for JP Morgan in the media group in Hong Kong.