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The Jupiter Team

Patrick Reardon

President

Patrick Reardon is President of Jupiter Entertainment.

In his role, Reardon oversees all creative duties, from development to current productions, for both New York and Knoxville offices. He is responsible for creating original formats and generating new character driven series for broadcast, cable, and streaming platforms, as well as overseeing a busy production slate that includes a dozen series delivering over 250 hours of programming per year.  Jupiter’s work includes hit true crime franchises such as Snapped (Oxygen), In Pursuit with John Walsh (ID), Southern Gothic (ID), Homicide Hunter (ID), Killer Couples (Oxygen) as well as docusoaps like Muck City and the company’s first feature documentary, First to the Pole: The Forgotten Expedition.

Reardon is an Emmy nominated Producer and executive with over 15 years of industry experience.  Prior to joining the company, he served as the head of the film and television division for Roc Nation where he developed and packaged premium content with A-list talent. While there, the division set up a number of series, including the BBC scripted co-production Noughts and Crosses, a premium HBO documentary series chronicling the Atlanta child murders case and the Amazon documentary series #FreeMeek.

Previously, he held the position of Co-Head of Television for The Weinstein Company, where he oversaw its flagship Project Runway franchise, produced the Peabody Award winning Time: The Kalief Browder Story and the six-part documentary series Rest in Power.  Earlier in his career, Reardon spent time as head of production and development for Original Media where he oversaw production and helped launch long running franchises, including Inkmaster, Comic Book Men, NY Ink, Dual Survivor, and Swamp People.

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Deborah Allen

Executive Vice President

Deborah is Executive Vice President of Jupiter Entertainment.

Deborah oversees Jupiter’s current programming and manages the Knoxville office. She has played a senior role in developing and executive producing many of Jupiter’s acclaimed factual series including Snapped, Sins & Secrets, Killer Couples, Vengeance, and City Confidential. She has produced more than 1,000 hours of programming for clients including A&E, Oxygen, HLN, Discovery +, Facebook, TLC, Investigation Discovery, IDGO, TV One, History Channel, National Geographic, Biography, The Weather Channel, Animal Planet, Reelz, and Fuse.

Deborah received a Journalism degree from the University of Oregon and began her career in news, working at PBS’s The MacNeil/Lehrer Newshour, before moving on to long-format documentary television.

Steven McGovern

Executive Vice President of Production and Operations

Steven McGovern is Executive Vice President of Production & Operations at Jupiter Entertainment.

In his role, Steven oversees production on a diverse slate of shows and manages the day-to-day operations across both the New York and Knoxville offices. He is responsible for leading and supervising all aspects of production from development through to final delivery, ensuring every production is operating with maximum efficiency while continuing to deliver high-quality programs.

Previously, he served as the Head of Production at Leopard Films USA where he oversaw production on HGTV’s House Hunters International, House Hunters Off the Grid, DIY’s Man Caves; Food Network’s Restaurant Divided; and CNBC’s The Filthy Rich Guide.

 

Beverly Rice

Vice President of Finance

Beverly is Vice President of Finance at Jupiter Entertainment.

Based in the Knoxville office, Beverly is responsible for all Financial, Banking, and Reporting functions. Prior to joining the Jupiter team in 2011, she was the Vice President of Finance for Bull Run Metal Fabricators and Engineers, a local manufacturer of nuclear packaging for both the US Department of Energy and Defense. She was responsible for all Accounting, Banking, Human Resources, and Reporting functions.

Beverly was a large part of the strategic growth plan that enabled the small business to achieve its best financial year in the company’s history.

Eric Wetherington

Vice President / Executive Producer

Eric Wetherington is Vice President of Current Production and Executive Producer at Jupiter Entertainment.

In his position, Wetherington oversees a wide production slate of true crime and non-scripted series. Throughout his more than 15-year career, he has successfully managed, written, and produced programming for a variety of clients including Oxygen, A&E, Investigation Discovery, History Channel, TLC, National Geographic, TV One, Reelz and Biography.

In addition to Executive Producing Oxygen’s hit franchise, Killer Couples, he has played a senior role in the development and production of many of Jupiter’s popular factual series including, #Killerpost (Oxygen), The Kitty Kelley Files (Reelz), and Dying To Belong (Oxygen).

Based out of our Knoxville office, Wetherington received his degree from the University of Tennessee and began his career at Jupiter as a PA on the very first season of Snapped.

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David O’Donnell

Vice President / Executive Producer

David O’Donnell is Vice President of Current Production and Executive Producer at Jupiter Entertainment.

He oversees exemplary creative teams in Jupiter’s Knoxville and New York offices, producing a broad range of documentary films, specials, and series across multiple genres for a variety of streamers and networks. He also has a senior leadership role in Jupiter’s employee development, workflow efficiency, and future planning initiatives.

After teaching for five years, O’Donnell shifted to television and film production, and for the last 20+ years he has been honored to lead teams who develop, produce, and deliver important, buzzworthy, and ratings-grabbing programming that viewers across the globe love.

Christopher Spry

Vice President of Development

Chris Spry is Vice President of Development at Jupiter Entertainment.

Based in the New York office, Spry is responsible for developing unscripted programming across multiple genres for broadcast, cable and streaming platforms.

Previously, he served as Senior Vice President of Production and Development at Hudsun Media where he developed and executive produced series such as The Toy Box with Eric Stonestreet for ABC and nearly 100 episodes of the hit feel good show Returning the Favor with Mike Rowe for Facebook Watch.  With over a decade of television experience, his other producing credits include Million Dollar Listing (Bravo), Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best (WeTV), Married to Medicine (Bravo) and Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce (FUSE TV).

 

Lauren Gerber

Director of Development

Lauren Gerber is Director of Development at Jupiter Entertainment.

Based in New York, Lauren works closely with Chris on developing engaging unscripted programming for broadcast, cable, and streaming platforms.

Previously she was a Producer at eko, an interactive streaming platform, where she led development and production of non fiction originals. Projects included 60 Second Cities Presents: The World Your Way and Sweet Digs, both based on popular Refinery29 IP, as well as a slate of 40+ interactive Buzzfeed quizzes.

Prior to that she was a producer at Anonymous Content where she helped build their non-fiction department from the ground up, developing and producing premium unscripted and scripted content.

Past development credits include The Writers’ Room (Sundance), Home Free (Fox), Guy’s Grocery Games (Food), Back of the Shop (Fox Sports One), and Jack Vale: Offline (HLN).

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Amanda Riner

Director of Production

Amanda Riner is Director of Production for Jupiter Entertainment.

Based out of the Knoxville office, Amanda oversees the Production Management Department.  Her team is responsible for facilitating all production needs across a diverse slate of programming.  Amanda is responsible for implementing our company production policies and ensuring that projects are delivered on time and within budget.

Amanda began her career at Jupiter Entertainment in 2010 after receiving a bachelor’s degree from Longwood University.

Jesse Dowd

Director of Audio

Jesse Dowd is Director of Audio at Jupiter Entertainment.

Based in Knoxville, Jesse’s responsibilities include supervising all of the company’s music needs and overseeing the post audio department. He has over 20 years of experience in the television industry, focusing on sound design, sound mixing, and music supervision. Early in his career he worked on popular shows such as Trading Spaces, World Series of Poker, and Whale Wars. Since joining the team in 2012 he has crafted the sound for many of Jupiter’s projects including Homicide Hunter, Murder Chose Me, Street Justice, Murder Calls, Southern Gothic, and First To The Pole: The Forgotten Expedition.

Jesse graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a degree in Recording Industry Management, and later earned expert Avid Pro Tools certification for post production and music from Promedia Training.

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Susan Rayborn-Miller

Director of Operations and Post Production

Susan Rayborn-Miller is Director of Operations at Jupiter Entertainment.

Based in Knoxville, Susan oversees all of Jupiter’s post production and day-to-day operations of the company’s facilities. She is also very active in the planning, implementation, and maintenance of the company’s ever-expanding technology which includes 180+ Avid workstation stations with full remote editing capabilities.

 

Erica Smith

Director of Human Resources

Erica Smith is Director of Human Resources at Jupiter Entertainment.

Smith is responsible for all Human Resources policies, programs, and services for the organization. Areas of responsibility include employment, compensation, employee relations, health and welfare, safety, learning and development, and compliance. She has over a decade of experience in human resources. Smith is instrumental in aligning workforce strategies with business objectives.

Based in the Knoxville, TN office, Smith received her master’s degree from Tusculum College and bachelor’s degree from Maryville College.

Brian Nashel

Executive Producer

Brian Nashel is Executive Producer at Jupiter Entertainment.

Prior to joining the Jupiter team, Brian thrived as one of the premiere showrunners working in unscripted television. As the creative force behind long-running series such as Discovery’s Dual Survival and AMC’s Comic Book Men, Brian has executive produced, directed, and delivered an eclectic mix of programming across multiple genres for networks including Discovery, History, A&E, AMC, MTV and VH1. With a strong leaning toward male factual, Brian’s adventures in storytelling have placed him in some of the most inhospitable and dangerous environments on the planet—from chasing tornadoes throughout the US, to filming survivalists in countless harsh landscapes, to documenting a thirteen-day world record setting ocean row across the dreaded Drake Passage from South America to Antarctica.

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