VP OF PRODUCTION AT FOX BROADCAST COMPANY
Los Angeles, CA
Born and raised in Lansing, Michigan, Phoebe Tisdale got a job and bought a car the day she turned 16. After juggling several jobs at once throughout her school years, she headed out to New York City to attend Hunter College. Within two weeks, she landed a full time job working for the Joan Rivers Show where she began as the receptionist, later promoted up to production manager. After six years, Phoebe moved on to work for the Ricki Lake Show, The Dating Game, and the Jon Stewart Show.
Phoebe then decided to switch her career path and try her hand at producing. She took a job as an associate producer and talent booker for CNBC’s America’s Talking. Although she found the news environment to be very exciting, she knew that she was much more attracted to talent-driven entertainment. In 1995, she accepted a job across the country in Los Angeles for the early morning talk show, Mike and Maty, and then moved on to work with the “Mommies,” Caryl and Marilyn. Capitalizing on her strong industry relationships, she also booked talent full time for E! Entertainment, and the Quincy Jones pilot, VIBE. She then dabbled in freelance gigs as a producer and unit manager for such shows as Tim Reid’s Save Our Streets and Match Game. She went on to be a producer at Helios Productions, who produced movies of the week.
Very much wanting to work for MTV Networks, Phoebe got in as a Production Manager for a new department under Brian Graden. Starting with only a few small shows and budgets, she gradually advanced over the next six years to Senior Director of the West Coast, overseeing such big hits as the Osbourne's, The Newlyweds, Punk’d, Pimp My Ride, Meet The Barkers, Making The Video along with other scripted shows, game shows, stunt shows, spring break specials/events, multi-camera concerts and tours, and clip shows.
Phoebe spent the next five years as a Network executive for the FOX Broadcasting Company as their Vice President of Production. She oversaw the budgets and production of such shows as American Idol, Hell’s Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares, Master Chef, So You Think You Can Dance, Smarter Than A Fifth Grader, Teen Choice Awards, the Emmy Awards, and the NAACP Awards. She was actively involved in the new HD technology along with the delivery of programming to the mobile, web, and iTunes platforms.
Eager to get back to hands-on production, Phoebe reunited with longtime friends and Co-Founders of Katalyst Films, Ashton Kutcher and Jason Goldberg. She spent a year with them overseeing various pilots and digital projects, also acting as the EIC for MTV’s returning series, PUNK’D II. In 2012, she jumped at the chance to line produce the multi-camera crew for the play What About Dick, by the producers of Monty Python and Spamalot. She reunited with old friends from MTV to do Fashion Star for NBC, and Brian Graden to oversee his new production company and top project, Hit Record On TV with Joseph Gordon Levitt- that won an Emmy in 2014. She traveled weekly as the EIC on A&E’s Duck Dynasty series, and she then helped the Robertson’s start their production company and shoot a special on the Duck Dynasty Musical in Las Vegas. She is currently back at FOX as the head of production for the Network. She works with FOX studios on all scripted hybrids and the live scripted musical events such as A Christmas Story and the upcoming Rent.
Phoebe was previously on the Board of Advisors for Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy in Chicago. She has a Production 101 website, and she teaches classes on production, interviewing, and resumes.
With over 25 years of experience in the television industry, Phoebe not only has a stellar reputation amongst her peers, but she also maintains strong relationships with talent, executives, production companies, agents and managers on both coasts. It is her belief that attitude outweighs assets, and that you can achieve anything you want to in the entertainment business - or life for that matter.