Emmy Award-winning producer Jay Bienstock began his producing career on VH1’s signature series Behind the Music. In 2000, Bienstock was part of the original team that launched CBS’s Survivor and as showrunner, he garnered one Emmy and two additional nominations during his tenure on the first six seasons.
In 2001, Bienstock produced Eco-Challenge: Borneo, where he received his fourth Emmy nomination. Next, he developed and Executive Produced The Apprentice for NBC and over the course of the first six seasons, he earned two more Emmy nominations.
In addition to his six Emmy noms, Jay has been nominated for “Producer of the Year in Non-Fiction Television” by the Producer’s Guild and twice for “Program of the Year” by the Television Critics Association.
Bienstock has also developed and executive produced There Goes the Neighborhood, Dogs in the City, and the The American Baking Competition for CBS, Bachelor Pad for ABC, and 13: Fear is Real with film director Sam Raimi for The CW.
In 2010, Jay formed Bienstock Young Media with Eugene Young and over the next several years, the company produced projects for CBS, A&E, TLC, CMT, VH1, and ABC Family, as well as the series Animal Intervention for Nat Geo Wild and Time’s Up for MTV.
Several years later, Bienstock Young Media joined with A. Smith & Co. (Hell’s Kitchen, America Ninja Warrior) where Bienstock served as Managing Director.
In 2014, Jay became CEO of Talpa Media USA, the American arm of global Dutch powerhouse Talpa, owned by John de Mol. Jay oversees Talpa’s US catalogue of shows such as The Voice on NBC and The Voice Kids on Telemundo and the company currently has projects in development at several networks.