For over a decade Follow Productions has been one of television’s leading producers of high-quality lifestyle programming. The company has produced thousands of hours of television shows and specials. Starting in 1999, Follow Productions – led by Gordon Elliott – hit the ground running and very quickly turned out a string of successful series, including Doorknock Dinners, Paula Deen’s Home Cooking, and Road Tasted. By breaking out of traditional cooking environments and emphasizing “real world” elements, these shows helped Food Network greatly expand its viewership in both daytime and primetime.
Other networks soon recognized Follow’s ability to build strong formats and personality driven brands. Most recently, Follow Productions has created the daytime talk show hit, The Chew, on ABC along with successful series including the top-rated Farmhouse Rules, Pati’s Mexican Table, Extra Virgin, and Not My Mama’s Meals. Follow Productions looks to continue its success in finding television’s next star personalities and developing strong show formats. As Gordon simply puts it, “We tailor our shows to meet and exceed network needs, and we meet those needs in our unique way – with memorable real-world formats and standout personalities.”
Gordon Elliott began his broadcast career at 19 while studying law at Sydney University. Before he was in his mid-twenties, he was hosting Australia’s number one national morning news program, “Good Morning Australia.” Turning 30 and looking for more adventure, he decided to join old Aussie friends in New York. The timing couldn’t have been more perfect with Fox Network starting up and the beginning of their breakout syndicated newsmagazine, A Current Affair. Within a year Gordon and his Fox buddies decided there was new ground to be broken locally in New York. Together they created Good Day New York, which has become a modern day institution and the model for countless regional morning shows that have since evolved.
It was during this period Gordon created the unannounced early morning Door Knock, a feature that helped propel Good Day to lead the ratings against all network rivals. Catching the eye of CBS, he soon found himself hosting their first daily syndicated talk show, aptly named The Gordon Elliott Show. It was a fun, intelligent alternative for viewers in daytime television. At the end of its four-year run, Gordon went on to host prime time network specials for ABC, Fox and CBS as well as an NBC network series. In 1999, he decided it was time to branch out from his post in front of the camera and try behind the scenes and created his own production company, Follow Productions.
Since then, he has been lucky enough to discover and develop some of the most successful lifestyle personalities on television today, Having produced over 16 different television series, and picking up an Emmy along the way for Best Lifestyle Series for his work on Paula’s Home Cooking, Gordon has helped guide his partner networks into long-standing successful franchises. In 2011, Gordon and Mark Schneider, together with the team at Follow, launched the food talk show, “The Chew” for ABC Network. Gordon and Mark have shared Executive Producer duties for the groundbreaking show, which has become a mainstay for ABC’s daytime block. Gordon has 3 sons and splits his time between Manhattan and his home in upstate New York.
Since 2005, Mark Schneider has been the Managing Director/ Executive Producer of Follow Productions managing the growth and success of the company as well as overseeing production and the development of new series. Working side-by-side with Gordon Elliott, Mark has been instrumental in establishing Follow Productions as one of the most successful companies producing lifestyle shows for television today.
In 2011, Mark, Gordon and the Follow Productions team launched the unique daily food talk show, “The Chew” for ABC. Mark has continued to serve as Executive Producer for the groundbreaking show, which has become a major daytime success.
In 2008, Mark received his sixth nomination and third Emmy, for Outstanding Lifestyle Program as one of the executive producers of the series “Paula’s Home Cooking.”
Before to joining Follow Productions, he was an Executive Producer at Banyan Productions, supervising “Nice Package,” a 1-hour primetime series for Oxygen. Other Banyan projects he was involved in include “Ambush Makeover,” for Fox and the daily TLC series “Perfect Proposal.”
Prior to producing reality and lifestyle television, Mark spent a number of years in the world of animation. As President of Bullseye Art, he developed and Executive Produced the pilot of “Kenny the Shark,” which became a half-hour animated series for Discovery Kids. As VP and Executive Producer of Magnet Pictures, an animation/live action production company, he won his second consecutive Emmy for his work creating “The Rosie O’Donnell Show,” opening title sequence. Mark began his career producing and directing “behind the scenes” documentaries for over 40 major studio films, ranging from 10 minute short subjects to 1-hour specials.
Pasquale DeFazio is a producer/director and Emmy-award winning editor who has been working in independent film and national television for nearly 20 years. He is a graduate of Temple University’s film program.
His work has been exhibited on major networks as well as international outlets and prestigious film festivals. His television credits include series for ABC, NBC, FOX, Discovery, TLC, MTV, and Food Network. He has also been an integral creative collaborator on dozens of development projects in television, web, film, and documentary.
Dan Connell is an Emmy nominated producer and director with 15 years of cable and network television experience.
He has produced series for various outlets such as TLC, HGTV, National Geographic, GAC, ABC, CBS, PBS and Cooking Channel and has collaborated on numerous development and independent projects.
Brett Harris is a producer and Director of Development for Follow Productions. He conceptualizes and oversees the development of new series. Prior to his current position, Brett was instrumental in launching two highly successful daytime programs, The Dr. Oz Show (syndication) and The Chew (ABC).
Brett started his career in the NBC Page Program and has held a variety of positions in network production, brand marketing and content development with NBC, ABC, HBO, USA Network and Animal Planet. He is a graduate of Indiana University and currently resides in Manhattan.
Sara has worked in film and television for over 15 years. During her time at Follow Production she has produced hundreds of episodes of lifestyle, travel, food and wine shows for various networks, including Food Network, Cooking Channel, Fine Living Network, PBS and ABC. Before joining Follow Productions, Sara worked as Conan O’Brien’s assistant and talent coordinator at Late Night with Conan O’Brien. From there, she worked on several freelance TV and Film productions. Sara grew up in Detroit and graduated from University of Michigan.
Jenny Kirsten is a dynamic producer with a well-known track record for producing compelling food & lifestyle programming. She began her career in Satellite Radio working for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and quickly realized she wanted to take her passion for food and entertainment to a visual medium.
She’s been producing television for Food Network, Cooking Channel, ABC, Disney, & MTV Networks/ LOGO for the past 8 years, enjoying every delicious moment of it! An avid baker and black belt in tae-kwon-do on the side, she resides in Brooklyn, New York.
Born and bred on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, Allie Wyman has indulged her appetite for NYC’s art, culture, and its ever-evolving culinary scene. It seemed only fitting to share the things she loves in a broadcast format.
Starting out at The Martha Stewart Show, Allie developed and honed her producing skills, working with some of the most talented, creative, and detail driven people in the industry and picked up a few Daytime Emmys along the way. At Follow Productions, Allie continues to plan and produce relevant lifestyle programming for Food Network and Cooking Channel among other outlets.
When not on the road working on a show, you’ll find Allie in some form of inversion or feeding her friends.
A former college walk-on, Joe prides himself on hard work and doing whatever he can to help the team. He landed in the industry on a whim, but since he started he has become well versed in working for cooking shows, ranging from Iron Chef America to Chopped to Paula’s Best Dishes.
Since joining Follow Productions in 2011, Joe has become an integral part of the production process for each of our shows. Whether coordinating for Follow, or not, you will most likely find him talking about basketball.
James Ogle is busy working on one of our many productions and cannot be reached for comment.
Paul Wong is a long time veteran and integral part of the Follow Productions team. As the Accounting Manager his typical day can span from budget management, crew and staff payroll to birthday party planner.
Originally from East London, England he has made New York his home whilst maintaining his crafty accent and cheeky sense of humor. He is also an avid runner having completed many road races from the Fifth Avenue Mile to the New York City Marathon.