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The Psychology of a Survivor

March 24, 2022

In this episode of Channel U, we will discuss the casting process of reality television shows and the parallels to everyday success and psychology. Heather Hans joins us again as host. She is a Ph.D. student at Union Institute & University with a concentration in Ethical & Creative Leadership. She is a psychotherapist and has master’s degrees in social work and business administration. Heather is a TV expert guest and does a weekly mental health segment on 9News Denver. Her research interests are using TV and media to empower people to reach their goals by using visualization and improvisation.

Heather’s guest is Jesse Tannenbaum, the Head Casting Director of CBS reality shows SurvivorBig Brother, and Amazing Race. Jesse has worked primarily with CBS since 2013 on all of their reality competition shows and is also working on new projects for the network. He has a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Central Florida and prides himself on working well with others and being a team player. He’s working in an industry that he loves and that's reflected in his work.