President/CEO – The Conlin Company
Sheila Conlin owns and operates The Conlin Company, a full-service casting, development, and production company in Los Angeles, with additional resources in New York and Europe. Conlin specializes in casting and development of unscripted television shows and host and expert casting.
Conlin has functioned in virtually every aspect of production: executive producer, producer, story producer, associate producer, line production, 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 industry as Phyllis Diller’s tour manager, Conlin moved on to become a talent agent with Agency of the Performing Arts, representing music and comedy talent. Talent representation was a natural segue into producing and casting for clip, variety, and unscripted shows.
Conlin is considered a trailblazer in the unscripted television genre for her role in defining the criteria and developing the systems needed to bring real people to the TV screen. 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 FOX’s Kitchen Nightmares and Hotel Hell. Additional producer and co-producer credits include: Chef Academy (Bravo), Nanny 911 (FOX), Marriage 911 (FOX), It Girls (VH1), Guinness Book of 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), and When Animals Attack (FOX).
Conlin is the casting director for some of the most successful unscripted series on primetime networks (ABC, FOX, NBC): Utopia; Hell’s Kitchen 1-16; Kitchen Nightmares 1-6; Hotel Hell 1-2; The Swan; Nanny 911 1-5; True Beauty 1-2; Secret Millionaire; The Moment of Truth 1-2; Worst Cooks in America 3-5; Food Court Wars 2; Paradise Hotel; Love or Money; Mr. Personality; Who Wants to Marry My Dad?; Forever Eden; and The Complex.
Other casting credits include (MTV, A&E, VH1, Discovery) 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 in Washington, D.C. She has appeared as a panelist numerous times at the Nashville Screenwriters Conference. Sheila has spoken in China to discuss unscripted television casting at television stations BTV, Nanjing TV, SMG, and ShenZhen TV. In September 2014, Sheila was invited to conduct a master class on unscripted television casting at the first annual Doc & Factual Agora in Rome, Italy.