Jim Berger

Chief Executive Officer

Jim Berger is a Colorado based show creator, writer, and producer, with current credits including HGTV’s Fixer Upper, Discovery’s Dude, You’re Screwed, TLC’s Sweet 15, Animal Planet’s Dr. Dee, Discovery En Español’s Mexicánicos and Travel Channel’s Trip Flip. Creatively, Jim has broad oversight over the company’s development slate and its current production, including fifteen-plus television series and specials for more than ten networks, both in English and in Spanish.

On the business side, he focuses on the company’s growth both domestically and internationally. In 2013, Jim spearheaded a strategic partnership with 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.

Duke Hartman

Chief Operating Officer

Duke Hartman sets and executes 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 several arts organization in Denver and since 2007 he has been on the Board of Trustees of Colorado Ballet and will become Co-Chairman of the Board in 2016.

Sonny Hutchison

Chief Administrative Officer

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.

Brad Miller

Executive Vice President Operations

Brad oversees the operation of High Noon’s Los Angeles office and focuses on new business development, including strategic partnerships, syndication, and branded content.  In addition, Brad oversees all business and legal affairs for the company, comprising network, talent, and producer negotiations, production legal matters, and pre-broadcast review issues. He also advises the company on employment, insurance and other risk management matters.  In 2013, Brad worked with High Noon CEO Jim Berger in connection with the strategic sale of a controlling interest in High Noon to ITV, the UK’s leading commercial broadcaster and global format producer and distributor.

Prior to joining High Noon, Brad was a founding partner of Doyle & Miller, LLP, an entertainment transactional boutique based in Los Angeles, where he represented clients in the entertainment industry, including AMC Networks, Comcast Entertainment Group, Disney ABC Cable Networks Group, High Noon Entertainment, and MTV Networks. Brad also has worked as in-house transactional counsel for the Disney ABC Cable Networks Group and Warner Bros. Television, and as a litigator in the Los Angeles office of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, where he represented media and entertainment companies in defamation, invasion of privacy, and copyright cases.  Along the way, Brad worked on numerous hit television shows, including The Walking Dead, Hell on Wheels, Greek, Smallville, and Extra!  Brad is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School and received an undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan.

Dana Kopper

Senior Vice President of Production & Operations

Dana Kopper provides strategic planning, innovative workflow solutions, and fiscal responsibility in her role overseeing two key pieces of the High Noon enterprise: Production and Operations. 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 two facilities, in LA and in Denver, and covering more than 40,000 sq. ft. of office space, 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 the Los Angeles film industry as an Assistant Director, with credits including the Mel Gibson starring The Patriot.  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.

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.

Scott Feeley

Senior Vice President of Current Programming

Scott Feeley is the lead creative voice behind the entire High Noon portfolio of current programming, including HGTV’s Fixer Upper, TLC’s Sweet 15 Quinceañera, Animal Planet’s Dr. Dee, Alaska Vet, and Weather Channel’s Prospectors – an active slate of more than fifteen series and specials.  On the development side, Scott’s responsible for network funded development, working closely with both High Noon and network development executives in finalizing creative for pilots and series. 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 more 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.   

Jill Schwartz

Senior Vice President of Development

Jill Schwartz is an industry veteran with a passion for identifying breakout talent and creating successful formats across all media platforms.  Supervising the company’s development teams in both LA and Denver, she is responsible for generating new sales to domestic and international broadcast and cable networks, in addition to emerging platforms including Redbull Media, Hulu, Amazon, Netflix and others.  In less than one year with High Noon, Jill has created new network development deals with ABC Family, Nickelodeon, Oxygen, and TLC, in addition to a myriad of celebrity and Showrunner deals.  

Previously, Jill served as Senior Vice President of Alternative Programming & Development for Fox Television Studios where she was in charge of the studio’s unscripted development and programming. She shepherded dozens of hit series at Fox, including The Girls Next Door (E!), Kendra (E!), Holly’s World (E!), The Wanda Sykes Show (Fox), Talkshow with Spike Feresten (Fox) and The Great Escape (TNT).  Prior to Fox TV Studios, Jill spent ten years at FremantleMedia North America where she oversaw production on the first five seasons of American Idol as well as the hit game shows Family Feud, Match Game, and To Tell the Truth. She also served as the international liaison for Fremantle Worldwide, overseeing formats including The Apprentice, America’s Got Talent, American Inventor and Thank God You’re Here