7. Quiet solo time in Grožnjan. Photo by Cindy Ross.jpg
7. Quiet solo time in Grožnjan. Photo by Cindy Ross.jpg

MEET SHARLENE


ALLOW ME TO RE-INTRODUCE MYSELF

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MEET SHARLENE


ALLOW ME TO RE-INTRODUCE MYSELF

 

I'm a television and video producer/director, writer and host who has been working in the industry for over 10 years. As a first gen Hakka-Canadian, my hardcore nomadic spirit is in my blood. Hakkas constantly moved around China and migrated to countries like India, South Africa, Mauritius and Jamaica—thus the translation of Hakka as “guest people.” It’s no surprise that my MO in life is to seek out hidden and untold stories by exploring the world through different perspectives.

Notably, I was a part of a small team that launched MTV in Canada in 2006, where I produced entertaining segments that ran on the flagship show, MTV Live, including On the Radar, which featured up and coming independent bands and artists.

From there, I brought MTV News to Canada by introducing it as a regular segment, as its first Reporter/Producer, before evolving MTV News into a daily half-hour program. I've conducted hundreds of candid interviews with a wide range of music artists, including Kings of Leon, Coldplay, Vampire Weekend, Wyclef Jean, Donald Glover, Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell Williams, The Strokes, and Rihanna. My interview with M.I.A., when the artist had just returned from humanitarian work in Liberia and Australia, ran on multiple MTV networks including Australia, Germany, UK, and Sweden. I also memorably surprised Adele with a video message from her former music teacher, resulting in an emotional interview in front of a live studio audience.

After winning a Travel Journalism Award for Best in Broadcast for my special, MTV News Pounds Britain, I created and produced SHARLENE VS., an MTV travel series that took viewers beyond where the tourists go. In each city, I met artists of all kinds who took me under their wing, showing unique, off-the-beaten-track spots special to them and the personal stories behind each location. Cities explored on the show included Copenhagen, Hong Kong, Austin, Houston, Lyon, London, Isle of Wight, Reykjavik and Lisbon, and aired in prime-time.

I'm currently freelancing as an Executive Producer in Los Angeles, at a variety of digital and immersive media production companies, developing original unscripted series and producing/directing video for web, mobile, broadcast and AR/360. For more info, head to my LinkedIn.

Publications I have written and photographed for include: Refinery29, Trivago, Fashion Magazine, Flare, W Dish, Travel & Style, and The Cleaver Quarterly, and awards that I serve as a juror include: Polaris Music Prize and Prism Prize.

See below to connect with me online.