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

Chairman

Andrew Zimmern is an Emmy-winning and four-time James Beard Award-winning TV personality, chef, writer and social justice advocate. As the creator, executive producer and host of the 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 MSNBC’s What’s Eating America, and in 2021, he premiered Family Dinner on Magnolia Network. This year, you can find him judging the epic culinary battle Iron Chef: Quest for an Iron Legend on Netflix and on Outdoor Channel’s Andrew Zimmern’s Wild Game Kitchen. Andrew is the founder and Chairman of Intuitive Content, named one of the top 100 production companies in the world by Realscreen. He is passionate about his philanthropic endeavors and sits on the board of directors of Services for the UnderServed, Project Explorer/EXPLR, Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project and Soigne Hospitality. He serves on City Harvest’s Food Council, is the International Rescue Committee’s Voice for Nutrition and a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations World Food Programme. Andrew is also a founding member of the Independent Restaurant Coalition, fighting to save restaurants affected by Covid-19. He resides in Minneapolis.

Patrick Weiland

President

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.

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.

Nicole Walberg

Director of Production

Nicole Walberg is a native Minnesotan that has lived and worked in almost every state in the US and all over the world. She’s worked in Film & Television for 25years, the last 15 years as a Line Producer in unscripted TV. Some of her credits include Top Chef, Nashville Star, Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern and Trafficked with Mariana van Zeller.

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.

Tina Dobbelaere

Development Producer

A lawyer-turned-television producer and development executive, Tina has spent over twelve years producing and developing television series for Travel Channel, Food Network, NBC, Animal Planet, History, Nat Geo, Hallmark Channel, Investigation Discovery, Outdoor Channel, TLC and many others. Tina’s first task in television was convincing the wig master at Juilliard to create a toupee for Andrew Zimmern for an episode of Bizarre Foods. She realized that this was way more fun than being a lawyer and has never looked back!   

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.

Kate Kratoska

Coordinating Post Producer

Kate Kratoska is an Emmy Award-winning television and content producer based in Minneapolis. She began her career in Los Angeles, working on reality TV and scripted programming at Lionsgate. Prior to joining Intuitive Content in 2017, she spent several years producing a daily news broadcast at KARE 11, the Twin Cities’ NBC affiliate. She’s a Minnesota Film & TV Committee Member, proud mom to two littles, and the self-proclaimed world’s biggest Vikings fan.

Erik Fremstad

Senior Editor

Erik started his editing career with a short stint in the news business before making the move to work on long format television shows.  The first show he worked on was Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern and has now been offline editing  international television shows for over 15 years.

Michael “Mickey” Uss

Editor

Mickey started out chasing breaking news as a photojournalist. He sat in duck blinds for several years after that shooting and editing for “Minnesota Bound” (KARE 11), traveled the world sitting in ATVs shooting for “Destination Polaris” (FSN). He would go on to sit in the executive producer chair for Emmy award winning “Made for the Outdoors” (FSN), a show he not only co-created but also shot and edited. He currently stands at his desk as an editor for Intuitive Content, the job he was born to do, working on shows like “Zoë Bakes” and “Family Dinner”.

Maya Montague

Assistant Editor

Maya enjoys all things post production; from managing media to motion graphics, if it happens after the cameras stop rolling, they’re on it. Previous projects they have worked on include “Saving the Manor,” “Bizarre Foods: Delicious Destinations,” and “Baked.

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).

Matthew Schaefer

Series Producer

Matthew Schaefer is an award-winning writer & producer who grew up in the Finger Lakes region of New York, in a house that was once a stop on the historic underground railroad.  There were hidden spaces beneath staircases, secret doors at the backs of closets, and plenty of tales to go with them that would become the foundation for a love of storytelling. He has nearly twenty years of experience working in film & television, enjoying both directing in the field as well as spending time in the edit bay to capture and shape diverse and interesting stories from start to finish.

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.”

Nellie Dumont

Designer

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.