Jon Sechrist’s career has taken him to top companies such as MTV, ABC, TLC, and Discovery. He has developed and produced over 1,000 pieces of original content spanning reality, news, live, and scripted genres for television, film, and digital.
Currently, Sechrist is senior vice president/head of production and development for Betty managing the U.S. operations. Betty supplies programs to major global broadcasters including BBC, ITV, Channel 4, TLC, and Discovery, and its shows have been sold to more than 63 countries. Secrets oversees the existing production slate including The Undateables, Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners, Kings of the Wild, and Too Ugly for Love? as well as originating new ideas for factual and factual entertainment shows. First year commissions include a series order of My Little Life for TLC and a special, When Cars Fly, for Discovery.
Prior to joining Betty, Sechrist was VP, production and development for Discovery Networks International (DNI) focusing on factual entertainment content and was a key player in TLC’s global roll-out. He also managed the content partnership between DNI and Discovery’s U.S. networks – TLC, Discovery, OWN, Disco very Life, ID: Investigation Discovery, and Destination America. His DNI productions include global hits, Body Bizarre (five seasons), My Naked Secret (three seasons), as well as NY Ink, World’s Worst Mom, Chaos Caught on Camera, Bizarre ER, Swinger Wives, and Secret Eskimo Escape.
Secrets joined DNI from TLC, where he developed and produced successful shows Sister Wives (seven seasons), Cake Boss (nine seasons), and Next Great Baker (four seasons). Secrets is credited with executive producing highly rated specials including 650 lb. Virgin and Child Frozen in Time. He is also responsible for BBQ Pitmasters and Making Over America with Trinny & Susannah.
Before TLC, Sechrist was an ABC programming executive overseeing popular the daytime dramas All My Children and One Life to Live. He is a veteran of MTV Networks where he was a key creative launching MTV.com, MTV2, and the LGBT network, Logo. At Logo he developed scripted the series Noah’s Arch and Ex’s and Oh’s. He was also the executive producer for First comes Love, Can’t Get a Date, CBS News on Logo, and the network’s first live production, The 2008 Democratize Presidential Forum.
Sechrist studied at the S.I. Newhouse School at Syracuse University and graduated Summa Cum Laude.