Jane Lipsitz and Dan Cutforth have produced many hours of television over a 10-year period. They recall a handful of their favorite on-screen moments.
THE BROTHERS VOLTAGGIO
Brothers Bryan and Michael Voltaggio faced off in the finale of the sixth season of “Top Chef” and anxiously stood side by side waiting to find out who had won. “To have two brothers standing there waiting to find out their fate was very Shakespearean,” Lipsitz recalls.
BARELY GETTING THERE
In the season three premiere of “Project Greenlight,” director John Gulager arrives at the hotel to pitch Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and Chris Moore in a jalopy of a car. The valet can’t start the car and eventually gets out, slams the door and walks away.
FORGET ABOUT IT
From season two of “Last Comic Standing,” contestant Tammy Pescatelli starts talking about how she is Sicilian and is plotting revenge on someone who had wronged her. “It literally looked like she was going to go off and kill someone,” says Cutforth.
MAKE IT WORK
The first season finale of “Project Runway” was a fashion show at Bryant Park. Lipsitz started to cry: “I just felt so much for the designers and how huge an opportunity this was. It really resonated with me how life-changing some of these opportunities can be for them.”
On “The Real L Word” transition from a very graphic sex scene into a Passover seder.
David LaChapelle was the guest judge on the first season finale of “Work of Art,” and began crying when observing the gallery shows of the three finalists.
Tamar Braxton’s creating a dot-com vocabulary on “Braxton Family Values” and telling her husband, “It’s not fair-com.”
Lipsitz’s efforts in Hawaii for the preem for “Treasure Hunters” were an unmitigated disaster. “We were on a boat and our producers were getting seasick, people were lying on the ground and we had all the contestants running around,” she recalls.
In “Bands on the Run,” one of the musicians finds out that his father has died and he’s forced to decide whether to go home or remain with the band. He decides to stay and the band rallies around him. “It sort of defined the show,” Cutforth says. “It showed how important these bands really were to these people.”
Flying into Chicago with four bands for the first episode of “Band on the Run.” Remembers Cutworth: “It felt like the lunatics had taken over the asylum. I could not believe that we were in charge of all this. It took me two weeks to calm down.” Adds Lipsitz: “It was sheer terror and incredible excitement at the same time.”
Magical Elves remains a top producer | Magical moments | ‘Top Chef,’ top franchise | On the slate