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Scout is an Emmy and Academy Award-winning production company whose groundbreaking television series and films have made an impact around the world. Under the leadership and creative direction of David Collins, Michael Williams and Rob Eric, Scout has created and produced hundreds of hours of programming networks and content providers such as Netflix, NBC, CBS, ABC, Bravo, VH-1, OWN, IFC, Sundance, Lifetime, HGTV, MTV, ABC Family, Showtime, and HBO. Foremost is the groundbreaking pop culture sensation Queer Eye, both the current version of Netflix and the original which ran on Bravo. Queer Eye revolutionized reality television. The original 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, the Critics Choice Award and two GLAAD Media Awards. Since its February 2018 release, the new Queer Eye won a GLAAD Award, a TCA Award and won three Emmy Awards. Scout’s films include the Academy Award winning Fog of War, the cult thriller Session 9 and the critically acclaimed thriller Transsiberian.
David Collins is the creator and Executive Producer of the world-wide phenomenon Queer Eye, which airs in over 190 countries. David is a five-time Emmy Award winner and three time GLAAD Media Award recipient including this year’s 2019 GLAAD Media Award for “Outstanding Reality Program” for Queer Eye. David has executive produced programs for all the major networks and cablers with current shows on or in development at Netflix, Disney+, Bravo, VH1, OWN, and WETV. Queer Eye was a vanguard contributor to the personal transformation reality boom of the past decade and a half. The show was created with his ground breaking “Make Better” network model of storytelling, which immediately became the cornerstone of Bravo’s network model and inspired scores of subsequent personal improvement reality programs. Scout produces the Emmy winning Home Made Simple with Laila Ali, currently in season nine on OWN and the Oscar winning documentary The Fog of War with Errol Morris. Recently the company expanded into short form for MailChimp and the NBC Uni venture Bluprint.
David produced First Person, the inaugural television series from celebrated documentarian Errol Morris, that aired on IFC. This led to producing the big screen releases Mr. Death and The Fog of War, the latter of which won the 2004 Academy Award for Best Documentary. He then went on to produce the indie features Session 9 and Transsiberian with acclaimed filmmaker Brad Anderson, and Six Ways to Sunday for Adam Bernstein.
Originally from Ohio, David attended Ohio University where he received his bachelor’s degree in TV and Film. Founder and CEO of Los Angeles based Scout Productions, he is represented by William Morris Endeavor and is a member of the Director Guilds of America and Producers Guild. But more than any of this, he is most proud of his greatest productions to date: twin daughters Ella and Olive.
Michael Williams is an Academy Award and five time 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, Emmys for producing the original barrier-breaking Queer Eye for the Straight Guy on Bravo and most recently for the Netflix’s reboot Queer Eye which is currently in its fourth season.
Michael produces Home Made Simple, the Emmy winning lifestyle program for OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, which is now in its ninth season. He also produced the critically acclaimed ABC series The Quest, which brought reality competition to the world of high fantasy,
Besides The Fog of War, Michael’s collaborations with Errol Morris include 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.
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 Netflix, NBC Universal, ABC, Bravo, HGTV, OWN, HBO, SONY, among others, with work ranging from interview and documentary series to makeover series to game shows. His latest project, the reboot of Queer Eye, won three Emmys and the Television Critics Award for best unscripted/ reality series. He has 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.
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 casting. He is also an author, having written the crime series The Bay for Bastei Entertainment.
Joel Chiodi has spent the last 25 years in media and marketing. He’s part of the team that rebooted the Emmy nominated Queer Eye on Netflix and runs strategic development on behalf of Scout. Previously as a consultant, he has worked on projects for Demi Lovato, Freemantle, Instagram and Facebook. In theatrical marketing at Paramount Pictures, he worked on the campaigns for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Transformers. While running marketing at Legendary Pictures he oversaw the campaigns for Pacific Rim and 42, ran the comics group and pivoted Legendary into a consumer facing brand. His work in television includes launching the NFL RedZone Channel and Thursday Night Football while at NFL Media, and growing the E! and GSN.
Sean spearheads day-to-day operations while overseeing production of Scout’s development slate. He has over 19 years of experience working in non-scripted television. Having worked on a variety of shows for NBC, FOX, MTV, Vh1, CMT, TLC, CNBC, Discovery, Esquire, Pop, Oxygen, OWN, Spike and Bravo. Sean has worked in all aspects of production. Deadline driven, Sean has the ability to develop positive relationships with networks and merge the creative with physical production to make him an invaluable resource in today’s entertainment landscape.
Sean is from San Diego, CA and graduated from San Diego State University with his degree in Finance.
Renata Lombardo is a veteran Talent Executive and Producer who believes the most compelling stories come from real people. She has spent over a decade working with the industry’s best content creators as well as developing new talent who bring a fresh perspective, an expert point of view and powerful storytelling across various genres and platforms. Renata has held in-house roles at HBO, ABC and OWN. Specifically at the latter, she helped launch the network with a big role in handling all talent relations while also casting for series and specials. Additionally, she has cast, developed and produced brand defining content for clients such as Kin Community, The Dr. Oz Show, USA’s breakout hit Chrisley Knows Best and CMT’s Pickler and Ben. Her experience also includes casting and producing branded content for campaigns with national brands, most recently with Eucerin, Aquaphor, Neutrogena and L’Oréal. Her proudest production to date is her daughter Rose and son George.