Two-time Emmy-nominated producer Scott Popjes brings a collaborative leadership style and keen sense of storytelling to every project he’s involved with — and his success in development, production and post production make him a triple-threat in today’s fast-paced and constantly evolving world of reality and documentary television.
Scott’s experience is far-reaching and diverse — ranging from feature films and television (documentary & reality) to movie trailers and multimedia elements of theme park attractions. He has worked on projects for Netflix, Discovery Channel, History, NatGeo, Animal Planet, CMT, Spike, TLC, and PBS, among others.
Since 2004, Scott’s tenacity in delivering a polished and entertaining product has garnered him continuing work in reality and non-fiction television. Equally comfortable in the field and in post, his goal on every project is to engage an audience with compelling stories that feature the most interesting characters, while maintaining an authenticity that’s the hallmark of television’s best docu-reality series — and vital to bringing audiences back week after week. As a producer, Scott has worked on Discovery Channel’s Emmy nominated Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe, American Chopper, American Hot Rod, Swamp Loggers, History Channel’s Sandhogs, H2’s Serial Killer Earth, Spike’s World’s Wildest Police Videos, CMT’s Swamp Pawn, Nat Geo’s 21st Century Warship, FYI’s Zombie House Flipping, Animal Planet’s Treetop Cat Rescue, as well as pilots for History Channel and TBS. Other credits include: Car Masters: Rust to Riches, an 8-episode series for Netflix, and History’s 6-episode series, The Ride That Got Away. Most recently he has worked on the independent docu-series “Overcomer with Justin Wren” and “Embedded”, an investigative docu-follow pilot currently be shopped. In addition, he is actively developing new non-fiction, documentary, and scripted projects, and working on short form digital projects for several non-profits.
Before applying his storytelling skills to reality television, Scott worked as a “Preditor” (Producer/Editor) on a wide array of projects including theatrical and home video trailers and EPKs for independent film distribution companies; short form documentaries and presentations; and short narrative films.
His forays into feature films have included post-production supervising and editing the award-winning (Crystal Heart Award – Heartland Film Festival) feature comedy Best Man in Grass Creek as well as the Lions Gate action-drama The Long Ride Home starring Ernest Borgnine, Randy Travis and Eric Roberts. He also edited the feature-length mockumentary The Lutefisk Wars. Most recently, Scott edited the feature family dramedy “Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters”, and worked as “Additional Editor” on the family drama, “Mr. Manhattan.”
Scott received his B.F.A. in Film & Television from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he wrote, produced, directed and/or edited numerous award-winning short films.