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.
CHARLIE CORWIN – Founder, CEO
Charlie Corwin has produced a variety of critically acclaimed movies, television, and digital programs and was named one of Variety’s 10 Producers to Watch in 2006. In 2002, he co-founded Original Media to produce unique stories for film, television and alternative media. He has created and produced hundreds of hours of television including both scripted and unscripted series such as Storm Chasers, Miami Ink, The Rachel Zoe Project and The Philanthropist for NBC.
Charlie’s feature film credits include The Squid and the Whale, Half Nelson, A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, August and Twelve, based on the best-selling novel and directed by Joel Schumacher. All of his films have premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and together have been nominated for 14 Spirit Awards (including Best Picture), 3 Golden Globes (including Best Picture), and 2 Academy Awards.
COLLEEN HALL – SVP, Unscripted Development
Colleen Hall has been a development executive in unscripted television for the past ten years. She served as a development consultant for clients including Game Show Network, ABC Media Productions and Style Network.
As Vice President of Alternative Programming at Katalyst Films and Television, Hall developed eight series and three pilots during her tenure. Throughout her career, she has created successful projects across a variety of alternative programming platforms including hidden camera, game show, reality elimination, talk show and comedy docu-soap among others.
Some of her development credits include series such as “Wedding Crashers” on NBC, “Adventures in Hollywood” and “Room 401” on MTV, “Game Show in my Head” on CBS, “Pop Fiction” on E! and “Opportunity Knocks” on ABC.
JESSICA MATTHEWS – Vice President, Scripted Development
Jessica Matthews, Vice President of Scripted Development, focusing on both Film and Television. Jessica Matthews comes most recently from the Creative Artists Agency where she was a Motion Picture Lit agent representing directors, writers, actors, production companies and brands. Jessica was a member of the teams that represented Al Gough & Miles Millar, Robert Zemeckis, Selena Gomez, Pete Chiarelli and Stan Lee among many others. She began her career at CAA in 2003 as an assistant in the Television department and is a graduate of UCLA, where she ran Track & Field.
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.
After playing professional basketball in Europe, Martha began her career in entertainment as a freelancer working on reality TV, live events and independent film. She has worked on several shows for The Style Network and E! Entertainment, and was a Unit Production Manager on the award-winning independent film Half-Life, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2008. Martha was also a part of the team that helped Oprah Winfrey launch OWN in 2011. She joined Original Media in 2012 and now manages the day-to-day operations in Los Angeles, working on both Development and Current Series. When not working, she still plays basketball and will gladly accept any one-on-one challenge that comes her way!
CHELSEY TROWBRIDGE – VP, Post Production & Operations
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.
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 – Vice President, Current Series
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.