Unscripted and Unprepared: A Realscreen Podcast
Rod Aissa, NBCUniversal’s EVP of Unscripted Content

Rod Aissa, NBCUniversal’s EVP of Unscripted Content

March 29, 2021

From his days introducing the world to The Osbournes, Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica and Punk'd at MTV, to working for Ashton Kutcher, Oprah Winfrey and now NBCUniversal, Rod Aissa has had quite the journey in the reality TV business. He relives the most notable moments in a candid sit down with Jimmy.

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Jayson Dinsmore - President, Unscripted - Fremantle North America

Jayson Dinsmore - President, Unscripted - Fremantle North America

March 4, 2021

Fremantle's Jayson Dinsmore stops by for a wide ranging discussion including nearly becoming a pastor, managing a near death experience on set as a young reality executive, how everyone in town passed on Dancing with the Stars and the current broadcast TV "age of the reboot" we find ourselves in.

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Michael Bloom, CEO of BONGO Pictures

Michael Bloom, CEO of BONGO Pictures

December 18, 2020

The talented Michael Bloom joins Jimmy for a lively discussion spanning the key stops along his television journey including the classic MTV Spring Break and Beach House era, working with 50 Cent and Paris Hilton, co-creating the Nickelodeon animated series Rocket Power and running the unscripted departments for AMC, Fox Sports and Turner Networks.

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Jamila Hunter, Freeform’s SVP of Current Series, Alternative Programming

Jamila Hunter, Freeform’s SVP of Current Series, Alternative Programming

September 29, 2020

From the earliest days of NBC reality, to the pre-launch of OWN, to running ABC's comedy department, Jamila Hunter has a wealth of experience to share with our listeners in this engaging episode. What made her take a break from the reality business and move into scripted? What was her first meeting with Oprah like? And how key is a GREAT title to a buyer when hearing a pitch? (spoiler alert: VERY).

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Jeff Gaspin, Producer and former Chairman of NBCUniversal Entertainment

Jeff Gaspin, Producer and former Chairman of NBCUniversal Entertainment

August 11, 2020

From the creation of Vh1's Behind the Music to Netflix's Rythm + Flow and a LOAD of NBCUniversal stories in between, Jeff Gaspin sits down with Jimmy to relive some of the most prominent moments of his prolific career. Highlights include his contribution to Pop Up Video, what was the view of Donald Trump when The Apprentice was first pitched, how did Biggest Loser come together, what was it like being placed in the middle of Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien during The Tonight Show retooling and did Jeff really request a $200,000 bathroom for his office while running NBC?? Short answer... no.

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Brian Volk-Weiss, Executive Producer, Netflix’s The Toys That Made Us & The Movies That Made Us

Brian Volk-Weiss, Executive Producer, Netflix’s The Toys That Made Us & The Movies That Made Us

June 8, 2020

Recorded 5/12/20 - Producer/Director Brian Volk-Weiss, CEO of The Nacelle Company and Comedy Dynamics joins Jimmy from his very impressive toy collector's room! Brian discusses the business of producing and distributing stand-up comedy specials and the seven year process of how Netflix's The Toys That Made Us came to be as well as its successful spin-off, The Movies That Made Us.

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Jeff Spangler & Rob LaPlante, Co-Presidents of Lighthearted Entertainment

Jeff Spangler & Rob LaPlante, Co-Presidents of Lighthearted Entertainment

April 27, 2020

Are You the One? is undoubtedly one of the most successful reality formats of the modern era and in this episode Jimmy meets two of the brains behind the hit series, Jeff Spangler & Rob LaPlante. The two producers open up about their relationships with Lighthearted's founder Howard Schultz and the legacy he left behind as well as choice stories from both their career paths. But before Jimmy meets Jeff and Rob he invites a close friend on to the show to discuss the ESPN/Netflix documentary series "The Last Dance" all about Michael Jordan and the '97-'98 Chicago Bulls championship season.

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LIVE with Jane Lipsitz & Dan Cutforth of Alfred Street Industries

LIVE with Jane Lipsitz & Dan Cutforth of Alfred Street Industries

February 26, 2020

In front of a live audience at 2020's Realscreen Summit in New Orleans, Jimmy sits down with newly inducted Hall of Famers Jane Lipsitz & Dan Cutforth the founders of Magical Elves and executive producers behind such iconic series as Top Chef, Project Runway, Cold Justice and recent hit series Sugar Rush, Nailed It! and Brain Games. The two discussed the history of their partnership, the inside stories behind the launch of these well known shows and their new venture, Alfred Street Industries.

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2019 in Review with Brian Speiser of APA

2019 in Review with Brian Speiser of APA

February 10, 2020

From the Realscreen Summit in New Orleans Jimmy kicks back with Brian Speiser of APA to discuss the biggest stories and trends in the non-fiction space over the past year and... they hand out their own special awards!

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Tom Forman, CEO, Critical Content Studios

Tom Forman, CEO, Critical Content Studios

December 3, 2019

Unquestionably one of the most prolific producers in the history of reality TV, Tom Forman sits down with Jimmy to go over the "greatest hits" including Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Gigolos, Catfish and many more. The producer talks through his pitching philosophies, how he benefited by coming up in the news world, the wild experience at Relativity and most recently the acquisition of Jenny Daly's T Group into the Critical Content Studios fold.

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