Work History

Work History

Creative Consultant

Mango Salute

I have been consulting with an Australian internet start-up that specializes in personalized greeting cards and social media interaction. My role has been to create specific content for various media platforms in addition to the planning of the launch.

Blogger

JewFolk Media LLC

TC Jewfolk is the Twin Cities Jewish news and culture blog devoted to educating, informing and entertaining hip Jews. It was named one MinnPost's 10 MN blogs that deserve your attention in 2010.

http://tcjewfolk.com/author/jeffmandell/

Oct 2011 - Present

Locations Researcher

Page Productions

-Located and booked over 100 restaurants for Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives

-Interviewed hundreds of restaurant owners and chefs across the country to confirm backstory, recipe authenticity, and food quality standards

-Wrote detailed research reports for Executive Producer, Field Producing team, and Talent

-Researched, pitched, and booked locations for Food Network's Outrageous Food

May 2007 - Present

Owner

Howlin Productions, Inc.

Independent media professional with over 15 years of television production experience.

Skills include treatment writing, promo writing and producing, rights and clearances, archival research and footage acquisition, talent recruiting and booking, development research, blog writing and Wordpress, project management, field producing, content development, fact checking, location scouting

May 2011 - Present

Development Producer

Page Productions

-research and develop original ideas for network consideration

-write series treatments for network pitches

-produce sizzle reels

Feb 2012 - Present

Field Producer

Vimby

Currently producing regional on-air commercial spots for Walmart's Market Basket campaign

Dec 2007 - Sep 2009

Conference Producer

Center for Competitive Management

-researched topics and recruited talent for phone and web business conferences -produced conferences in a variety of industries including Corporate HR, Education, Law, and Corporate Finance.

The Center for Competitive Management (CCM) is the one resource that gives you an insider’s advantage for staying on top of the issues in your industry. CCM’s content is designed to help busy professionals like you with your critical responsibilities and improve the performance of your company.

With over 10 years of experience in providing up-to-the minute, high-impact information, you can count on CCM for authoritative and practical guidance — and save time and money getting it.

As new developments occur we act quickly to provide you with the most reliable analysis, compliance insights, and “how to” tools through our Audio Conferences, CD Recordings, Training Resources, and Research products in the following ares:

Nov 2007 - Jan 2008

Archival Research Specialist

Two Cats Productions

Jerusalem: Center of the World - PBS -hosted by Ray Suarez (1x 2 hours)

http://www.twocatstv.com/jerusalem/

Jul 2007 - Nov 2007

Archival Research Specialist

@radical.media

Iconoclasts - Sundance Channel (6x1 hour)

http://www.sundancechannel.com/iconoclasts/

-researched, acquired, and licensed archival material (still photography, film, video, music, and audio) for entire third season of Iconoclasts -subjects included Norman Lear, Howard Schultz, Alicia Keys, Wynston Marsalis, John Besh, Mike Myers, Deepak Chopra, Ruby Dee, Sean Penn, Jon Krakauer, Madeline Albright, Ashley Judd

We are a transmedia company that develops, produces and distributes television shows, films, commercials, brand identities, advertising concepts, digital content and event-based entertainment. Because the opportunities for reaching an audience are constantly changing, we cannot allow our company to be defined by a standard business category.

Apr 2006 - Jul 2007

Writer/Producer/Coordinating Producer

A&E Television Networks

-Wrote and produced customized blended vignettes for A&E, History, The Biography Channel -Developed original ideas for integrated marketing strategies -Collaborated with Ad Sales and Marketing departments on all produced added value elements -Wrote, produced, and directed 10 customized vignettes “Kiplinger’s Money Milestones” – for Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine – hosted by Knight Kiplinger -Wrote and produced multiple short form pieces for THC/Hyundai This Day In History partnership – both online and on-air -Acting Managing Producer, Content Development and Production - responsible for producer assignments and final approvals of on-air material -Interim Integrated Sales Manager -other clients included RBS, Heineken, Ruby Tuesday, AG Edwards, AARP, Lowe’s, IHOP, Liberty Mutual, Serenity, Citi, Tanqueray, UBS, Universal Pictures, Warner Bros.

Apr 2006 - 2006

Associate Producer

Two Cats Productions

Anti-Semitism in the 21st Century: The Resurgence - PBS -hosted by Judy Woodruff (1x 60 minutes)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0950485/

-researched, acquired, and licensed archival material -coordinated with editors and Executive Producer on final shot selection -fact-checked and revised scripts

Jun 2005 - Nov 2005

Associate Producer

KPI

Weird U.S. - The History Channel (3x1 hour)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0437761/

-researched and booked locations and participants across the country -coordinated travel and logistics for field crews -researched and acquired archival material -scouted potential field locations

KPI is a New York City production company that has created more than 500 hours of programming over the past decade for A&E, Discovery, Nat Geo, HISTORY, Travel, Bravo, TLC, Fine Living, The Military Channel, MSNBC, truTV, Smithsonian and HGTV.

May 2003 - Jul 2005

Writer/Associate Producer

A&E Television Networks

-produced National History Day coverage for The History Channel - http://www.nhd.org/ -wrote and produced A&E Inflight program opens and interstitials -formatted programming for The History Channel -researched, wrote and produced opens and fact bumpers for Modern Marvels -produced VO sessions for History Channel programming

Jul 2004 - 2005

Writer/Producer/Associate Producer

The History Channel

The Last Days of WWII - The History Channel (26x1 hour)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1545455/

-researched, pre-interviewed, and booked on-air interviews with veterans, historians, and authors across the country -wrote and produced over 100 fact bumpers containing episode-specific audio and video -fact-checked script, still photos, and video clips -researched and acquired archival material

Nov 2000 - May 2003

Media Coordinator

A&E Television Networks

-fulfillment of media requests for multiple edit facilities -responsible for archiving audio and video material -coordinated media across all network platforms (on-air & online)

Jun 1999 - Nov 2000

Quality Control Coordinator

A&E Television Networks

-evaluated prime-time and special programming for technical and factual errors across all network platforms

Aug 1992 - Sep 1999

Ballboy

United States Tennis Association

I fetched balls for the best tennis players in the world at the U.S. Open. If you watched any U.S. Open tennis between '92 and '99, there is a good chance you caught a glimpse of my handy work.

May 1998 - Dec 1998

Associate Producer

Video Ordnance

Associate Producer - "ULTIMATE AIRCRAFT" (5x1 hour series for The Learning Channel) -footage acquisition and licensing -shot selection -fact checking -script revisions

May 1996 - Aug 1996

Production Assistant

Food Network

Production Assistant - "EMERIL LIVE" -studio and live audience coordination

May 1996 - Aug 1996

Production Assistant

Animal Planet

Field Production Assistant - "PETSBURGH USA

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0170373/

May 1996 - Aug 1996

Production Assistant

ESPN

Production Assistant - "BASEBALL TONIGHT" -on location @ Yankee Stadium

May 1996 - May 1996

Production Assistant

ESPN

Field Production Assistant for THE X-GAMES

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X_Games

May 1995 - Aug 1995

Post-Production Assistant

4 Kids Entertainment

Post-Production Assistant - "WMAC MASTERS"

http://www.4kidstv.com/wmac-masters

May 1994 - Aug 1994

Production Assistant

MTV

Production Assistant - "THE STATE" -field and studio

http://www.mtv.com/shows/the_state/series.jhtml

Education

Education
Sep 1993 - May 1997

BS

Boston University

Summary

  • Seasoned creative broadcast professional with over 15 years of production experience
  • Professional background in writing, producing, research, development, and content acquisition/rights & clearances
  • Short and long form savvy
  • Experience with cable networks, independent production companies, corporate agencies, and internal media departments
  • Extremely organized, highly motivated, and detail-driven team player

Interest

Food and Cooking

Social Media

Television

Baseball

History

Pop Culture