What better way for Cynopsis to celebrate our 20th Anniversary than by honoring the best of the best in the industry we’re so proud to cover? A reception to celebrate our two decades took place February 7 at the Edison Ballroom in New York City, followed by a dinner highlighted by the presentation of the very first Cynopsis TV Awards, saluting excellence in national television programming. BSTV’s The Kitchen won Best Talk Series (Daytime) and an Honorable Mention went to Trisha’s Southern Kitchen for Best Reality Series (Food/Lifestyle). Read more here.
NEW YORK – December 21, 2016 – Start your Sundays off in the New Year with food, friends and fun, in a new season of Kitchen Sink, premiering Sunday, January 15th at 11am ET/PT on Food Network. With three new co-hosts joining the Kitchen Sink, including Food Network Star winner Tregaye Fraser, world-renowned chef Spike Mendelsohn, cookbook author Fanny Slater and special guests, each episode features the latest in food trends, internet-inspired recipes, genius kitchen hacks, cooking shortcuts and more. Don’t miss this entertaining and enlightening daytime series that will touch upon all things and the Kitchen Sink!
“Sprinkle in expert recipe tips and today’s hottest culinary trends, add a dash of personality, and you have the perfect recipe for fun,” said Didi O’Hearn, Senior Vice President Programming, Food Network and Cooking Channel. “Tregaye, Spike and Fanny are a perfect addition to Food Network’s weekend lineup, and along with the special guests, they will be serving up a fast-order of food, fun, and inspiration!”
Over 13 half-hour episodes, the co-hosts along with special guests take a look at the latest culinary trends, offer up kitchen hacks and time-saving shortcuts, while sharing delicious new recipes for every occasion, including inspired culinary delights from the latest and greatest digital food frontier. In addition to culinary tips, trends and techniques, the co-hosts serve up delicious recipes to make at home; from Sunday brunch to a Saturday night party including an epic take on a cinnamon roll, Super Easy Sloppy Sliders for a do-it-yourself party menu, a weeknight pasta dish using only five ingredients, nachos with a twist and many more. The Kitchen Sink will also step out of the studio and on to the streets with Sink on the Street, going on location for a deep dive into popular food trends and the culinary delights they inspire.
Visit FoodNetwork.com to view photos and video highlights with the co-hosts, and to save your favorite recipes and tips. Weigh in on the ideas you like best using #KitchenSink.
Trisha Yearwood invites you into her into her home while she cooks up some of her favorite dishes. From backyard barbecues to a night on the town, Trisha brings the fun with the help of family and friends. She’ll have stories and recipes to share, so pull up a front seat! Food Network, Saturdays, 9am ET
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BSTV honored at the Cynopsis Media Awards. READ MORE
Start your Sundays off in the New Year with food, friends and fun, in a new season of Kitchen Sink, premiering Sunday, January 15th at 11am ET/PT on Food Network. READ MORE
Katie Lee On Culture and Cuisine at the Beach! Read this Q&A with Katie Lee, host of BSTV Entertainment’s show Beach Bites. READ MORE
What The Fung?! – Andrew and David Fung, comedians and brothers, scour the United States for the best in regional food while sticking to a daily budget of $50 each. READ MORE
Food Network takes a behind-the-scenes look at the DISNEY CRUISE LINE in the one-hour primetime special Disney Dream Cruise with Food Network, premiering Friday, March 27th at 8pm ET/PT. READ MORE
Food Network Renews Weekly Cooking Show ‘The Kitchen’ READ MORE
BSTV Entertainment receives their first Emmy nomination for Sandra’s Restaurant Remakes!
Beth Burke, formerly an exec at Food Network and HGTV in the U.S., and Blake Swerdloff, most recently a showrunner on HGTV’s The High Low Project, have launched a lifestyle development and production company called BSTV Entertainment.” READ MORE
“A multi-Emmy award-winner and internationally-acclaimed expert in all things kitchen and home, Sandra Lee has predicted and changed the trajectory of American lifestyle with her signature “smart and simple” philosophy. She empowers people of all walks of life to create memorable meals, hospitable homes, and creative crafts and shows them how to entertain for every occasion – with ease.” READ MORE
Food Network renews Marc Summers and Joey Fatone’s ‘Rewrapped’ READ MORE
With FYI’s new series, What the Fung?!, Andrew and David Fung see if their passions for comedy, food and travel can work on the small screen as well as they do on YouTube. READ MORE
Food, Fun And Five Talented Co-Hosts Are On The Menu In New Daytime Series The Kitchen.
“I feel so blessed to be able to work with the most incredible and talented production team over at BSTV Entertainment. The quality of the show is a thousand times better, and we really focused on the food, and let the jokes come second.”
“Together with the two new shows — including her first in prime time — it represents an aggressive push to move beyond the stand-and-stir shows for which she is known and become an all-around TV personality along the lines of Rachael Ray.” READ MORE
“Throughout the season of Sandra’s Restaurant Remakes, Sandra takes on the famous fare of restaurants, bakeries and bars, and then puts her unique spin on the perfected classics giving viewers tips on how to make restaurant-quality dishes at home. From her Unbelievable Meatball Burger to a Chocolate Coconut Cake Cocktail, Sandra makes the astonishing, attainable and the remarkable, relatable for all at-home cooks.” READ MORE
Martha Stewart on The Kitchen. WATCH HERE.
Geography, humor and food are the ingredients of “What The Fung?!” Brothers and comedians Andrew and David Fung travel across America in search of the best local spots to eat in this 13-episode so-journ. Read More
Kate Rohmann was upped to Vice President, Operations at BSTV Entertainment. Rohmann had been line producer.
Celeb chefs talk food and family in upcoming Food Network daytimer, The Kitchen. The 13-episode series from BSTV Entertainment launches Saturday, January 4 at 11a.
The “Semi-Homemade” host, who is New York State’s First Girlfriend — she has lived with Gov. Cuomo for years — had a lot on her plate this summer, filming the two shows and revamping Sandra Lee, the Magazine, but still found time to tease some secret recipes out of some of the best chefs in the U.S.” READ MORE
“BSTV is a new development and production company specializing in lifestyle programming and founded by former Food Network executive Beth Burke and HGTV showrunner Blake Swerdloff. The pair is developing and producing programs based around well-known on-air talent. This fall, BSTV has two lifestyle shows: Sandra’s Restaurant Remakes airing on Food Network and two special episodes of Quest For The Fresh with Claire Robinson.”
Iconic, Nostalgic Snack Foods Rule in Food Network’s New ‘Rewrapped’ READ MORE
The Fung Brothers (Asian-American comedians/rappers, apparently) travel the country trying to dine well for just $50 a day.
October 2015: Our October BSTV GivesBack event was a 10k run on Roosevelt Island in Manhattan. Our company, along with the help of family and friends, participated on behalf of the Somerset Hill Learning Institute. Somerset is a local and private non-profit program that offers a broad spectrum of services to children, adolescents, and adults with autism.
September 2015: BSTV Gives Back joined Habitat for Humanity and Mr. Willy to assist in the building of a home for a low income family. The project called for sheet rock installation on the second floor while the first floor called for a bathroom break down. BSTV divided into two teams and conquered! A very special thanks to Mr. Willy for teaching us so much about the community of Newark and how he got to be involved with this program after his decades-long construction years.
Prior to launching BSTV, Burke was a programming executive at the Food Network, Cooking Channel, and HGTV. During her tenure at Food Network, Burke worked closely with Bobby Flay, Sandra Lee, Ina Garten, Paula Deen, Alton Brown, Alex Guarneschelli and Anne Burrell, among others. She oversaw Food Network hits such as “Barefoot Contessa, “Semi Homemade With Sandra Lee,” “Paula’s Best Dishes.” At HGTV, Burke launched House Hunters International & numerous design shows, overseeing hundreds of hours of original programming over her 3 year tenure.
Burke started her career in production with the launch of the FX Network, producing for the groundbreaking morning show, “Breakfast Time.” An industry veteran, Beth has produced for VH1, MTV, Comedy Central, HBO, FX and the Travel Channel. Burke graduated from the University of Maryland with a bachelor’s degree in Radio, Television & Film. A self proclaimed Jersey Girl, Burke is an avid New Jersey Devils hockey fan and mother of 3 aspiring sports stars.
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Before joining forces with Beth Burke in 2012 to create BSTV, Blake Swerdloff most recently ran the highly successful HGTV program, “The High Low Project” with host Sabrina Soto. Swerdloff’s passion for development has led him to creating and selling series and specials to HGTV and OWN, at the same time overseeing multiple episodes of one of TRU TV’s highest rated series.
Swerdloff began his career at MTV, working for the Development Department on series like "The Tom Green Show". As a much desired producer, he was sought after by almost every major network and cable channel on television, producing shows for the Disney Channel and ABC’s "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?" He then landed at VH1 in the series and specials department where he produced a long list of reality and documentary programs including the extremely popular show "Driven." Since leaving VH1, he went on to produce shows for E! Entertainment, Court TV, BET, A&E, MSNBC and Discovery Channel. Swerdloff graduated from University of Arizona with a degree in Fine Arts and has a certificate in film from New York University. He is a member of the Producers Guild of America.
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VP of Operations
As a self-proclaimed “lover of logistics” Kate Rohmann has spent her entire professional career in production management. An expert in all facets of production management and production accountancy, she has been involved with series for Food Network, TLC, VH1, MTV, Oxygen, E! HGTV, CMT, Travel Channel, ID, PBS, and Discovery. She has a degree in Television, Radio and Film Production from The SI Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. When not managing the production of successful television shows, Rohmann spends time with her husband, two sons and Siamese cat, Birdie at their home in New Jersey.
Meghan Spielberg joined BSTV in December 2014 as the Supervising Producer of ‘The Kitchen’. She spent the bulk of her career rising though the ranks at MSNBC, serving as the Executive Producer of various shows, including ‘Countdown with Keith Olbermann’ and ‘The Abrams Report’ and eventually the Senior Executive Producer of Daytime News where she helped managed daytime editorial and operations. Spielberg went on to serve as an Executive Producer of ‘Bethenny’. She is a graduate of Catholic University of American and Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. She lives in NJ with her husband and 2 children.
Head of Development
Zoran joined BSTV with over 15 years of experience in developing and producing numerous series, specials, live programs and pilots. He has produced for a wide variety of broadcasters from CBS to NBC, MTV, Bravo, VH1, Discovery, Tru TV and OWN, and for such television icons as Jerry Seinfeld, Oprah Winfrey and David Letterman. Zoran received a B.A in Communications with a minor in Film from Duquesne University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.
Kristine joined BSTV in 2014 as the editor of The Kitchen. She started her career in Los Angeles working in the camera department before making the switch to post production. She edited several reality shows such as Jackass, Dance Moms and Sons of Guns. After moving back east she cut everything from drama to doc for History, Discovery, VH-1, MTV, Travel Channel and Animal Planet. She is a graduate of Rutgers University and currently resides in NJ with her husband, daughter and two curious cats.
A “JKL” button pushing fool for the last 13 years, Osterberg has cut and covered everything from Bridal to Baseball. He has edited series for networks such a Fuse, Bio, Showtime, MTV, VH1, Food Network, Cooking Channel, HGTV, BBC as well as TLC’s hit series Say Yes to the Dress. Osterberg is a graduate of SUNY Cortland, he started his career teaching middle school history. He lives in NJ with his wife and three kids.
Post Production Manager
Hailing from the suburbs of Maryland, Larisa Kolbe came to New York to pursue a career in television after receiving a degree in Broadcast Journalism from Hofstra University. She has worked for Food Network and Cooking Channel as an associate producer for shows like Guy’s Big Bite, Cooking For Real, Secrets of A Restaurant Chef, $10 Dinners, Symon’s Suppers and Cook Like an Iron Chef. When not filling the office halls with her infectious laugh she is responsible for the efficient and detailed post production workflow of BSTV Entertainment productions.
A sought-after Art Director specializing in culinary and lifestyle production, Jed is obsessed with color, patterns, and arranging objects. Before his current position as the Emmy-Nominated Art Department Head at Food Network’s The Kitchen, Jed styled productions for ABC, NBC, HGTV, TLC and many others.
Jed informs his career with a lifetime of studying decorative arts and design, including a metal-smithing BFA from Cleveland Institute of Art. He learned decorating from his grandmother, and how to create with natural materials from a childhood on the family farm in upstate NY.