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
TODD HURVITZ– SVP, Current Programming
As a creative force in entertainment for over twenty years Todd has developed a
KELLY HEFNER –SVP, Development
STEVEN WEINSTOCK – President / CEO
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.
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
LISA BLOCH – VP, Current Programming
Louis Santos – VP, Technology
Louis started his career at Pseudo.com Online Network as a technical engineer assistant in 2000. Throughout his career, he has served as a video editor, cameraman, audio engineer, video operator, teleprompter, lighting director, gaffer, flash technician, live technical director, field technician, and IT director for various corporations and TV production/post companies such as Merrill Lynch, E*Trade, RNN, Blue Telescope, Madoff Productions, McCann, GoldCrest, MPE, Edgeworx, and NatGeo. Throughout his career, he has freelanced on many projects with visual artists, filmmakers, and theater groups. He also has a vast knowledge of film and music.
Louis serves as VP of Technology for both True Entertainment and Original Media.
Louis graduated Bard College with a BA in Multimedia Studies. ACSR – Editing,ISIS
BRYAN SEVERANCE– VP, Development
JD MYERS– VP, Casting
JD Myers has always had a passion for the entertainment industry, but he is especially fond of finding dynamic characters with compelling tales to tell. From wealthy shopaholics, demanding soccer moms and up-and-coming politicos to middle American farmers, food-obsessed millennials, and house-flipping bloggers, JD has amassed a colorful collection of relationships over the years and has helped to tell countless stories. He has over 15 years of experience in both the casting and production of personality-driven documentary, lifestyle and competition series and has developed and found talent for such shows as Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (ABC), 90 Day Fiancé (TLC), Newlyweds: The First Year (Bravo) and Work Out: New York (Bravo). He was also involved in the discovery of key talent around which A+E Network’s successful tiny house franchise was created for the FYI network, a growing franchise that includes multiple seasons of such hits as Tiny House Nation and Tiny House Hunting.
JD joined Original Media in 2015.