We had the good fortune of connecting with Scott Sternberg and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Scott, what is the most important factor behind your success?
I really had no idea what I first started in this career where it would lead me. I was young and did not know much. Listening and watching became the factor for me. I was lucky enough to start at the very bottom and there I would take in everything I could. I went to different lectures, events and asked a lot of questions. I also watched all the people around me. From other PA’s to writers, to producers, to coordinators, to make-up and hair people, art directors, wardrobe designers and more. I sucked it all in and everyone of them was generous in letting me either ask questions or let me be a fly on the wall. By experiencing all this helped me map out of my journey which is still in progress. I had no idea I was going to get changes to do different jobs, but it happened. I have done so many from running for coffee, to hosting, to executive producing, to directing, and doing make-up. They call me anytime and I’ll be able to help out. I was a great runner for them and that taught me how to be responsible like get things done for all the bosses. By caring and being passionate about it all helped me grow as a person and professional.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I have been asked this many times and I always answer the same way. Listen, Listen, Listen. Ask, Ask, Ask. Always be respectful and never ever give up on your dream and be ready for the next step. If you are not, don’t take it. Our business is so unforgiving in so many ways at the beginning. My career has all been in the unscripted genre. I have produced and directed projects including Game Shows, Talk Shows, Reality Shows, Music Shows and Concerts, Documentaries, Local and Regional Programming, Live Programs, and more. I have created projects which have been made and many more which ever got off my desk. I’m curious about so much and today the streaming business is part of what I do and look to do much more. It’s about what do viewers want to see and I try to find things I’m into that others might be. The other thing that helps a lot now that I’m a little older is to spend time with younger people who have passion and ideas. Sharing leads to success. Community is necessary and having some now now and then is mandatory.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Well, I would say my dad was an influence to me because he worked so hard. He was in aerospace so nothing in really what I do now but he did work for RCA for years and because RCA owned NBA at the time, he helped set up my very first interview for being a Page. Luckily, I got hired. Thanks Dad! Hard to give credit because there have been so many. To name a few, Mike Viseltear, a game show writer taught me game show science. Marty Pasetta, the great director taught me what a variety show is and how it works. Dick Clark did the same with this producers Bill Lee and Hank Saroyan who gave me my first Runner job. My first group of colleagues who I watched and learned from Burt Sugarman, Neal Marshall, Rocco Urbisci, Ellen brown, Amy Kimmelman, Susan Richards, Terry Kyne, Alan Thicke and so many more. Being a creative producer to being s mart executive came from others along the way life Greg Garrison, Peter Guber, agents Bob Crestani, Amy Howard and Mike Gursey. Good friends, attorneys Denny Dond and Steve Sauer and my brother, Alex Trebek. This list is so much longer because I learn from everyone I work with. Be fair and they will be fair with you.
Courtesy of Scott Sternberg Productions