Duke Hartman


   Duke Hartman set and executed strategy for the company’s technical plant, production operations, and financial division.  In 2010, Duke was responsible for lease and build-out of High Noon’s Denver operation within its 32,000 square foot facility, complete with forty Avid edit suites, three finishing suites, two audio post suites, and three HD Graphic Art suites.  In 2013, he supervised High Noon’s LA design and construction of its 8,500 square foot office and post facility.

Hartman’s depth and experience on the technical side is significant.  Prior to High Noon, he contributed to the redesign and physical light-switch transition of Denver NBC KUSA-TV.  He has also participated in the acquisition and construction of the Colorado Ballet headquarters in downtown Denver.  Before, co-founding High Noon in 1997, Duke was Director of Network Operations for Liberty Media's Intro Television cable network. In the 1980s and early 90s, Duke was Production Manager for Denver NBC affiliate KUSA-TV, where he spent 18 years as a staff Producer/Director.  Raised in Baltimore, he received a B.A. in communication arts from the University of Dayton and a M.A. in documentary film from Ohio University.

Duke currently serves on the Advisory Board of various arts organization in Colorado and since 2007 he has been on the Board of Trustees of Colorado Ballet, currently serving as Co-Chairman of the Board. 

Jim Berger

Chairman and Co-Founder

Jim Berger’s High Noon Entertainment is one of America’s most prolific production companies, currently with 15 series and 25 pilots in production for the 2019-2020 season, across networks and platforms including Netflix, Facebook, HGTV, Food, Discovery, Lifetime, History, Nat Geo Wild, Travel, Animal Planet, DIY and Discovery Mexico.

Jim’s a Colorado based show creator, writer, and producer, with credits including, Netflix’s Battlbox, Facebook’s Von Miller’s Studio 58, HGTV’s Fixer Upper, Good Bones, One of a Kind and Flip or Flop: Vegas, TLC’S Cake Boss, Discovery’s Dude, You’re Screwed, Food Network’s Cajun Aces and Ayesha’s Home Kitchen, Animal Planet’s Dr. Dee, Discovery En Español’s Mexicánicos, and Travel Channel’s Xtreme Waterparks and Xtreme Screams. Creatively, Jim has broad oversight over the company’s slate, including both development and current series productions.

On the business side, Jim focuses on the company’s growth both domestically and internationally. In 2013, he spearheaded the sale of High Noon to ITV, the UK’s leading commercial broadcaster and international producer, whereby ITV acquired a controlling stake in High Noon. As part of the ITV Studios US Group, High Noon has expanded its global reach and access to international distribution.

Before co-founding High Noon, Jim was on the executive staff at Dr. John Malone’s Liberty Media and served as President of TCI-owned Intro Television (19 million cable homes) where he supervised Liberty’s holdings in emerging networks. Prior, Jim ran local programming and production for Denver’s NBC affiliate KUSA-TV where he co-created Discovery’s top–rated series How the West was Lost. He began his career at KUSA-TV as a television news cameraman and was named the western region’s “Television Photojournalist of the Year” for three consecutive years by the National Press Photographers Association. Jim earned his Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Missouri.



Sonny Hutchison


   Sonny Hutchison, a co-founding partner of High Noon, has broad responsibility over High Noon’s legal and business affairs, including insurance, rights & releases and employment matters.  On the creative side, Sonny also serves as executive producer on a variety of series and specials.

An award-winning producer and photographer, Sonny was a Cinematography Fellow at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles.  He has an extensive background in local TV news, including stints at Louisville’s CBS affiliate WHAS-TV and Denver NBC affiliate KUSA-TV, where he was DP for the affiliate’s award-winning documentary unit. He was a producer on the award winning documentary series How The West Was Lost for The Discovery Channel and he has produced and directed a number of films for the National Park Service including projects for Zion National Park, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and Shenandoah National Park.  He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the State University of New York at Brockport.

Dana Kopper

General Manager

   Dana Kopper has over 20 years and 4000+ hours of cable production experience. She is a great problem-solver with keen logistical and analytical skills to help build strong collaborative relationships with networks, talent, and producers. Dana provides strategic planning, innovative workflow solutions, and fiscal responsibility in her role overseeing two key pieces of the High Noon enterprise. The business of production management is significant, encompassing more than 200 hours of programming per year and including budgeting, scheduling, field & post.  Operations include technical management of a facility that includes: forty Avids, three online suites, two audio post suites, and HD graphic design suites. She works closely with networks, producers, and vendors to ensure that creative always takes priority within the constantly changing demands of budget and schedule constraints.

Prior to joining High Noon in 2001, Dana worked in Los Angeles film industry as an Assistant Director, with credits including The Patriot starring Mel Gibson. She is a member of the DGA and has served on the Colorado Film and Video Association Board. Dana received a BA in Television Production from Drake University.


Scott Feeley


   Scott Feeley is the lead creative voice behind the entire High Noon portfolio, including HGTV’s Fixer Upper, TLC’s Cake Boss, Animal Planet’s Dr. Dee, Alaska Vet, and Travel Channel’s Xtreme Screams – an active slate of more than twenty-five series and specials.  Scott also supervises High Noon's development staff – a team of a dozen producers, editors, and casters in both the Denver and Los Angeles offices – and works closely with VP of Development, Katie Neff, on all High Noon pitches and sizzles.  With almost two decades of experience in the television industry as a producer, director, writer, and editor, Scott often serves as the lead producer or director on new projects, and personally edits and polishes cuts of sizzles, pilots, first run, and even established series.  The goal – to make certain that all of High Noon’s programming has a strong creative vision and unique voice.

Scott came to High Noon from Pilgrim Films and Television where he was Showrunner for series including American Chopper, which, under Scott’s guidance, was the highest rated program on Discovery Channel, and one of the biggest hits on all of cable.  Scott’s High Noon credits include TLC’s Cake Boss and Next Great Baker, History’s Warriors, and Discovery Channel’s Dude, You’re Screwed.   

John Hardy

Senior Vice President of Finance

   John’s in charge of all things financial, administrative, and human resource-based, with a particular focus on increasing efficiencies through systems implementation and process improvements.  In 2013, John played a key role in the sale of a High Noon controlling interest to U.K. global content creator and broadcaster ITV.  His duties include continued integration within ITV and creating best-practice protocols and systems for the group.

Prior to High Noon, John was Controller of Australian-based Dingo Software Pty Ltd.  Previous to that, John was Director of Finance for ProSavvy, Inc., an Internet-based enterprise software company; Controller of San Francisco Production Group, a post production facility; and was Controller of Red Herring Communications, a technology publication, where he established accounting departments to meet the needs of these growing companies. John has worked with accounting departments in such prominent Silicon Valley organizations as Borland International and Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich, and Rosati. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from Southwest Texas State University.

Rachel Osborne

Senior Director of Development

   Rachel Osborne currently serves as Senior Director for the Denver based lifestyle team. Rachel helped to grow the company’s casting team as well as implement talent initiatives and casting strategies. With a keen eye for discovering untapped talent, she has developed and sold projects to numerous networks including HGTV, Nickelodeon, Animal Planet, Food Network and Reelz - including HGTV’s new series, Boise Boys. As a development producer, Rachel writes, directs and story edits sizzles and presentations for the High Noon group.

Before joining High Noon, Rachel spent 6 years on Nickelodeon’s Talent and Casting Team, where she helped cast numerous series including Big Time Rush, iCarly, Victorious and Drake and Josh. Prior, Rachel worked at the NBC News Bureau in London and at 20thCentury Fox in Film Development. Rachel is a Los Angeles native and received her B.A. in Psychology from Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa.

Katie Neff

Vice President Development

   Katie Neff focuses on creating original formats, discovering unique talent, and executing sizzles and pilots for High Noon’s voluminous slate of new projects.  She reports to SVP Scott Feeley and supervises a ten-person team based within both the Los Angeles and Denver offices.  Most recently she has developed and sold projects to networks including HGTV, Animal Planet, Food Network, Travel Channel, and Discovery – including HGTV’s top-rated series Fixer Upper and Good Bones. She currently overlooks a robust queue of projects in genres ranging from home renovation and food, to adventure, travel, docu, crime, and survival.

Katie began her career in the New York City publishing world, where she worked as an editor at O at Home (an Oprah publication) and Country Living magazines. Her strong background in editorial storytelling, writing, and styling allowed for a seamless transition into the world of unscripted television. Katie received her BA in Communication from the University of Richmond in Richmond, VA.