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Scout Productions ramps up exec team; John Wehage joins in EVP role

Award-winning prodco Scout Productions, creator of Queer Eye, is expanding its programming ranks and has promoted Renata Lombardo to senior vice president, development and current non-scripted programming. The company is also ...
October 5, 2021

Award-winning prodco Scout Productions, creator of Queer Eye, is expanding its programming ranks and has promoted Renata Lombardo to senior vice president, development and current non-scripted programming. The company is also expanding its production division with the appointment of John Wehage as executive vice president, production and operations.

Wehage (pictured), a former executive at 495 Productions, will report to Scout’s president, Eric Korsh, while Lombardo will continue to report to Rob Eric, Scout’s chief creative officer.

Lombardo, who joined Scout in 2018, has ushered in projects including Legendary at HBO Max, on which she’s an executive producer, and recently launched The Hype, also for HBO Max. She’s spent more than a decade working with the industry’s best content creators while also developing new talent. Before joining Scout, Lombardo held executive roles at ABC, OWN and 3 Ball Productions.

Wehage manages all series production needs for documentary, digital and unscripted content at Scout. He brings varied experience to the company after two decades producing content in a leadership role. He was previously head of production at 495 Productions, where he was tasked with running finance, accounting, production and operations. He also oversaw the production of Jersey Shore Family Vacation, Floribama Shore and Double Shot At Love for MTV, as well as Peace of Mind with Taraji (Facebook Watch), Pushing The Line (Discovery+) and Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party (VH1). Prior to 495, Wehage was the executive in charge of production for The Hype (HBO Max), Hell’s Kitchen (Fox), Hyperdrive (Netflix), BattleBots (ABC) and Planet of the Apps (Apple), among others. His experience includes shiny-floor stage, live, competition, docu-follow, game show, stunt-based, digital and adventure programming.

“We welcome John, who is exceptionally talented, to Scout at a time when our storytelling and slate is at peak performance and opportunity. While our production ramps up we need his expertise and drive to help orchestrate our burgeoning programming moves. In addition, we are proud to recognize Renata for her incredible work in the development of our non-scripted slate. We are eager to push the limit and scope of our non-scripted programming under her guidance,” Korsh said in a statement.

About The Author
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.

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