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Exclusive: “Home Town Takeover” prodco RTR Media ups four

Toronto-headquartered RTR Media is upping four of its executives as it ramps up production activity with a slate that has tripled in the last six months. Samantha Jackson has been promoted from ...
June 30, 2022

Toronto-headquartered RTR Media is upping four of its executives as it ramps up production activity with a slate that has tripled in the last six months.

Samantha Jackson has been promoted from VP to senior vice president of production; Liz Kerrigan, from VP to senior vice president of current programming; Lara Shaw, from senior director of content to vice president of content; and Ryan Grantham Smith, from director to vice president of post production.

Jackson (pictured left) joined the company behind HGTV’s Home Town franchise in 2021, after serving as vice president of production at Back Roads Entertainment where she oversaw business operations, production, development, and talent acquisition with series credits such as BET’s 50 Central with 50 Cent, and Cooking Channel’s Big Bad BBQ Brawl.

Kerrigan (pictured second from left) also joined RTR Media last year, coming from a stint as vice president of current at All3Media’s Maverick TV overseeing such series as USA Network’s Chrisley Knows Best and Growing Up Chrisley. Prior to that, she was vice president of current programming for Magnetic Productions.

Shaw (pictured second from right), meanwhile, joined the company in 2017 as director of content. Credits include work on the Home Town franchise, which includes Home Town Takeover, Home Town Kick Start and Ben’s Workshop (airing on Discovery+). Additional RTR credits for HGTV include Help I Wrecked My House!, Renovation 911, Farmhouse Fabulous (w/t), Revealed, and No Demo Reno.

Ryan Grantham-Smith (pictured right) has been working in post production at RTR Media since 2009. Having worked on Home Town since the pilot, he manages the post production process for all RTR series and pilots from pre-production through to final delivery.

“RTR has experienced significant growth in the last six months, tripling our slate,” said RTR chief creative officer Jenna Keane, who helms the company with CEO Toni Miceli and founding partner and executive chair Kit Redmond. “These appointments recognize and celebrate the continued leadership we see from Samantha, Liz, Lara and Ryan to deliver the quality and thoughtfulness RTR is known for. There’s no one we’d rather grow with than these powerhouse talents.”

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Andrew Jeffrey joined Realscreen in 2021 as its news editor. Here, he helps to oversee assignment, reporting and editing for Realscreen's daily newsletter. Prior to his work covering documentary and non-fiction film and TV, he worked as a reporter and associate producer for CBC Edmonton, and as a reporter for The Star Calgary, where he covered daily news on beats such as local and provincial politics, health care and harm reduction, sports and education. His work has appeared in other Canadian news outlets such as TVO, the Edmonton Journal and Avenue Magazine.

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