Swoon Talent Founder
Three-Time Emmy Winning National Talk Show Producer
Swoon Talent is the vision of veteran talk show producer Donna Benner. Donna, a multi-Emmy® Award-winning producer with three decades in lifestyle, celebrity, and relationship talk television, has produced some of the most successful and iconic New York talk shows in syndication. She’s teamed up with the best in daytime TV and has helped catapult the careers of countless famous hosts, like Matt Lauer, Maury Povich, Sally Jessy Raphael, and Ricki Lake.
Donna’s TV credits include NBC Universal, Paramount Pictures, Disney Television Group, Columbia TriStar Television, Sony Pictures, Dick Clark Productions, and ABC & CBS Networks.
A graduate of Temple University, Donna returned to her alma mater where she was an Adjunct Professor in The Klein College of Media and Communication. Her twin daughters Alex and Chloe followed their mom’s career path and entered creative fields in the media. Alex is a former Associate Producer on the Emmy winning national talk show The Real. Currently, she’s the Senior Director and Producer for LadyGang Productions, LLC in Los Angeles. LadyGang is a popular podcast with 85 million downloads. Chloe is an Associate Integrated Producer for the award-winning Eleven advertising agency in San Francisco whose clients include Google Cloud, Oakley, Apple and Lyft.
Lifestyle television isn’t Donna’s only passion. She also has a history in the food business. Donna’s grandfather was one of the original owners of Philadelphia’s most legendary seafood restaurant, Old Original Bookbinders. Her family went from fish to chicken, and in the early 90s, Donna and her husband opened an award-winning restaurant specializing in gourmet rotisserie chicken and sides. The popular grab n go was even featured on Food Network.
In addition to her love of cooking, decorating and entertaining, Donna is a die-hard collector of vintage décor. Her weekends are spent scouting estate sales, flea markets, and garage sales. Her cool collection got so massive that she held a garage sale at her 50s’ retro beach cottage in order to unload her treasures. Hundreds waited in line for the doors to open!
On top of what’s trending in the world of lifestyle and a lifestyle expert herself, Donna Benner is always on the hunt for mega talented experts who are hidden gems.
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences – Member – New York Chapter