President/CEO – The Conlin Company
Sheila Conlin owns and operates The Conlin Company, a full-service casting and production office in Los Angeles with additional resources in New York and Europe. Conlin specializes in casting and development of unscripted television shows and in host and expert casting.
Conlin has functioned in virtually every aspect of production: executive producer, producer, story producer, associate producer, line producer, production manager, and director of talent development and research. Conlin was also the assistant technical director at the Los Angeles Theater Center.
Starting out in the entertainment industry as Phyllis Diller’s tour manager, Conlin moved on to become a talent agent with Agency for the Performing Arts, representing music and comedy talent. Talent representation was a natural segue into producing and casting for clip, variety, and reality shows.
Conlin is considered a trailblazer in the reality television genre for her role in defining the criteria and developing the systems needed to bring real people to the TV screen. Many of these personalities are still seen on television as hosts and stars in their own programs. Conlin also identified a niche for European production companies, leading The Conlin Company to provide casting and pre-production services in the U.S.
Conlin is a producer of Kitchen Nightmares (FOX) and Hotel Hell (FOX). Additional producer and co-producer credits include: Chef Academy (Bravo), Nanny 911 (FOX), Marriage 911 (FOX), It Girls (VH1), Guinness World Records Primetime (FOX), Hidden Victims: Children of Domestic Violence (Lifetime), TV’s Greatest Christmas Moments (FOX), Oops: The World’s Funniest Outtakes (FOX), You Asked For It (NBC), Kidsongs on Sony Wonder, Animals Are People, Too (PAX TV), and When Animals Attack (FOX).
Conlin is the casting director of some of the most successful reality series for primetime networks (ABC, FOX, NBC): Utopia; Hell’s Kitchen season 1-16; Kitchen Nightmares seasons 1-6; Hotel Hell 1-2; Worst Cooks in America 3-5; Food Court Wars 2; True Beauty 1-2; Secret Millionaire; Nanny 911 1-5; The Moment of Truth 1-2; Who Wants to Marry My Dad?; Paradise Hotel; Forever Eden; The Swan; The Complex; Love or Money; and Mr. Personality.
Other casting credits (MTV, A&E, VH1, Discovery) include The Girls of Hedsor Hall, Wake Up Call with Greg Behrendt, Super Group, Family Forensics, Ozzfest, Soccer Mom, and Once and Future City.
Sheila was a panelist on “Casting Call” at Realscreen 2014. She has appeared as a panelist numerous times at the Nashville Screenwriters Conference. Sheila has also done speaking engagements in China to discuss unscripted casting at television stations BTV, Nanjing TV, SMG, and ShenZhen TV.