About mary.agnes

July 12, 2020 I am the creative leader that CNE is looking for.   A true left brain/right brain combo with proven success in development and production across a variety of genres, I am primed to take Bon Appétit and Epicurious to the next level. I know how to drive innovative video content at an iconic food brand.   Vice brought me in to Showrun a genre-busting new food series that fuses cooking with international newsdoc. As Executive Producer of TV and Video at America’s Test Kitchen, I built a world-class multi-platform video studio that continually delivered on business goals and dropped brand-expanding original series across a strategic mix of channels generating ad revenue, affiliate revenue, and driving awareness, engagement, e-commerce, subscriptions and sponsorships. As a seasoned EP, I have full command of the entire production process.    I excel at building highly collaborative machines and then shepherding creative and logistical visions through them. To me, the vibe on the team is everything.  The people on my team are excited to work hard because I make sure they feel valued, respected, and supported in the pursuit of their goals.  With clear directives, everyone unites on the mission and feels motivated to contribute…which makes the end product that much stronger. I came up through unscripted TV development…and, really, I’m a development person to my core.  With a rubix-cubing, solution-riffing mindset, I thrive when faced with unique challenges and get energized by juggling multiple projects of all shapes and sizes.  From documentary, science and instructional, to news, makeover and comedy, my experience working across a wide variety of genres primes me to propel CNE’s programming in whatever direction strategy dictates. Go on, give me a chance to impress you.   Best, Mary Agnes marylagnes@gmail.com 617.835.8728
  • Industry Branded EntertainmentComedyDigitalEducationFilmMediaNon-ProfitPodcastingTelevision
  • Sector Branded ContentCastingDevelopmentOriginal ContentPost ProductionSeries DevelopmentTalent DevelopmentFilm Production
  • Preferred Job Title Executive ProducerHead of Original ProgrammingShowrunnerVice President

Summary

I am a seasoned Showrunner/EP with full command of the entire production process from development through delivery.

I have Executive Produced 150+ episodes of broadcast television that garnered a total of 7 Emmy nominations and 6000+ videos across digital, social, live and web platforms.

I’ve developed over 40 original series that have sold to 20+ clients including: A&E, VH1, History, Discovery, Travel, HGTV, TLC, PBS, Adult Swim, ABC Family, H2, Animal Planet, BBC, Food, NESN, Fremantle

I have the energy, grit and ego of someone who came up through unscripted TV development.  Formats are my favorite thing to develop and innovate on, and my experience working in almost every genre always comes in handy when it’s time to think outside-the-box.

I’ve led creative teams in TV, video, and podcasting to produce comedy, documentary, instructional, competition, food, international news, science, sports, followdoc, encyclopedia, news, music, renovation, makeover, travel, history, dating, pet, cooking, profile, magazine, therapy, clip, engineering, nature, animation and children’s programming

I pride myself on building teams that are excited to work hard because I make sure they feel valued, respected, and supported in the pursuit of their goals.  Inclusion and empowerment are personal guiding principles that I bring to every task I undertake.

Experience

  • 2019 - 2019
    Wayfair

    Co-Executive Producer

    Showrunner for Wayfair on Air. Figured out how to shoot 178 product videos (with multiple colorways) in 5 days.

  • 2019
    Media Girls Podcast

    Editor & Producer

    Helped create a podcast to help teenage girls and their mothers navigate social media. For the non-profit Media Girls. I built the series format and I edit the episodes.

  • 2015 - 2021
    America's Test Kitchen

    Executive Producer, TV & Video

    Ran all TV & video properties of an iconic, independent food media company. I was brought in to triage the exit of brand face Christopher Kimball. I adjusted the TV formats, cast & trained new talent, and overhauled the TV productions. Ratings improved, diversity increased, budgets were reduced by 20% and our PBS series, COOK’S COUNTRY, got its first-ever Emmy nomination in its twelfth season. ● Built and led team of 11 staff to create programming that delivers on business goals ● Showrunner for the #2 and #3 instructional cooking shows on TV (118 episodes) ● Managed multi-million dollar media department budget ● Responsible for buildout of new production facility (2 outfitted TV sets & 5 post suites) ● Developed slate of premium digital-first content designed to reach new audiences for a 25 year- old publisher (includes original series on YT, FB, IG, IGTV & Amazon Echo) ● Oversaw & optimized a diverse digital slate of 6000+ videos including social videos, an online cooking school, marketing videos, a new kids division, sponsorship series and a podcast.

  • 2019
    A&E Originals

    Freelance Development Producer

    Develop tv series concepts and create pitch materials.

  • 2014 - 2019
    Punched in the Head Productions

    Head of Development

    Drove TV development & built infrastructure. Created pitches & pitched networks.

  • 2013 - 2014
    Time Inc.

    Development Executive

    Charged with expanding THIS OLD HOUSE’s TV slate, I single-handedly created a devo & sales pipeline that resulted in a 2-hour History Channel special, which I EP’d.

  • 2007 - 2013
    Powderhouse Productions

    Director of Development

    Developed, sold & launched over 25 cable series to networks including A&E, VH1, Discovery, History, Animal Planet, HGTV, Travel and Food.

  • 2005
    Scout Productions

    Development Writer/Producer

  • 2020 - 2020
    Vice

    Showrunner

    Showrunning a new food news series with high-profile Host.

  • 2019 - 2020
    NBC Universal

    Executive Producer, Special Projects

    Ran 3 historical news documentary programs.

Education