Chefs Who Wanna Be on Food Network: Cutthroat Kitchen Isn’t Just for the Young, Sexy, and Super Skinny!

  I’ve booked a whopping 15,000 guests over the course of my television career, and unique, high-energy characters have always been my thing. I just have that radar! Interesting, over-the-top people always make for great TV, and they’ve been my bread and butter.   I recently met Chef Nancy Manlove who is one of those big personalities, but what makes her even more interesting is that she breaks through the reality TV stereotype. Yes… she kicks ass in the kitchen, has crazy confidence, has guts like a warrior, and has an unstoppable burning desire to be a TV star, even […]

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Lifestyle Experts: Wanna Write A Book Like A Food Network Star In 2016…. And Get On TV?

                                                                                                             Food Network’s Tyler Florence was one of my all-time favorite guests. I met him when he was doing a book tour and appeared on a talk show I was producing for CBS. Not only is he beyond adorable, he’s the nicest guy! Tyler was booked on […]

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Behind The Scenes: My Dr. Drew & HGTV Connection

I   It’s really exciting to see your name on the credits of a national television show. It’s surreal to walk up to a stage and be presented with Emmy Awards. But, crazy as it sounds, I’ve got to tell you, teaching a talk show production course at my alma mater, Temple University, was another WOW moment for me. Something so simple—teaching what I do—really had a profound effect on my life. And I’m not gonna lie, it was pretty cool being called Professor Benner. I didn’t take this job lightly. I taught as if I were producing a national […]

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Behind The Scenes with Luxury Interior Designer Kelli Ellis of HGTV, TLC, Bravo, Hulu and eHow.com

My love affair with design TV began in 1994. That’s the year HGTV was born. That, also, was the year I was deeply entrenched in the crazy world of daytime. Jerry Springer, Jenny Jones, Ricki Lake, Geraldo, Maury Povich, Sally Jessy Raphael, and Phil Donahue were all the rage. It was the height of conflict TV, and as one of “those” producers, I found solace in home renovation and gardening shows. HGTV was my savior from the insanity of my day job. Over the past 21 years, countless TV interior designers and home improvement experts have taught me how to […]

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Behind the Scenes with Swoon Talent’s Hot New Interior Designer…. A Rising Design Star!

A television set designer once told me, “Everyone thinks they have good taste when in fact very few people really do”. I’d like to think that I’m one of those with good taste. I absolutely love to decorate which is why I believe that I’m a great lifestyle producer. I understand how to create beautiful rooms and I’m good at it. Here’s a little behind the scenes factoid: There are some fantastic producers on design shows who admit they have little design style. Shhh! I appreciate talented interior designers both on and off TV. My favorite is Kelly Hoppen (aka The […]

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