Working in Unscripted TV Pro Panels and Mentorship Program

Discover careers in unscripted television with Q&A panels packed with industry pros from shows like The Jersey Shore, Queer Eye and The Real Housewives of Atlanta and more!

Join professionals from the unscripted television industry in this very special industry Q&A mega-event. The event will also kickoff the brand-new Film Spark GUSTO Mentorship Program.

Event schedule and panelists

*Industry guests are subject to availability.

1–1:30 p.m.  Overview of Careers in Unscripted Television and GUSTO Mentorship Program with Roy Orecchio, Producer

1:30–2:20 p.m. She’s Very Real: Women Working in Unscripted 


  • Teryn Hoagland, VP, Post Production, ITV

  • Leela Pon, SVP, Development, Fox Alternative Entertainment 

  • Nicole Rosen, Co-Executive Producer, Freelance

  • Lindsay Schwartz, Chief Creative Officer, Leopard USA

  • Nicole Vinnola, Producer, Writer, Director, Freelance

2:30–3:20 p.m. Representation Matters: Building a Diverse, Equitable and Inclusive Workforce in Unscripted


  • Sheonna Mix, VP, Ent. Content Group: Unscripted, Lifestyle & Docu, NBC Universal

  • Jean Shi, Fremantle, Senior Vice President of Development, Unscripted, Fremantle

  • Stevenson Greene, Executive Producer, Producer Entertainment Group / OutTV

  • Juan Carlos Tonda, Editor, Hyper Television Productions

  • Jonathan Unger, CEO, Unger Media

  • Kat Uyenco, Executive Producer, Freelance

3:30–4:20 p.m. Producer’s Clubhouse: Developing, Filming, Posting and Delivering Unscripted Television


  • Jared Doles, Development Manager, Painless Television

  • Rabih Gholam, Head of Alternative, Innovative Artists

  • Geoffrey Lind, Executive in Charge of Production, ITV

  • Dave Mace, EVP, Development, Brian Graden Media

  • Scott Paskoff, Executive Producer, Cedar Shore Productions

  • Diane Perrotta, Producer, Freelance

  • Jennifer Stander, Co-Executive Producer, Freelance

  • Andrew Wantuck, Showrunner, NBC Golf

  • Brock Carlson, Co-Ep, NZK Productions

4:30–4:45 p.m.  Closing remarks


About the Film Spark G.U.S.T.O. Unscripted Mentorship

The Film Spark Generating Unscripted Success Through Outreach (GUSTO) Mentorship Program works to connect current ASU students in The Sidney Poitier New American Film School pursuing degrees in Film and Media Production or Filmmaking Practices with professionals in unscripted television, media and content. This program matches participants for direct, one-on-one mentorship opportunities lasting from one semester to one academic year. The Film Spark GUSTO Mentorship Program was founded by ASU alumni and Producer Roy Orecchio to better prepare students for success in the unscripted workforce.

Interested students may apply for the mentorship program here.

Film Spark
Sep 24 2021 - 1:00pm