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Acclaimed TV producer Lauren Bissett gives insights to the benevolent aspect of her work
The acclaimed TV producer behind award winning shows like Undercover Boss and the People's Couch gives insight to the benevolent aspect of her work.

Television is entertainment but it's also something of a sociological view of people in current times. With this premise, producer Lauren Bissett studies and presents people across the spectrum on this platform. From her work on the Emmy award winning CBS series Undercover Boss to The People's Couch, life altering moments to pop culture levity are present. Bissett's contributions are immense to these productions due to her talent but also her intuitive nature for finding and communicating the moments which connect with all of us. A producer may be in charge of the scheduling and process of storytelling but the most essential part is recognizing where the true story lies.

So many conflicts in the world could be solved if we could simply spend time in the shoes of the other person. In other words, being a part of something like Undercover Boss. The divide between those in charge and those who are "on the ground" has been a part of human life since before recorded history. Undercover Boss is a ratings phenomenon and has received critical praise via Emmy awards. Lauren was a part of the production for quite some time, giving her deeper insight than most. Studio Lambert is the production company behind Undercover Boss and its founder Stephen Lambert is responsible for creating hit TV series including Wife Swap, Gogglebox (UK) and Secret Millionaire. The core ingredient of these shows is the casting.

As casting producer for Undercover Boss, Lauren combed the US in search of the personalities and situations that would intrigue and retain viewers. Viewed through the lens of a TV veteran who is non-native to the area gave Bissett an edge. She relates, "America is a huge country and there are thousands of companies to explore. As a team we would look into a variety of types of companies and research the executive teams who ran the business. Being able to meet company employees from all over America, hear their personal stories, and give them the opportunity to be rewarded by their company's owner felt incredible. I was responsible for casting the episode (company and CEO) that was submitted for an Emmy in 2012 and won. This was such an amazing experience; knowing that my hard work and ability to get a company and CEO on board the show paid off in such a huge way. Working on a show that is able to change people's lives for the better is so amazing and knowing that I contributed to it will always stick with me. I'm thankful to being a part of this epic show." For season five of Undercover Boss, Lauren ascended to the position of Associate Producer. She continually pursued compelling stories such as the celebrity episode with Chef Marcus Samuelsson where Brooklyn food bank volunteer chef Kathy Martinez was discovered.


The People's Couch gave Bissett the opportunity to be a part of a truly unique television program. While nearly every program is watched and then discussed afterwards by viewers, this one made that discussion a part of the programming. Based on the UK hit series Gogglebox (BAFTA nominated and multiple award winning series), The People's Couchis literally people watching TV and having a discussion. Part town square and part harmless voyeurism, this production relied completely on the casting. Love them or hate them, viewers had to feel a connection to the cast of real life personalities featured on the show. As an integral part of the casting team for The People's Couch, Lauren conducted onscreen camera tests with the potential cast for Bravo. The program was celebrated for its creation of connection through association via the cast. Viewers always found someone onscreen to relate to as well as question their perspective. Lauren helped discover fan favorites such as "The Golden Girl" trio comprised of three elderly friends who lived in the same senior centre and the Zeno family (Lamont, his wife Princella and their son "Peanut"). The People's Couchmarks a major shift in Reality TV taking the genre to an innovative and fresh iteration.

Lauren Bissett has proven in her career that Reality TV can reject the premise of only being about attractive people or pettiness. It can in fact be based around growth and benevolent impact in the lives of everyday people. Simultaneously, it can display levity and prompt thoughtful and even comedic discussion in society. The essential ingredient is people.

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