ORIGINAL
Meet our team

The OP brand was birthed by forward-thinking, radical raconteurs, and our current team is built on that heritage and are continuing to uncover new ways to do what we do best – telling the most compelling stories out there in the most original ways we can. We are a band of disrupters who are passionate, hard-working, content creating fanatics. The people of OP are timeless visionaries, consistently outdoing themselves, elevating the OP brand and its dynamic content.

Leadership

Jeff Hasler
Jeff Hasler
Jeff Hasler has worked across the media landscape as a Producer, Director, Writer and Network Executive. He has been involved in the production or commissioning of Academy, Emmy, and Peabody Award winning projects that span a wide variety of non-fiction genres, from cable hits such as Queer Eye for the Straight Guy Biography, Man v. Wild, Cash Cab and Brain Games, to documentary feature films including Man on Wire, Werner Herzog’s Encounters at the End of the World, and Brett Morgen’s Jane. As President of Original Productions he oversees all development, production, business and strategic aspects of the company.
Brian Lovett
Brian Lovett
After 25 years of developing, producing and directing a wide variety of nonfiction projects, Brian is focusing that experience into creating evocative and elevated work at Original Productions.  Prior to joining OP in late 2018, Brian served as Vice President of National Geographic Studios where he developed and/or produced brand-defining work including feature docs Jane and the Cannes Gold Lion-winning Breaking2, hit series The World According to Jeff GoldblumLive Free or Die, warzone embed doc series Chain of Command, the re-branded Brain Games LIVE and more. These executive roles were born from years directing and show-running a variety of series including Dangerous Grounds, Dual Survival, Belief and more.  Brian was actually part of OP back in 2003, producing Monster Garage and the first crab-fishing series America’s Deadliest Season, that would later become Deadliest Catch
Ernie Avila
Ernie Avila
Ernie Avila joined Original Productions in September 1999 when the company had just eight employees, and rose to become the C.O.O. and EVP of Business/Legal Affairs in 2003. He has overseen the production of every series Original has brought to market, delivering thousands of hours of ground-breaking television. As official “fire putter outer,” Ernie manages business affairs, oversees talent and contracts, heads up production management, Amygdala Music, Max Post operations, OP equipment operations, and facilities. 
Jeff Bumgarner
Jeff Bumgarner
Jeff Bumgarner oversees Original’s current programming as well as manages the development group. He has produced hit programs for almost every genre; from animation to game, to sketch comedy and true crime. His focus is to create culture shifting television, and believes its accomplished using three core tenets, having a thirst for knowledge, engaging in rewarding collaborations, and telling inventive stories.
Amanda Timpson
Amanda Timpson
Amanda Timpson oversees all aspects of production for the company’s current and development slates. She began her career as a theatrical stage manager, ultimately making her way into television via a circuitous route of red carpets, tournament poker, and monster trucks. Since then, Amanda has been involved in the production of dozens of Emmy-winning and hit shows including Surviving R Kelly, Born This Way, Project Runway, The Crystal Maze, and Bill Nye Saves the World. A passionate advocate of storytelling as a means of creating change, Amanda is an active member of several organizations dedicated to increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion across the industry.
Ryan Abbot
Ryan Abbot
A Los Angeles native, Ryan Abbott worked his way up through the television industry as an assistant editor and editor before becoming a Post Supervisor, where he found his passion for management. As a freelance Post Supervisor Ryan has worked for various production companies, including Rocket Science, Mentorn, and RDF Media. In 2007, he accepted the Head of Post Production position at 495 Productions, and in 2017 he took on the role of Senior Vice President of Post Production for Original Productions.
Daniel Wickenheiser
Daniel Wickenheiser
Daniel Wickenheiser supervises the day-to-day operations of Amygdala Records, the music publishing division for Original Productions. He began his career as a full-time guitar player, eventually moving into production and music publishing. The library’s diverse catalog is composed and performed by a growing team of eclectic, truly alternative, award-winning composers and is also available for licensing to outside productions. 
Anna Berkowitz
Anna Berkowitz
Anna Berkowitz is the Human Resources Manager at Original Productions. Bringing over 7 years of entertainment HR experience her focus is company culture, employee relations, recruiting and strategic planning. Her favorite part of the job is working with the amazing group of talented people that come through the door…I mean virtual door every day!
Michael Lawson
Michael Lawson
Michael Lawson has been in digital marketing for over 8 years. He has a passion for content and exploring ways to bring in new audiences. Having worked with Mattel, The Kardashians, Howard Stern, and now Original, we’re taking every effort to build an exciting new client first marketing approach.

Development

Jen Rotner
Jen Rotner
Jen Rotner is an Emmy - nominated producer and development executive who has worked across global distribution, unscripted, scripted, and branded entertainment for over 15 years. She was a key member of the production or launch of Hit Shows Hunted, Fear Factor, Fake Off, Stripped Restaurant Start Up, The Face, Billion Dollar Buyer, Dancing with the Stars, Safeword, LA Ink, Million Dollar Listing and Masterchef Jr.  As Sr. Director of Development for Original Productions, Jen leads the development team creating, developing, and packaging premium groundbreaking content.
Darren Toon
Darren Toon
Darren came to OP in 2019 as an accomplished talent producer, content creator and executive producer whose career journey has taken him across the television landscape. He was creator and Executive Producer on series for Bravo and TLC, and from 2011 to 2014 was VP of Development at a boutique shingle selling three series and securing eight network development deals during his time there. Prior to that, Darren was Director of Talent at High Noon Entertainment, and has been Casting Producer on several hit shows for ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, Discovery, TLC, FOOD, and The CW.
Joanne Getson
Joanne Getson
Joanne Getson has worked in television for over 15 years as a field and post producer for AMC, Bravo, VH1, MTV, and other networks. She’s focused on development for the last 6 years and is passionate about creating new content and discovering talent. As part of Original Production’s development team, she’s thrilled to work with a creative and innovative team to build the slate and bring unique stories to the screen. Shout out to her fabulous little dog Allie!
Brett Pere
Brett Pere
Brett Pere has worked in content development for over 5 years.  After getting his start in the WME mailroom, his passion for storytelling landed him at Original Productions where he helps oversee our ever-expanding development slate.  His favorite non-scripted genre to develop in (and watch!) is anything and everything in the competition space.
Shawn Grooms
Shawn Grooms
Shawn is a Creative Associate for OP’s Development team, where his social media sleuthing and overconsumption of content helps keep the team’s thumb on the pulse. Prior to working for OP, he worked in development for NatGeo Studios where he first heard the phrase “pitch ideas for series” and thought “what the hell does that mean?” Since then, he’s figured it out, sort of, having developed series for National Geographic, NatGeo Wild, story developed for the flagship series, Explorer, and procuring two paid development deals at OP. And counting…
Tori Griffin
Tori Griffin
Tori Griffin fell in love with editing as a teenager after discovering that sitting alone in a cold, dark room surprisingly suited her sensibilities. She’s since expanded her focus, developing a skill in motion graphics, which she’s used editing unscripted television over the last decade. In 2016, she was lucky to have been a part of the Emmy Award-winning editing team for Eat The World with Emeril Lagasse. She now operates as part of the OP development team as its main editor and go-to graphic designer.
Lauren Pizzi
Lauren Pizzi
Lauren has been a development coordinator at Original Productions since 2018. Prior to joining the OP team, she worked as an executive assistant at Agency for the Performing Arts, and held internships with Walt Disney Television and Jigsaw Productions. She is excited to be working with the development team as they continue to bring innovative and groundbreaking ideas to television.
Beth Stein
Beth Stein
Beth Stein has served as the Development Coordinator at Original Productions since Fall 2018. She has a passion for storytelling and finding unique, compelling characters. Prior to working at OP, Beth first began her career in entertainment as a Television Academy intern. From there she moved on to serve as an Executive Assistant at Saban Brands where she worked for the popular children’s brand Power Rangers.

MAX POST

H. Scott Randol
H. Scott Randol
Scott Randol joined Original Productions as an Assistant Editor in 2000 before MAX Post came into existence. Except for a brief stint living on the Big Island of Hawaii, Scott has been at OP and now MAX Post over 20 years. Scott has seen OP grow from one small production company with 2 Avid bays into the large group of companies OP now comprises and the large post facility MAX Post is today. He promoted to Vice President, Technology and Workflow in September 2013 where he had previously been the Supervising Online Editor and had personally finished over 300 episodes of reality programming for OP/MAX Post. 
Kelsey Dyer
Kelsey Dyer
Kelsey Dyer got her start as a producer and AD on set, before transitioning a decade ago to post-production management, where she has worked on a variety of formats, primarily unscripted television and independent feature films.  As Director of Operations at MAX Post, she has been able to focus on her real passion: reimagining operational strategies and procedures to maximize efficiency.  With her team, she continues working towards further client-satisfaction, through her dedication to the spreadsheet, and the occasional Frasier gif.
Jason Tam
Jason Tam
Jason Tam is the Director of Media Services for Max Post. With 20+ years of experience in Post Production, he’s worked on providing comprehensive project, editorial, and finishing services for Original Productions, 495 Productions, and 20th Century Fox amongst others. Providing a strong commitment to bringing the vision of his creative partners to fruition is the number one goal.

Equipment Department

Ernie Montagna
Ernie Montagna
Ernie Montagna provided Live to Tape Broadcast, ENG/EFP and rental house support before joining the OP family in 2008. A licensed pilot and drone enthusiast, Montagna collaborates closely with our creative team and leading industry manufactures to create bespoke camera systems to achieve unique shots in adverse conditions for our award-winning shows. He oversees OP’s GEAR department that supports production from start to finish, budget development and asset allocation. As a SoCal native, he enjoys outdoor activities with his family.
Jimmy D'Amico
Jimmy D'Amico
Jimmy D’Amico has been with Original Productions since 2009. As Equipment Manager, he oversees the day-to-day activities inside the Original Productions Equipment Department providing camera, audio, lighting and grip to productions under the OP banner. His experience in live event videography and production management has afforded him the skills to provide the proper equipment, support, service and growth to Original and its roster of shows.

Production

Nat Knight
Nat Knight
Natalie Knight, Aussie born and bred, spans her media career across two decades, with experiences in Production, Post-Production, Finance and Development.  After almost 10 years with Australian company, Beyond Productions, Nat migrated to Original in 2010.  Creativity, innovation, authenticity, the success of her co-workers and Original Productions, continues to inspire her own creativity and spirit.
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