Truly Original creates a broad range of scripted and unscripted programming for television and digital platforms. Run by Emmy award-winning producers Glenda Hersh and Steven Weinstock, who serve as Truly Original’s co-presidents and CEOs, the company is a subsidiary of Endemol Shine North America. Truly Original’s hit series include Ink Master and Ink Master: Redemption for Spike; The Real Housewives of Atlanta, The Real Housewives of Potomac, Don't Be Tardy, Shahs of Sunset, Summer House and Stripped, for Bravo; Vanity Fair Confidential for ID; Swamp People for History; Comic Book Men for AMC; Hack My Life for truTV; I Love You… But I Lied for Lifetime; The Horn for Red Bull TV, and many others. Truly Original is headquartered in New York City.
Co-President and CEO, Truly Original
Emmy award-winning producer Glenda Hersh is the co-president and co-CEO of True Entertainment and Original Media, two of television’s leading producers of unscripted programming. Hersh co-founded True Entertainment in 2000, alongside business and producing partner Steven Weinstock. The mega-successful True was acquired by Endemol Shine North America in 2003, and in 2015, Hersh (and Weinstock) also assumed the helm of Original Media (also an Endemol Shine company). Hersh and Weinstock now lead all creative, development, programming and operations for both companies.
Hersh is a leader and innovator of reality TV. Helping pioneer and define the industry, her legacy includes producing diverse hits across myriad genres and networks. As a producer, she has won multiple Emmys and created franchises in nearly every unscripted genre, including documentary, docusoap, competition, adventure, lifestyle, non-fiction and how-to.
Dedicated to the craft of storytelling, Hersh is committed to creating unscripted shows that have the narrative feel and emotional impact of fiction, as well as the realism and grit of the documentary form. Some of True Entertainment’s hit series include the #1-rated Real Housewives of Atlanta, spin-off series Don’t Be Tardy, Real Housewives of Potomac and Shahs of Sunset (Bravo); Vanity Fair Confidential (ID); Season 25: Oprah Behind the Scenes (OWN); Love, Lust or Run with Stacy London (TLC); Hack My Life (TruTV); Going Deep with David Rees (Esquire); A Baby Story and Trauma: Life in the ER (TLC); and Mystery Diagnosis (Discovery Health). Original Media’s series include renowned Ink Master and spin-off Ink Master: Redemption (Spike); Swamp People (History); Dual Survival (Discovery); Comic Book Men (AMC); and I Love You…But I Lied (LMN).
Previously, Hersh was a principal in The New York Times-owned New York Times Television and its precursor, Video News International. During her four years at NYT Television, she developed and produced hundreds of highly acclaimed reality and documentary programs, helping usher in a new era for non-fiction television. Among these were Trauma: Life in the ER and ESPN’s The Season, as well as highly rated reality series Police Force, Paramedics and Maternity Ward, all for TLC.
Hersh’s shows have earned a total of three Emmy awards and ten Emmy nominations.
Co-President and CEO, Truly Original
Emmy award-winning producer Steven Weinstock is the co-president and co-CEO of both True Entertainment and Original Media, two of television’s leading producers of unscripted and scripted programming. Weinstock co-founded True Entertainment in 2000, alongside business and producing partner Glenda Hersh. Endemol acquired the mega-successful True in 2003, and in 2015, Weinstock (along with Hersh), also assumed the helm of Original Media (also an Endemol Shine North America company). Weinstock and Hersh now lead creative, development, programming and operations for both companies.
An innovator in the industry, Weinstock has created franchises in nearly every unscripted genre, including documentary, docusoap, competition, adventure, lifestyle, non-fiction and how-to. Some of True Entertainment’s hit series include the #1 rated Real Housewives of Atlanta, spin-off series Don’t Be Tardy, Real Housewives of Potomac and Shahs of Sunset (Bravo); Vanity Fair Confidential (ID); Season 25: Oprah Behind the Scenes (OWN); Love, Lust or Run with Stacy London (TLC); Hack My Life (TruTV); Going Deep with David Rees (Esquire); A Baby Story and Trauma: Life in the ER (TLC); and Mystery Diagnosis (Discovery Health). Original Media series include renowned Ink Master and spin-off Ink Master: Redemption (Spike); Swamp People (History); Dual Survival (Discovery); Comic Book Men (AMC); and I Love You…But I Lied (LMN).
In 1997, Weinstock co-founded and was president of New York Times Television, a unit of the New York Times Company. At NYT-TV, he created and oversaw award-winning programs for Showtime, ESPN, Discovery, TLC and other broadcasters. Among these were Trauma: Life in the ER for TLC and The Season for ESPN.
Prior to founding True Entertainment, Weinstock produced news and information programming (his news producing career began in 1975). He won his first Emmy Award in 1979 for CBS News’ CBS Reports: Murder, Teenage Style with Ed Bradley.
Weinstock also was an executive producer and development executive at PBS for eight years, producing national specials for Fred Friendly, Charlie Rose and Charlayne Hunter Gault, among others. He created and executive produced the critically acclaimed Edge series, an innovative television magazine show, hosted by ABC News correspondent, Robert Krulwich. Before that, Weinstock was the creator and executive producer of Channel 13’s Emmy Award-winning nightly public affairs show, The Eleventh Hour.
His other broadcast credits include several primetime national specials, including CBS Reports: Bittersweet Memories: A Vietnam Reunion with Bill Moyers, The Agony of Decision with Fred Friendly for PBS, and Idols of the Game, a six-hour primetime documentary mini-series for Turner Broadcasting.
Weinstock’s shows have earned a total of three Emmy awards and ten Emmy nominations.
Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer
Brenda Hurley serves as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer at Truly Original, overseeing all daily operations including corporate finance, strategic planning, accounting, treasury, production and IT. With a diverse background in budgeting, formatting, and managing shows, Brenda maintains all financial and operational aspects of the business.
Prior to her work at Truly Original and True Entertainment, she was Vice President of Production & Entertainment at National Video Center, a television production and post-production facility. In this capacity, she had P&L responsibility for three corporate divisions including studio production and development, and served as Executive in Charge of Production for all programming including two nationally syndicated series.
She has also worked as a producer, director, writer, and editor for a variety of commercials, documentaries, news releases, and satellite media tours.
Brenda received her MBA with a concentration in Management from Montclair State University and a BA with a major in Media Studies from Fordham University at Lincoln Center. She is a member of the NPACT board and has served as their Treasurer since their inception in 2014.
Nikki Borrelli is EVP of Production for Truly Original. She draws from a rich background in television, film and documentary to oversee the production and business affairs of all pilots and series.
Prior to the inception of Truly Original, Nikki served as SVP of Production and Operations for Original Media. She oversaw production on all series and pilots, including History Channel’s Swamp People, Spike’s Ink Master and AMC’s Comic Book Men. She also managed the company’s daily operations.
Previously Nikki served as VP of Production at True Entertainment. She led production on all series and pilots, including Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Atlanta and Don’t Be Tardy, OWN’s Season 25: Oprah Behind The Scenes, and Discovery ID’s Vanity Fair Confidential. She received an Emmy Award and four additional nominations for her work on TLC’s acclaimed A Baby Story.
Prior to her thirteen-year tenure at True, Nikki co-produced the Mixed Greens documentary features Slumming It: Myth and Culture on the Bowery, which premiered on Thirteen/WNET and 156 Rivington, and premiered at the South by Southwest Film Festival and aired on the Sundance Channel. Her other production credits include Comedy Central’s Upright Citizen’s Brigade, the feature film Get Well Soon and the documentary feature Worst Possible Illusion: The Curiosity Cabinet of Vik Muniz, which aired on Independent Lens/PBS.
Nikki graduated from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University with a degree in Television, Radio and Film.
Lauren Eskelin joined True Entertainment in 2012 as Vice President of Programming.
Before coming on staff at True, Lauren executive produced four successful seasons of Bravo’s juggernaut The Real Housewives of Atlanta and it’s spinoff Don’t Be Tardy (For The Wedding).
Prior to serving as an Executive Producer at True, Lauren worked independently, creating and executive producing three hit seasons of MTV’s Engaged & Underage. As a founder and partner of the now defunct Zanzibar Productions, Lauren created and executive produced two seasons of The It Factor for Bravo, as well as numerous pilots for Oxygen, IFC and Noggin.
Lauren began her career developing made-for-tv and cable programming for Diana Kerew Productions and Hearst Entertainment after graduating from film school at The University of Texas.
Bryan rejoined the True team in 2015 and was given oversight of development as Executive Vice President of TrulyOriginal development in 2017. Prior to his return, he served as a development consultant and executive producer, working with a variety of premiere production companies and cable networks. His extensive experience in the television industry, both on the production side and the network side, has given him a broad skill set that makes him well qualified to see projects through from conception to completion.
Hale served as a consultant for CBS Television Distribution, vice president of current programming at FremantleMedia North America, overseeing several major network series including “Married to Medicine” for Bravo and “Total Black Out: Season 2” for Syfy.
Additionally, Hale served as vice president of original programming and development for Oxygen Media, under the NBCUniversal umbrella. There, he led the development of many of the network’s primetime series including two seasons of the wildly popular “Love Games: Bad Girls Need Love Too,” “Running Russell Simmons” and “Bachelorette Party: Las Vegas.”
During his previous employment at True Entertainment as a Vice President, Hale was instrumental in bringing to life Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Atlanta” while also working closely with Endemol International to explore and implement foreign formats.
Hale received a B.A. from the University of California at Davis and resides in New York City, NY.
VP, Business and Legal Affairs
Allison Emmett joined Truly Original as the VP of Business and Legal Affairs in 2016. Allison provides legal and business affairs counsel across all departments helping the company to continue to drive creative scripted and unscripted programming.
Combining over a decade of experience in the entertainment legal industry and her life long passion for pop culture and entertainment, Allison has had the opportunity to work on a wide variety of issues from privacy and copyright matters to employment and union issues.
Prior to joining Truly Original, Allison was one of the twoattorneys for WE: Women’s Entertainment, LLC, part of AMC Networks. During this time, Allison focused on reality/unscripted basedprogramming, including docu-series, competition, news and game shows for televisionand digital exhibition including Braxton Family Values, Bridezillas and Marriage Bootcamp. Prior to that, Allison served asproduction counsel for VH1 and Logo where her responsibilities includedoverseeing the development and production of reality programming as well assupporting the digital group. She began her career at small entertainment-focused law firm.
Allison is an active member of WICT and participates in the mentor circle where she leads discussions on various touchstones of leadership such as know yourself and being fearless. She also serves on the board of directors for the Baco Boys Fund, a not-for profit organization that commits to sending children to sleep away camp for as long as they are a camper.
Lorraine Haughton-Lawson is a television veteran with over 20 years of experience in the entertainment space. Her journey began in 1997 after being selected to the prestigious NBC Page program. Thereafter, she quickly rose to become a producer in the NBC Affiliate Advertising and Promotion department, working with and producing promos for NBC's top notch news talent such as Katie Couric, Al Roker and Tom Brokaw. Post NBC, Lorraine has illustrated her producing chops on programs for a variety of networks including MTV, BET, TLC and HGTV, to name a few. In 2000 she was instrumental in launching the Emmy nominated "Wendy Williams Show," creating and producing the wildly popular Hot Topics segment.
Since 2011, Lorraine has been a producer on the Bravo mega hit "The Real Housewives of Atlanta," rising from Story Producer to Supervising Producer and ultimately Executive Producer. She currently serves as Vice-President of Programming at Truly Original, overseeing a variety of shows including "The Real Housewives of Atlanta," "The Real Housewives of Potomac," and "Shahs of Sunset,” as well as other projects in development.
Jo-Ellen Sarnelli is currently the Corporate Controller of Truly Original and reports directly to the Chief Operating Officer. In that capacity she oversees all the day to day corporate accounting, treasury, auditing and production accounting. Jo-Ellen transitioned into reality television several years ago with True Entertainment as a Corporate Director. Her prior accounting experience spans 20 years on Wall St in Financial Communications and Financial Brokerage.
Jo-Ellen has a Masters Degree in Accounting from CW Post University and a Bachelors Degree from StonyBrook University. She currently sits on the executive board for the Civic Association as Treasurer and is a past Vice President of the Board of Education. Jo-Ellen is married with 4 children and currently resides in Long Island.
Chief of Technology
Louis joined True Entertainment in 2004 and later in 2011. He started his career at Pseudo.com as a technical engineer assistant in 2000. Throughout his career, he has served as a video editor, cameraman, audio engineer, video operator, teleprompter, lighting director, flash technician, live technical director, field technician, and IT manager for various corporations and TV production companies such as Merrill Lynch, E*Trade Financial, RNN, Blue Telescope, GoldCrest, MPE, Edgeworx, and NatGeo. Throughout his career, he has also freelanced on many projects with visual artists and theater groups as a cameraman and editor.
Today he oversees every technical aspect of Truly Original from IT to Post/Production.
Louis graduated Bard College with a BA in Multimedia Studies. Avid Certified Support Representative – Editing and ISIS
Stephanya Bareham joined Truly Original in 2011 as Vice President of Programming after working with the company for five years. As Executive Producer, she has run four seasons of Vanity Fair Confidential. Previously, she served as Executive Producer for more than 100 hours of TV including Unfaithful for OWN, Mystery Diagnosis for Discovery Health, Personal Justice for TLC.
Before joining Truly Original, Stephanya worked independently overseeing series and specials for HGT, A&E, CourtTV and MSNBC.
Stephanya began her career in New York after receiving her MS in Journalism from Columbia University.
VP, Post Production
Liz Buckley began her career as an intern at MTV Networks while a junior at CUNY Hunter College then later joined the Viacom company working her way up from Logger to Post Supervisor within her seven year career with them. In 2012, she joined True Entertainment as Director of Post Production -- bringing to the table her experience in post supervision and expertise in delivering over 200+ hours of television to air. Currently Truly Originals VP of Post Operations, she oversees a post environment that is efficient and provides a rewarding, collaborative, and supportive environment for all positions of post. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, hosting murder mystery dinner parties, and is a certified reflexologist.
Lucas joined Truly Original as Vice President of Development after working with the company for 9 years. Before coming on staff at Truly Original, he was Executive Producer, Co-Executive Producer and Editor for many of the company’s series including: Real Housewives of Atlanta (Bravo), Vanity Fair: Confidential (Discovery ID), Don’t Be Tardy (Bravo), Lucky Bastards (Esquire), Too Cute (TLC) and Emergency Level One (TLC).
Lucas has a wide range of experience in film & television. With a background in screenwriting including the 2017 film Otherlife (Netflix), commercial directing for clients such as PepsiCo, Head&Shoulders & L’Oreal, and even a stint as a professional storyboard artist. He brings his strong sense of storytelling to the Truly Original development team.
Lucas received his BA in Film&Television from New York University in NYC.
Jared Jenkins has served as VP of Production at Truly Original before that he worked at Original Media. His duties at Truly Original include overseeing a number of shows, including Comic Book Men, Ink master, and Swamp People, from development through completion. Jared has worked on many of these shows since their beginnings at Original Media.
Before joining Original Media, Jared served as Unit Production Manager at Sesame Workshop and worked on the internationally recognized “Sesame Street” series in addition to many of the Sesame Street home videos. He has worked on shows for PBS, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, and NHK among others. His past projects include children’s television shows such as “Between the Lions” and “The Wonder Pets”, coverage of Presidential conventions, and numerous advertising and corporate campaigns.
Jared initially joined Original Media in 2010 as an In-house Line Producer for development projects. He went on to serve as Line Producer on series such as “Louisiana Lockdown” and “The Daily Line”.
Jared holds a BA in Communication Arts from Ohio Northern University and an MA in Puppet Arts from The University of Connecticut.
Julie 'Bob' Lombardi has had one foot in the documentaries and the other in TV ever since 2000. Julie joined Truly Original in 2018 as a Vice President of Programming.
Julie made her editorial debut with the Oscar-nominated, 2004 documentary, "Super Size Me." She went on to produce and edit "Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden?" “Made in Japan,” and “Vlogumentary,” to name a few.
Prior to being an executive producer, Julie edited many hit television shows ranging from comedy to reality television. Some of her work includes; MTV’s Teen Mom 2, Showtime’s Semi-Prominent Negro W Kamau Bell, ABC’s David Blaine: Dive of Death, and Bravo’s Southern Charm.
Julie began her career after graduating Southern Connecticut State University with a BS in communication and a minor in journalism.
VP, Development and Programming
With over 20 years of experience and two Emmy awards, Stephen joined the Truly Original team in 2017 and is working across both current programming and development.
Formerly an Executive Producer at both History and VH1, Stephen is versatile in genres for both male and female audiences and helped oversee some of television’s most iconic franchises, from Behind the Music to Ice Road Truckers to Truly Original’s own Swamp People.
Stephen broke into the business as a producer for NBA Entertainment, where he travelled the world working with the games biggest stars and covering global events like The NBA Finals and the Olympic Games.
With a degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Stephen hopes to one day see the Badgers win the NCAA basketball championship. An avid runner, skier and guitar player, he lives in his New Jersey with his wife and two young children.
VP, Programming & Development
VP, Development and Talent
Chelsey joined True Entertainment as Director of Development & Talent in 2012.
She loves finding interesting people with fascinating stories, with her forte being talent-driven unscripted series. Before joining True Entertainment, she cast The Real Housewives of NYC & NJ (Bravo), The Millionaire Matchmaker (Bravo), Sweet Home Alabama (CMT), Mad Fashion (Bravo) to name a few, and developed numerous pilots for large cable networks.
Now at Truly Original, Chelsey oversees casting for any recurring series, including The Real Housewives of Atlanta while developing new programming. Her time at Truly Original she’s developed The Real Housewives of Potomac (Bravo), Mother Funders (Bravo), Princesses; Long Island (Bravo), Million Dollar Shoppers (Lifetime), & Lucky Bastards (Esquire).
VP, Post Production
Chelsey Trowbridge has served as the VP of Post Production at Truly Original. Previously, as the VP of Post Production at Original Media, she oversaw post facility operations and the post production teams for such shows as Storm Chasers, Ink Master, Swamp People, Dual Survival, Comic Book Men and BBQ Pitmasters. Prior to her time at Original Media, Chelsey managed operations for PostWorks New York.
She began her television production career with ABC Sports College Football. She has also been a part of documentary, studio and remote productions for ESPN, ESPN Classic, College Sports Television, SportsNet New York and Comcast SportsNet.
Chelsey graduated from the University of Maryland with a BA in broadcast journalism.
Kyra Vogt is VP of Production at Truly Original, where she oversees a variety of shows including the Real Housewives of Atlanta, the Real Housewives of Potomac, Shahs of Sunset, Summer House and more.
Kyra brings with her 20 years of experience working in unscripted and documentary television. Her background includes Project Runway, Top Chef, America’s Next Top Model, Wife Swap and The Awful Truth to name a few.