About

Intuitive Content develops and produces dynamic original television and broadcast specials, while partnering with some of the world’s biggest companies to create brand-driven series and web content. Our expertise and focus is creating entertainment around captivating human narrative, food, lifestyle and travel.

We have dedicated ourselves to illuminating cultures around the globe with integrity and an exceptional production value. Committed to the process of fact-based storytelling, we never bend the truth for the quick satisfaction of convenience. Making genuine content is hard, but we put in the time and do the work, because authentic stories have more than just the power to entertain.

Our Team

Andrew Zimmern

CEO

Andrew Zimmern is an Emmy-winning and four-time James Beard Award-winning TV personality, chef, writer, teacher and social justice advocate. As the creator, executive producer and host of Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods franchise, Andrew Zimmern’s Driven by Food and Emmy-winning The Zimmern List, he has devoted his life to exploring and promoting cultural acceptance, tolerance and understanding through food. In 2020, Andrew returned to television with his MSNBC series What’s Eating America, and in 2021, he premiered Family Dinner on Chip & Joanna Gaines’ Magnolia Network. Both shows were created by Intuitive Content, the full-service television and digital production company that Andrew heads as both founder and CEO. Andrew is passionate about his philanthropic endeavors and sits on the board of directors of Services for the UnderServed, Project Explorer/EXPLR and Soigne Hospitality. He serves on City Harvest’s Food Council and is the International Rescue Committee’s Voice for Nutrition. Andrew is also a founding member of the Independent Restaurant Coalition, fighting to save restaurants affected by Covid-19. He resides in Minneapolis.

Dusti Kugler

General Manager

Dusti oversees all three of Andrew’s businesses: Food Works, the brand and digital company; Passport Hospitality, the restaurant consulting group; and Intuitive Content. Her earlier job credits included food and prop stylist, and owner and operator of a successful catering company in Chicago.

Patrick Weiland

SVP of Production & Development

A multiple Emmy award-winning producer and director, Patrick Weiland is the SVP of Programming and Development at Intuitive Content. He has developed more than a dozen network series,  including the recent series “Family Dinner” and “Zoë Bakes” for Chip and Joanna Gaines’ Magnolia Network at Discovery.

His most recent documentary series, “What’s Eating America,” premiered on MSNBC in February 2020. His other credits include “The Zimmern List” for Travel Channel, which won a 2019 Daytime Emmy for Best Travel and Adventure Series, “Crash Test World with Kari Byron” for Discovery+, “Big Food Truck Tip” for Food Network and “How To Survive A Murder” for SKY TV and REELZ.

Weiland is a four-time Emmy Award winning producer of prime time network news and reality programming with more than 20 years experience. From 1995-2005 Weiland was a national producer for the hugely successful NBC News program, “Dateline NBC.” Prior to that he was a producer at the CBS News program “Eye to Eye with Connie Chung” after rising to the ranks of Senior Producer within CBS-owned WCCO-TV in Minneapolis.

Mr. Weiland has a wide range of compelling program highlights, from in-depth hour long investigative reports to live breaking news broadcast in prime-time network television. He has won numerous national awards for his work including three Edward R Murrow Awards for investigative reporting, the IRE gold medal, and in 1998 he was the recipient of the Livingston Award for Excellence in Journalism.

He has produced programs for some of the biggest names in network news, including Tom Brokaw, Connie Chung, Mike Wallace, Maria Shriver, Geraldo Rivera, Josh Mankiewicz, John Larson and John Hockenberry, among others.

In 2002, Mr. Weiland led the first team of western journalists allowed to roam freely within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and was the first journalist to interview family members of the 9-11 hijackers; the program was nominated for an Emmy Award.

Patrick McMahill

VP of Production & Development

Patrick McMahill is an Emmy Award-winning producer and director of film and television in several genres and formats: food, travel, home renovation, nature, lifestyle and crime. For the past fifteen years, he has worked all over the country with some of the leading production companies in the business before moving back home to Minnesota and joining Intuitive Content.

Jason Wallace

VP of Post Production

Jason is an award-winning producer and editor of film, television and digital content, whose work has been seen on the Lifetime Movie Network, Travel Channel and Netflix. As production technology matured, he became obsessed with post production system integration and workflow design, and even co-authored the book Digital Editing with Final Cut Pro. Since joining Intuitive Content he has directed the growth of its online, finishing and delivery infrastructure.

Dan Olson

Head of Finance

Olson’s background is in live and unscripted television, having produced content for some of the largest networks in broadcast and cable. He spent a decade working in Los Angeles and New York with brands like MTV and Major League Baseball before joining Intuitive Content. Here he translates vision into reality, pulling off ambitious productions all over the globe.

Amy Nielsen

Account Manager

Amy has been an accountant for the past 30 years, including being part of the growth of many fantastic Twin Cities restaurants, and joined the AZ team five years ago. She oversees all financial aspects of Andrew’s three companies: Food Works, Intuitive Content, and Passport Hospitality. I love thinking outside of the box, and forward to the future!

Steve Plummer

Digital Asset Manager

Steve Plummer “fixes it in post.” While he started behind the camera as an Emmy award-winning photojournalist inspired by great stories, Steve went on to discover his true passion was behind the scenes in post-production where he develops workflows and manages media. Steve feels fortunate to have been a part of the creative teams behind hundreds of hours of programming for HGTV, DIY, NBC, ESPN and History Channel.

Brian Falk

Executive Producer, Series Producer

Brian is an award-winning producer and director of documentaries and feature films. His producing credits include Robert Redford’s “The Conspirator,” “Parkland,” which he produced with Tom Hanks, and “Against the Sun,” starring Tom Felton, which Brian also co-wrote and directed. He has produced episodes of Travel Channel’s Emmy-winning series “The Zimmern List,” and was most recently the showrunner of MSNBC’s critically acclaimed original series “What’s Eating America.”

Thomas Lemmer

Series Producer

Thomas G. Lemmer is an Emmy Award-winning writer and producer of film, television, and digital content in a variety of genres and formats: food travelogues, experimental narratives, and cultural documentaries. Credits include “Zoë Bakes” (Magnolia Network), “What’s Eating America” (MSNBC), “Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern” (Discovery Networks), “In an Instant” (ABC News).

Michele Wallin

Series Producer

For more than a decade, Michele Wallin has been writing, producing and directing engaging content in food, travel, lifestyle and home renovation. Born and raised in Southern California where her career began, she started off casting for feature films and television. Her range of scripted and reality credits include: “X-Men 3,” “Will and Grace,” “Bizarre Foods: Delicious Destinations,” “I Hate My Kitchen,” and “Sweat Equity.”

Mary Kay Reistad

Supervising Producer

Mary Kay Reistad has been producing, directing and writing television programming for over 20 years. She has produced hundreds of hours of food, travel, home renovation and lifestyle content for numerous long running television series on HGTV, DIY and Travel Channel. Her credits include: Supervising Producer for “Bizarre Foods: Delicious Destinations” and “Zimmern List,” and Series Producer for “Sweat Equity,” “I Hate My Kitchen,” “Kitchen Renovations,” and “Bathroom Renovations,” among others. She was also instrumental in creating HGTV’s hit series “Rehab Addict.”

Nellie Dumont

Development Producer

Born and raised in NY, Nellie has worked in the film and television industry for over 10 years. After graduating from NYC’s School of Visual Arts, she worked as an associate editor and sound designer for French director Michel Gondry. With a background in music videos and shorts, Nellie later transitioned into television with the bulk of her projects in the true-crime genre. Nellie joined Intuitive in 2018 as a Production Manager, and more recently has moved into a development role. When she’s not cranking away on pitch materials, Nellie likes to spend time with her spouse and their two cats.