Partners

 

Blaine Hopkins

Co-Executive Producer, Partner

A native of Mineral Wells, Texas, Blaine studied at the University of London and was valedictorian of his NYU Film class. After stints in New York (ABC News Productions), Miami, Los Angeles and Wales, Blaine landed in Knoxville, Tennessee. He's a passionate home remodeler, a frequent flier, and a retired magician and ventriloquist. Really.

Charlie DeBevoise

Partner, Executive Producer

Charlie has been making media in various forms since the late 80s. He started as a magazine editor-turned network entrepreneur while working for Whittle Communications. He cut his independent production teeth under tv pioneer Ross Bagwell before starting NorthSouth in October of 2000. In the past decade, he's had a hell of a lot fun and produced hundreds of great tv shows thanks to the amazing talents of the extended NorthSouth family.

Mark Hickman

Partner, Executive Producer

Hickman's first job in television was hand modeling. He parlayed dipping shrimp and wearing Band Aids into a career, first as a commercial producer for clients like McDonalds, then as a writer/producer/director of television programs. His credits since then include launching Trading Spaces, one of the earliest "reality" formats, and pioneering poker tournaments on TV. Hickman has been Executive Producer of nearly forty different series and specials.

Team

Lauren Smith

Development Producer

Lauren works as our Development Coordinator doing her best to wrangle a team of grown men whose attention spans are only slightly better than your average third grader. She writes this bio knowing full well none of them made it past the word "Development".

Billy Miller

Development Producer

Billy is one the newest additions to NorthSouth's Development Team. Billy started his career in post, but decided he needed another outlet for his creativity, so he settled on development.

Margot Gattuso

Post Supervisor

Margot heads up the Post Production Department in Knoxville, and has worked at NorthSouth for 7 years. After graduating from the University of Tennessee in 2004 with a Bachelor’s in Political Science, she quickly put her degree to use by landing a job in reality television. She spends most of her time in dark edit bays supervising online edits, managing quality control, ensuring the timely delivery of shows and juggling the ever changing schedules and deadlines of Post Production.

Marsha Ballard

VP of Production Resources

Marsha has been with NorthSouth since its humble beginnings and wild Miami era, having worked in multiple facets of the company. As NorthSouth’s VP of Production Resources Marsha’s primary focus is on handling insurances and working with agents and individuals to staff NorthSouth’s various projects. Prior to joining NorthSouth, Marsha was in Operations for one of the southeast’s largest post production entities. Her earliest claim to fame is being a grad of Disney University.

Joe DelGrosso

EIC

Joe came to North South from the network world, where he worked at CMT in Santa Monica, CA. Before then, he was a Line Producer and Director of Production for various production companies in his native city of Boston, MA. Working on both the network side and production company side has allowed him to understand that we're not so different after all! After a few cross-country moves Joe is excited to join the North South team and plant some roots in good 'ol Knoxville, TN.

Jennifer Holbach

VP, Co-Executive Producer

Jennifer has worked at NorthSouth as a Showrunner, Director, Producer, Story Editor and Writer - often all at once. She has spent much of the last eight years on the road running series across the country including Miami, Phoenix, Chicago, NYC, LA and Atlanta. Among Jennifer's credits are series for TLC, A&E, Discovery, WE, Speed, Style, Fine Living and Travel Channel.

Celia Winchester

CFO

Celia rules the land of budgets, schedules, and often everything else. Graduated from University of Tennessee with a degree in accounting and finance, she worked in public accounting for several years before plunging into television. She’s been with NorthSouth for four years and is “loving every, uh, minute of it.”

James Murray

SVP, Development

James Murray is the Senior Vice President of Development and has worked at NorthSouth Productions since 2008. He has produced shows for TruTV, Spike TV, A&E, TLC, TBS, Discovery, MTV, Fuse, Speed and more. In addition to heading development, James is executive producing and starring in the TruTV / NorthSouth series Impractical Jokers with his comedy troupe, The Tenderloins.