OUR TEAM

ALEX DUDA     MANAGING PARTNER

ALEX DUDA

MANAGING PARTNER

Five-time EMMY® Award-Winner Alex Duda has a wealth of experience creating, developing and show-running reality series, specials and live event coverage.  For nearly a decade, she worked with Telepictures Productions where she Created and Executive Produced the long-running late night dating strip show Elimidate and Executive Produced the Emmy Award Winning Tyra Banks Show.  Duda also produced one of The WB’s first reality specials, Seventeen: Faces for Fall, a celebrity-driven hour hosted by Shannen Doherty and Josh Jackson.  Additionally at Telepictures, Alex Executive Produced the Joan Rivers Red Carpet Coverage and Fashion Wrap specials for the TV Guide Channel.

Duda began her career at E! Entertainment Television, where she was part of the development team that created the comedic strip show Talk Soup, on which she won her first Emmy as Executive Producer . At E!, Alex served as an Executive Producer and the Director of Programming and Development. She Created and Produced the makeover series Fashion Emergency and Model, both of which helped to launch the Style Network.  She Produced the Joan Rivers Live from the Red Carpet specials and Co-Created the Joan Rivers Fashion Reviews. Duda also produced numerous original specials and series at E! including Wild On the Riviera, E! Goes to Cannes, Hollywood Kids, Haunted Hollywood, Behind the Scenes and the E! Extreme Close up Interview.

Duda Created and Executive Produced Style Network’s mega-hit Jerseylicious, as well as Chicagolicious, The Glam Fairy and Built.  Duda also Executive Produced Find Me My Man for Oxygen.

Currently, Duda is partnered with Endemol USA and NBC as the Executive Producer of the Emmy award-winning Steve Harvey daytime talk show.


JOHN RIEBER     MANAGING PARTNER

JOHN RIEBER

MANAGING PARTNER

John Rieber’s career in cable television began with the launch of a new network that changed the face of entertainment journalism. In December 1987, he was hired to launch a news division at a new cable network called Movietime.  This network became E! Entertainment Television in 1990. Rieber created the network’s signature red carpet coverage with the first national live arrivals coverage, and created the “ten-hour preshow” in 1997, the first time any network had broadcast such comprehensive live awards coverage in a single day.

Rieber also launched “E! News Daily,” the network’s flagship live daily entertainment news program.  Rieber launched and executive produced "Howard Stern” on E!, a daily radio show that he turned into a TV program by installing robotic cameras in the radio control room, and built a miniature TV studio control room as well, the first time that had been attempted on such a scale. In addition, Rieber created the network’s Cannes Film Festival coverage, the most extensive television news coverage ever – capturing the world’s most prestigious film festival, resulting in the highest rated specials in the network’s history.

During his tenure at E!, Rieber also created such hit franchises as the “Wild On” travel series, and “Celebrity Adventures,” where stars such as Jessica Biel, Jerry O’Connell, Molly Shannon and Shannon Elizabeth were taken to exotic locations to experience different cultures.  

 In 1999, Rieber was profiled in Newsweek magazine as the “New Age Boss” for his focus on motivating all staff to participate in the process of growing a company.

Rieber formed Steamroller Entertainment in 2002 and, under that banner, created and executive produced two highly-rated specials for ABC-TV titled “Favorite Stars: Then & Now,” along with “Celebrity Temps” for NBC. In 2005, Rieber was the executive producer of “Cooking Under Fire,” a PBS documentary competition involving twelve Chefs who cook their way cross country – the first modern era cooking competition show to air on TV.  “Cooking Under Fire” was hosted by Chef Ming Tsai, Chef Todd English and Food Author Michael Ruhlman.

In 2006, Rieber became the Senior Vice President of Programming and Production for G4, a cable network targeting 18-34 year old males. Rieber oversaw all programming, development, acquisitions and scheduling of the network, which set new ratings and viewership records every year since he took over. Rieber re-branded G4 from a network exclusively about videogames to one that embraced technology, pop culture and information targeted to an active male demographic.

Rieber was promoted to Executive Vice President, Programming & Production in 2011.  In that position, Rieber was responsible for the development of all new programming for G4, as well as the acquisition of series, specials and movies for the network as well.

G4 now has a number of tent pole franchises under Rieber, including “American Ninja Warrior”, the US version of the acclaimed Japanese show involving the world’s toughest obstacle course. The latest season of this smash hit airs in summer 2012 on both G4 and NBC. This NBC partnership is the biggest of its kind between a cable network and broadcast partner, with ten hours of exclusive unique programming premiering on NBC in primetime. 

Rieber also created the network’s exclusive live “Comic-Con” coverage, the first network to ever broadcast a live show from the floor of the world’s largest comic book and pop culture convention.  G4 also has more than twenty-five hours of live E3 coverage every year, and these tent pole events are the highest rated programs on the network.

Other signature hit shows overseen by Rieber included the daily live pop culture hit “Attack Of The Show”, the videogame review program “X-Play”, and other hit shows such as “Campus PD” and “Bomb Patrol: Afghanistan.” In 2000, Rieber executed produced “Royalty A-Z”, a comprehensive ten-hour series produced in conjunction with Edward Wessex, a member of the British Royal family.


JONNA WALSH     SVP of Production

JONNA WALSH

SVP of Production

Jonna Walsh has been managing production in a variety of formats for nearly 15 years. Prior to joining Story Monster, she worked in scripted film and television, reality, documentary, talk, and still serves as the Executive in Charge of Production of the Emmy award-winning, "Steve Harvey". Jonna thrives on maximizing the efficiency of every production, big or small, while maintaining the highest level of production quality, both on schedule and on budget.


SCOTT GOLDSTEIN     VP OF DEVELOPMENT

SCOTT GOLDSTEIN

VP OF DEVELOPMENT

Scott Goldstein has been casting, developing and producing reality television for more than a decade. For the bulk of his early career Scott traveled the country finding some of the most spoken about people on television. His casting experience includes shows such as Deal or No Deal, Wipeout, Beauty and The Geek, Jerseylicious, Flavor of Love, For The Love of Ray J, Below Deck and dozens of other.

In 2008, after casting the hit Style Network show Jerseylicious, Scott would get the opportunity to transition from casting into the world of producing. As a Producer he has worked on such shows as Jerseylicious, Glam Fairy, Chicagolicious, The Steve Harvey Show and The Customer is Always Right.

Although he never imaged himself working in entertainment, Scott has fallen in love with the creative process. He loves creating television shows that bring smiles to millions of people everyday.