On WIN Without Competing! Dr. Arlene will interview Rachel Brill, Vice President of Development at ZOO Productions. In 2001, Rachel joined ZOO Productions as an intern and quickly showed her creativity which propelled her to Vice President of Development in 2008. In her current position, Rachel manages project development and production (both written and media) relevant to pitches, presentations, and pilots which has included the FOX primetime game show “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?” and TVLand's "How'd You Get So Rich?" with Joan Rivers. In addition to her responsibilities in development, Rachel has played a key role on the production teams of ZOO’s recent shows including truTV’s “Speeders” and “Speeders Fight Back”, Lifetime’s “Let the Good Times Roll”, CMT’s “Bandits vs. Smokies”, MTV’s “Tila Tequila’s Spring Break Fantasy Couple”. Rachel is also developing the docu-series “The Pellicano Girls.” and a studio game show for NBC.
As an invited speaker at the Association of Film Commissioners International Cineposium in November, Rachel will be part of a panel discussing “Non-Fiction Productions: The Bread & Butter of the Industry?”
Rachel’s passion for a career in television started early as she was growing up in Los Angeles. Then, as a college student at the University of Miami, Rachel worked as the student producer, director & editor of “UMIQ,” a scholastic “Jeopardy” like game show where she garnered accolades including the Telly Award (a national award recognizing the best in non-commercial television), the Collegiate Broadcasters Inc. Award (a national award recognizing the best in college television), and the Aegis Award (a national video and film production award recognizing outstanding work, judged by peers). Rachel took a semester sabbatical to travel as the event planner for the Al Gore/Joe Lieberman Presidential Campaign in 2000 and at a later time worked on events for President William Jefferson Clinton just after he left the White House.
During her junior year in college, Rachel seized the opportunity to intern for MTV's Summer Beach House which laid the groundwork to a full time position with ZOO Productions. Starting as a Production Assistant and quickly becoming Executive Assistant to partners Barry Poznick & John Stevens, she coordinated all aspects of business and personal life for two executive producers, including: new project development, current network administration, casting, maintaining schedules, coordinating travel, expense reports, maintaining relationships with creative executives, agents, managers, and talent, assisting in corporate sponsorships for annual charity fundraiser, live event coordination, and shoot day logistics for various projects.
As Rachel rose through the ranks at ZOO Productions, her credits along the way include: MTV’s “The Morning After”, Oxygen’s “Girls Behaving Badly” and “Kids Behaving Badly”, CBS’s “Rob & Amber Get Married”, History Channel’s “Where Did it Come From?”, Spike’s “Video Game Awards”, and a private concert with rap star Snoop Dogg and The Pussycat Dolls.
Join Dr. Arlene as she uncovers Rachel’s success strategies and future plans.