Seth Jarrett and Julie Insogna Jarrett
When Hollywood studios and top-tier cable television networks want dynamic and compelling shows with broad audience appeal, they approach Seth Jarrett and Julie Insogna Jarrett at Jarrett Creative Group. Seth, a visionary director, and Julie, an intuitive producer, have created original and wildly entertaining series for networks from Disney to TNT to Syfy.
Seth's skill as a director and storyteller has always driven his career. He began as a film & television producer and director at MTV, VH1 and Oxygen. After flourishing in music television production by directing and producing landmark artist interviews and over 30 concerts on TV and DVD, Seth realized that shows and specials with a strong narrative drive – both reality and non-reality – were his true sweet spot. During the same time period, Julie became an acclaimed senior talent and music executive at MTV, Lifetime and Oxygen. She had great success partnering talent with original TV show concepts, and developing ideas with celebrities and musicians to create memorable scripted and non-scripted programming.
In 2004, Seth and Julie decided to open Jarrett Creative Group. They wanted to focus on creating and producing shows based on Seth's knack for bringing story-telling and first person narrative to life, and Julie's ability to connect with both famous and new talent. Between Seth's powerful creative vision and Julie's skills as a dealmaker, the company was an immediate success. Seth quickly became an in-demand showrunner, supervising hits like like: "Growing Up Gotti" for A&E, "Rocked with Gina Gershon" for IFC, and "The Isaac Mizrahi Show" for Oxygen. When Disney decided to get into the reality programming game with pop superstars the Jonas Brothers, they brought the project to JCG, trusting in Seth's vision and the couple's skills at working with talent. The result was the megahit "Jonas Brothers: Living The Dream."
JCG's popular "Celebrity Ghost Stories" kicked off one as one of BIO's highest-rated primetime specials ever. It is now in its sixth season on the network. The show became an instant pop culture landmark, spoofed on "Saturday Night Live" after a single episode aired. JCG has produced fifty episodes of "Celebrity Ghost Stories," and is in the process of producing forty more.
Standout (and much imitated) features of "Celebrity Ghost Stories" are its lush, dramatic recreations and its nuanced attitude toward paranormal subjects. When Seth decided to expand on both and do a series about haunted high schools and colleges, he reached out to legendary producer Mark Burnett ("Survivor," "The Apprentice"). They partnered up and sold the series to Syfy; "School Spirits" will air this June. JCG has since sold two additional shows to Syfy, a series to NatGEO, a project to TNT and another to Travel Channel. They include a variety of formats including docu-soaps, reality narratives, competitions, and recreation elements. Seth, Julie and the team at JCG can do it all.
That includes production outside of television. Responding to industry-wide demand to create original content online, JCG launched a second division to develop and produce branded programming. JCG has created unique and engaging content for Dr. Pepper, Vogue magazine and Condé Nast, Yaz, The Wall Street Journal, Ashley Furniture, Chanel, Versace, Seventeen magazine, and Estée Lauder. Seth's latest online reality series for Yahoo!, starring internationally famed rock band The Veronicas, grabbed over a billion page views.
In addition, JCG is currently in pre-production on an original film that Seth will write and direct.
Four-time Emmy Award winner Mark Burnett has produced over 1,000 hours of television programming which regularly air in over 70 countries worldwide. His 2011 network series include: "Survivor" (CBS), "The Voice" (NBC), "The Celebrity Apprentice" (NBC), "Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader?" (FOX), "Shark Tank" (ABC) and "Expedition Impossible" (ABC).
Burnett is one of very few producers to have had a renewed series on each of the four major networks. He also has a strong presence in award show franchises, having produced the "MTV Movie Awards" since 2007 and the annual "People's Choice Awards" since 2010. For the first time in 2011, Burnett produced the 63rd annual Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Primetime Emmy Awards.
In April 2011, Burnett and media conglomerate Hearst Corporation announced their new joint media, production and events-based venture which will focus on media content, producing events around that content, and spinning off television shows and other programming based on Hearst brands. Burnett has been named one of the world's most influential people by Time magazine and also TV Guide's most valuable player. He has won Brandweek's Marketer of the Year Award, The Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award, the PGA Norman Lear Award and the prestigious Rose d'Or FRAPA Format Award. Burnett was inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame and was honored in 2010 with a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame.
Watch a bonus excerpt from Stephanie Bingham's interview from episode 105 'Campus Warning Signs.'
Fraternity brothers at Slippery Rock University share their house with the unsettling spirit of a local Native American.
Watch a bonus excerpt from Rebecca Kirschbaum's interview from episode 105 'Campus Warning Signs.'