Suzy Unger on Business Rockstars
Today on Business Rockstars, Ken Rutkowski talks with Suzy Unger, who is one of the pioneers of reality TV and has been a dealmaker in the biggest media market in the world. During her twenty-seven years in the business, she has had the unfailing instinct to discover great talent including Rosie O’Donnell, Kathie Griffin, Matt Lauer, D.L. Hughley, and Ryan Seacrest. She also has the legendary ability to sell anything and to develop projects for her clients.
Suzy Unger was a senior packaging agent at the William Morris Agency; she was instrumental for developing many of the most popular television shows of our time. She has represented leading producers and talent, including Vanna White, Emeril, Paula Abdul, Mo’Nique, Neicy Nash, Paris Hilton, Kathie Lee Gifford, Gloria Estefan, Betty White, and Dr. Drew as well as the production companies of Ryan Seacrest, Whoopi Goldberg, and Jennifer Lopez. She supervised the development and launch of such shows as The Regis Philbin Show and Regis and Kathie Lee, Siskel and Ebert, Hollywood Squares, Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, Win, Lose, or Draw, and The Bad Girls Club.
She graduated from NYU, and began her career in broadcast TV with CNN, where she produced Elsa Klensch’s Style, the youngest person to hold that position in the network’s history. She worked as a Vice-President of Development at Disney for eight years and became the youngest Senior Vice-President the company has ever had.
Suzy knows everyone in front of and behind the cameras. Her countless contacts will deliver when it comes to getting celebrity contributions for the book. Recently, Suzy has launched her own independent production company, OMG Productions, in Los Angeles. She has currently sold many television projects and is in development with her mother’s newest book, Should I Sleep In His Dead Wife’s Bed, with a major network, in addition to The Viagra Diaries at HBO.