Screaming Flea Productions is one of the country's leading producers of non-fiction television. We have produced nearly 1,000 hours of network programming and have over 150 years of combined television experience. Formerly known as Belo Productions, Screaming Flea is the same award-winning team, experienced storytellers with ideas and attitude, high production value, imaginative, innovative, cutting-edge, producing programs that work and to which viewers respond.
Dave Severson - Co-PRESIDENT and GENERAL MANAGER
Dave started in television in 1985 working in the studio and as a photojournalist at KMST in Monterey, California. In 1998, he moved on to KVOA in Tucson, Arizona where he was awarded an Emmy in the “news feature” category. Dave moved on to Sacramento, California in 1989 where he worked on the award winning teen magazine show “Scratch” as a photographer, editor and field producer. At A.H. Belo owned KXTV, Dave was part of a team that developed several innovative and successful programs. In 1991, Belo Productions was formed based on the success of these programs. Dave worked as a segment producer, photographer, and editor on projects for BPI. “Scratch,” “Pulse” a medical/ lifestyle program, and “The Spirit of Youth” a special recognizing teens who contribute to society, where all award winning programs.
In 1995, Dave began producing “Gardening by the Yard” for Home and Garden Television. “Gardening by the Yard” has a fresh, fun approach to a common subject and was recognized with a Cable Ace nomination. “Gardening by the Yard” Ran for 19 seasons on HGTV.
In 1999, Dave partnered with Matt Chan, Trent Eyring, Lisa Hirotani, and Chuck O’Farrell to form Screaming Flea Productions. Over 13 years Dave supervised all aspects of production on multiple projects covering all genres of non-fiction television. Of note, he was executive producer on the award winning and Emmy nominated “Hoarders” for A&E television and is also the EP on the long running and Emmy nominated “Sell This House” franchise. Dave has overseen delivery of more than 1000 hours of programming.
In March of 2013, Dave was promoted to Co-President and General Manager of Screaming Flea. He is excited about leading SFP into the future. The goal is to grow the company while maintaining Screaming Fleas reputation for delivering high quality, innovative programming.
J. Trent Eyring - Co-PRESIDENT and CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Trent Eyring serves as the business manager of Screaming Flea Productions, Inc. A graduate of Brigham Young University with a bachelor's degree in marketing and minor in sociology, he served as Special Projects Accountant at KIRO TV in Seattle where amongst his other duties was the lead financial officer on a $3 million production studio construction project and the lead financial officer on Seattle Mariners production. He also developed a proprietary program profitability analysis tool and was the lead budgeting/profit plan accountant and asset manager for all of KIRO.
In 1996, Trent joined Belo Corporation with Matt Chan before forming Screaming Flea Productions in 1999.
In 2013, Trent was appointed Co-President and CFO of Screaming Flea.
Lisa Hirotani White - VP / OPERATIONS
Lisa serves as Screaming Flea's Production Manager and as the broad title suggests, has a hand in most things Flea; everything from equipment managing to post-production supervising and production facilitating. Her career in television began in 1980 as an intern at KXTV in Sacramento. There she honed her skills as a floor director and Chyron operator for live programs as well as taped, then as AP on the nationally syndicated program “Scratch.” Her move to Seattle sparked a direction change to Production Manager for Belo Productions which in turn led her to be one of the founders of Screaming Flea Productions.
Charles O'Farrell - VP / EXECUTIVE IN CHARGE
Chuck has traveled the globe, including war zones, to produce award-winning programs. He has freelanced for several networks, including ABC, CBS, PBS, ITV, and the BBC. Chuck has been recognized for his outstanding work with numerous awards. He has seven International Monitor Awards, six New York International Film Festival awards, thirty-eight Emmy Awards, two Iris awards, ten Telly awards, ten Houston International Film Festival Awards, and three Broadcast Design Awards. In 1997, he was awarded a Peabody, the broadcast equivalent of a Pulitzer, for directing the documentary WAR ON CHILDREN.
Prior to Screaming Flea, Chuck served as Supervising Producer of Belo Productions.
Liza Keckler - VP / DEVELOPMENT
Liza Keckler has been producing and developing programming for over 14 years. After graduating with a degree in Broadcast and Video Production from Western Michigan University, Ms. Keckler began her career at KIRO Television producing documentaries.
In 2000 she joined Screaming Flea Productions and acted as a show runner, director, producer and writer of numerous series and specials for cable networks. Credits include series producer for Hoarders on A&E and producer/writer/director/creator on various shows for Food Network, HGTV, Discovery Home Channel, A&E, National Geographic, BIO, Fuse & others.
Most recently, Ms. Keckler served as Executive Producer at Travel Channel, supervising a diverse slate of production and development.
MATT CHAN - DEVELOPMENT CONSULTANT
Matt Chan began his career in 1975 where he worked in Public Television in Portland, Oregon until 1978. During his time there, he worked as a producer/director and moved to the position of director of daytime programming.
In the fall of 1978, Matt moved to Seattle, Washington as a producer/director with KING-TV, and then on to San Francisco in 1979 to work for Group W's “Evening Magazine” at KPIX-TV where he worked as an editor, field producer, and line producer on the show.
In the fall of 1985, Chan accepted the position of Executive Producer at KCRA-TV in Sacramento, California. In 1986, Matt returned to Group W Productions in San Francisco to head up national production for the syndicated program “PM/Evening Magazine.”
In 1989, Matt accepted the position of Creative Services Director with KXTV in Sacramento, CA then became the Director of Programming and Production in 1991. While at KXTV, Chan and his team produced four nationally syndicated series.
In 1996, Matt went on to become the President and General Manager of Belo Productions, an operating company for the A.H. Belo Corporation. In January of 1999, Matt purchased his division from Belo and started SCREAMING FLEA PRODUCTIONS. In over thirteen years, Screaming Flea tripled in size and created and produced programming for over sixteen networks worldwide.
Matt is married to Gei Chan and has two children: Max and Althea. In 2013, Matt decided to focus more of his time on development and spending time with his wife and grandkids.