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.
GLENDA HERSH – President / CEO
Glenda Hersh is the co-President and co-CEO of Original Media as well as co-founder of True Entertainment. Hersh is also President and founder of Mad River Films. A leading television and film production company dedicated to the craft of storytelling, True Entertainment creates non-fiction programming with the feel and emotional impact of fiction, and fiction programming with the grit and realism of documentary.
Previously, she was a principal in The New York Times-owned NYT Television and its precursor, Video News International. In her four years at NYT Television, Hersh developed and produced hundreds of highly acclaimed reality and documentary programs, helping usher in a new era for non-fiction television. Among these were Trauma: Life in the ER, a groundbreaking, award-winning and highly rated series currently in its seventh season, ESPN’s The Season, and a number of highly rated reality series for TLC, including Police Force, Paramedics, and Maternity Ward. Her shows were nominated for five Emmy awards.
At VNI, Hersh was a pioneer in the world of digital filmmaking, producing the first television series shot and edited on digital tape. She also oversaw a network of dozens of video journalists around the world and produced programming for ABC’s Nightline, CBS, BBC, Discovery and others. In 1994, Hersh helped set-up two groundbreaking TV stations — TELEZURI in Zurich, Switzerland and the Associated Newspaper’s 24-hour local news station, CHANNEL ONE, in London.
Prior to this, she was a writer and producer for ABC News’ Good Morning America and for WTN in New York. Before moving into television, Hersh was a print journalist. She was a Washington correspondent for Agence France-Presse, and covered Mexico and the wars of Central America for United Press International. Hersh received her BA in History from the University of Toronto, and her MS in Journalism from Columbia University.
TODD HURVITZ– SVP, Current Programming
As a creative force in entertainment for over twenty years Todd has developed a
TONY BIANCOSINO –SVP, Development
Director and executive producer Tony Biancosino is a pork roll-loving New Jersey native with twelve years of experience in television. Starting in music videos and late night talk shows, he graduated to reality TV producing and directing shows like Saving Alaska and Man V. Food. As a show runner, he most recently worked on It’s All Relative with Leah Remini for TLC, Town of the Living Dead for Syfy and Trashformers for FYI. Between show running, Tony has a forged a career as an independent developer taking shows from concept to series for Discovery, SyFy, TLC, National Geographic and more. Likewise, in the digital world, he’s has created and developed branded digital content for Time Inc., Jessica Seinfeld, Penguin-Random House, Thrillist and JSTOR. With a background in music, Tony composes music for theater and is writing a play. He lives in Brooklyn with Leslie, his brilliant writer girlfriend, and her evil cat, Kitty.
STEVEN WEINSTOCK – President / CEO
Steven Weinstock is an Emmy award winning producer, co-president and co-CEO of Original Media, along with the co-founder and President of True Entertainment. Under his guidance, True Entertainment has grown rapidly into a leading television and film production company dedicated to the craft of storytelling. True Entertainment currently produces programming for Bravo, Discovery, TLC, Lifetime, National Geographic Channel, Hearst, Style and VH1, among others. In 2006, Mr. Weinstock was awarded his most recent Emmy as an executive producer on the TLC series, A Baby Story.
In 1997 Mr. Weinstock co-founded and was President of New York Times Television, a unit of the New York Times Company. At NYT-TV, Mr. Weinstock created and oversaw award-winning programs for Showtime, ESPN, Discovery, TLC and other broadcasters. Among these were Trauma: Life in the ER for TLC and The Season for ESPN.
Prior to founding True Entertainment, Steven Weinstock, a nine time Emmy award-winning producer, has been producing news and information programming since 1975. As a producer at CBS News in 1979, he won his first Emmy Award for CBS Reports: Murder, Teenage Style with Ed Bradley.
As an executive producer and development executive at PBS for eight years, Mr. Weinstock produced national specials for Fred Friendly, Charlie Rose, and Charlayne Hunter Gault among others. Weinstock also created and executive produced the critically acclaimed Edge series, an innovative television magazine show that examined America through its popular culture and was hosted by ABC News correspondent, Robert Krulwich. Before that, Weinstock was the creator and executive producer of Channel 13’s Emmy award winning nightly public affairs show, The Eleventh Hour.
Weinstock’s other broadcast credits include several primetime national specials: CBS Reports: Bittersweet Memories: A Vietnam Reunion, with Bill Moyers and for PBS, The Agony of Decision with Fred Friendly, and Idols of the Game, a six-hour primetime documentary mini-series for Turner Broadcasting.
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 – VP, Production
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.
BRENDA HURLEY– Chief Operations Officer
Brenda Hurley currently serves as Chief Operating Officer at Original Media and True entertainment, overseeing all daily operations including production, finance, accounting, and human resources. With a diverse background in budgeting, formatting, and managing shows, Brenda maintains all financial and operational aspects of the business.
Prior to her work at True Entertainment, she was Vice President of Production & Entertainment at National Video Center, a television production and post-production facility. In this capacity, she had P&L responsibility for three corporate divisions including studio production and development, and served as Executive in Charge of Production for all programming including two nationally syndicated series.
From 1998-1999, Brenda was Director of Operations at National New Media/Corporate Communications, managing the creation of web sites and interactive media for broadcast and corporate clients. And from 1996-1998 she served as Production Manager in National’s studio division, overseeing three studios and over 500 diverse shows and clients annually.
She has also worked as a producer, director, writer, and editor for a variety of commercials, documentaries, news releases, and satellite media tours.
Brenda received her MBA with a concentration in Management from Montclair State University and serves on the university’s MBA advisory board. She holds a BA with a major in Media Studies from Fordham University at Lincoln Center and is a member of New York Women in Film and Television and PRIME: Professionals in Media & Entertainment.
NIKKI BORRELLI – SVP, Production & Operations
Nikki Borrelli joined Original Media as SVP of Production and Operations in 2015. She draws from a rich background in television, film and documentary to oversee the production and business affairs of all pilots and series. Additionally, she manages the company’s daily operations.
Previously Nikki served as VP of Production at True Entertainment. She lead production on all series and pilots, including Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Atlanta and Don’t Be Tardy, OWN’s Season 25: Oprah Behind The Scenes, and Discovery ID’s Vanity Fair Confidential. She received an Emmy Award and four additional nominations for her work on TLC’s acclaimed A Baby Story.
Prior to her thirteen-year tenure at True, Nikki co-produced the Mixed Greens documentary features Slumming It: Myth and Culture on the Bowery, which premiered on Thirteen/WNET and 156 Rivington, which premiered at the South by Southwest Film Festival and aired on the Sundance Channel. Her other production credits include Comedy Central’s Upright Citizen’s Brigade, the feature film Get Well Soon and the documentary feature Worst Possible Illusion: The Curiosity Cabinet of Vik Muniz, which aired on Independent Lens/PBS.
Nikki graduated from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University with a degree in Television, Radio and Film.
LISA BLOCH – VP, Current Programming
As a seasoned Showrunner, Lisa Bloch fostered in a popular brand of factual television that endures as the trademark of the Original Media slate. She developed and executive produced a number of successful male-driven series including Storm Chasers for Discovery, Louisiana Lockdown for Animal Planet, Dead End Express for National Geographic and Bamazon for History.
Before lending her talents to Original Media, Lisa traveled the globe making documentary television. She produced Nickelodeon’s 24-hour commercial-free special Nickellennium, featuring kids around the world and ABC’s A World Away with the Nyangatom people of southern Ethiopia. She directed an episode of Discovery’s Into the Unknown in Timbuktu, and produced shows throughout China, India and Israel.
Lisa graduated from Oberlin College with a degree in Art History. She resides in Brooklyn with her adorable two-year-old son.
BRYAN SEVERANCE– VP, Development
Upon realizing that youtube views don’t equate to actual money, Bryan figured he might as well look for some kind of paying job while still making comedy videos on the side for BernieHatefield.com (plug). Since joining the industry, after graduating Georgetown in 2008 (brag), he has worked for the Today Show, NFL Films, Scott Rudin and a number of production companies as a freelance producer. It wasn’t until working at Crybaby Media, where Bryan discovered the lovely world of development and was hooked. Since then he has worked on selling, developing, and casting countless (you could probably count them, but don’t) hours for History Channel, Cooking Channel, A&E, Discovery, Animal Planet, Weather Channel, Nat Geo, and many more… as well as serving as Executive Producer for DOWN EAST DICKERING and most recently PACIFIC WARRIORS. He’s the best and a really great guy.