Here’s How It Works
- VTN buys air time for The Stu and Laurie Variety Hour on Pop
- VTN secures sponsors to appear in SponsorMagic segments on the show
- VTN gets a primetime slot on Sundays at 7:00 p.m. (on both coasts)
- Each episode of The Stu and Laurie Variety Hour is aired three times per week
- VTN owns the rights to the content, so the show can’t be cancelled by the network
- The Stu and Laurie Variety Hour is included in Pop TV digital distribution agreements
Meet the Magic Makers
Our executive production team has decades of experience in television, movies, theater, music, and choreography. They have amassed multiple entertainment industry awards for creative work and been part of many successful long-running programs and productions.
Along with being the cohost, Stu Newmeyer is head of Variety Television Network, the production company for The Stu and Laurie Variety Hour. His 30 years of experience in the entertainment business includes comedy writing for Joan Rivers, Chuck Barris, The Merv Griffin Show, Let’s Make a Deal, and many other TV shows.
Ron Dunn has 30 years of experience in film and television production. He has won acclaim for his work in television music specials, variety shows, pageants, and award shows. Some of his credits include ABC-TV’s Make a Wish, The Night Stalker, The Onion Field, and the Miss Junior America Pageant. He has directed some of the biggest stars in Hollywood such as Meryl Streep, Jack Nicolson, Jodie Foster, Robert Redford, Goldie Hawn, and many others.
Walter Painter is a three-time Emmy Award winner for his work on television, which includes the Academy Awards, the Tony Awards, the People’s Choice Awards, the American Music Awards, and television specials for Nell Carter and Lily Tomlin. He has also staged Las Vegas shows for Ann-Margret, Julio Iglesias, Englebert Humperdink, and Sheena Easton.
Ed Scharlach leads a team of eight award-winning television script writers, who have accrued Emmy, Mark Twain, Annie (for animation) awards and a Writer’s Guild Award nomination. The writing team has a long list of script credits for successful, long-running television shows like The Dean Martin Show, Mork and Mindy, Love, American Style, The Odd Couple, Happy Days, and many more.
Johnny Harris is the director and arranger of the full studio orchestra for The Stu and Laurie Variety Hour. Over the course of his music career he has been a recording artist, composer, arranger, producer, orchestra leader and music director. He was music director for Tom Jones’ electrifying live performances in the 1970s. He has also worked with Paul Anka, Petula Clark, the Beatles, Shirley Bassey, Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Barbara Streisand and many others.
Victor Lopez is the former trumpet player and arranger for the Miami Sound Machine. Over his 30 year career in music he has recorded and performed with numerous artists. His music arrangement credits include “Play that Funky Music” and more recently several Bruno Mars songs. He has more than 450 publications with major music publishers such as Alfred, Barnhouse, and Hal Leonard.
Barbara VanZandt was the wardrobe supervisor for the Rockettes and other Radio City Music Hall productions for more than 30 years. Her credits include wardrobe supervision for major Rockettes productions like the Christmas Spectacular, which featured more than 100 performers and hundreds of performances. She also served as wardrobe supervisor for more than 100 concert performers at Radio City Music Hall, including Frank Sinatra, Bette Midler, Elton John and Lady Gaga.
Music Talent Director
Joel Diamond is a two-time Grammy nominated music producer with 54 Billboard charted recordings and 36 gold and platinum recordings to his credit. Over the course of his career he headed up music publishing companies for Mercury Records, Sony Music, and Warner Brothers. He has worked with some of the biggest names in pop, rock and R&B music, such as Van Morrison, Frankie Valli, Engelbert Humperdink, Sister Sledge, Jay Z, Laura Branigan, Johnny Mathis, The Bee Gees, Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, Gladys Knight, and many others.
Visual Effects Director
George Johnsen is CEO of MammothVision, Inc. an audio/visual production company that specializes in unique video productions for live events, film special effects and themed entertainment. He brings 3D animation and award-winning stereoscopic technologies to the production of the show. He has done ground breaking video work for Disneyland, Universal Studios, Warner Brothers, Sony Pictures, MGM, CBS, ABC, and many other clients seeking to create high-end visual experiences.
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