Jason Sarlanis, senior vice president of development at TLC, joins Jimmy Fox for the latest edition of the Unscripted and Unprepared podcast, presented in partnership with Realscreen and now available via iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play and Spotify.
Sarlanis oversees TLC’s development teams on both coasts, and is responsible for spearheading such projects as the rebooted home renovation series Trading Spaces, Four Weddings and Unexpected. He joined the Discovery-owned lifestyle network from ABC where he was charged with leading development and current primetime programming as VP of alternative series and specials, developing new series such as To Tell the Truth and Battlebots.
Before that, Sarlanis was VP of original programming and series development at NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Group’s pay-TV network E! Entertainment Television where he provided creative oversight for The Soup, Fashion Police and Keeping Up with the Kardashians.
In his chat with Fox at the 2019 Realscreen Summit in New Orleans, Sarlanis discusses his rapid ascension through the ranks at E!, working with legendary comedian Joan Rivers and the biggest differences between being an executive in cable versus broadcast.
Unscripted and Unprepared began in late June 2016 and has featured interviews with Arthur Smith, Brent Montgomery, Jonathan Murray, Thom Beers, Fenton Bailey, SmithDhen LLP’s Russell Smith, Ugly Brother Studios’ Mike Duffy, History’s Eli Lehrer, Mark Itkin, Asylum Entertainment’s Jonathan Koch, Propagate Content’s Ben Silverman, ID’s Jane Latman, Heather Olander, ITV America’s David Eilenberg, and Showtime’s Vinnie Malhotra, among many others.
Fox’s production credits include the Emmy-winning CNN series United Shades of America; CNBC’s Make Me a Millionaire Inventor; and Investigation Discovery’s Breaking Homicide and Is O.J. Innocent: The Missing Evidence.
With Main Event Media, credits include Spike’s true-crime series It Was Him: The Many Murders of Ed Edwards, as well as the unscripted comedy, Hollywood Darlings for POP.