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  • Writer's pictureNicholas Buggs

229 - Sarah Kunin - Give Yourself Permission To Be Creative

MAKE IT Podcast, Bonsai Creative, Sarah Kunin, Filmmaker, Film

Sarah Kunin is a three-time Emmy and Edward R. Murrow Award-winning television producer with over a decade of experience in the news and entertainment industry. She has worked closely with top celebrities, athletes, chefs and newsmakers to deliver compelling content to millions of viewers across the country. Sarah was Michael Strahan’s anchor producer at ABC News for five years, where she directed shoots with guests including Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Michelle Obama, Tom Brady, Kerry Washington, Mariah Carey, Matt Damon, George Clooney, Britney Spears, Julia Roberts and Drew Brees. Prior to working with Strahan, Sarah was the head food and lifestyle producer for Good Morning America, working with nearly every major celebrity chef in the industry. During that time she produced all of GMA Food Contributor Emeril Lagasse’s segments, including his annual “Breakfast in Bed” Mother’s Day sweeps event. After a decade at ABC News, Sarah set her sights on television development, teaming up with Riverside Entertainment to sell her first show idea to Chip and Joanna Gaines’ Magnolia Network. She is now the show-runner and executive producer of the upcoming series, an untitled home renovation docu-follow, which is expected to premiere in July 2021 on Discovery+. She is currently developing a number of unscripted projects and continues to work as an independent senior producer and media consultant. A native New Yorker, Sarah studied oboe performance at Manhattan’s famed Laguardia High School. She received her BA in media studies from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York. She currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband Luke, an active duty Air Force major, and their dog Bruce.


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