About Marni Shapiro Colon
Sector Original ContentStrategy
Preferred Job Title Executive ProducerHead of ProductionSupervising ProducerVice President
Looking toward the future with a goal of heading non-scripted production within a network or production company. I thrive under pressure especially in a collaborative environment with people who work as smart as I do. I am a natural leader with significant expertise in budgeting, logistics and all aspects of production. I want to continue learning but it’s time for my next move into a leadership position with higher stakes. I see myself contributing more creatively and ultimately running shows with the best in LA.
After a classic New York City start at MTV News and then with Andy Cohen’s Watch What Happens Live on Bravo, I relocated to Los Angeles in 2010 and immediately dove head first into production on day one. Living on the road with Extreme Makeover: Home Edition for ABC Networks. What I love about my Production Management roots is that despite it’s hum-drum description, it’s an incredibly creative function in the whole of making television. I learned early on that the way I thought about it’s dearth of challenging predicaments made production fun and so very satisfying. I saw that I had a knack for creative problem solving and a way of absorbing information so that mistakes were minimized. I had a clear headed and open minded style of communication that served me well as my career developed. And all that made Production Management a fun growth opportunity for me personally and professionally.
Moving to LA had a new set of challenges. For one thing, I didn’t know anyone. I leveraged my slim “rolodex,” added my personal brand of hustle and voila I was on a network show overseeing a crew of 75 on the road across America. After two years, the next step was overseeing West Coast production for Celebrity Ghost Stories, working Kids Choice Awards for Nick…bascially freelancing my ass off. And then on to an amazing opportunity supervising union labor and special events for Stage 1, the home of Chelsea Lately at NBC Universal. Now all of a sudden, I knew people. I relished being at the lot and working on the network side of things with E!. When Chelsea ended I used that, now larger, network and landed a more technical role as Director of Production at Fox Sports. This position was a learning curve and I was a sponge. Before Fox Sports I knew what “goes-into” what but not the why and how of it all. I was immersed and took/gave as much as I could while there.
My current position has many of the same elements but multiply by 1 million. Heading production for a growing company had been a dream. Working with the best in the biz and producing network Primetime Television is a dream realized for my 11-year old self. I am now versed in network, union, labor, legal, insurance, tech, staging, lighting, music, locations, finance and more. I am now operating on a higher level and my perspective has changed. That’s what brings me here: what’s next, where can I go, who do I know, who can I learn from, who can I teach?