If it were up to Jeff, his bio would read, “worked on lots of stuff with people you may have heard of.” Despite his attempt at modesty, in actuality Jeff’s rap sheet is quite impressive, and he knows it. He has a gift for figuring out the best way to tell a story, and each story is unique.
Jeff was one of the Executive Producers and the Director for TLC’s mega-hit Jon & Kate Plus 8, the highest rated cable show in 2009. He is currently the EP of Salvage Dawgs for HGTV/DIY and has produced for other networks including Discovery, Spike, Animal Planet, Fox Sports to name a few.
Jeff oversees the production of original programming along with commercials and digital entertainment at Trailblazer Studios. He enjoys working with talented people who like to push the boundaries. Just don’t be late. He hates that!
For eight years, Jeff worked as a freelancer in the spot world, producing commercials for national brands including Land’s End, State Farm and Honda. He also spent time producing for The CBS Early Morning Show and PBS before joining Serious Robots, Trailblazer Studios’ then post boutique, as Executive Producer in 2003.
Three years later, he helped launch Distillery Pictures, which later became Trailblazer Studios Entertainment division.
Beth is a natural-born storyteller who packs a punch. She attacks (and we do mean attack) each project with passion, vision, and tenacity. She loves all forms of creativity – music, art, writing – you name it!
But it’s the realm of unscripted television that gives her the opportunity to fuse so many of these creative expressions into one project. Throw in the privilege of collaborating with so many talented people, both on and off camera, and you’ve got her perfect recipe for unlocking and telling one helluva a decent story. And just so you know, nothing leaves a bad taste in her mouth like a great story or character that is slighted by poor visual storytelling. There’s just no reason for it.
Beth started out in post-production as Assistant Producer for the successful docu-reality series Jon & Kate Plus 8 (TLC). She often refers to that series as her version of boot camp, where she learned how to juggle multiple episodes amidst cranky editors and loveably fickle network execs. Adding production into the mix, Beth quickly rose up in the ranks and ultimately became Producer/Director/Writer on Kate Plus 8 (TLC).
Since then, she has served as Producer/Director/Writer for the TLC mini-series Abby & Brittany, Executive Producer for DIY Network’s hit docu-format Salvage Dawgs and the food-travel show, Southern Uncovered with the Lee Brothers on Ovation. Most recently, she directed and produced the HGTV pilot Minnesota Salvage and continues to bring fire and flair to our brand-spanking-new projects.
In the words of Vanilla Ice: “Stop. Collaborate. And listen.” While Rebecca might not claim that as her motto, that seems to be her favorite way to make a project come together and shine. We’re talking about the spirit of collaboration. As a production manager, she enjoys nothing more than working with a diverse array of people.
Even her dream project speaks to that theme. Rebecca would love to travel through Europe documenting local food, history, culture and agriculture with an interesting cast of both local and famous characters. She would start by casting American author and journalist Michael Pollan, as well as her husband. Both share her passion for seasonal food and drink, and we’ve heard they’ll eat pretty much anything.
If she’s not off exploring or collaborating, you can catch Rebecca at a city park or biking. She might even challenge you to a game of volleyball. She’s got a mean jump serve thanks to her years playing college volleyball and ranking at the top of the NCAA Division 1.
Rebecca has been producing projects since 2007. Before joining Trailblazer in 2015, she served as the production coordinator for HGTV’s popular show “Love It or List It” and freelanced as a production coordinator for various feature films. Now, she’s rolled her sleeves up as she takes on her latest project – helping with brand new episodes of “Kate Plus 8.”
Rebecca attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she studied Media Studies with a concentration in Electronic News and Documentary.
Walk into David’s office and you might notice the 12-inch Santa Claus named “Father Knowledge” sitting on his desk. Less of a homage to David’s favorite holiday, this bearded beauty is a reminder of his first foray into film when he created a 10-part mini-series on the figurine at the age of 14. The rest, as they say, is history.
David is the central point of contact and communication for a production, which quite often takes him on the road. During his adventures on the job, David could be the star of his own reality TV series. Running out of gas, he’s been left stranded on a swamp boat in a Louisiana bayou and later on a sail boat in a Maryland river. Getting the third degree from a pet store employee, he had to abandon his attempts to purchase a turtle to be used a prop. Visiting every organic grocery store in eastern Pennsylvania on a Friday night, he jumped through hoops to get that one particular organic ranch dressing powder for a client in dire need. David was even on the set once to see John Travolta and Robin Williams ad-lib yelling at each other in Italian while Robin wore a skin-tight body suit.
As a bonafide pug person, David grew up surrounded by an adorable army of squishy-faced, curly-tailed pugs in his family. Now he’s happy to have one of his own who attacks with a lovable level of cuteness and constant snorting that would probably go viral on Instagram.
David was first introduced to Trailblazer Studios in 2009, when he was brought on as a production intern. A year later, he graduated from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor’s degree in film studies and spent the next four years building a strong skill set as a freelancer in production management.
Now David works with Trailblazer full time as Production Manager for “Salvage Dawgs,” the upcoming series with the Lee Brothers, and occasionally on sizzle reels and development projects. Managing budgets and calendars, David ensures the logistics of a shoot are arranged and accounted for, such as renting gear, cars and hotel rooms, booking flights, sending out schedules, call sheets, and travel guides, etc.
His credits include multiple TV and documentary projects such as “Lizard Lick Towing” (truTV), “Kate Plus 8″ (TLC), “Los Jets” (NUVOtv), “Salvage Dawgs” (DIY) and “Men of March” (CBS Sports). He’s also done commercials for companies like BlueCross BlueShield NC, Pinehurst Resort, Kioti Tractors, Sherwin-Williams, ESPN and Reebok.
If you catch a breath of fresh air or maybe a whiff of cheese biscuits, you can bet Garye is in the building. He’s either being his delightful, cheerful self warming the room or delivering the crew one of his most famous culinary creations.
After nearly 40 years in the business, Garye still brings enthusiasm to each and every project. His job is very technical yet creative all at the same time, so there’s always something new to learn from each production. It’s also refreshing for him to work with people who know and love this craft.
When it comes to shooting, lighting is the most fascinating component for Garye. He believes it all starts with that one element and blossoms from there into an idea realized. He favors filming people, using unique composition and light, and storytelling. However, he loves new opportunities. He has shot nearly everything from cockroaches and snake-eating survivalists (Healthy Pets, Healthy People) to open-heart surgery.
On a final note, we can’t say enough about the cheese biscuits. They’re divine. If Garye ever wants to take up his second calling as master chef, the world would be his for the taking.
Garye learned his craft on the job, literally. He became an assistant cameraman overnight for former President Jimmy Carter’s election eve show, working with 29 pieces of gear in 10 cities in eight days. He subsequently apprenticed as a cameraman for almost four years before joining Videofonics, which later was acquired by Trailblazer Studios.
His flexibility, the ease with which he can adapt to any work situation, and the fact that he truly loves what he does for a living make Garye the perfect fit for any project. He currently works on the production of Salvage Dawgs as second camera operator and any other client needing hands-on expertise and a refreshingly genuine personality. His main area of expertise is shooting whether it be 35mm, 16mm, or any of the latest flavors of digital video.
This Pittsburgh native has no problem rolling up her sleeves to deliver a show. Since joining Trailblazer in 2013, Kristin has worked her way up the ladder from production coordinator to producer, where she is now primarily responsible for field producing and post-producing the DIY hit, Salvage Dawgs. She’s also assisted the production of Twice Born Stories from the Special Delivery Unit (PBS), Kate Plus 8 (TLC) and an educational piece for Ravenscroft School: Lead From Here.
An avid traveler, Kristin loves to explore different places and cultures. While filming Salvage Dawgs, she has been able to check numerous USA destinations off her list. Crossing her fingers, maybe Italy or London could be next.
Although now a resident of Raleigh, Kristin was born and raised in Pittsburgh and continues to support her hometown sports teams.
Kristin graduated from Elon University with a degree in Media Arts & Entertainment and concentration in Cinema. She interned at Authentic Entertainment in Los Angeles and the Pittsburgh Film Office while still in college and worked as an Extras Casting Assistant on the A&E Networks’ TV pilot, Those Who Kill.
During college, Kristin twice participated in the Sprite Films Competition, first authoring a script titled The Magic Ribbon and then serving as producer for the short film Rocketeer, which won the competition’s 2012 Consumers Choice Award.
As the show runner and field producer for the DIY series Salvage Dawgs, Clark enjoys working in the field with the crew and talent. When he’s back at Trailblazer, don’t be alarmed if you see him walking around the office holding or swinging his golf club. That’s how he likes to brainstorm for his latest project. Just yell “Fore!” to get his attention.
Taking his love of sports to the next level, this Massachusetts native would simply explode with excitement if New England Patriot Tom Brady or Red Sox player David Ortiz would guest star on one of his shows.
Clark is a graduate of Flagler College in Florida with a degree in communications, specializing in TV production. Since joining Trailblazer Studios in 2013, he has worked on production for Salvage Dawgs on DIY and Kate Plus 8 on TLC.
Prior to his move to the Triangle, Clark lived in Philadelphia working as a freelance producer on development shows with multiple networks such as HGTV, TLC and Spike. Also working in the spot world, Clark served as an assistant director on commercials for companies such as the NFL, Giant Supermarkets, Dunkin Donuts, PA and NC Lottery.