Resume & Credits

 

Profile

Skilled manager & casting producer/researcher with 17+ years of experience working in

television, news, & documentary films.

Management & Organization: Highly organized self-starter, develop organizational systems (training tools, manuals & templates), train & oversee personnel, maintain intranet & databases, wiz with licensing & legal affairs.

 

Research: Highly skilled researcher who revels in finding the “unfindable” and delving into intriguing topics. Experienced with Lexis/Nexis, Pacer, and web-based researching. Ace at triangulating databases and internet resources to find people & information.

Curiosity: Care about people, communities & their stories, ability to interview & speak comfortably with anyone from law enforcement to gang members

 

Communication: Excellent communicator & public speaker; maintain client & media relationships; skilled cold caller & booker, and experience working with talent. Unique ability to take complicated topics and translate them for the layperson. 

 

Writing: Scripts for television, program development & research pitches, promotional/press materials, blogs, and social media. Unique ability to take complicated topics and translate them for the layperson. 

 

 

Work Experience

2018 - 2020

CASTING PRODUCER/RESEARCHER

Earth Touch USA / Lion TV / Jupiter Entertainment / Weinberger Media

  • Provided lead research & booking functions for true-crime series for Reelz Channel, Investigation Discovery, and Oxygen

  • Located, cold call, and completed background checks on potential program participants

  • Completed write-ups/pitches based on phone interviews with survivors, police, prosecutors, & families for submission to network

2019

DEVELOPMENT PRODUCER/CASTING PRODUCER

Lion TV​

  • Assist the Senior Vice President of Development in cultivating and bringing new television show ideas to life

  • Originate new ideas for potential new programs

  • Research and write pitch documents for commissioning meetings

  • Help cast potential talent and contributors 

2013 - 2018

RESEARCH MANAGER

Sirens Media (Leftfield Entertainment/ITV)

Silver Spring, MD

  • Managed research department across all series, including development, for Washington, DC office (sometimes for the NYC office)

  • Managed between 3 to 18 researchers for true crime, investigative and reality programming

  • Provided lead research functions on developing and new series

  • Pitched & communicated with law enforcement personnel frequently, main point of contact for FBI within Sirens

  • Centralized and streamlined research to maximize efficiency and meet series deadlines & milestones

  • Developed and maintained research systems, databases, templates, and guidelines

  • Interviewed and evaluated potential new research/casting hires

  • Consulted with executives to address legal, content, & criteria concerns for development and continuing series programs

2013 - Present

CO-OWNER/CO-PRODUCER

Two Coast Productions

Kris & Kyle, documentary about two young men with muscular dystrophy, www.krisandkylethefilm.com

  • Co-directing & producing documentary about two irreverent childhood friends with Spinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Lisa met Kris & Kyle while volunteering as a camp counselor for MDA Camps in high school

2012-2013

RESEARCHER/WRITER

NHNZ TV / Sirens Media / M2 Pictures

  • Researched and developed episodes of survival & true-crime series

  • Located, cold called, contacted, and completed background checks on potential program participants

  • Completed write-ups/pitches based on phone interviews with survivors, police, prosecutors, & families for submission to networks

2011-2012

MANAGER, ASSOCIATE PRODUCERS

National Geographic TV

Washington, DC

  • Managed & assessed training needs of up to 60 NGT Associate Producers at a time

  • Developed & drove training initiatives; organized and maintained training manuals, multimedia visual aids, databases, and intranet

  • Provided training to all Associate Producers, ensuring they are prepped for all phases of production (including development, pre production planning, shoots, travel, legal releases, expense reporting, budgeting, and post production)

2008-2011

WRITER/SERIES COORDINATING PRODUCER

National Geographic TV

Washington, DC

World’s Toughest Fixes, with Sean Riley (28 episodes) for National Geographic Channel

  • Responsible for additional writing, including scripts, promotional materials, research, and revisions

  • Managed schedules, episodic budgets, graphics production, stock, legal rights & clearances, and legal deliverables to client across the series

  • Talent Coordinator to host, Sean Riley, for web, press, and marketing related events, helped create & maintain social media presence

  • Oversaw, trained, and supported post production associate producer team for series

  • Developed new episodes, co-led narration sessions, online & music reviews, and show screenings

2005-2008

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER

National Geographic TV

Washington, DC

Assoc. Produced 12 documentaries for NGC & PBS, including Explorer: “World’s Most Dangerous Gang”

  • Responsible for securing legal permissions & clearances, booking and scheduling with various agencies and organizations

  • Assisted Producers and Cinematographers with additional development, filming, interviews, b-roll, legal clearances, and still photography

  • Attended all sessions for color correct, mix, narration, composition; organize & secure all final deliverables and stock/legal documents

 

Credits

Casting Producer/Researcher: (partial list)

True Conviction Season 3 for Investigation Discovery (2020)

Dead Reckoning (wt) Season 1 for Investigation Discovery (2019)

Hometown Homicide Season 2 for Investigation Discovery (2019)

Diabolical Season 2 for Investigation Discovery (2018)

Snapped Season 24 & 25 for Oxygen (2018)

Murder in the Family Season 1 for Reelz Channel (2018)

Cold Hearted Season 1 for Investigation Discovery (2017)

I Survived… Seasons 5 & 6 for Bio Channel (2012)

Nightmare Next Door Season 3 for Investigation Discovery (2012)

I Escaped… & I Thought I Was History Development for NHNZ (2012)

Wicked Attraction Season 6 for Investigation Discovery (2012)

Deadly Affairs Season 2 for Investigation Discovery (2013)

Southern Fried Homicide Season 1 for Investigation Discovery (2013)

 

Research Manager: (partial list)

Cheap Eats Season 4 for Cooking Channel (2017)

Golden State Killer (wt) Development & Season 1 for Investigation Discovery (2016)

Killing Fields Development & Seasons 1 & 2 for Discovery Channel (2014-2016)

Hostage (wt) Development & Season 1 for Investigation Discovery (2015)

Sons of Scientology (wt) Development & Season 1 for A&E (2015-2016)

Nightmare Next Door Seasons 4, 5 & 6 for Investigation Discovery (2013-2016)

I Escaped My Killer Development & Season 1 for LMN (2014)

Writer/Series Coordinating Post Producer:

World's Toughest Fixes, “Salt Lake City Sky Bridge,” Season 4 for Nat Geo (2010)    

World's Toughest Fixes, “Philly Mega Transit,” Season 3 for Nat Geo (2010)

 

Series Coordinating Post Producer:

World's Toughest Fixes Seasons 3 & 4 for Nat Geo (2010-2011)

 

Series Coordinating Post Producer/Talent Coordinator:

World's Toughest Fixes Seasons 2 & 3 for Nat Geo (2009-2010)

 

Series Associate Producer/Talent Coordinator:

World's Toughest Fixes Seasons 1-3 for Nat Geo (2009-2010)

 

Series Associate Producer/Development:

Inside, “Miami International Airport,” Season 2 for PBS (2007)

Inside, “Emergency Transplant,” Season 2 for PBS (2007)

 

Series Associate Producer:

World's Toughest Fixes Seasons 1-3 for Nat Geo (2008-2009)

Inside, “Operation Wildfire,” Season 2 for PBS (2008)

Inside, “Air Show,” Season 2 for PBS (2007)

Inside, “Rio Carnival,” Season 2 for PBS (2007)

Inside, “Lord of the Rings on Stage,” Season 2 for PBS (2007)

Inside, “Tut’s Treasure Tour,” Season 2 for PBS (2007)

 

Associate Producer:

“Earth Overhaul” for Nat Geo (2011)

“Earth Report: State of the Planet” for PBS (2007)

 NOVA, “The Great Inca Rebellion” for PBS/Nova (2007)

Explorer, “Ultimate Bear” for Nat Geo (2006)

Explorer, “World's Most Dangerous Gang” for Nat Geo (2005)

Psychic Detectives Season 3 for Court TV (2005)

 

Education & Skills

VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY

Villanova, Pennsylvania

Bachelor of Arts in Communication, Honors

Lambda Pi Eta

Additional Skills & Experience

  • Interned at CNN’s Washington Bureau

  • Photo Credits include: The New York Times, The New York Post  & National Geographic Magazine

  • Proficient Spanish speaker

  • Experience with Freedom of Information (FOIA) filing and Carnets for travel

  • Proficient understanding of the U.S. legal system & criminal investigation process

  • Experience working with and securing permissions from:

    • Domestic & International police departments

    • Prisons (Federal and state)

    • Universities

    • Embassies

    • Miami International Airport

    • Sea-Tac International Airport

    • American Airlines

    • United Airlines

    • The government of El Salvador

    • The U.S. government (including: D.H.S, F.B.I., A.T.F.)

    • U.S. attorneys offices

    • U.S. military/Pentagon

  • Computer skills:

    • Extremely experienced in computer based research

    • Excel

    • Word

    • Photoshop

    • PowerPoint

    • Lexis/Nexis

    • Pacer

    • Final Cut Pro

    • Avid

    • Google Sites & applications

    • Wordpress

    • Wix

    • Pilotware

    • Mac & Microsoft products

    • various social media platforms​

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