Executive Producer, Factual Programming brings teams together to make great television. Dedicated, creative and extremely hard-working, Rena has over fifteen years of story-telling experience. She began working in non-fiction television in New York on MTV’s “Made” and continued to work in the docu-reality genre before returning to her native home in the Bay Area. Since starting at Hoff Productions in 2005, she has supervised, written and produced a variety of programming for Animal Planet, Discovery, TLC, National Geographic, Speed, 3Net, and WEtv.
As Hoff’s Series Producer on Animal Planet’s “Weird True & Freaky,” Rena had the opportunity to work on stories about everything from six-legged cows to slug sex. In order to tell the stories of women behind bars in Maricopa Country, she spent six weeks in jail for WEtv’s “Chain Gang Girls.” And, after supervising series like “Ultimate Factories,” “Speedmakers,” “Madmen of the Sea,” and “Hooked,” Rena now knows more about cars and fish than she ever thought possible. She loves her job.
In addition to her work in broadcast television, she has written, directed, and edited commercial and documentary spots for the web.While pursuing her M.F.A. in Film and Television from UCLA, her short filmsplayed on PBS and at various film festivals including The Tribeca Film Festival. She has also worked as an assistant director on feature film and commercial projects and, in the aid of fellow filmmakers, done everything from script supervising to building sets to driving a one ton grip truck.