If nothing else, Katye is a great storyteller. But, luckily for us, she is so much more. Katye oversees development and the creation of original programming. If you’re not sure what all goes into that, just know that Katye was more than likely a juggler in her past life, giving her the instincts she needs to keep everything moving.
Whether it be finding new talent, writing treatments, producing sizzles or pitching, Katye loves it all. She can spot a compelling story from miles away and enjoys putting those stories in front of the largest possible audience.
At Trailblazer Studios, Katye covers business development, commercial production, branded entertainment and now original programming. From small towns to big cities across the world, Katye’s work has taken her all across the country for our clients — advertising agencies, television networks and independent producers. From concept to delivery, Katye has worked in all aspects of the industry. Recently, she’s been developing TV projects for HGTV, DIY, History, and Ovation.
Prior to joining Trailblazer in 2007, this UNC-Chapel Hill graduate worked in commercial production at McKinney for clients including Sony, Audi of America and Travelocity.
A Los Angeles native (somewhat of a rarity in the TV world), Lisa lives for stories. It could be because she finds people so fascinating, and she loves to immerse herself in worlds that are vastly different. She enjoys uncovering what is unique and entertaining about people and portraying their experiences with truth and authenticity. She wouldn’t have it any other way.
Lisa was instrumental in developing The Golden Sisters (OWN), Final Cut (ID), and Hogs Gone Wild (Discovery), and this just scratches the surface of her TV cred.
A UCLA graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies, Lisa joined Trailblazer Studios after stints with NBC’s Peacock Productions and Film Garden Entertainment. Indeed, she has quite a few credits under her belt. She has been a part of the production for Hunted (CBS), How Do I Look? (Style Network), and Dr. Phil.
Lisa continues to reside in L.A. as she handles the duties of senior director of development for Trailblazer. Her mission is to find talent with interesting stories, and to tell and develop smart, relevant original programming from concept to written treatments and network pitches.
McKenna knows where the magic happens. It’s outside of the comfort zone. Self-described as a big personality in a shy girl’s body, she’s constantly pushing the limits.
In her role as Development Producer, McKenna meets interesting people with fascinating stories and perspectives and gets to share those experiences through one of her favorite things – television.
One story she’d like to share is that of Francis Ford Coppola. Actually, she would happily clean his glasses if that meant getting to work with him.
Outside of work, McKenna is known for her dancing. She was on the North Carolina State University Modern Dance Company in college where she performed in works chosen by the American College Dance Association and performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
Before joining Trailblazer full time in 2015, McKenna earned her B.A. in Media Communications and Film Studies from North Carolina State University.
She was already familiar with the Trailblazer Studios team, having worked previously as the company’s development intern. During a stint in New York, she also served as the development intern for Crybaby Media and Leftfield Pictures where she casted for TLC and HGTV pilots.
In her current role at Trailblazer, she sources, produces and pitches potential new television, digital series and specials.