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Scout Productions

Scout Productions is an Emmy and Academy Award-winning film and television production company that has produced and developed hundreds of hours of programming for networks and content providers such as Netflix, HBO, Showtime, ABC, CBS, NBC, MTV, HGTV, Bravo, ABC Family, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, and many more. From makeover to documentary, Scout has tackled a wide variety of genres while staying true to a central philosophy: creating interesting stories, well told. Scout created the groundbreaking pop culture sensation Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, which revolutionized reality television and the Bravo network. Queer Eye aired in 120 countries and included 19 international formats. It made its mark critically and on the cultural landscape, winning an Emmy, a PGA Award, and two GLAAD Media Awards. In January 2017, it was announced Netflix and Scout were producing a reimagining of the series to air in early 2018. Scout’s credits extend beyond television. Michael Williams won an Academy Award for producing Errol Morris’ documentary The Fog of War for Sony Pictures Classics. Besides The Fog of War, Scout co-founders Michael and David collaborated with Errol Morris on the award-winning feature film Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr., as well as the television series First Person for Bravo and IFC. They have also worked extensively with renowned filmmaker Brad Anderson, developing and producing the acclaimed feature films Session 9 and Transsiberian.

David Collins

David Collins is a three time Emmy Award winning producer and co-owner of Scout Productions, a film and television production company that he co-founded 25 years ago. As the creator and Executive Producer of the reality sensation Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, David is a vanguard contributor to the personal – transformation reality boom of the past decade. Airing in over 120 countries, Queer Eye earned him an Emmy Award for Best Reality Series, a Producer’s Guild of America ‘Producer of the Year’ Award and two GLAAD Media Awards, to name a few highlights. Queer Eye aired in over 180 countries and David oversaw production of 19 original international formats of the show. Queer Eye was created with David’s groundbreaking “Make Better” model of storytelling, which immediately became the cornerstone of Bravo’s network model, and inspired scores of subsequent personal improvement reality programs. In early 2017, Netflix announced the series return with an all new Fab Five. David and Scout are again at the helm. Since Queer Eye, David has executive produced programs for ABC, HGTV, OWN, IFC, ESPN, VH1, MTV, Sundance Channel and ABC Family. Shows include How To Get The Guy, Knock First, Big Ideas for a Small Planet, The Outdoor Room with Jamie Durie, Home Made Simple, The Antonio Treatment and the two time Emmy Award winner Sox Appeal. David produced First Person, the inaugural television series from celebrated documentarian Errol Morris, that aired on IFC and the big screen release Mr Death. He produced the indie features Session 9 and Transsiberian with acclaimed filmmaker Brad Anderson and Six Ways to Sunday for director Adam Bernstein. Before finding his niche in creating reality television David gained immeasurable production experience on the frontlines as a Director’s Guild UPM and location manager on major motion pictures beginning with Jodie Foster’s directorial debut Little Man Tate and then staging what was then the largest movie explosion of all time for MGM’s Blown Away. Subsequent films include: American Buffalo, Malice, Dumb & Dumber, The Good Son, Hoffa and HouseSitter. Originally from Ohio, David attended Ohio University where he received his bachelor’s degree in TV and Film. He is a member of the Director’s Guild of America and the Producers Guild of America. He is most proud of his greatest productions to date: twin daughters Ella and Olive. David is represented by Sean Perry and Nir Caspi at WME.

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Michael Williams

Michael Williams is an Academy and Emmy Award winning producer and co-owner of Scout Productions. Over the course of his career, Michael has achieved considerable industry recognition, including an Oscar for producing Errol Morris’ documentary The Fog of War, an Emmy for executive producing the barrier-breaking Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, and most recently, an Emmy for OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network’s Home Made Simple. Queer Eye, in particular, also earned Michael the 2004 PGA Producer of the Year Award, and would go on to air in over 120 countries. He is currently executive producing an all new Queer Eye, set to premiere on Netflix in early 2018.

Michael has also produced the Sundance Channel’s Big Ideas for a Small Planet, for which he earned an EMA Best Documentary Series Award; NESN’s Sox Appeal, for which he earned two New England Emmy Awards; the critically acclaimed ABC series The Quest, which brought reality competition to the world of high fantasy; four seasons of The Outdoor Room with Jamie Durie, one of HGTV’s biggest-budget landscape shows; and many other series.

Beyond The Fog of War, Michael’s collaborations with documentary auteur Errol Morris also includes the award-winning feature documentary Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr., as well as the acclaimed television series First Person for Bravo and IFC. Michael’s previous features include Brad Anderson’s thrillers Session 9 and Transsiberian, which starred Sir Ben Kingsley, Emily Mortimer, and Woody Harrelson.

Rob Eric

Rob Eric is an Emmy Award winning television producer, film producer and author who has developed and created media for screens large and small alongside producing partners Michael Williams and David Collins for over ten years. He has produced for networks such as ABC, CBS, ABC Family, Bravo, HGTV, OWN, HBO, SONY, and Netflix, among others, with work ranging from interview and documentary series to makeover series to game shows. More recently, he has also developed scripted series with partners such as Sony Pictures Television, Left Bank Pictures, Flower Films, and Court Five Productions.

Rob comes from an eclectic creative background, having previously worked in graphic design, advertising and music production, even winning a Juno Award in 2004 for Best Dance Recording for “All Things”, the theme song for the Emmy Award winning Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. As an executive producer of the DGA Award-nominated The Quest (ABC), Rob was key in conceptualizing and executing a living, breathing fantasy world from scratch while still working within the format of a reality competition series. He has executive produced numerous series, including The Outdoor Room with Jamie Durie (HGTV), The Antonio Treatment (HGTV), Tacky House (Style), and the scripted series Sordid Lives (Logo). Additionally, Rob is an author of high fantasy, including the trilogy The Last King, published in 2015. He is currently writing the next book in the series.

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Trent Johnson

Trent Johnson is Scout’s Director of Development. Since 2007, Trent has worked with Michael, David, and Rob in many capacities, ranging from building show formats to cutting sizzle reels to office management. He is also an author, having written the crime series The Bay for Bastei Entertainment.
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