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ABOUT MATADOR

Matador is a full-service content production company with offices in New York and Los Angeles.Founded in 2013 by Jay Peterson and Todd Lubin, the company is a creative collaboration between two experienced producers and longtime friends, bringing together their unique vision and knack for making popular and innovative content across a variety of platforms.

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MATADOR TEAM

Jay Peterson

Founder, CEO

 

Prior to founding Matador, Jay served as the Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of Production and Development at Original Media, an Endemol Company. During his tenure at Original, Jay developed and produced several hit television series, including History’s Swamp People, Spike’s Inkmaster, AMC’s Comic Book Men and Discovery’s Dual Survival. He expanded Original’s portfolio into new categories such as sports (MMA Uncensored Live), talk (The Gayle King Show), music (Unplugged) and live television (Nokia’s Rihanna Live for MTV, VH1 and Palladia), and strengthened the franchises and economics of existing shows such as Storm Chasers, LA Ink and The Rachel Zoe Project. Before joining Original, Jay was the President of K2 Pictures, where he served as Executive Producer on numerous projects, including the Showtime feature documentary Same Sex America, the daily ESPN series Classic Now and the Kennedy Center’s 9/11 memorial special, Concert for America (NBC).  

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Jay Peterson

Jay Peterson

Founder, CEO

Todd Lubin

Co-Founder

 

Todd served as Executive Producer and showrunner of NBC’s hit reality show, The Biggest Loser before starting Matador. His tenure lasted nine seasons, an unprecedented 175 episodes and over 330 hours of primetime programing. Todd was the primary creative decision maker in all facets of the show, overseeing a crew of 200 and managing the show’s franchise partnerships with Ford, General Mills and Subway as well as collaborations with Michelle Obama, the NFL and NASCAR. Under Todd’s leadership, the show reached its highest ratings across all demographics. Prior to running The Biggest Loser, Todd produced content as diverse as the USA Network’s live country music show, Nashville Star, and the documentary-style 30 DAYS for F/X. He has also produced series for MTV, VH1, and The Sundance Channel, and directed and produced the award-winning documentary, Year of the Bull, which sold to Showtime in 2003. Todd started his career producing feature films with Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine) and working in development for filmmaker Michael Mann (The Insider, Ali).

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Todd Lubin

Todd Lubin

Co-Founder

Sadia Rodriguez

CFO
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Sadia Rodriguez

Sadia Rodriguez

CFO

Leah Culton Gonzalez

EVP, Production
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Leah Culton Gonzalez

Leah Culton Gonzalez

EVP, Production

Bobby Kondrat

VP, Post Production
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Bobby Kondrat

Bobby Kondrat

VP, Post Production

Dave Larzelere

VP, Development

 

Dave Larzelere is an experienced television producer and writer who has been working with Jay for ten years, ever since they worked together on an ESPN show back when Dave had a lot more hair and Jay had a much smaller office. Dave has written extensively about sports, both on television and in print during a side career as a boxing writer for HBO Boxing, Slate and The Sporting News. At Original Media, he helped develop successful shows like Swamp People, Dual Survival, Comic Book Men and Inkmaster. He’s a founding member of the Matador team and like everyone at Matador he fervently believes that Pernell Whitaker beat Chavez and that Larry Holmes remains profoundly underrated. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Nicole, and his two children, Reggie and Bea.

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Dave Larzelere

Dave Larzelere

VP, Development

Sam Brown

VP, Development
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Sam Brown

Sam Brown

VP, Development

Jerry Carita

VP, Current Series & Production Development

Executive Producer Jerry Carita has almost 20 years of production experience, serving in various capacities on both scripted and unscripted projects.  His credits as a producer and director include hit shows like ABC’s WIFE SWAP, History Channel’s AMERICAN PICKERS, and AMC’s own COMIC BOOK MEN, where he served as a supervising producer and helped launch the series, now in production on its 6th season.  As an executive producer he’s overseen TLC’s NY INK, BBQ PITMASTERS on Destination America, and he showran the first season of History Channel’s long-running hit COUNTING CARS.  Since joining Matador at the company’s inception almost 4 years ago, he’s overseen projects for MTV, TruTV, Spike, A&E, WeTV, Animal Planet, Lifetime, History Channel, Discovery Channel, National Geographic, and the pilot for GEEKING OUT.  He lives in Brooklyn with his wife Stephanie, and their children Gerard, Yvonne and Harlan - none of whom understand what their daddy does at work all day.

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Jerry Carita

Jerry Carita

VP, Current Series & Production Development

Jack Turner

SVP, Scripted

Jack Turner has worked as a Development and Production Executive for over fifteen years. He has worked for subsidiaries of Universal and MGM/UA as well as managed several entertainment investment funds. The library of film and television projects that he has been involved with has garnered over 20 Golden Globe nominations and 25 Academy Award nominations (including four for Best Picture) and an Emmy win.

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Jack Turner

Jack Turner

SVP, Scripted

Mia Lam

Accounting Manager
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Mia Lam

Mia Lam

Accounting Manager

Jon Gerstel

Executive Producer, Matador Sports

 

Jon Gerstel is the VP/Executive Producer of Matador Sports. His experience spans 25 years of developing and producing sports content for 6 different networks across all platforms. He won 4 Emmy Awards for his work on the Olympics and for sports journalism. He was instrumental in building and launching two successful networks – College Sports Television (nka CBS Sports Network) and Classic Sports Network (nka ESPN Classic).

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Jon Gerstel

Jon Gerstel

Executive Producer, Matador Sports

Eve Frederick

EIC, Production
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Eve Frederick

Eve Frederick

EIC, Production

Mark DiCristofaro

Line Producer
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Mark DiCristofaro

Mark DiCristofaro

Line Producer

Stephane Cantave

Production Manager
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Stephane Cantave

Stephane Cantave

Production Manager

Brian Hartough

Editor
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Brian Hartough

Brian Hartough

Editor

Ezra Paek

Editor
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Ezra Paek

Ezra Paek

Editor

Thuya Yeelin

Senior Accountant
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Thuya Yeelin

Thuya Yeelin

Senior Accountant

Justin Crouell

Production Accountant
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Justin Crouell

Justin Crouell

Production Accountant

Collin Kim

Story Producer
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Collin Kim

Collin Kim

Story Producer

Paige Haaren

Associate Producer

Associate Producer, Development & Digital

Social Media Manager

Webmaster

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Paige Haaren

Paige Haaren

Associate Producer

Ti Peake

Development Manager
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Ti Peake

Ti Peake

Development Manager

Nic Delikat

Development Editor
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Nic Delikat

Nic Delikat

Development Editor

Pete Hedberg

Junior Editor
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Pete Hedberg

Pete Hedberg

Junior Editor

Liz Flannelly

Office Manager

 

Born and raised in Monmouth Beach, New Jersey, Liz Flannelly was voted “Most Argumentative” in school. Liz graduated from Manhattan College with an Economics degree in 2011. After interning with Rena Lange USA she joined Matador as office manager in the fall of 2013.

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Liz Flannelly

Liz Flannelly

Office Manager

Alexis Freitag

Executive Assistant
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Alexis Freitag

Alexis Freitag

Executive Assistant

Colleen McCreesh

Executive Assistant
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Colleen McCreesh

Colleen McCreesh

Executive Assistant

Erin Moody

Executive Assistant
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Erin Moody

Erin Moody

Executive Assistant

Weasie Offerman

Receptionist
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Weasie Offerman

Weasie Offerman

Receptionist

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