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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 multi Emmy award-winning Creator and Executive Producer of the critically-acclaimed pop culture phenomenon Queer Eye (Netflix) and the voguing competition show Legendary (HBO Max). He executive produced multiple series premiering in 2020, including Say I Do (Netflix), a wedding transformation series, and To Catch a Beautician (VH1), an emergency hairstyling show.
Since 1994, the year David Collins and Michael Williams founded Scout Productions, Scout has been involved in a wide variety of film, documentary, and TV projects, but has fundamentally remained an independent company telling transformative, informational stories with comedy and heart. In 2004, David received his first Emmy and GLAAD awards for his groundbreaking makeover series Queer Eye for the Straight Guy (Bravo 2003-07).
With David at the helm, Scout embraced the shift to online platforms, and continued to deliver cutting-edge content on both streaming and terrestrial networks. David’s 2018, 2019 and 2020 Emmys for Outstanding Structured Reality for Queer Eye add to Scout’s many DGA, PGA, GLAAD, Critics Choice, and Emmy wins and nominations. David is executive producing multiple upcoming projects: The LGBTQ-rights documentary Equal for HBO Max, a teen reboot of The Quest for Disney+, and Get Real, a history of reality TV for Quibi.
David is a member of the Directors Guild and Producers Guild of America, and a proud graduate of Ohio University. Currently a resident of Los Angeles, he considers his greatest productions to-date to be his twin daughters Ella and Olive.
Michael Williams is an Academy Award and six-time Emmy-winning co-founder of Scout Productions, and Executive Producer of Queer Eye (Netflix 2018-20) and Legendary (HBO Max 2020). He produced multiple series premiering in 2020: Say I Do (Netflix), Tirdy Works (TruTV), and To Catch a Beautician (VH1).
Over the course of his varied career in film and television, Michael has achieved considerable industry recognition, including an Academy Award for producing Errol Morris’ The Fog of War, which won Best Documentary Feature. He has garnered multiple Emmy Awards for the critically acclaimed pop culture phenomenon Queer Eye, and its predecessor, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy (Bravo 2003-07). He also produced the long-running OWN lifestyle makeover series Home Made Simple, which completed its 9th and final season with a sixth Daytime Emmy nomination. Williams serves as Executive Producer on all of Scout’s upcoming projects, including four-part LGBTQ human rights docuseries Equal on HBO Max, a teen reboot of The Quest for Disney+, and an unscripted TV history, Get Real, for Quibi.
Williams is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA), Directors Guild (DGA) and holds a BA from the School of Communications at Boston University where he was honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2005.
Rob Eric is an award-winning television, film, and music producer of over two decades of critically-acclaimed projects, including the new voguing competition series Legendary (HBO Max 2020), and the Emmy-winning cultural phenomenon Queer Eye (Netflix 2018-20). He also executive produced three other shows premiering in 2020: The wedding makeover show Say I Do (Netflix), the lighthearted docuseries Tirdy Works (TruTV), and emergency hairstyling series To Catch a Beautician (VH1).
As Chief Creative Officer, Rob oversees creative strategy and artistic execution at Scout Productions, an independent production company that tells transformative stories about real people across all formats. Rob is executive producer on all of the company’s upcoming projects, including the LGBTQ-rights documentary series Equal for HBO Max, a teen reboot of The Quest for Disney+, and Get Real, a historical look at unscripted TV for Quibi.
In addition to his three primetime Emmy wins for Queer Eye in 2018, 2019, and 2020, Rob has received Critics Choice and GLAAD awards, and a 2004 Juno Award for “All Things,” the theme song for the original Queer Eye for the Straight Guy (2003-07). He also won a daytime Emmy for Home Made Simple (OWN 2011-20), starring Laila Ali.
Throughout his dynamic career, Rob has also worked in music, graphic design, advertising, and authored the high-fantasy trilogy The Last King. In his early days at Scout, he produced scripted and unscripted programming for HGTV, Style, and Logo.
Scout Production’s current President, Eric Korsh, returns to the award-winning premium content creation company after spending three-decades in senior leadership positions at the intersection of entertainment, media, and advertising, including Jellysmack, Mashable Studios, and DigitasLBi.
In 2018, Korsh was the first US hire for French startup Jellysmack, a creative social video company that quickly became a juggernaut with three-billion video views per month in multiple languages across Facebook, Snapchat, YouTube, TikTok, and Instagram. Korsh managed 170 people in three global offices producing content in English, French, Spanish, and Arabic for both original editorial video and large US brands.
Jellysmack’s success came at the heels of Korsh’s launch of Mashable Studios in 2015, where he oversaw the creation of all original editorial video and branded content for the OG digital publisher. His team of 75 producers, animators, writers, and illustrators created everything from daily Discovery editions of Snapchat to premium Facebook Watch series covering culture, tech, and entertainment.
Prior to digital video production, Korsh spent five-years at the global agency DigitasLBi overseeing content and social media strategy for clients such as Bank of America, Harley Davidson, Spring, General Motors, Puma, and Lenovo.
Korsh has produced commercials, documentaries, and music videos with Oscar winners such as Robert Richardson, Errol Morris, and Hank Corwin, and has co-owned sound stages and a motion picture rental company. He has graduate degrees from Harvard University (MPA) and Boston University (MBA), and a BFA in Film from Boston University.
Trent Johnson is Scout’s Senior 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.