Exclusive: Original Productions ups Behlendorf, Morris

Lisa Behlendorf (pictured, left), previously a senior production accountant, has been upped to VP of production, while Stewart Morris (right), has been promoted from VP to head of development at the Deadliest Catch prodco.
January 27, 2014

Deadliest Catch and Bering Sea Gold producer Original Productions (OP) has promoted two in its production and development ranks.

Lisa Behlendorf (pictured above, left) has been upped from senior production accountant to vice president of production, and Stewart Morris (pictured above, right), previously VP of development, has been named head of that department. Both report directly to Jeff Conroy, OP president and executive producer.

“We are essentially taking everything we know as a springboard to new ways of storytelling and creating genre-defining shows,” said Conroy. “Stewart and Lisa are an integral part of the new OP team which is able to execute these most complex development to production challenges.”

Behlendorf joined the company in 2004 as production accountant and besides handling financial aspects of such on-location series as Deadliest Catch, Ax Men and Bering Sea Gold, was also the corporate accountant for the company’s Max Post facility from 2004 to 2010.

Morris was part of Original’s UK office, joining in 2006. He moved to the Los Angeles office in 2012, and into the VP of development position. Previously, he had been with ITV Productions, where he worked his way up to head of entertainment features and created or co-created such series as I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! and Hit Me Baby, One More Time.

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