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Reality TV


reality tv: creating a hit

Thursday, April 30, 2015, 6:30 to 8:00 pm

The New School
Theresa Lang Center

55 West 13th Street, 2nd Floor
(between 5th and 6th Avenues)

Find out how reality TV shows are produced and learn what makes them a success.  Our panel of experts shares what it takes to get hired on a reality series and how to create a hit. RSVP before it's too late!

J. Max robins, executive director, center for communication

J.Max Robins is a veteran editor and media business executive with extensive management and marketing expertise across platforms. Before joining the Center for Communication, Max was the Vice President/Executive Director of the Paley Center. Prior to this, Max was the editor-in-chief of Broadcasting & Cable, where he oversaw a relaunch of B&C across platforms.

Ashley adams, VP, Production, Leftfield Pictures

Veteran production executive, Ashley Adams, has supervised and executive produced more than 300 hours of nonfiction programming for networks, including E! Entertainment, Animal Planet, HGTV, National Geographic Channel, WE, Discovery, TLC and A&E. 

Ashley has overseen hit series such as the emmy nominated E! True Hollywood Story, Border Wars, Hillbilly Handfishin’ and Doomsday Preppers.

As Vice President of Production at Leftfield Pictures, Ashley keeps the ever-expanding production slate running smoothly, on time and on budget. She is responsible for the day-to-day of 25 series including Pawn Stars, Counting Cars and Blood, Sweat and Heels.

Prior to joining Leftfield, Ashley served as Vice President of Production at Hoff Productions. During her tenure, she oversaw their entire programming slate, and served as executive producer.


peter hamilton, Founder/Publisher/Editor,

Peter Hamilton directs Peter Hamilton Consultants, Inc. where he helps his clients to successfully develop, produce and market video content. His clients have included Discovery Communications, A+E Networks, Smithsonian Channel, NBC, BBC, Scripps Networks, Weather Channel, ABC Australia, Singapore’s Media Development Authority, and Paul Allen’s Vulcan Foundation. For established players and newcomers, Hamilton assesses concepts, undertakes market studies, creates business plans, identifies partners, develops marketing strategies, and actively contributes to their successful implementation.  His e-newsletter serves network executives, producers and industry professionals by providing current industry context and analysis. Hamilton is a former CBS executive who earlier earned his MBA at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.


Presented with The New School of Media Studies at The New School for Public Engagement