Kerry O'Tolski

Chicago, Illinois

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EXPERIENCE:

FOODITUDE MEDIA, LLC 2008-2010
Chicago, IL
CO-CREATOR/V.P. OF PRODUCTION AND CONTENT, FOODITUDE

Co-developer and executive producer of "Fooditude", an in-development, episodic reality series and web platform designed for "tweens", encouraging and promoting the basics of cooking, nutrition and environmental stewardship. Produced, directed and wrote for segments in studio and on location. Managed casting and selection of talent. Supervised and approved all edits, musical content, graphics, and final script, worked with executive team of two other co-creators. Hired and supervised crew and production team. Worked with children and parents both on and off-set.

TOWERS PRODUCTIONS, INC. (ANIMAL PLANET) 2008
Chicago, IL
PRODUCER, WRITER, & DIRECTOR (Animal Witness)

Wrote and produced an episode of the series (“Bitter Lovers”). Researched topics, developed outlines, and wrote scripts. Cast talent for recreations. Conducted on-camera interviews and directed recreations. Traveled to conduct interviews and shoot B roll. Worked with the composer on an original score. Supervised voice-over sessions with a leading voice-over artist (James Jude Forbes). Maintained a fact check binder. Supervised an Associate Producer and Editor. Communicated with Post-Production and Graphics Department regarding final edits.

E! ENTERTAINMENT NETWORKS – STYLE NETWORK 2005-2007
Los Angeles, CA
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER (How Do I Look?)

Managed and adjusted deadlines for ongoing, overlapping projects on a fashion make over program. Solved problems related to on-location film shoots with tight deadlines. Conceived topics for programs; contributed to scripts and story lines. Communicated effectively with a broad range of people and personalities, gaining cooperation in meeting project goals. Interviewed participants and experts to get background information. Researched topics ranging from health care to style, make up, and fashion. Sourced equipment, props, and costumes. Collaborated with various departments. Multitasked to fill several roles in ongoing, simultaneous projects.

3 seasons – 20 episodes.

CHAMBERS BROTHERS ENTERTAINMENT (SPIKE TV) 2005
Los Angeles, CA
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER (Ultimate Gamer)

Planned and organized projects for a television program targeting teenage and young adult males. Followed industry trends (electronics, gaming). Solicited
sponsors for product placement, negotiated agreements, and managed client budgets. Developed story lines and captured appropriate dialogue for editing. Contributed to post production, ensuring that details were accurate and complete.

1 season – 10 episodes.
Communicated with key product placement clients (Best Buy, Geek Squad) regarding budgets and featured products.

SCOUT PRODUCTIONS (ABC FAMILY CHANNEL) 2003-2004
Los Angeles, CA & Boston, MA
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER (Knock First)

Conducted detailed interviews with show participants for a room make over show targeting teens and young adults. Ensured legal clearance was obtained for branded products and images. Participated in filming on location and secondary supporting footage (B roll). Maintained detailed show/post-production notes and real-time logs. Supervised researchers.

3 seasons – 36 episodes

Frequently worked 80 hour weeks, performing tasks that demanded strict attention to detail.

Directed several ongoing, simultaneous scenes/multiple cameras, managing talent and show participants by giving clear, concise directions.

PRODUCTION COORDINATOR (Knock First)

Managed vendor relations, hiring crew and caterers. Supervised production assistants. Scheduled crew and distributed assignments. Solved a variety of problems, including weather-related issues. Supported executive producers and production supervisors.

1 season – 20 episodes

AT&T MEDIA SERVICES/MEDIA ONE ADVERTISING 1997-2002
Wellesley, MA
PRODUCTION COORDINATOR & ASSOCIATE PRODUCER (1998-2002)

Produced and directed commercials and PSAs. Contributed to script writing and concept development. Recruited, cast, and supervised talent for commercials and voice-overs. Acquired props/music. Scouted shoot locations.

Communicator Awards - Award of Excellence (2001).
Promoted from a position as an Account Executive (1997-1998)

FREELANCE EXPERIENCE:

Served as a producer and associate producer on: TV shows, commercials/PSA, corporate videos, and music videos.

EDUCATION:

BUTLER UNIVERSITY Indianapolis, IN & Glasgow, Scotland 1995 B.S., Telecommunication Arts
Internships:
CTW (Sesame Street) and Scottish Television (STV)

TECHNICAL SKILLS:

Word, Excel, PowerPoint; technology for video/audio production

References Available upon Request

I have been in the industry since 1997.

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