About Half Yard

Our Story

Half Yard Productions creates innovative unscripted and formatted content for a wide range of broadcasters, streamers, and digital platforms. We tell the stories we love & we believe that only the unexpected is entertaining.

Half Yard is a full-service production company, executing across all genres at the highest level, delivering long-running hit franchises like Say Yes to the Dress for TLC, loud & aspirational docuseries like Secrets & Sisterhood: LA for Hulu, critically acclaimed and visually stunning programming like The Last Alaskans for Discovery, as well as premium and impactful limited series like I Just Killed My Dad for Netflix.

Half Yard continues to create & develop lifestyle, docu, crime, competition, documentary and entertainment formats that celebrate diverse POVs and push the limits of storytelling.

Half Yard Productions LLC is a North Road / Chernin Group company.

Our Team

Dirk Hoogstra

CEO

Dirk Hoogstra is CEO of Half Yard Productions. Dirk joined Half Yard in 2019 as EVP of Development, and was promoted to CEO in December 2020.

Over the last 26 years Dirk has worked in the media industry as a network executive and producer, holding a number of senior positions including EVP and General Manager of A&E’s History. During his run at History he developed and oversaw scripted and unscripted series including American Pickers, Counting Cars, Mountain Men, Top Gear, Hatfields & McCoys, The Bible and Vikings.

Nicole Sorrenti

Chief Creative Officer

Nicole Sorrenti is a top creative with over 20 years of television experience as a Showrunner, Developer, and Executive Producer. As the Chief Creative Officer she oversees all of Half Yard’s output, heading up current and development, leading creative strategy, while expanding and evolving the business. She continues to make shows and develop formats for a wide range of networks including Netflix, Discovery, TLC (US & UK), CBS, Hulu, ID, Bravo, Lifetime, Channel 4 UK, Tru TV, HGTV, NatGeo, and Animal Planet. Nicole has been at Half Yard since it opened its doors, producing the pilot of Say Yes to the Dress, which has since grown into a global franchise, with various spinoffs both domestically and internationally.

Janice Mezzetti

COO

Janice is a 34 year TV veteran who started her career at the BBC in the UK before coming to New York to open a Production arm for BBC Factual Entertainment Dept before moving to Optomen Productions and eventually Half Yard Productions.  She has been with Half Yard since 2011.

Her credits include Top Gear, What Not to Wear, Worst Cooks in America, Hillbilly Handfishin, Last Alaskans and of course Say Yes to the Dress.

Rosanna O’Hop

CFO

Rossana O’Hop is Chief Financial Officer at Half Yard Productions.  As one of Half Yard’s original employees, Rossana has overseen all financial aspects of the company since its inception. She has more than 30 years of experience in the entertainment field and has had a hand in every production of Half Yard’s while keeping a close eye on the bottom line.  O’Hop holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Notre Dame and is a CPA initially licensed in the State of California.  Rossana was born in Santiago, Chile but her family moved to Los Angeles, California when she was seven years old, which greatly inspired her to work in the entertainment industry.  She resides in McLean, Virginia with her family.

Brittany George

Director of Development

Brittany has extensive experience developing and producing unscripted content ranging from premium documentary series to talent driven formats.  Bringing a razor sharp mind to the process allied with a firm belief that content shapes culture, she has an attention to detail on every word & image we use to shape the very best ideas, push boundaries, and spotlight unique voices.

Haruka Wakimoto

Manager of Development

Haruka is a self-starting “Zillennial” with a passion for creating diverse TV that, whether through comedy or catharsis, can be enjoyed by viewers from all walks of life. She has a particular dedication to creating work that genuinely spotlights underrepresented communities and drives TV into the future.

John Jones

VP, Production & Development

John joined Half Yard Productions in 2010, and has since overseen production on over 200 hours of programming in a wide array of genres from Off the Grid to Weight Loss.  John’s credits include the hit series Hillbilly Handfishin’ for Animal Planet, the critically acclaimed docuseries The Last Alaskans, and the groundbreaking A&E series Raising Tourettes.  In addition to production, John has also been instrumental in the development of several projects including Twin Turbos and Dino Hunters for The Discovery Channel and a True Crime limited series for Netflix.

Nikki Taub

Executive Producer

Emmy award winning producer Nikki Taub joined Half Yard Productions in 2009 as showrunner for TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress.  She has since produced over 200 hours and led the series into its current 20th season as one of the longest running shows on television. In addition, Nikki has produced several Say Yes spin offs including My Big Day, SYTTD America, I Found the Gown , and Say Yes to the Address for HGTV.

Lisa Steinberg

Director of Casting

Lisa has over 13 years experience in television. With a background in Broadcast Journalism, she combines her talent for unearthing compelling stories with her ability to engage in meaningful dialogues to create powerful, substantive and entertaining programming.  For over 10 years she has worked to build and craft Half Yard’s casting into a department which keeps long running programs fresh and new programs innovative.

Regina Scott

Head of Production

Gina is a proven leader in entertainment production, with more than a decade of experience across a range of television formats. Having contributed to various Half Yard  shows over the years, including Say Yes to the DressAmerican Loggers, and Hillbilly Handfishin, she joined the Half Yard team full time in 2019. Now, as Head of Production, Gina oversees the management of our full slate of projects across current production and development.

Prior to joining Half Yard, Gina’s credits include Lifetime’s Project Runway, Discovery’s Alone, and Counting Cars and American Restoration for History, as well as content for networks including NatGeo, Netflix, TLC, A&E, Bravo, AMC, MTV, TruTV, Vice, Fusion, and Animal Planet.

Patrick Nowack

Director of Post Production

Throughout Patrick’s 11 year career in media, he has worked in both Television and Digital mediums and has professional experience in all major editing platforms. He has also served as a Media Technology Specialist in the past and continues to incorporate that into his job to this day. Patrick has a pet tortoise named Cheeseburger, who he’s had since he was 12 years old.