Summit 2012: Conroy, Whalen upped at Original Productions

Deadliest Catch exec producer Jeff Conroy (pictured, right) has been upped to EVP of programming, while Ax Men co-exec producer Sarah Whalen (left) has been named VP of programming.
January 30, 2012

Burbank-based prodco Original Productions has upped two longtime producers, with former VP of programming and Deadliest Catch EP Jeff Conroy (pictured, right) named EVP of programming, and Sarah Whalen (left), series producer/co-exec producer of Ax Men, taking the VP of programming position.

“The promotion of both Jeff Conroy and Sarah Whalen speaks to the evolution of our company,” said Original Productions’ president and exec producer Philip D.┬áSegal.

“Their incredible growth as production professionals and their meticulous attention to detail from production through to post is unparalleled. Conroy and Whalen guard the Original Productions authentic storytelling brand with utmost dedication to producing shows that viewers want to watch week after week on major television networks throughout the world.”

Conroy began at Original Productions as a supervising producer on Monster Garage and has exec produced Discovery hit Deadliest Catch with Original CEO and exec producer Thom Beers since the beginning of the series.

“The guy is just passionate about every aspect of the behind the scenes mission of presenting the most compelling true stories,” said Beers of Conroy.

Whalen began her career at the prodco as a segment/episode producer on such series as Monster Nation, Biker Build-Off and Deadliest Catch.

“She has guided Ax Men on History by developing a top-notch team and distinct brand of character-driven storytelling,” said Conroy of Whalen.

In making the announcement, Segal hinted that there will be growth in the creative ranks at the prodco, which is currently enjoying accolades for its recently premiered Discovery series Bering Sea Gold, and ratings success with A&E’s Storage Wars and Storage Wars: Texas.

“We have 14 series in production currently on seven U.S. networks,” he said. “Additionally, there are so many projects in our scripted and non-scripted divisions in pre-production, it is more than time to expand.”

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.